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Gaining experienceMedical and healthcare programs want to know if applicants have gained valuable experiences. Admissions committees will review students' understanding of the medical field, clinical experience, volunteer/community service, and research experience. There are many paths to take in order to gain these types of experiences. The Office of Premedical Professions suggests the following:
Shadowing Accordion Closed
ShadowShadowing a healthcare provider is a great way to find out if a career in medicine is the right path. It allows for better understanding of what a healthcare providers' typical day is like and may provide good experience to present in applications and interviews for medical programs.
How to find a healthcare professional to shadow
- if students have a relationship with any healthcare providers, we recommend to start by asking them.
- it is also an option to ask teachers, professors, and premed advisors if they know any healthcare providers that other students have shadowed in the past.
- it is appropriate to contact hospitals through their volunteer office, or search online for local healthcare providers.
- it is a good idea to call their office or email them at least a few weeks in advance.
- it is always good practice to send thank you notes after participating in a shadowing experience.
Continue or begin gaining clinical experience in places such as:
Research Accordion Closed
Research experienceWorking in a lab setting will help make for a competitive applicant with scientific inquiry experience and help build a strong foundation for a continued science and medical education. It will also help to determine if medical research is the correct path for you.
Where to start:
- learn about research opportunities in the biology and chemistry departments
- approach instructors, both lab and lecture, about any research they might be involved in.
- express interests in research to academic or premed advisors.
- check the science department bulletin boards or web sites for opportunities to assist with faculty research projects.