The Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising team helps students interested in healthcare fields make informed decisions about their career goals and supports them as they prepare for the application and interview process. In his monthly blog, Director Wilmore Webley shares important advice for navigating this process.
Modern medicine has evolved significantly over the past fifty years and the training that physicians get are at the heart of this evolution. There are two types of fully licensed medical doctors in the United States today: Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). As you consider applying to medical schools this cycle or in a coming application cycle, it is important to consider these two options carefully. It is not uncommon for students to apply to both.
As you actively think about applying to medical, dental or other health professionals schools over the next few months, it is important to revisit an often overlooked aspect of your preparation – Professionalism. Professionalism is highly valued in health professions schools and numerous studies exist on how acquisition of these values, attitudes and beliefs, elevate the culture of medicine.
The medical school application cycle is well under way. You have been a diligent pre-med/pre-health student who has visited the advising office on a regular basis. You have taken to heart all the guidance and advice offered to you, making sure that every one of your letter writers got their letters in by May. You heard that early application was the best strategy for success in getting into medical school, so you started your personal statement early, leaving plenty of time for editing, input, and corrections. You started to fill out your application as soon as it became available in May. And as soon as you could, you submitted a well-prepared application. For those of you who have received interviews and acceptances, congratulations! For others, you are in the waiting game. …
In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth defines grit as passion and perseverance toward long-term goals, even when faced with adversity. This commitment to long-term goals involves maintaining a vision of what one really wants to do and moving toward that goal, whether it takes a week, a month, or many years. However, grit also involves self-regulation, the ability to make choices and engage in behaviors that will ultimately lead to success. Grit therefore fuels strength, determination, and drive, while self-regulation involves directed effort, persistence, and often delayed gratification.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that health care will be the fastest-growing employment industry between 2016 and 2026. If you are comfortable in a fast-paced environment, if you are a team player, and if the idea of lifelong learning excites you, then you might be on the right track by considering a career as a health care practitioner. However, your desire to dedicate your life to caring for and helping patients may not translate into becoming a medical doctor or a dentist. Fortunately, the field of health care is vast and offers a range of diverse and exciting opportunities. There are more than 200 health care professions to choose from, so do your research before deciding on a position that’s a good fit for you.
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