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Paying for clinical experience?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by NubianPrincess, Nov 1, 2001.

  1. NubianPrincess

    NubianPrincess Perpetually Bored 7+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2001
    The Dirty Dirty
    I went to a pre-med meeting today and we were informed about an upcoming opportunity to obeserve an experimental surgery. In addition to viewing, we would learn about various techniques such as blood gas analysis, etc., and one would get a certificate of participation. Just as I was getting excited, I realized that there was a $300 fee involved. Why must everything cost so much money? Will I miss out on the good stuff as an undergrad unless I write a check?
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  3. rxfudd

    rxfudd 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Chicago suburbs
    Before you pay $300 to observe a surgery, call around and see if you can get a shadowing opportunity somewhere - lots of people do this and it's free. I shadowed in the ER at an Illinois hospital and it was lots of fun. Most departments have a few docs who would be more than happy to let you watch for a day (sometimes more if you're particularly ambitious). I've never heard of someone having to pay anything (let alone that much money) to simply observe. Unless you get a TV with it, I'd be skeptical...
  4. sandflea

    sandflea Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2001
    wow, i totally agree with rxfudd. close that checkbook! there are PLENTY of free opportunities out there. and what's with the 'certificate of participation'?! you get a certificate that you observed a surgery? that's unbelievable. it's really not that rare for someone to observe a surgery, and a one-time observation isn't going to count for much when you apply to med school. again, call around and get something at a local hospital. this 'program' sounds like a scam to me, one that preys upon anxious premeds.
  5. NubianPrincess

    NubianPrincess Perpetually Bored 7+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2001
    The Dirty Dirty
    Oh, im even better than broke :)
    But thanks for the advice. Maybe the hospital I volunteer in has some opportunity. I was curious as to whether its normal to pay for these types of experiences.
  6. THE instiGATOR

    THE instiGATOR Cow Tipper 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2001

    Shadow a surgeon! It's great! I've been shadowing a surgeon for half a year and have really enjoyed the experience. I don't even know if I will stop when accepted. Maybe I'll trim the clinical time and only attend operations.

    $300 is absurd! Forget that!
  7. Daredevil

    Daredevil Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2001
    They are ripping you off, man.
  8. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Volunteer at a VA Hospital ER. They'll let you observe and even assist to some extent.
  9. snowballz

    snowballz Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    $300 for what? RIP OFF!!! They are ripping you guys off big time. Especially since blood gas analysis takes roughly 20 minutes to learn the basic concepts of..if that.

    Never be so desperate for clinical experience that you have to pay for it.

    I'd rather not have it, then have to pay for it. What is their excuse for offering it so expensively anyway?

  10. Szkwicz

    Szkwicz Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2001
    I've found doctors who have let me shadow them and I shadowed them twice a week for an entire semester. I'd usually go for about 3-4 hours each time too. It was absolutely free and I think you can get alot more out of something like that than a one-time surgery viewing. Just my 2 cents.
  11. NE_Cornhusker1

    NE_Cornhusker1 12" Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2001
    The Cornhusker State
    I'll tell you a secret for 299 dollars. It's this, THEY ARE TRYING TO RIP YOU OFF. But they know they'll get a least 2 or 3 students with Mom and Dad's $ to spend to do this.
  12. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    The Big House
    I'll echo these other guys- someone has a Benzo payment to make. What easier way than to milk it out of loaded pre-meds?? Screw it- find a guy/girl that wants to take you on and hang out. There's lots doctors like that around who would love to see a new face. Find 'em and be happy! --Trek

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