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What can I do in high school to help prepare myself for earning a degree in medicine?

I'm a sophomore in high school and I've always loved studying biology and anything that had to do with science. I joined clubs at school like Young Leaders in Healthcare and Rady's Children Hospital Club. I'm planning on taking AP Bio, AP Chem, and AP physics, but I want to do more. Are there any summer programs, internships, or volunteering opportunities that are available to me? And also, what was your high school experience like that helped to prepare yourself for your career? #medicine #science #biology #internships #volunteering

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Brendan’s Answer

I live in Romansvill Pennsylvania so I would like to get to internship close by

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Will’s Answer

To be honest, medical school admissions don't really care about what you did in high school - they care about college. With that in mind, the key is getting into a college that you will be able to get an excellent GPA at and have minimal debt upon graduation.

The best thing that you can do in high school is take those AP classes like you mentioned and learn how to study efficiently - prepare yourself to strive in a rigorous pre-med curriculum in college. For now, get good grades and build up some AP credits for college. However, don't burn yourself out before you reach college! Once you're in college, get involved in scientific research, take ownership of leadership roles in organizations you like, volunteer (e.g. at the local hospital), shadow docs.

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Brendan’s Answer

I am located in Romans Ville Pennsylvania

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Richard’s Answer

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.
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Brendan’s Answer

Right now I am lifeguarding but I am majoring allied health hoping to find an internship

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