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different types of clinical experience, which one to choose?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by goldenstandard2, May 10, 2008.

  1. goldenstandard2

    goldenstandard2 Banned

    Apr 23, 2008
    I was reading a similar post about "clinical experience" --- my question is not whether it is important to have clinical experience before applying to med school, but what exactly the best type of experience is to have. My pre-med advisor told me that clinical experience had to be in an in-patient setting, however I was hoping to do my clinical volunteering in low-income out-patient clinic. I was advised against this. How important is it to be in an in-patient setting (i.e. a major hospital)? I had been under the impression that as long as you were in a setting where doctors and patients were interacting, and you had some contact with patients and were able to assimilate a good understanding of what being a doctor entails, you were doing well for yourself. Do you guys have any suggestions? It seems that "clinical experience" is a vital part of any application.
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  3. DrChuck24

    DrChuck24 ~Keeping Faith~ 7+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    To be honest with you, any direct patient contact is fine. it is important that you are around doctors, so i think what you are doing is fine. It is different and as long as you enjoy it and benefit from it, then it should be no problem...all they want to make sure is that you know what medicine entails..and you can speak and interact with human beings...:D
  4. That's the perfect summary of clinical experience that med schools want. :thumbup:
    If you feel the position at that clinic you want to work in encompasses that definition, then go for it. And as LizzyM says...if you're close enough to smell the patient, it's clinical that line

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