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.
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.
For those of you whose applications to Medical and Dental schools have been submitted and all secondary/supplemental information has been provided, congratulations! To those who have had interview requests and are even now preparing to continue the interview process, we wish you all the very best and want to remind you of the excellent resources at your disposal through the Career Services offices on the UMass campus as well as directly from your PreMed/PreHealth Advising Office.
I hope that you had an exciting and productive summer dotted with meaningful internships, volunteer work, research, and clinical experiences that will help make you an even more competitive candidate for your chosen health professions field.
I want to personally congratulate our seniors who will be graduating in just a few weeks. Many of you have already secured acceptances to health professions schools and might be in the process of securing places to live in the towns where you will be attending medical, dental, PA, or pharmacy schools. This is an exciting time for you, and we could not be more proud of your accomplishments.
Pre-health students often ask me if they should pursue research as opposed to getting clinical experience. In my opinion, this should not be the question. The question should be, what is the value added to my competitiveness as an applicant if I engage in meaningful research?
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