I am a new pre med student and does anyone know what kind of jobs i should apply for during my undergraduate years so i can get experience about the medical field and might help my chance of getting into medical school?
Grades and MCAT are more important than jobs.mynameistino said:I am a new pre med student and does anyone know what kind of jobs i should apply for during my undergraduate years so i can get experience about the medical field and might help my chance of getting into medical school?
Get your EMT-B certification and start working at an ambulance service (preferably an ALS one where you will be paired w/ a medic). I recommend that you work there and not volunteer (that is unless it is a volunteer service), in other words try to make sure that you don't just run "3rd person" b/c with that your basically just another person to get in the way. If it's just you and the medic you get much more experience and hands on patient contact. I am a premed student now and I work almost every weekend usually like 20-30 hours in 2 days at a busy ALS Ambulance service and its definitly something I look foreward to every week. In addition to all the great experience, you make a decent wage (for a college student), get to see SOOO Much more than your friends will volunteering at some hospital, and actually get a chance to practice some (although limited) medicine. And let's face it, as a premed student, the chance to actually put down the damn chemistry books and go take a part in what your working towards really helps keep you motivated.mynameistino said:I am a new pre med student and does anyone know what kind of jobs i should apply for during my undergraduate years so i can get experience about the medical field and might help my chance of getting into medical school?
I agree 100 percent. To many people these days rush into careers without even exploring whether they truly like it or not. I made this mistake with law school, and I am determined not to make this mistake with medical school. That is one of the reason I decided to get my EMT-B, it seemed like the surest way of being certain that medicine is for me.Chachie2682 said:I worked in the ER as a tech for 7 years. While grades and MCAT are very important, you must have clinical experience. How would you ever know this is for you...based on numbers, or based on classroom work? My close friend applied to Northwestern with a 3.8 GPA and a 31 on the MCAT...got rejected because he had absolutely no clinical experience or volunteer work. And that was NWU main argument...numbers are great...but get some work with patients for a year or so, then apply again.
Dude, work or volunteer as an EMT. Working in the pre-hospital scene is one of the best ways to experience what it's like to care for patients and have a good idea whether or not healthcare is the correct decision for you. It also will "help your chance" at getting one of those nice acceptance letters in the mail, but if that's the only reason you want to do it, then that should answer your question as to whether or not medicine is the right career for yourself.mynameistino said:
EMT-Basic: 140 hours. Usually done part time (4 hours, twice a week) for 4-6 months, with some Saturdays thrown in. May also be done over a summer (4-6 week full time course).bigmike said:For those of you who are techs or emts - How long did your training last? Is it something that I could do over one summer or are these year + programs?
Hi:I'm currently an EKG tech, while in college. Lots of direct patient contact.