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
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
John recommends the following next steps:
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!
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.
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!