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Tips from The National Academy of Physicians: STEM Courses Are Important for High-Achieving High School Students

National Academy of PhysiciansThe National Academy of Physicians provides guidance for high-achieving students and tries to increase these students’ exposure to clinical science and other medical careers. High school students need to do well in math, science, engineering, and technology courses in order to be successful in a health science curriculum. It is important to understand what courses are included and why they are important.

What are STEM Courses?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math and can be used to define individual courses, a sequence of courses, or a specific integrated selection of classes. Science is the study of the natural world and laws of nature in courses like biology, chemistry, and physics. Technology covers the entire system of organizations, devices, systems, and people associated with creating and operating technologies. Engineering covers the design, development, and creation of products. Mathematics focuses on patterns and relationships between numbers, quantities, and shapes.

Taken together, these classes can improve critical thinking, understanding of the human body and the world around us, and other scientific concepts that may come in handy in medical careers.

Reasons for STEM Curriculum

There are several reasons why high school students should take courses in the STEM curriculum. This course of study is challenging and offers different pathways to the various science, medical, research, technology, and engineering careers that are available. The STEM courses also allow the students to get exposure to the opportunities that they may not have known about before. STEM curriculum also helps students get into college.

By taking these classes in high school, you won’t have to take extra classes – at a cost – at college to fulfill your admissions requirements. If you take advanced STEM courses, you may be able to get college credits which can save you money as well.

STEM Academies

To increase the numbers of students entering the scientific arenas, different organizations have created STEM academies or schools. These STEM schools prep high school students for higher level math and science classes; to truly be a STEM school, the school has to offer more science and math courses than your typical high school.

Businesses should be partners with the school – acting as mentors and providing other resources. Students in STEM schools should also regularly utilize computers and lab equipment. These schools can play an important role in the development of future scientists, doctors, and engineers.

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National Academy of Physicians: Increasing the Number of Minorities in Health Care

National Academy of PhysiciansWhile it has been a challenge to get high-achieving students to consider medical and other scientific careers, it has been even more difficult to direct capable minority students into those fields as well. The National Academy of Physicians works to encourage high school students to enter the medical sciences; however, improving these numbers among minorities requires consideration of the circumstances that many students may face.

Acknowledging these issues may go a long way in getting more minorities to consider these types of careers.

Managing Science Participation in School

Many minority students may excel at basic sciences, but just taking very basic science is not enough to prepare or expose the student to the full possibilities of science. Taking one or two science or math courses will not be sufficient; however, many inner city schools do not have the resources to provide more advanced science courses. These types of courses are important in the pathway to science careers.

It is necessary to encourage minority students to explore the available science courses at their schools and try to establish ways to improve the science, math, and technology offerings at schools that may have only minimal choices.

Exposure to Variety of Medical Options

It is especially vital to this population to increase exposure to the wide variety of science careers – from medicine to biotech to physical and speech therapy. These high school students should be encouraged to participate in summer medical internships, clerkships in medical and research labs, and clinical clerkships.

This exposure plays a dual role. First, these opportunities introduce the students to all of the different job possibilities; many students may only be aware of physicians and nurses as medical science career options and not know that there are other things they could do. Secondly, this exposure can encourage the students to continue on their scientific path and actively seek out more science and math courses – both inside and outside their high schools.

Introduction to Mentors and Other Role Models

Since the pathway to most medical careers requires hard work, sacrifice, and dedication, family support plays an important role in getting students through. In some situations, family support may be lacking. It may be due to structural issues, a need for more immediate money-earning careers, or a lack of exposure for the parents about the possibilities for scientific careers. Many minority students may have limited role models who have attended college or medical school which does play a role in student aspirations.

Parental influence also makes a difference in what types of careers students strive for. Finding mentors – both clinical and lab research — who can work with both the students and the parents may improve this situation.

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Tips from the National Academy of Physicians: Create Your Own Internship

National Academy of PhysiciansHigh-achieving high school students who are interested in science need exposure to science-based fields so they will be interested in entering medical careers in the future. The National Academy of Physicians is one association that can help these students gain that experience. Completing a mini-med school program or completing an internship with a physician or at a clinic are two ways that high school students can learn about the possibilities of a medical career.

How do you find these opportunities? It’s easy – if you take some initiative, you might even have to create your own program.

Check with Your School

Talk to your high school guidance counselors about internship opportunities. Many organizations send out information to high schools about summer programs and other types of science positions; the high school counselors then pass on the information to students that they know are interested in the subject matter or to students that they think might be interested if they took a look.

These programs can be summer programs, week-long residency opportunities, or even internships in laboratories. The options are vast, but the counselor has to know you are interested.

Search for Internships

You can also search online – just Google “internships.” Websites like internships.com or internmatch.com may have different listings of what may be available. Many colleges, medical schools, and technology companies have internship opportunities that you can find online.

On the other hand, you can also call (or visit) local science and medical organizations to get information about your options. You can look on the website of the organization to find the number for the employment or internship office and give them a call. Be polite and clear about what you are looking for; most people want to help and will direct you to the right place.

You Don’t Get In – Now What?

To get into a summer internship for high school students, you typically will have to complete an application and possibly an interview. There is competition for these spots so it is possible that you may not get admitted. While being overlooked may be disappointing, it does not mean that you cannot still get useful experience. You can create your own opportunity. Ask your own physician about shadowing opportunities; even if he or she is not available, your doctor often knows other doctors who might be. You can also ask a manager or the employment office at a company that you might be interested in observing about creating a position for you. Since this internship would be unpaid, these companies may be interested in bringing you in.

Getting an opportunity to observe in a clinic or in an office while in high school would likely convince a number of students that medicine or other scientific fields would be good career options. To learn more about getting a medical internship, visit us at www.FutureDocs.com or check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/futuredocs.