December 21, 2012
- Shadowing - To shadow a physician means to follow him or her around during their daily duties: sitting in during patient appointments, speaking with families, processing and interpreting lab tests, and generally seeing what the life of a physician is like. To find shadowing opportunities, consider approaching family friends (or friends' families!) who are physicians, asking science professors if they have colleagues who are practicing physicians, or checking if there are any lists at your school's pre-professional advising office.
- Hospital Volunteerism - Many major hospitals (and some private clinics) have opportunities for premed students to help out on the floors by talking with patients, assisting in patient transfers, and medication distribution. Historically, this was called "candy striping," since the uniforms kind of resembled a candy cane. Check on hospital's websites and don't delay in applying -- often, this is such a popular activity that you'll have to wait a little while for the next available volunteer training cycle.
- Research - Since medicine is always looking for the next big cure, the safest new medications, and the answers to understanding the impact of illness on individuals and communities, research is a major part of the medical field. Research is required if you're planning on applying to MD/PhD programs. Again, local hospitals, your school's pre-professional advising office, and science professors should be your go-to for checking out research opportunities.
- Community and International Outreach - These outreach programs include local community initiatives (such as Covenant House, a nonprofit charity for homeless and marginalized youth; the Ronald McDonald House Charities; and volunteering at nursing homes) as well as other national or international opportunities (the Peace Corps, alternative spring break trips, or programs through the World Health Organization).
- I. The Holistic Review Process
- II. The Personal Statement
- III. Secondary Applications
- IV. Medical Extracurriculars and Experience
- V. Non-Medical Extracurriculars and Experience
- VI. Letters of Recommendation
- VII. Interviews
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