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The process of applying to medical school can be very daunting and stressful. Deciding where to apply can be determined by a number of factors such as: location of medical school, the size of the medical school, or living cost to name a few. One aspect that matters to many is the teaching style at different medical schools. Medical schools structure their courses based on broad teaching styles. However, while the styles may be similar between some medical schools, no two schools will be identical. 
Every doctor has an individual approach to what they consider to be good clinical practice. However, there are a few qualities that are shared amongst most medics, to make them better healthcare professionals. Good doctors try and use these shared qualities to shape and drive their practice in order to reach a minimum standard of care for all patients. 
 
The key characteristics of a good doctor are often described using the “4 Cs” (The BMJ, 2018), which are Compassion, Communication, Competence, and Capability. 

What is work experience and why is it important? 

It is basically having any sort of experience in a health-related field or a direct observation of healthcare (placements in hospitals or GP). Some medical schools require you to have one or both as a requirement in the selection process, so it is important to have a look at what the medical schools you are applying to need (you can find an outline on medic portal). 
 
Medicine is a very broad field that covers many different aspects of care ranging from primary to quaternary care, and so it’s important to get a taste of what’s it like to work in the healthcare system. Overall, it will give you a good idea of what skills you need to possess and shows you what you are essentially getting yourself into. 
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