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Tips from the National Academy of Physicians: Getting High School Students Ready for a Health Career

National Academy of PhysiciansIt is never too early to prepare yourself for a career in the health or medical sciences. Organizations like the National Academy of Physicians can help high-achieving high school students get ready for these careers by offering advice, tips, and mentoring.

To enter most medical science careers, high school students need to get into a good college – either a community college or four-year college program. There are some steps you can take to make sure you are ready to enter college as you work towards a science career.

Take Math, Science, and English Classes Every Year

While your state laws and high school requirements may only require one year of math or science, this amount of limited exposure will make it difficult for you when you apply for college. To prepare for a health science track, you should consider taking four years of math, four years of science, and four years of English. Besides increasing your chances of getting into the school or program of your choice, taking science classes also gets you ready for critical thinking which is very important for medical science careers.

English courses help with reading comprehension, communication, and critical thinking as well. If computer courses are available at your high school, you should consider including those in your course load too.

Remember that This is a Competition

Remember that when you apply for admission to college or other medical program, you are in competition with other students for these spots. You have to stand out. One way to do that is to take college prep math and science classes. You can also participate in a summer medical internship for high school students or work in a lab while in high school.

You want to show that you can handle complex coursework but you also want to be ready to understand the science and math concepts that you might encounter – no matter what your career interests are.

Prepare Ahead of Time

While it may seem like kicking back and enjoying your time in high school is a great idea, there really is no good time to ease up on your course work when you are interested in a health career. If you don’t take the hard math and science courses in high school, it is possible that you will have to take remedial classes to make them up. Medical science careers are demanding – the preparation can be equally tough as well.

High achieving high school students should strive to take as many science, math, and English classes as they can to get ready for college and a science career. To learn more about getting ready for a medical science career, visit us at www.FutureDocs.com or check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/futuredocs.

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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National Academy of Physicians and Medical Scientists: Getting High School Students Ready for a Medical Career

National Academy of PhysiciansThere is some concern that there may not be enough physicians to care for patients as our society moves forward; thus, it is important that we continue to encourage high-achieving young people to enter the medical profession.

However, many students who might be interested in this field of study don’t have any idea how to go about getting there. Associations like the National Academy of Physicians and Medical Scientists may be able to help. Here are some important facts that aspiring high school students should keep in mind to enter the medical field.

Manage Your Grades

High school is a time of growth and experimentation; however, one thing you should not experiment with is your grades. To start on your path to a medical career, you need to make high marks in high school – especially science and math courses.

Classes like physics, chemistry, and biology are very important for students interested in becoming a medical leader. These grades demonstrate to colleges and medical schools that you can handle rigorous course work in difficult subjects. While other things may be beneficial to your application, your grades are probably the most important.

Participate in Extracurricular Activities

Even if you make straight-As in all of your classes, you may not get into the college of your choice or a top medical school if you don’t have anything else on your transcript. You have to demonstrate your interest and commitment to medicine.

Summer internships in a clinic or a medical lab can show that you are dedicated to the field. However, don’t limit your extracurricular activities to only medical-related projects. Join a language club or join a band; as long as you keep up your excellent grades, participating in other activities goes further in demonstrating your ability to manage multiple tasks at the same time at a high level.

Compare Accelerated Versus Traditional Route for Medical School

The traditional route of medicine is through four years of college and four years of medical school. During this path, the student has more time to explore career options and live with the undergraduate experience.

However, there are some programs that allow you to combine college and medical school into a shorter program meaning you would apply for college and medical school together. This option is very competitive and it only works for students who are 100% convinced that medicine is their lifelong passion.

If you decide to try for a combined program, you have to make that decision early in your high school career. This comes back to getting exposure early to the medical sciences. If high-achieving students do not learn about their options, they can’t make the necessary plans to apply for a combined program or even to apply to a traditional medical school.

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