Signposting our fellow medics

Galenicals helps signpost students to find out more about what happens once you graduate from medical school and become a doctor. It can be confusing deciding what you want to do and finding out how to achieve it, and so Galenicals aims to make this easier.

There are various career-orientated documents on the careers pages of the website, and emails will be sent out to students with ‘core’ information as it changes, however if you want further information or have any questions, please email [email protected]

Core Competencies

Wanting to know exactly what the medical school requires by the end of year 5? Download this document which gives a breakdown of core skills that students should attain in each year.

My Medical Career Pathway

Medical Resources – Useful Links & Guides

Have a look at these links for useful websites concerning everything from medical organisations and salary information, to education programmes and specialist support groups: Useful Links for Medical Students & MedCareerSupport.

Job Applications

General Applications

Academic Jobs

Improving your CV

  • Apply for the Bristol PLuS Award
    • This award recognises & rewards University of Bristol students who have gained significant professional and life skills through extra-curricular experiences, which are important now more than ever in the current graduate labour market (medicine included!)
    • Some of the activities that you could use towards your Award:
      • Work experience: care worker, research assistant, part time role as local surgery, shop assistant, any other part time/full time/voluntary work
      • 4 workshops: anything delivered by the Careers Service, departmental careers event, UBU volunteer induction training, any other employability related workshop
      • Intensive skills activity: role on committee of university society, St John’s first aid course, involvement with Nightline, Open Day steward, any other activity that meets the intensive skills activity criteria.
  • The Severn Deanery provide a fantastic careers guide on how to write and appropriately flaunt your medical/non-medical CV. Click here.

Working Abroad

The General Medical Council (GMC) & University Careers Advice

From the GMC’s Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009)

  • Section 125: ‘Students will have access to careers advice, and opportunities to explore different careers in medicine. Appropriate alternative qualification pathways will be available to those who decide to leave medicine.
  • Section 134: ‘Schools must have a careers guidance strategy. Generic resources should include an outline of career paths in medicine and the postgraduate specialties, as well as guidance on application forms and processes. Specific guidance should be provided for personalised career planning. The careers strategy should be developed and updated with the local postgraduate deanery.’
  • Section 135: ‘A small number of students may discover that they have made a wrong career choice. Medical schools must make sure that these students, whose academic and non-academic performance is not in question, are able to gain an alternative degree or to transfer to another degree course.’

From the GMC’s Gateways Advisory Guidance  on health & disabilities: 

  • Gateways does not impose additional standards but highlights the importance of careers advice for every medical student & junior doctor, whether with or without disabilities.
  • Section 14.3 on careers guidance explains that anyone providing careers advice should be able to do so for all students: ‘Officers should know to communicate with a range of disabled people using many formats and understand issues of exclusion and how to promote inclusion.’
  • Section 3.3 on the implications of the GMC guidance for careers in medicine says: ‘Some prospective medical students and some existing students may not be able to progress with their studies, even with an appropriate range of adjustments and support in place. This might be the case, for example, if a student sustains a serious brain injury with a loss of cognitive skills that makes it impossible to continue learning; or if a student sustains an injury that makes it impossible to carry out some of the required clinical and practical skills. The 2009 edition of Tomorrow’s Doctors includes a list of practical skills that graduates must be able to demonstrate from 2012.’