Path to Medicine

Clinical Experience/Exposure

You can gain clinical experience/exposure in a variety of different ways. You can use physician shadowing and volunteering (if in a medical setting) as clinical experience/exposure time. However,clinical experience if you use physician shadowing and/or volunteering towards this then it may be wise to do more shadowing or volunteering as some schools don’t like to see you use one activity to fill two categories.

Another great way to gain clinical experience/exposure is through emergency medicine. You can generally become an advanced EMT in most states in as little as ten months. This is something that you can do alongside your other undergraduate studies. Once you get you certificates…use them, apply for jobs at the local fire station, ems agency, or hospital. A lot of emergency departments and even medical offices will take EMT’s and paramedics as staff. A terrible thing to do is to get certified and talk about how you are an EMT, but you haven’t actually worked as one… so get a job before you brag it up.

Being in emergency medicine is a great way to develop and learn a basic understanding of the complex world of medicine. You can quickly develop assessment skills, gain knowledge of basic medications and much more! If you get employed with your certificates it shows dedication to medicine, gives you physician contacts, opens many doors, and shows that you can work and go to school.<

Other great ways to gain clinical experience/exposure can be through CNA work, phlebotomy, nursing, medical assisting, and many other allied health jobs. These are all fantastic jobs and ways to gain exposure, but don’t loose sight of the overall end game… becoming a doctor.

Interviewers want to hear stories about why this is what you chose to do with your life, they want to know that they aren’t wasting their time, money, ¬†and resources on you. Also, you want to confirm that you don’t waste ten years of your life and spend half a million dollars before you realize that you hate medicine. Medicine is an entirely different world than what the TV portrays it to be, so get experience and know what it is about.

Good solid clinical exposure/experience is something the interviewers will admire. Have stories ready to tell them, and make the most of it. This is about getting into medical school, but if you are just barely getting your feet wet in the world of medicine then please make sure it is for you. Once you confirm that it is what you want to do the rest will follow suit. Clinical exposure will make for good points of conversation, stories, and solid experience. Use it to its full potential, it is more than just a job, it is a solid extra curricular activity that can display a lot of dedication and work ethic.