Are you considering a career in health, or have you already been accepted to a health sciences program? If this is the case, you may be wondering how you can better prepare yourself for the years ahead. Because of the academic investment the medical field is notorious for requiring, we want you to feel confident and fully prepared to excel in this career path. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to do so. Let’s take a closer look at your options.
Four high-school summer programs that can prepare you for your degree in healthcare:
National Student Leadership Program
The NSLC on Medicine & Health Care “uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the challneging complexities of the medical profession.” This program is geared toward incoming first-year students looking to experience the medical field first-hand. Over the duration of the conference, participants will perform clinical rounds, learn useful techniques, explore different career paths, and even earn the opportunity to diagnose and treat patients.
The experience you can gain from an internship is immeasurable, and through Discovery Internships, you can find that opportunity. Interns experience not only a hospital’s fast-paced environment, but also shadow doctors on rounds and learn valuable skills with support from internship coordinators. During your internship you’ll assist doctors and nurses with hands-on procedures, learn about medical administration, network with healthcare professionals, and meet like-minded students.
Medical Summer Camps
Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forums is famous for cultivating the skills that set students apart in the medical field. Over approximately 10 days, high school students train as rigorously as a medical students. With two programs to choose from, NYLF Medicine or NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care, students participate in hands-on activities that help them build specific skills needed to thrive in their degree program. Students gain experience in providing patient care and in developing treatment plans.
Many colleges and universities, including The University of Vermont, offer motivated students an academically challenging experience designed to bring out their best. Every year, UVM places students in the country’s top graduate and professional programs and helps them launch their careers. If you’re a high-school student looking for a head start on a healthcare degree program, a variety of health programs are available to help you hone your skills before you start college.