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Are there any medical related online opportunities for teens in high school to do during the pandemic? Future thanks for the help!

I am currently a junior and I do not have much medical-related volunteer experience so any bit of advice will help. Thanks again. #high-school #help #futureanesthesiologist #anesthesiologist #experience #thanks #medicalfield #medicine


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Samantha If you want to begin your pre-med track, you’ll have to start by getting into college. To get accepted into a competitive school, you’ll need good grades in rigorous high school classes. Many colleges expect you to take the most challenging classes available at your school, typically AP and/or IB courses. If these types of classes aren’t offered at your school, colleges will not penalize you for not taking them. However, they want you to make the most of the resources available to you. Excelling in rigorous courses demonstrates that you have what it takes to work hard and excel at the college level. Plus, developing a solid work ethic and good study habits now will benefit you immensely in college and in med school. Of course, you’ll want to especially focus on science and math. Take advanced science and math courses like AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Calculus BC. These classes will give you a solid foundation for many of the courses you’ll be required to take in college and in medical school. They’ll also begin preparing you for the MCAT, a test you’re required to pass for admission to medical school.

ONLINE RESOURCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PREPARING FOR PRE-MED

HOSA – FUTURE HEALT PROFESSIONALS • http://www.hosa.org/join
This national organization provides pre-professional guidance to high schoolers who are interested in becoming doctors, nurses, or pursuing other healthcare-related careers. HOSA organizations offer students an unusual opportunity to simultaneously learn about medical careers and show off their knowledge in HOSA’s competitions. Beyond interest-based extracurriculars, academic competitions can show off your preparation for pre-med (and eventually medical) studies.

• The HOSA – Future Health Professionals competitions offer one opportunity to display your medicine-specific knowledge. More generally, you might consider participating in the Biology Olympiad, the premier national biology competition for high schoolers, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education. 20 finalists, selected through two rounds of written exams, attend a residential training program; from those 20, four finalists are selected to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad. In academic competitions, the path to impress admissions committees is relatively narrow. Merely participating in a competition like the Biology Olympiad could show your enthusiasm for biology, but, within the framework of our tier system, would only register as a tier four achievement. Higher levels of success would bring more strength to your application: A top placement could really catch admissions committees’ attention, and would be a tier one achievement; doing significantly better than the average participant could be a tier two or three achievement.

INTERNSHIPS, SHADOWING & RESEARCH

Medicine differs from many other science-based disciplines because of its applied dimensions. From conducting research to interacting with patients, students in medical school and doctors have to apply their knowledge in unique ways. High school students can gain exposure this sort of hands-on experience by shadowing a local doctor, interning at a hospital or doctor’s office, or conducting relevant research. These activities, though not traditional extracurriculars, can show that you understand the day-to-day realities of a medical career–and that you’re eager to take on its challenges. Showing that you understand the challenges of medical school (and medicine!) is important for pre-med applicants, and especially important for BS/MD applicants. In fact, many BS/MD programs require or strongly encourage applicants to have research, internship, or shadowing experience!

Samantha medical school may seem far away, but it’s never too early to start laying the foundation for your future. Taking the steps outlined above will make you a competitive applicant to colleges and, later, pre-med programs. But more importantly, they’ll give you the skills you need to manage the challenges of medical school and become an excellent medical professional in the future.

Hope this was Helpful Samantha

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hi Samantha!

You are wise to plan ahead for any healthcare-based career. It will give you a headstart and a "leg up" whether you are seeking volunteer, educational, or job opportunities. You can get many required healthcare certifications either completely or partially online to make your resume and applications shine:

Totally online: Bloodborne pathogens (BBP), Food Service Worker

Hybrid: CPR/BLS certification, First Aid

Search online for "free online certificate courses in healthcare" and look for any specific for California requirements.

Best of luck to you!

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Nicole’s Answer

Congratulations on seeking opportunities early to build your skills!

You may want to research call centers in your area, they often have entry-level positions with flexible scheduling for students, and a good chunk of them are work from home currently due to the Pandemic.

There are call centers based in the medical field. But any call center will give you the foundation of customer service/experience that you can translate into future career endeavors.

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Laura’s Answer

Hi Samantha!
It’s great that you are exploring volunteering alternatives during the pandemic.

I stumbled upon this organization that accepts student volunteers that you may want to look into https://teachmemedicine.org/

Hope this helps!

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