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Would I be able to work in a hospital as a pre-med student?


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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Rachel! Similar to previous answers you can! You can be a scribe and that will also allow you to support yourself financially as well, so if you are looking for a job and also want to get experience for medical school this can definitely be helpful. Many students also volunteer as well in local hospitals; in addition to being affiliated with a local hospital it is important to shadow a physician as well. Both of these activities are seen differently in the eyes of admissions committees. So definitely be sure to take part in both! I would advise as well to start early on hospital volunteering/shadowing because quantity does matter as well-try to do it for more than a year especially as an undergrad. The longer the better because it will give you more to talk about and display your passion/commitment to being a physician.

Best of luck!

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Maya’s Answer

Hi Rachel! The answer is technically yes, you can work in a hospital, most pre med students who work in a hospital work as a scribe. However, a lot of premed students usually volunteer or shadow in hospitals instead of working in them. So yes you can work in a hospital but in order to balance course work most pre med students volunteer because the hours are more flexible.

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Rachel’s Answer

This depends. Most people do not want to work while doing their pre-med course work because they don't want to risk sacrificing their GPA or MCAT score. That being said, I know a nurse who went on to medical school as a second career. She continued to work during all of her pre-med classes.

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Richard’s Answer

There aren't many jobs available to average university student. Try to volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Try to find opportunities to shadow physicians, PAs or other clinical providers.

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Dee’s Answer

Yes depending on the hospital you can find many jobs that will help in your studies. A lot of hospitals offer on the job training and teach you how to do the job.

Dee recommends the following next steps:

Research local hospitals and job options they have available.

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