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Medical work experience—luxury or necessity?

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:i
  1. Victoria Purser
  1. lives in Huntingdon

    I am a 16 year old student and over recent years have become interested in pursuing a career in medicine. But I have a message for some sections of the medical establishment about the difficulties I had in finding out more about medicine.

    For the past two years I have been studying for my GCSEs. Having taken my exams, I was faced with the important decision about which A level subjects to study, knowing that this would play a vital role in the choice of my future career. I discovered that most universities require A level chemistry to study medicine. As this might not have been …

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