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Future physicians and medical scientists: What's the best way to get involved in the medical field during high school?

Hey guys, I'm interested in becoming a physician or medical scientist someday. I'd like some advice on how can I get some experiences related to the field while I'm still in high school? What kind of extracurriculars, internships, or volunteer programs would you recommend?

6 months ago

Hello! It's fantastic that you're interested in the medical field at such an early stage. Here are a few suggestions to help you gain experience and become more familiar with the field:

1. Volunteer at a local hospital or clinic: Many hospitals and clinics offer volunteering opportunities for high school students. You might assist with basic tasks, such as working at the information desk or helping in specific departments. This will give you a firsthand look at the healthcare environment.

2. Join or start a health/medical-related club: If your school already has a club, join it. If not, consider starting one. This is a great way to connect with other students who share your interest, discuss medical topics, and organize activities, like guest speakers or relevant field trips.

3. Take advantage of science-related extracurriculars: Participate in science clubs, fairs, competitions (e.g., Science Olympiad), and research programs (e.g., Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program). These activities can help you develop scientific skills that you'll need in your future medical or research career.

4. Shadow a healthcare professional or find a mentor: Contact local physicians or medical researchers and ask if you can shadow them and learn more about their work. A mentor can help guide you and answer questions about pursuing a career in medicine or medical research.

5. Participate in internships or summer programs: Look for internships in hospitals, research labs, or university programs specifically designed for high school students. Summer programs often provide a more immersive experience where you can explore various medical or scientific disciplines and gain hands-on experience. You can find an initial list of options for medical-related programs and internships on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/medical-internships-for-high-school-students/.

6. Pursue relevant coursework: If your school offers advanced science classes or college-level courses (e.g., AP Biology, AP Chemistry), try taking them to build a strong foundation for your future medical pursuits and to demonstrate your commitment to colleges, when applications season comes.

7. Conduct independent research: If medical research is something you're passionate about, consider conducting your own project under a teacher's supervision. This can be an excellent hands-on learning experience, and you could even present your findings at local or state science fairs.

Finally remember that it's essential to focus on the quality of your engagement rather than the quantity. Pursue opportunities that genuinely interest you and align with your career goals, as that will be more productive than just signing up for every single thing possible. Good luck on your healthcare journey!

6 months ago

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