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Is Medicine Right For You?

Health professions careers are very rewarding and satisfying, but you need to begin determining if this is the right career for you.

Begin to ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do I enjoy working with people including those from other ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds?

2. Do I possess a curiosity for science and research?

3. Do I understand and appreciate the relationship between the patient and the health care provider? 

4. Do I enjoy being a team player, am I dedicated to my work and am I willing to be a life-long learner?

5. Am I willing to sacrifice and work hard to achieve my goals?

There are many health care professions which you may want to explore. Here are some helpful links:

          Health Topics and Careers

          Association of American Medical Colleges (Allopathic)

         American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

          American Dental Education Association

          American Optometric Association

          American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

          American Academy of Physician Assistants

          American Physical Therapy Association

         American Occupational Therapy Association

          Medical Scientist (MD/PhD)

  • Begin doing some shadowing to observe health professionals. You will be required to have substantial shadowing and volunteer experience in order to be a competitive applicant.
  • Look for volunteer opportunities in which you are helping people in a non-medical setting (Impact, Project Uplift, Camp Smile-A-Mile, etc.)
  • Look for opportunities to work with people in a medical setting (hospice, hospitals, medical missions, Study Abroad, clinics for the uninsured, county health departments  etc.)
  • Participate in the MCAT Boot Camp to develop a study plan and become familiar with content and strategies to help prepare for the MCAT.
  • Students who meet the enrollment criteria and have the required immunizations can take the Premedical Preceptorship SCMH 3890 for shadowing experience and 1 hour of credit. 

Last Updated: 08/27/2018