All professional schools are interested in well-rounded students who know how to balance work with recreation. Recreation activities, including hobbies, athletics, and other pastimes, will help you relieve stress and return refreshed to your studies, both undergraduate and professional.
Volunteer / Community Service
Because you are preparing for a humanitarian profession, it is important to have volunteer learning experiences which demonstrate a commitment to service to others. It is suggested that this be ongoing throughout your college years prior to application for admission.
Observing a healthcare provider in action will help you gather the information you need to fully commit to the profession you have chosen and to learn about a variety of medical specialties.
Patient Exposure Experience
Interacting well with patients is one of the key indicators of a successful future provider. Your experience can be either paid or unpaid; some may or may not require certification. Talk with an advisor about your specific interests.
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As a provider, you will be a leader and team member in many ways – with your patients, your staff, your colleagues, and your community. Examples includes offices held in organizations, committee work; leadership in church activities; coordinating a project; managing, training, supervising at work or in other activities; teaching experience of any kind; peer counseling or mentoring, etc.
Healthcare professionals depend on medical literature to remain current in their field during their entire career. Most professional schools highly recommend participation in research. The UUSOM and UUSD, for example, both require participation in independent, hypothesis-based research using the scientific method. Your research experience could be from many different areas – it does not have to be medically related or in a lab.
Things to Remember
Make sure you have contact information for supervisors and physicians you shadow or work with in case you need to have them write recommendation letters. Even if you discontinue some activities, try to keep a relationship with them.
Record all hours of service and experiences. Writing your reflections in a journal will be helpful when you write a personal statement.