What paths can a high school student if they want to pursue a career in the medical field?
What paths can a high school student take if they want to pursue a career in the medical field?
Most of my extra-curricular activities are geared towards advocacy, public health, arts and less medicines. What are some tips that you can give me as I aspire to be a pediatrician?
Most of my extra-curricular activities are geared towards advocacy, public health, arts and medicine. What are some tips that you can give me as I aspire to be a pediatrician?
As many have said volunteering in a hospital or healthcare setting would be great! Another thing you can also look into is receiving certifications such as becoming a medical assistant or a nursing assistant. I find that having one of the licenses and working with them helps you prepare for working in a healthcare environment and gives you excellent hands-on patient care experience. It also looks great on college applications too for the field you are going into. These programs may vary in price; however, you can also research if any programs offer scholarships in your area.
Asides from medical opportunities, I also recommend doing things you're interested in outside of medicine! Nowadays, many medical schools and health professional schools are interested in getting to know who you are as a human being and what you're passionate about. I recommended you try out doing activities you really enjoy! For example, if you love reading and kids, you could try reading to kids at the local library during your free time. If you love animals, maybe you could volunteer at an animal shelter! When it comes to medicine, most schools nowadays value diverse experiences, so I recommend finding enjoyable clinical and non-clinical experiences!
A great resource is VolunterMatch.org. I love volunteering and I have used this for the past 7 years. Great places to volunteer at are nursing homes, homeless shelters, and hospice centers. I was a pre-med student all four years of my undergrad, and now I am getting my masters of science in medical sciences. I’m actually applying to the next round of medical applications in May 2023. Some places require you to be 18 years or older, but a lot of places don’t. I do recommend volunteering in other areas other than just healthcare. I’ve been reading a lot of medical school admissions and they all say that they like their applicants to be well-rounded individuals who really sought out to help their community rather than only getting clinical experience. You are already doing a great job! Many museums love volunteers, and usually don’t have an age requirement. That could be another fun way to volunteer in the arts area!