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If I'm hoping to go to medical school after college and am currently in high school, what are some jobs I could do during my summers both before and during college to prepare for a good medical school application?

I'm in high school hoping to go into either a health or law profession after college. I am currently undecided about which university I want to go to and what my major will be. #medicine #college


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Rachel’s Answer

I would suggest shadowing med physicians in fields that you are interested in. I would also suggest an internship or job in a healthcare related field during the summer. This could involve working in hospital transport, phlebotomy, or the lab. There are many options.

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Richard’s Answer

.Try to join a research lab.
.Volunteer at local hospital.
.Shadow local physicians.
.Entry level job at hospital e.g. transporter
.Degrees which require some college e.g EMT
.Degrees which require associates degree e.g. Radiology tech

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Angela D.’s Answer

Great question! I shared in an earlier response to you that my son became an EMT while waiting for admission to medical school. He knew of some some high school students who became Junior EMTs. Apparently, they can have supervised ride-alongs, learn how to supply ambulances, and such. Please see the website below for more information. He also became First Aid/CPR certified, which you can do as well. Another avenue is to volunteer in a local hospital or clinic. Wishing you the best in your endeavors, Dr. B

https://learn.org/articles/What_is_a_Junior_EMT.html
https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/emt


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Joel’s Answer

I concur with the others who have already responded to this question. I would add, however, that you've got a few years before med school application and, although no one knows "what they're looking for" I think medical schools (employers/graduate schools, etc) want to see a curiosity, a drive, a thirst for further experience or knowledge. So, Yes, that can be a lab, shadowing someone on an ambulance, in a hospital, an a doctor's office, a volunteer position...in short, almost anything that shows that you didn't just waste your time.

Another feature of summer work that is definitely valued is showing some "stick to it-ness". In other words, working in the same place over one or two summers, especially if it might also translate to part-time work during the school year and esPECially if you can demonstrate some advancement or increased responsibility.

I would say: a medical or research experience is nice but you'v e got your whole career for that. Show some curiosity and open-mindedness instead and have fun while you broaden your life. Good luck!

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