Experience Medicine

The Experience Medicine programme offers prospective Medicine applicants (transitioning from S5 to S6) the opportunity to get hands-on work experience in a medical setting.

Programme content

Run jointly by NHS Fife and the University of St Andrews, the week-long placement incorporates:

  • clinical work experience
  • application and person statement advice
  • MMI interview skills training and preparation
  • sessions on communication skills, trust, and ethics in the medical profession.

The programme will help you to understand what a career in medicine involves. Clinical sessions and skills training will prepare you to apply to university and provide experiences that you can refer to when writing your personal statement. 

Summer 2024

In summer 2024, the programme will run on a weekly basis throughout the Fife School Holidays in July and August, and there are six placements available in each week.

Each placement will last five days and run from Monday-Thursday at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy. Friday sessions will be hosted at the University of St Andrews. 

Students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to the Victoria Hospital and St Andrews, and be available for the full week between 8am and 6pm. 

Attendees may claim for reimbursement of travel costs after they have attended the placement provided the most economical form of transport has been used and all tickets and receipts are provided.   

We cannot reimburse the cost of any accommodation required. 

Eligibility for the programme will be assessed using the following criteria. 

Pupils residing in Fife and who attend school in Fife and meet one or more of the above criteria will be given priority for placement should the programme be oversubscribed.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying to the programme, please complete the form below.

The information collected in this form will be held and used only in the ways outlined in the University's data collection statement.

Supporting information

If you are selected to attend the Experience Medicine Programme you will be expected to adhere to the NHS Fife Dress code for medical students.