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How do I Prepare for a Career in the Medical Field?

My area does not have a whole lot of additional opportunities to learn about the medical field and prepare for a career in it(other than high school biology/anatomy classes). I was wondering what things i should do to prepare for college and a career in this field.

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Anika’s Answer

Check with your local hospital if they're accepting volunteers! It's a great way to meet physicians and nurses, learn from their experience, and ask them questions about their career paths / advice on how to take the next step. Also a great way to network with people in the field who can connect you with other.
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Aaliyah’s Answer

There are so many medical careers, physician, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, pharmacy jobs, etc. Finding what makes you happy within such a broad field should be first and foremost. I would search for "Allied Health" jobs and see what interests you and look at the education requirements for jobs you like. Volunteering at a hospital, cancer center, dialysis treatment center, is another great way to get started and build connections along with your resume. This website will be helpful to look at all the jobs in healthcare, education requirements, and potential job security and salary! https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
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Luz’s Answer

Joining classes or clubs that are related to medicine. Looking up Colleges by narrowing them down to the major you want to pursue.
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Allison’s Answer

I would definitely try to reach out and network over LinkedIn or other business community resources. If you reach out to someone try to set up a call and ask them about their career and any recommendations that they have for you. Take lots of notes and that way you can target the next person that you reach out to. Networking online is very useful!
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Samantha’s Answer

Greetings! My partner is a second-year resident and I work in the Higher Education tech sector. We've compiled some useful advice for you!

1. Enroll in high school science and math classes: If you're eyeing a career in medicine, consider taking advanced science and math classes while still in high school. These subjects are crucial in the medical field and will give you a head start in understanding medical procedures. Aim to keep your grades high.

2. Join health or medical-related extracurricular activities: High school students keen on healthcare have a plethora of extracurricular activities to choose from. You could volunteer at a local hospital, shadow a doctor or nurse, join a health club, or participate in a science fair. Don't forget to check out remote internships available on apps like Handshake.

3. Volunteer in your community: Many roles in the medical field value volunteers with relevant skills and experience. Offering your time at community clinics or nursing homes can help you hone technical and interpersonal skills crucial to the medical profession.

4. Consider summer internships: Summer internships and residency programs related to medicine can offer high school students invaluable exposure and experience in the medical field, under the supervision of seasoned professionals.

5. Ask your doctor for advice: This might be unconventional, but during your next routine doctor's visit, ask them for tips that helped them in their journey.

Here's a useful article to guide you further: https://www.inspiraadvantage.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-pre-med-in-high-school
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