Brighton and Sussex Medical School

This course provides a 'virtual' work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face.

The course objectives are to:

  • Understand the organisation of the NHS in terms of primary, secondary and tertiary care
  • Recognise the ways in which patients can access healthcare and how and why patients move through different services in the NHS
  • Become familiar with reflecting on work experience
  • Develop and understanding of the roles of different types of doctor, including GPs, consultants and foundation doctors
  • Appreciate the ways that a doctor and other Healthcare Professionals manage patients
  • Consider the typical training pathways and timelines in common branches of medicine
  • Identify the most important skills and qualities that doctors should possess and be developing throughout their career, and give examples of why these are so important
  • Consider the biggest present and future challenges faced by the NHS
  • Stimulate thinking into the wider considerations surrounding modern medicine, including politics, law and ethics