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Would it be better to work as a medical scribe or job shadow doctors?

I do not really have any experience with the medical field, and I really want more exposure because I think that I am interested in becoming a doctor. What way would you suggest to be the best way to introduce myself to and get more involved with this field? Is it difficult to be a scribe if you don't really know much medical terminology? #hospitals #doctor #shadowing #medicine

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Kelly’s Answer

I volunteered at my local hospital.  Did not do much work but it gave me a great way to find out I was better with computers than I was working around blood and people.  Call your local trauma hospital and ask for the volunteer  office.   Work when no one else wants to for example holidays, weekends and nights.  I became CANDY the Candy striper. I actually save someone's life doing a stretcher transport because of a staff shortage that night.  The patient's IV had broken in his arm and if the needle had gone to his heart he would have died. I applied a tourniquet and called the nurses.  But it taught me very quickly it is not the job for me.

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Madison’s Answer

Both are very valuable experiences in different ways. A scribe you get paid so if you are looking for an actual job that will also look good on your resume but will take more hours ect then that is certainly a great idea and will help you in the medical school application process as well as give you a chance to network with local doctors and help set you up with mentors who are doctors. Shadowing takes alot less time and you usually just do as much or as little as you want but obviously you are not paid.
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