Best Medicine Summer School to Prepare for a Medical Career
Thinking about a career in medicine? I greatly recommend trying out some medical experiences in high school before committing to a pre-med path. Enrolling in medicine takes effort, but remaining there takes real commitment. Many of my high school friends who got into medicine ended up changing their mind during college when it got too challenging. So, how can you find out if medicine is your true interest?
Doing a medicine summer school program can help you decide if medicine is the right track for you. This way you will be certain about such an important choice in your life rather than wasting time and money in something you are not meant for. This article will guide you through the best pre-med programs, how you can find out if medicine is your true interest and what you should look for in a summer school medical program.
One of the Medicine Preparation High School Students from Turkey holding his graduation Certificate
The best way to get a taste of what´s like to study and work in medicine is through a medicine summer school program. During summer you´ll have the most free time, as well as a greater range of experiences to choose from. There are many medicine summer schools around the globe. These will look great on your high school resume and translate into positive responses from colleges. They vary in a range of choices, including advice on admission test, introduction to pre- med courses, visit medical facilities, and clinical experiences. Cambridge Medicine Summer School Program in London is one of the few that addresses them all. I’ve provided links to each program underneath. You should also consider shadowing a doctor or volunteering at a hospital to find out more about the areas of medicine that interest you.
Below you can find a list of the best medicine summer school programs around the world. Several of these internships and programs are just for students from a specific state or area, so make sure to double check specific programs for application requirements and fees. Some of them are available all year around while others only during summer,
|Medical Youth Science Program||USA||Stanford University||2-4 weeks||$||http://smysp.stanford.edu/admissions|
|Lite Regal Education: Medical School Preparation||England||London, Cambridge||2-6 weeks||$$$||https://www.literegal.co.uk/summer-school/courses-ages-15-18/medical-school-preparation/|
|Vida Volunteer||Costa Rica/ Nicaragua/Guatemala||Field Clinics in these countries||10-13 days||$$||http://www.vidavolunteer.org/medical-program|
|National Student Leadership Conference||USA||Several locations around USA||2-4 weeks||$$$||https://www.nslcleaders.org/youth-leadership-programs/summer-medical-programs/|
|Gap Medics||Dominican Republic, Croatia and Thailand||2-6 weeks||$$$||https://www.gapmedics.com/programs/premedicine-internships/|
These programs are aimed at students 15-18 years old who would like to enter the medical profession and would like to spend the summer surrounded by likeminded individuals. These programs vary from one another, so the big question arises, which one should you choose? Choosing the right medical summer school package is part of your plan for getting into the notoriously competitive pre-med collage, so make sure you analyze all the options and choose wisely.
Medicine summer school programs and internships provide a real look at what life’s like as a medical student and a doctor, as well as some include other career programs such as dentistry and veterinary. You’ll have a great sense of whether or not you’d like to pursue these careers after you finish your program. While Vida Volunteer has an approach on learning the basics while volunteering in field clinics (low income countries), Gap Medics offers a “shadowing a doctor” more like experience. They are more of an internship program than a medical student course, and you´ll get to learn about the other countries culture trough these programs. You’ll also meet like-minded students who’re interested in medicine/science.
Lite Regal Education and National Student Leadership program offer their courses in collage. If you attend a college campus program, and you’re interested in going to college at the school that hosted the program, you’ll have shown real interest in that college (which admissions officers like to see).
Lite Regal Education in London, Cambridge is meant to be for High School Students who wish to know more about medicine, wish to take this at University Level and wish to be successful in their application process. It has helped many students to ensure that medicine or a medical related carrier is the right course for them, but also to get into the pre-med collages. The content of this course covers the application process, the study process for the UKCAT, BMAT and MCAT (USA) and the study of basic concepts in the medical science. The selection and acceptance into UK University Medical Schools are similar to other countries around the world.
This program puts all its efforts into maximizing your chances of entry into Medical School anywhere in the world by giving strategic understanding of the Medical School application and short-listing process. You will be taking lectures and practical workshops that are easy and fun; these learning methods are better to acquire knowledge. Public health volunteering is not part of the program (only Gap Medics and Vida Volunteer), however students will get the chance to volunteer in clinics, have hand on hand experience with patients and nurses, as well as being able to shadow a doctor (internship week option can be included).You will meet future doctors from all around the world and be participants in educational field trips to science museums and hospitals.
Adding an internship experience to the program is also possible. It´s an optional one or two week opportunity to enroll in a medical internship or placement in a London Hospital or Clinic. During this experience you´ll have the chance to shadow a doctor during his day to day tasks, reinforce doctor-patient approach learned during the courses, observe surgeries during a whole day, get to know the different areas of the hospital and their importance, and many others. Performing basic hospital tasks is possible if you are enthusiast and confident during these weeks. By Shadowing Doctor students will gain real insights and invaluable experience into “what is like to be a Doctor”.
Make sure to choose a medicine summer school that addresses three main things: the selection criteria and academic criteria in getting accepted into medical school, introduction to first year med school courses, and a closer look of what´s like to be a doctor. Your personal qualities and abilities desirable in med school students and doctors are going to be tested, but do not worry, this will get you more certain to what the med track it´s like and assure you of your choice. Look ahead, choosing a medicine summer school is the first step into getting you to be a doctor.