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Hey everyone, non-traditional post-bac here.
I'm wondering at this point if I'm too late in applying for summer programs to either volunteer at a hospital or find a research opportunity, because all seem to have had their application deadlines set.
What are some opportunities that I can find to do over the summer at this point for someone with minimal experience and just started on the pre med path.
I'm in NYC if that matters.

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Jun 8, 2015
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You could always shadow a physician or volunteer in a non-medical capacity. I don't know where you are in your pre-med journey, but whatever you end up doing during the summer make sure you do it with a focused mindset. Almost anything can be tied back to "why medicine" with enough creativity.
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If you don't mind working without pay, you could email professors at a university or medical school in NYC to do research with them for the summer. A lot of the formal research internship programs that offer a stipend have already closed their applications at this point. The application process/cycle for hospital volunteer programs is highly variable, depending on the program. Pick a few hospitals you'd be interested in volunteering at and check out their application process/timeline.

You could also email physicians to ask them to shadow or volunteer with a medical/community service organization. Since you're just starting your pre-med journey, having some clinical exposure or research would be a good experience for the summer.
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