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when in high school, what job can you get that involves the medicine field ?

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Jessica’s Answer

That is wonderful that you want to start gaining experience early on! When I was in high school I applied to work at doctor's offices in the summer and found a wonderful podiatrist office that helped me get experience with appointment scheduling, administrative tasks, and even let me shadow the medical assistants in the room with the patients. It was a great way to get a glimpse into healthcare and what I was/was not interested in pursuing.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi!
As already stated, volunteering at a hospital is a great start.
If you can’t find a place to volunteer or you need to have a paying job, I would suggest a customer service position. Healthcare jobs obviously provide healthcare, but customer service is also key. Learning to deal with people and their personalities is a skill that is used often in many fields and is helpful to learn. If you can find a job to sharpen computer skills, that would also be beneficial. Healthcare uses technology and it’s great if you already know how to do a lot of it. Good luck!
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Jasleen’s Answer

This is a great question and one that I wished I had asked early on! A great way to get started is volunteering at your local hospital. This was one way I was able to connect with a variety of healthcare workers. Additionally I would look into a CNA or EMT certificate as these jobs have many openings in all areas and can provide you exposure to patient care. Hope this helps!
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Karen’s Answer

I also recommend looking into a CNA (certified nursing assistant) position or looking for volunteer opportunities at a hospital. Additionally, many cities have non-profit medical clinics that provide free or low cost healthcare. Those clinics typically need volunteers, and they are a great way to see another side of healthcare!
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Marney’s Answer

Thanks for the great question.

First, please realize that not everyone who works in the medical field had a job in this field during high school. Opportunities have been much more limited during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the others mentioned, summer jobs are a great way to gain exposure to the medical field. You likely won’t get opportunities to participate in medical care but you can gain a lot of knowledge about the way a clinic or hospital functions. Ask locally - doctor’s offices are great, but remember there may be opportunities at other types of offices: therapists (speech, occupational, physical), dentists, even veterinarians.

Volunteer positions are a great way to learn more - hospitals, rehabilitation centers (eg physical), nursing homes, research centers, and laboratories are some options. (See suggestions here: https://students-residents.aamc.org/getting-experience/finding-health-care-related-volunteer-opportunities).

Some career oriented high schools have pathways for you to learn technical skills (such as a certified medical assistant). These pathways can be a great option for some students.

Good luck!
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