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What clinical exposure did you have?
LOTS of clinical experience through being a CNA and an ER scribe. I was also part of this program for Honors students that allowed me to get first-hand experience with doctors and I got to watch surgeries and attend cast-making labs, etc.

Rita Arons at Creighton University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2019.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Developmental Biology degree. Answer posted 11/20/2014
EMT-basic, shadowing, and volunteering.

Jennifer Hsu at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2018.
Pre-med: University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Management Info Systems degree. Answer posted 3/29/2014
Most of it came after college when I worked as a PT tech and CCU tech. While in college it was a simple exposure to BLS as a volunteer medic.

Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
Look at question 6 and 7.

Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
I worked as a CNA for about three months prior to starting college.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
Check Q number 6

Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
See "shadowing"

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
i saw a few surgeries in bolivia. that kind of freaked me out. update: seen caths, device implants, etc etc. and blood. lots and lots of blood.

emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
As a teenager, I worked with geriatric and pediatric patients in the hospital; on the geriatrics ward, I assisted in bathing, feeding, and changing patients. On the peds ward, I coordinated playroom activities.

While working in a neurosurgery lab in college, I spent many hours in the operating room to observe hippocampectomies and collect tissue for use in our research.

Just after college I landed a public health fellowship with the CDC in Alaska and traveled to several remote villages for clinical research activities.

For the past four years, I've been working with mentally ill children and adults, coordinating social and medical services.


Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
Get a job as a PRN tech in a hospital (easy to get). I was a psych tech for a year and an anesthesia tech for another year at a local children's hospital. I was also a clinical research coordinator in ID for 3 years. You need not do all this, that's just where my life circumstances led me. Although, I'd recommend a hearty 2 years at 10 hrs/wk for your med school application (more if your grades/MCATs aren't competitive).

Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
I worked for several years as a lab tech in a Veterinarian's office and volunteered at the WFUBMC ER.

George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician on an ambulance for nearly two years and in a hospital emergency department for three and a half years. I also taught basic life support, affiliated with the American Heart Association.

Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
In youth corrections, I personally was responsible for a youth and held counseling sessions with him as well as did group work with his family. This was on top of being part of a team that supervised a group of boys. In psychiatry, I worked with acutely sick adults. This included some informal counseling work, as well as watching patients in the infamous "padded room". In the PACU, I was very fortunate. I was able to d/c art lines, maintain airways, and do many other clinical tasks. My greatest clinical experience has been in my current job as a sleep technician. I have a great deal of autonomy working with patients.

Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
I worked at the Mayo Clinic as an intern and had the opportunity to experience many surgeries first hand.

Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
Besides working 5 years as a Nursing Assistant, I worked 2 years as a Medical Technologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. The clinical exposure I received was huge. Such as, working with doctors, nurses, and patients in the ICU, ER, OR, Peds, OBGYN, and PACU. I would perform a wide array of stat clinical tests as well as draw blood (arterial or venous) and read ventilators for the physicians. I was part of the CODE team to help revive a patient. Also, I would be on call for liver, cardiac, and lung transplants, where I would have to operate the OR lab. A great portion of my work involved being called down to a patient to draw an arterial blood gas and run an ABG test to get the results to the physicians. Through this experience I learned a great deal of how to palpitate a patients extremity to feel for veins, nerves, tendon, and arteries. In addition, I learned how important it is to have fast and accurate test results while treating a patient.

Luke Madsen at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (Podiatry), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Minnesota State University, B.S. Human Biology degree. Answer posted 6/28/2006
None

Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
none

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
Look at my physician shadowing.

Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
With the Army, I was trained as a field medic (basically EMT/paramedic level) and a pharmacy technician. For my reserve drills, we would spend the weekend in the VA hospital working with the nurses.

Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
I followed/assisted health professionals around for a week in high school such as a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, and emergency room doctor for a total of 30 hours. I volunteered in an emergency room for 20 hours. I shadowed an RN in the nursery for 3 hours and an ostepathic pediatrician for 5 hours.

Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
I didn't have hospital experience; however, I worked with children with muscular dystrophy.

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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
With my background in sleep medicine, I was able to be a clinical assistant once a week for 6 months. It was volunteer experience, but I was able to take histories and work with the attending to make a differential, order tests, and plan treatment. Great fun, and it sealed the deal for me becoming a physician. I also have 4 years of sleep medicine technology experience in direct patient care and lab supervision.

Chris Hope at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Southern Mississippi, Psychology degree. Answer posted 3/12/2006
I feel that I had quite a bit of clinical exposure. I had the shadowing and the volunteer work that I listed above. In addition two of the jobs that I had were in clinical settings. As listed above, I worked as a unit clerk in both an emergency room and an urgent care. In addition to the exposure to the clinical environment at these jobs, I was able to get to know several physicians quite well.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
I worked as an ER tech during nursing school, and I have been a registered nurse for 8 years. I have worked in large teaching hospitals and small community hospitals in ER and ICU.

Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
Only when I job shadowed.

Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
- peds clinic, breast cancer clinic, helping patients fill out charts, talking to them about various treatment options and their concerns. I also worked with a schizophrenic patient on a one to one basis which taught me ALOT about her condition.

Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
See my responses above

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
My clinical experiences consisted of volunteering in a pediatric rehab center and shadowing physicians.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
Most of my clinical exposure, besides my 30 hours of shadowing, came through having a parent who was/is a physician. Growing up in that environment exposes you to many sides of clinical pracice that you can't see while in the office. Not that that really impresses any med schools.

Jeffrey Anderson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Bethel University, Biblical and Theological Studies degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
My most significant clinical exposure was the two years I spent working as an EMT for a private ambulance service. My company ran private transports as well as 911 calls along with the fire dept.'s paramedics. This job tought me a great deal about the field of medicine. Through this experience I met countless interesting nurses, docs, paramedics etc. who all had an impact on my decision to enter the field of medicine.

Gregory Thom at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of CA, San Diego, BS; Management Science degree. Answer posted 2/8/2006
I had several clinical exposures. I worked as a lab tech assitant at West Allis Memorial Hospital for 6 months. After that I was a pharmacy/IV/Chemotherapy IV technician at St. Luke's Medical Center for almost 5 years. These comprised most of my hospital experience. All of my clinical experience came from shadowing.

Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
I have been a rural emergency medical technician-basic since 2002 and an I.V. tech since 2004. With both ambulance services that I worked for, I was usually the primary prehospital care provider for patients, making the medical decisions and actions necessary for those patients' well being.

Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
Both my shadowing and volunteer experiences exposed me to a variety of situations in clinical medicine. I also was a certified HIV counselor for the Student Health office at the University of Utah my senior year.

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
My clinical experience was all EMS related. I had about 6 years of EMS experience (emergency and non-emergency transports) prior to applying.

Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
Beside what I mentioned under shadowing experience, I currently hold a job as an E.R. registration clerk on third shift. By working in a hospital, you a whole new perspective that you can hardly get by just volunteering.

Jonathan Taylor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Tennessee Temple University, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/2/2006
See shadowing above.

Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
I had exposure when I shadowed and I also went on a medical missions trip in the summer of 2002 to Romania. We basically "played" doctor and saw many patients during 10 days. It was a life-changing experience.

Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
Refer to the shadowing question.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
I worked as a PCA in the Dean Health System in Madison, Wisconsin for two years rooming patients and helping with outpatient surgeries. This is an excellent program for anyone interested in medical school becuase they train you for free, and you get excellent clinical experience.

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
My clinical exposure was limited to my volunteering in an emergency room and my very limited shadowing experiences. See those sections for more info.

Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
I worked at a hospital for one of my summer internships doing outcomes research where I was allowed to do some shadowing and attend rounds. I also volunteered at a cancer clinic regularly.

Kim Bentley at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Duke, Biomedical Engineering degree. Answer posted 10/31/2005
I shadowed physicians for 3 weeks and volunteered at the Pocatello Free Clinic for 45 hours. See my responses under Shadowing and Volunteer work for details. Thatís about it.

Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005




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