Medical and health professions schools prefer candidates who have had some basic experience in the field through volunteering, internships, shadowing, or working in an office.
Medical schools do not expect students to have “hands on” clinical roles; they simply want you to have exposure to how the health care system operates and have some experience interacting with patients. There are countless ways to gain clinical experience, such as:
- Hospital volunteer
- Volunteering with health-related non-profits
- Emergency medical technician
- Certified nursing assistant
- Pharmacy technician
- Medical scribe
Brandeis students engage in research both on- and off-campus. While some research experiences are application-based, most require you to reach out to researchers directly to see if they are in bringing you onto their project.
- Have your resume reviewed by Hiatt Career Center.
- For paid lab technician positions, view jobs in Workday.
- Search the Brandeis Faculty Guide to find faculty doing research in an area of interest. Once you identify some faculty of interest, do your homework: read their web pages and recent journal articles. Talk to other undergraduates or graduate students who work in the lab before approaching the faculty member.
- Be resilient and persistent. You may need to send more than one email or send emails to more than one faculty person.
- Keep in mind: the research does not need to be bench research or hard science research to be useful!
The father of a Brandeis student reached out to help connect students with surgeons in his field of colorectal surgery. Over the years the program has expanded to also include OBGYN and general surgery. Students have the opportunity to shadow in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and California.
The duration of each site varies anywhere between two and eight weeks and has the potential to extend into the academic year. Some sites are primarily research based whereas others are clinical or offer a blend of both.
All Brandeis students are welcome to apply regardless of major or year, however preference is given to sophomores and juniors who have completed 3-6 semesters of coursework.