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Five-Day Virtual Work Experience

The only experience available that lets you shadow NHS doctors in a range of medical and surgical specialties

Day 1: Orthopaedic Surgery

Start your virtual work experience by spending a day shadowing the orthopaedic surgery team. Your day begins with an early start in the operating theatres where you will witness some life-changing surgeries. During the afternoon session, you will shadow the orthopaedic registrar on-call where you will learn about the various conditions treated by orthopaedic surgeons and the challenges faced whilst holding the surgical bleep.

  • Observe a mixture of elective and emergency surgeries

  • Witness the challenges of being a junior doctor on-call

  • Learn about the importance of teamwork in medicine

Day 2: Cardiology

The second day of your work experience begins in the cardiology clinic, where you will observe a mixture of in-person appointments and telemedicine clinics, to learn about how new technologies helped doctors cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. After learning about the various diseases treated by cardiologists, you will spend the afternoon working in the lucrative sub-specialty of interventional cardiology. Here, you will learn about how minimally guided procedures are shaping the future of medicine.

  • Experience life as a cardiologist during the outpatient cardiology clinics

  • Discover the importance of teamwork as you witness a live cardiac arrest

  • Learn about how modern day technologies influence our practise of medicine

Day 3: Oncology

The third day of our virtual work experience begins in the oncology clinic, where we will observe various oncology consultations and learn about the complexities of treating cancer. Next, we work in cancer screening to reveal how doctors can detect cancer before symptoms occur. We then witness a live chemotherapy and radiotherapy session, before ending the day with a glimpse of the future of oncology: targeted oncological treatments.

  • Witness the dianosis of cancer by working in cancer screening and our oncology clinic

  • Learn about the various cancer treatments by watching our chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions

  • Glimpse into the future of oncology, learning about targeted medical treatments and image-guided surgical treatments.

Day 4: General Practice

For those of you that have completed the ObserveGP experience, day four of our virtual work experience is all about deepening our insight into the world of general practice. Spend the morning in the clinic, where you will see the sheer breadth of problems dealt with by GPs. Continue your afternoon shadowing a variety of doctors to learn about the incredibly varied lives of GPs. Shadow doctors as they work to improve the health of their communities, support families dealing with rare genetic illnesses and finish the day talking to GPs at various stages of their training to get an insight into GP careers.

  • Observe a wide variety of consultations, and health problems managed by GPs

  • Discover how the role of a GP extends far beyond just being a doctor

  • Speak to a variety of doctors to learn about the diversity of career paths you can take as a GP

Day 5: Clinical & Interventional Radiology

Our virtual work experience concludes with one of the most rapidly evolving specialties. Spend the morning working with radiologists and learn about how the various imaging modalities (X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound) are used to diagnose illnesses. Witnes the forefront of medical technology in the afternoon as you join our interventional radiologists in theatre, as they use imaging guidance and minimally-invasive technologies to treat both, elective and emergency conditions.

  • Learn about the various imaging modalities used by radiologists to diagnose illnesses

  • Discover the modern day technologies and minimally-invasive techniques used by interventional radiologists to treat illnesses

  • Finish the work experience learning about the analytical mindframe needed to become a doctor

What our students say

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Amazing

Samiul Wali

You will never get this much coverage in work experience at a hospital, goes through the intricate details of surgeries , such as ACL reconstruction, procedu...

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You will never get this much coverage in work experience at a hospital, goes through the intricate details of surgeries , such as ACL reconstruction, procedures such as angiograms and angioplasties, let's you see patient interactions, in varies different clinical settings and departments. There is step by step voice overs on what is happening and explaining details on why the following steps are being taken.

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Informative and Engaging

Abigail Lau

I encourage anybody applying to medicine to use this course for virtual work experience even if you have shadowed a doctor before lockdown as in this course ...

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I encourage anybody applying to medicine to use this course for virtual work experience even if you have shadowed a doctor before lockdown as in this course you will be exposed to multiple specialities. I also found with Virtual work experience especially the Doctalk in particular, it may be easier to write reflections on as the course explained knowledge before watching procedures. This was really informative and useful because often in work experience you might watch a surgery and not really understand what is going on which might make writing reflections harder. Another benefit of the Doctalk's course is that you can go back to it at any time throughout your application process meaning when preparing for interviews if you have chosen to mention anything from this in your personal statement you can make sure the experience is fresh in your mind and you know it in a lot of detail. This was honestly my favourite and most useful form of Virtual Work Experience I came across during lockdown as they really encouraged reflections in between everything you saw with examples. The videos and pre-information made it engaging. Again, I would 100% recommend this course to anyone - it's also at a more reasonable price compared to companies that are charging a lot for medical school application resources. You can really tell the amount of hard work and time that went into making this and I'm sure anyone who has used this is equally grateful :)

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As good as hospital experience, if not better

Ryan Smith

COVID-19 interfered with all of my scheduled work experience, and DocTalk came to the rescue with the one part of my application I was missing - virtually sh...

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COVID-19 interfered with all of my scheduled work experience, and DocTalk came to the rescue with the one part of my application I was missing - virtually shadowing doctors in a variety of departments. What made this course so special was the variety in content, and the fact that there were doctors talking you through every step made the whole course easier to follow and more enjoyable. One of the highlights of my lockdown

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AMAZING

Eve pereira

Perfect! I just bought this so last min because I felt my statement was lacking experience and this is exactly what I needed to broaden my understanding of m...

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Perfect! I just bought this so last min because I felt my statement was lacking experience and this is exactly what I needed to broaden my understanding of medical terminology and will be great for my interviews.

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Everything I needed and more!

Micaela Grossmann

I am not applying to medical school this year but I wanted to get a head start on some work experience and I was particularly nervous about constructing a pe...

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I am not applying to medical school this year but I wanted to get a head start on some work experience and I was particularly nervous about constructing a personal statement. This course helped me to start thinking about all of these things and more. Each day introduced not only new specialties but new themes and insight into what it means to be a doctor and along the way I received valuable advice as to how to reflect in my personal statement as well as interview tips. Perhaps the most unexpected result from this purchase was the level of enjoyment I received from the course. I was excited to learn every day, not just on the days which I thought I would enjoy more. Personally, my favourite part of this work experience were the narrated surgeries and procedures but there is truly something for every aspiring doctor in this course. Finally, this course is accessible to everyone at a very reasonable price which is why I highly recommend it to anyone in my position.

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Absolutely worth it!

Sajida Ayoubi

Really well done to the team for providing such comprehensive videos about some of the vital areas of medicine. It is definitely helpful as, unlike physical ...

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Really well done to the team for providing such comprehensive videos about some of the vital areas of medicine. It is definitely helpful as, unlike physical work experience, the benefit of this is that it does allow you to go at your own pace and this helps you process what you have learnt. Really helped me understand and appreciate the little things that the healthcare workers do.

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FANTASTIC work experience

Emma Dewhurst

Title says it all. This is a brilliant work experience course, it offers angles and insight that you wouldn't get from "in life" work experience. Procedures ...

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Title says it all. This is a brilliant work experience course, it offers angles and insight that you wouldn't get from "in life" work experience. Procedures are very well explained and the UCAS reflections provide summaries of key points and skills needed to work in the medical field. It is also helpful that you can go back through the course afterwards and revisit key content. I would highly recommend this to any aspiring physician.

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SO USEFUL AND INFORMATIVE

Anna Farmer

Definitely give this work experience a go if you are interested in medicine. It’s so informative and helpful and they talk you through every step of it so yo...

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Definitely give this work experience a go if you are interested in medicine. It’s so informative and helpful and they talk you through every step of it so you can really understand what’s going on!

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Brilliant Work experience

Yashwin Shyam

This work experience was extremely insightful and was very well laid out. I enjoyed every single minute I spent doing this. Not only did this work experience...

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This work experience was extremely insightful and was very well laid out. I enjoyed every single minute I spent doing this. Not only did this work experience give me an insight into the life of a doctor but it also broadened my anatomy knowledge. Furthermore, the narration during each surgery made it easier to understand what was going on and there were also key tips given for the UCAS personal statement during these narrations. Finally, I would like to say a big thanks the Doctalk team, who worked hard to complete this work experience.

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Doctalk Virtual Work Experience

Afsana Akthar

This is the first ever work experience in the medical field that I have completed . It was extremely beneficial and just made me want to do medicine more. I ...

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This is the first ever work experience in the medical field that I have completed . It was extremely beneficial and just made me want to do medicine more. I was already thinking about doing medicine but this just made my decision much easier- I am so glad to have found this course as it explores the different aspects in the medical career in great detail and helped me learn about all the different specialty opportunities that I can explore. I also gave in an insight into the lives of doctors and what to expect from a job in the medical field. I would definitely recommend this to any prospective medicine appliacants. Afsana Akthar

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Incredible Work Experience

Nada Simic

I have enjoyed every second of this work experience from the comfort of my house. Every section was done in a lot of detail with personal statement/interview...

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I have enjoyed every second of this work experience from the comfort of my house. Every section was done in a lot of detail with personal statement/interview buzzwords. One of the great points of this work experience is the reflection videos after surgeries. They helped me understand the most important parts of the surgeries and also helped me to identify important ideas for personal statement/interview. Overall, this work experience is a valuable asset for any medical school applicant and it is also very affordable.

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AMAZING!

Zoyah Javed

This was well worth the paying! This completely compensated for not being able to do face to face work experience. It was very informative and structured ama...

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This was well worth the paying! This completely compensated for not being able to do face to face work experience. It was very informative and structured amazingly! Would highly recommend!

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