What steps did you take to enter into the complex world of healthcare and medicine?
Hello! I am currently an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University studying Health Science. While I am on track to get my degree, I want to use my free time to gain valuable experience in the healthcare field, outside of school. To those with established careers in healthcare, are there any opportunities that I should be taking advantage of as a student?
Congrats on Stony Brook from another SUNY grad! 😊
There are a TON of opportunities out there, depending on what you are looking to do in the healthcare field.
If you're looking to get into a patient-facing role and you are currently working, I can not stress the importance of gaining customer service experience. Bed side manner and good interpersonal human interaction are of the most valuable skills you can learn, and carry with you.
Most hospitals have volunteer opportunities available from transport and dietary to visitation.
You can also intern within hospitals, some labs, and the department of health.
If you're still unsure about what you'd like to do, most careers offer shadowing opportunities, as well. You can place a call to your local health system and ask to speak with someone in professional development to learn more!