You can start preparing for a career in medicine as early as high school. Listed below are suggestions that can help you get started!
- Choose science based subjects whenever the opportunity arises such as biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and advanced math.
- Take college courses at your local community college if you are searching for more science courses.
- Volunteer at a local hospital so that you can interact with patients and staff. See if the hospital setting is right for you.
- Shadow a doctor. Next time you go in for a check-up, ask your doctor about their job. Ask if you could shadow them for a day to get a feel for what their job entails. Contact other doctors in your community to learn about different specialities.
- Get involved with a science research project. If you live near a university, contact professors who are conducting research and ask if you can get involved. This will give you an opportunity to explore a particular topic, and you will gain an understanding of the research process at the same time. Performing research at this level will give you an advantage if you choose to apply to 7 year medical school programs. If you don't have the opportunity to do research at the university level, you can participate in the science fair. Creating your own project will allow you to delve into the topic of your choosing, apply the scientific method, and present your data to an audience.
- Read books about the experiences of medical students, resident physicians, and experienced physicians. Learn if this is the path you are excited to take.
- Maintain a high GPA and perform well on the SAT so that you will be a competitive candidate for a four year university. Avoid going to community college first and then transferring to a four year university as medical schools do not look favorably at this. Participate in extra-curricular activities you enjoy to show colleges that you are a well rounded student.
- Apply to colleges with a strong premedical curriculum and a high acceptance rate to medical school. Also, look at colleges that offer pre-medical counseling or a pre-medical committee.
- Choose a science major in college. Medical schools do not require you to be a science major in college, but we believe that you will have an advantage if you have an advanced understanding of science. By choosing a science major, you will have the opportunity to take advanced level courses in your junior and senior year. Although many students will be applying to medical school as science majors, you can make yourself stand out as a well rounded candidate through your extracurricular activities and personality.
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