Every potential medical student knows that you must have some experience of meeting with patients and doctors before you apply to medical. This is an absolute minimum requirement.
The good news is that, if you can get past this hurdle and organise this placement, which can be difficult and time-consuming, it is easy to make more of it in order to impress potential interviewers and medical schools
I think everyone would recognise that doctors need to be well informed about medicine and about how their patients view things. You must take time during your work experience or volunteering to talk to patients, carers, nurses, doctors and all the others staff within the multidisciplinary teams and listen to what they say. You may be brilliant at biology, maths or other academic subjects and you may have great leadership skills from all your extra-curricular subjects but you probably do not have first hand experience of medicine, patients’ views of the world and the NHS.
If you have spent time with doctors, patients and others, you should reflect on this, talk to your friends about it, talk to doctors and patients you meet about it. Think about what it teaches you about medicine. Think about what it teaches you about yourself.
The difficult part is organising the work experience in the first place. This will be valueless unless you take time to speak to people and learn from it. It is easy, having done your work experience, to make much more of it by demonstrating that you have spent time talking to others, reflecting on what they have said and learning from it.