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Working in med school

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by confuse, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. confuse

    confuse Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2002
    What kinds of jobs have you been able to find in med school that pay moderately well? I'm entering med school in the fall but I will only have to take Anatomy and a patient-physician class so I have plenty of time to hold a job. I pass out of the other classes by doing well in a special masters program. I have been looking for jobs this summer near the med school, hoping to continue with that job in the fall. Most of the jobs listing that I come across are medical technologist and medical transcriber position. How long does it take to become a certified medical technologist or medical transcriber with a MS degree? What are some other jobs that are suitable for med students? Thanks.
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  3. hinduluv

    hinduluv Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2003
    I worked at best buy my first year, lol. dont work there you end up spending more than you make.
  4. Non-TradTulsa

    Non-TradTulsa Senior Member - Resident 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Working in medical school is a very bad idea, IMHO. I know a few people who've done it - but rarely without considerable cost to their GPAs. If you're taking a small class load (and your schedule sounds weird to me - everybody in my class takes the same courses at the same time regardless of background and I've never heard of anything different), you should probably focus on studying ahead. It's hard to describe how difficult just the culture shock of adjusting to medical school can be - the responsibilities of a job are only going to make it worse. If you're taking on $40-50K a year in debt (or more), do you really think working is going to help much? Medical schools give you a manageable (not generous, but manageable) amount of money to live on - which can be adjusted for special circumstances - because they want you to study, not work. Also, if you ever ran into academic difficulty for any reason, your academic standards committee will take a very dim view of the fact that you're working.

    If you're determined to work, at least wait until your second semester of first year. Just my $.02.
  5. 8o8o8o8

    8o8o8o8 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    I babysat (& still do during rotations) If you like kids, it's fun, t's easy cash and you make your own schedule. If I babysit 2x / week thats ~$100
  6. Non-TradTulsa

    Non-TradTulsa Senior Member - Resident 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    That, I admit, would be a fantastic med student job. But nobody will let me baby-sit. Heck, all I said was that I am going to refuse to see pediatric patients unless they're pre-loaded with Benadryl in the waiting room. Or maybe it was the time I said that a bottle with orange juice and a good shot of bourbon will quiet just about any kid down. Not sure. I'm just not a peds kinda guy.
  7. ut2010

    ut2010 Medical Student 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    I write in medical school and it is a perfect job because I get to set my own schedule and do as much or as little writing as I want.
  8. 78222

    78222 Guest

    Sep 11, 2005
    Well, if you want to work there are usually some medically related jobs to be had. Personally, I would just work on having the most awesome abs in my class and practice my drinking everyday.
  9. deuist

    deuist Stealthfully Sarcastic Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2004
    Tutoring high school students seems to pay well. A classmate of mine pulls in over $30 an hour by teaching teenagers algebra.
  10. vtucci

    vtucci Attending in Emergency Medicine Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2003
    You could teach MCAT prep.

    Alternatively, while not paid, you might want to beef up your research resume and get some publications in.
  11. confuse

    confuse Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2002
    Thanks everyone.
    Nontradtulsa: some schools offer a special master program in which students can take some of the same classes with med students and be graded on the same curve. It is geared toward helping med school applicants with decent MCAT but mediocre GPA to prove to the admission committee that they can do the academic work. I was in one of these programs and the med school is nice enough to use my grades from these classes in sub for the equivalent med school classes, so that's why I have a lighter schedule than others coming in.

    It sounds like the most flexible job is MCAT tutoring. Do you know what teaching center offer the best rate or condition? I'm thinking of teaching for Kaplan because I want that discount for purchasing Kaplan USMLE materials, but I heard that Kaplan salary is really low compared to other institutions (around $15).
  12. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Can't say that I'd be too crazy about MCAT tutoring. I'd like to leave that stuff in the past.
  13. politik

    politik Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2005
    Is it possible to do some research throughout the school year? how many hours would be ok without a drop in grades (my school is not pass/fail :(((( )
  14. pballa24

    pballa24 Ali G is my idol...? 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    BARTEND! only time commitment is fri and/or sat the time you start work, you're already done with studying for the day. I'll admit it can be a pain in the ass to run around behind a bar for 6 hours on a weekend-night when u could be on the other side gettin loose with your friends. It's def. a matter of high return/minimal investment tho.
  15. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    This is so individual student dependant that no one can give you a useful answer. Your smartest move is to start off med school just focusing on the classes and see how it goes. If, after a couple of exams, you find you have more than enough time to do well and take on more committments, then line up that research job. Some students have time to do research, others need to limit it to the summer or take a year off to do it.

    (The OP is in a different situation, because s/he is apparently taking fewer classes thanks to carry over credits.)
  16. soeagerun2or

    soeagerun2or Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    It surely is possible and is beneficial if you can but it can be tricky getting funding. I'm at a p/f school and probably spend more time than I should.
  17. Engin

    Engin Senior Member Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    Anybody get work/study money as part of their Finacnial Aid? I got a couple grand, and I'm not sure if I should do it. Anyone have any experience with this?
  18. etudiante04

    etudiante04 phenomenal 7+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    You can use it to work in the summer. As a matter of fact, your financial aid package normally does not include summer). You really don't want to work during your first semester of medical school. I'm using my workstudy to go abroad this summer!
  19. DocH

    DocH 7+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    Beavercreek, OH
    Kaplan starts at $18/hr to teach the MCAT. I believe PR starts at $20/hr (at least in Ohio). Kaplan's pay scale is different depending on what test you teach; for example, if you teach the ACT or SAT, you'll get paid a lot less than the MCAT. But be warned: you must teach it their way!
  20. spontaneusrxn


    Apr 25, 2007
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Two days a month about $900+ as a pharmacist though.;)
  21. omgwtfbbq?

    omgwtfbbq? yes, really, I'm a girl 7+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Hey UT2010, I'm a writer also. What kind of writing work do you do?
    I do freelance for a magazine in my hometown and write a lot of fiction (which, granted, doesn't pay the bills...... yet...) :)

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