Documenting that you know what you are getting yourself into is an important component of every application to a professional school. For a professional program retention (i.e. not losing any students along the way) is of utmost importance, so you need to demonstrate that you won;’t be surprised by the realities of the program.
How do you show this?
The easiest way is internships and shadowing experience. A total of around 100 hours of career-relevant experiences is generally recommended before you apply.
- commit to working with a professor as Research Student on a research project, ideally over several semester
- shadow a local doctor, dentist, vet during the semester, or at home over the summer, or intern in a pharmacy
- intern in a residential care home (e.g. The Woodland)
- apply for a summer undergraduate research program
(https://www.aamc.org/members/great/61052/great_summerlinks.html) (Links to an external site.)
- participate in a rotation at CENTRA Southside Community Hospital