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What can I do to learn more about the medical field? Thank you!

Sophomore, favorite class is health science, cheerleader, hosa, and ffa

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Andrew’s Answer

Hi Shelby,

Awesome question! The medical field is full of various professions, areas, and career paths. You can find both clinical and non-clinical roles, which might differ from one place to another. As you begin exploring the medical field, I strongly suggest connecting with and shadowing healthcare professionals you're interested in. This creates a valuable space for teamwork, where you can learn more about the profession and any necessary training or education. It's important to avoid investing time and money in extensive training for a medical discipline if you're unsure about the role. To get started, consider volunteering, joining a student shadow program, or asking friends and family for referrals. This will give you an excellent foundation to build on.

Andrew recommends the following next steps:

Shadow/Network healthcare professionals
Volunteering hopital In-Patient units(Learn workflow/patient care prinicples)
Discover interview opportunities with healthcare professionals
Apply in entry-level medical roles that would allow you to learn more about the field of interest (i.e. Technicians, Assistants, Aides, Interns, etc)
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Scott’s Answer

Hello Shelby. The "medical field" is a very broad term. There are clinical pursuits (hands on care), scientific research oriented careers and business aspects of medical care. It can mean anything from being a medical technician (someone who performs tests or draws blood in a doctor's office) to being a brain surgeon or running a hospital and many other fields as well (physical therapy, occupational therapy radiology technician, etc...). Being interested in the health science class suggests something in the medical field may be for you. Talking to people you know such as your doctor and the employees in their office (possibly nurses, medical technicians) would be a convenient source of information. If you know anyone else in a health-related field, they could be helpful as well. Perhaps you can speak to a guidance counselor to see if there are any vocational programs that can provide information. If you are planning to go to college you will have the opportunity to take classes that can give you a taste of what different fields may be like and there you will have the opportunity to interact with professors who often have had real-life experience in their fields. As you are still young, I encourage you to keep your options open and to explore different ideas to find where your interests truly lie. Best of luck!
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