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Impact of Working in a Clinic

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by kiwiplanter, May 14, 2008.

  1. kiwiplanter

    kiwiplanter 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    I am having a dilemma: I am a pre-med student that still has 6 classes to take before I can apply to med school (really before i can take the mcat). I am scheduled to begin a semester of classes next spring (because of the course availability). I have been offered a position to work in a mental health care clinic that treats disabled adults. I would be working directly with the patients as a care taker. My problem is the fact that I will have to relocate down south, and this also means that I will have to put off school, perhaps a semester or a year... I know the experience is invaluable, but does it seem worth it since it will mean putting off school?
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  3. Vanguard23

    Vanguard23 5+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    I would say look for opportunities closer to home that are similar if you can. I mean, a year is a long time to be out of school and life in general. And yes, I do know people do this all the time; sometimes to foreign countries. But that is just my opinion.
  4. fireflygirl

    fireflygirl The Ultimate Blindian 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    I agree with Vangaurd. There have to be more similar opps that you could find closer to home. I just think you would feel better about being in school and getting your pre-reqs done in a timely manner vs. possibly having to forego school for something that you could probably find closer to home. I would say let it go and stick to school for now and look out for other volunteer opps by asking the pre-med advisor or friends that have already shadowed/volunteered.

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