Insight into Medicine
The Insight into Medicine programme provides an opportunity to spend a day with a hospital consultant in Oxford.
About the programme
If you are thinking about a career in medicine then spending time shadowing a doctor is extremely important, not only to help you decide whether a medical career is right for you, but also to enhance your UCAS application to medical school.
Insight into Medicine enables current matriculated students at Oxford University (undergraduate or postgraduate) to spend a day with a hospital consultant in Oxford. It's a great opportunity to consider if you have difficulty arranging your own work shadowing.
The programme currently runs once a year in Trinity term. Next date TBC.
We recommend that students join our Graduate Medicine Support Group to be kept up to date.
Feedback from past participants
i really enjoyed being able to see the problem solving aspect of medicine; taking each little bit of evidence provided by the patient history and examination to assess the nature and severity of disease then coming up with a plan of action…it was a really interesting and useful day, and I would completely recommend it.
I got to observe mostly junior doctors all day and got a very realistic idea about what doctors spend their time doing. I followed a junior doctor doing the ward round in the morning and was very impressed/surprised by how much responsibility they have in their first year.
I spent time with a consultant, junior doctors and students. I was in the vascular department, and spent time in the day clinic, on the ward and in radiography. 100% would recommend the programme, especially for those who have struggled to get experience themselves.’
Other ways to get medical experience
If you want to build up your medical experience please read What sort of work experience should I be looking for?, under the Frequently Asked Questions section of our Medicine as a Second Degree webpage.