Next, look for a high school summer medical program. These programs will give you exposure to the world of medicine and also the opportunity to work with medical professionals. Colleges such as Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and many others offer summer programs that introduce students to the medical field. Some hospitals, such as Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, also offer summer internships or research opportunities for high school students. High school medical summer programs offer learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. Many include hands-on lab training. For instance, the Pre-Med Institute at the University of Texas at Austin allows students to study anatomy by handling real human remains and soft tissue specimens. Students also learn how to examine MRIs, X-rays, and CTs. If you are looking at summer medical programs, consider who is teaching the classes and whether it includes opportunities to be in the lab or even do your own research.
Jada if you like what you experience at one of these pre-med summer programs, it is a good indicator that you are on the right track toward a career in medicine.
John recommends the following next steps:
Thank you for your question. I agree with John's advice 100%. My son is a Pediatrician and just completed his residency. He's now in a fellowship program to specialize. Without repeating John's comments here's a brief list of steps my son took on his journey to become a Pediatrician.
1) College Degree (4 years)
2) Summer Intern (Paid or Volunteer)
2) MCAT (Retake the exam if necessary)
3) Medical School (4 years)
4) Residency (3 years)
5) Fellowship / Specialization (3 years)
One last thing I'd like to add is when my son was in high school he was in a medical explorer's program for 3 years. This was an awesome program where he spent at least 3 hours a month shadowing doctors in the local hospital. This is a great experience and I urge you to check with your school to see if they have such a program. I hope this was helpful. Best of luck to you!