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How much did you work while going through pre-med?
I didn't work a whole lot while doing pre-med, which worked great for me because I was able to put all my focus in my studies and graduate with a 4.0. However, during my senior year, I got a job as an ER scribe, an experience that helped me tremendously with interviews!!

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
I worked as a Chemistry, Economics, and Statistics tutor for two years. The time commitment was 10 hrs/wk. I also worked every summer in various internships.

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
I worked on average only 10 hours a week during school in field-related research (first campus job was basic assistance in a biophysics lab, that I know I got because I was faster to the job market in the chaos of moving to school than most else; I had the interview set up from home before moving for this particular job). I worked full-time paid and unpaid in the medical field every summer.

Jacob Aurens at Stanford University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Princeton University, B.A. Philosophy degree. Answer posted 9/3/2013
I did not work.

Mawuena Corsy-Dewu at (MD), class of 2017.
Pre-med: University of Ghana, Biological science degree. Answer posted 5/24/2013
I have had a part time job for most of my undergraduate education. If I had to do it again I would just have taken out some loans and concentrated more on my education. I'll be in debt up to my ears after med school anyway.

Jessica Smith at Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) (DO), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Ohio University, Pre-Proffesional Biology degree. Answer posted 1/16/2009
Most of the paid work I did during undergrad was during the summer. I was lucky enough not to have work to make rent, thus I had ample time to focus on my school work and to get involved in extra curricular activities. In terms of where?, and what? I have had a lot of little jobs ranging from being an insider at Papa Johns, Cluck U chicken, to being a comptuter manager, security guard and Land surveying technician.

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 very litte maybe 20 hours a week. I worked at a local retail store.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
I dont really care to get into the specifics of where I worked but I will give this much: my jobs ranged from overnight stocker to admissions clerk and also student researcher. I held several research positions over the summer also. They help alot with your letters of reccomendation and you also get paid quite generously by most programs. During the year I worked on average about 20 hours a week. Employement was mandatory as I was the one responsible for my tuition and living.

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
I've been a resident assistant going on 3 years. It's a great job for developing leadership skills. I've also worked part time at the alumni office at my college for 3 years. My summers have been devoted to volunteering, shadowing, research, etc.

Sandro Corti at UMDNJ--New Jersey Medical School (), class of .
Pre-med: Answer posted 3/24/2008
I worked full-time in undergrad to pay my tuition. It was very difficult, but it is something that helped me in organization, scheduling and time management. I worked several positions as a lifeguard, fitness instructor, swim teacher and coach, resident assistant and tutor. Working hard is something I am used to, and I think it helped me to adjust to medical school.

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
McDonalds(he,he,he

Emily Lehman at University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine (Internat), class of 2014.
Pre-med: none, none degree. Answer posted 12/21/2007
I was a cashier is S.L.C. for 3 years overall in highschool and out of highschool.

STEPHEN BROSNAHAN at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Communication, Pschycology degree. Answer posted 9/29/2007
I always maintained at least 30 hrs employment while an undergraduate. I typically had 2 jobs: 1 job in retail and another as a "tech" in the medical field (usually PRN (aka as needed)). I cannot stress enough how much working in the medical field, at any capacity, helps you decide whether medicine is right for you. If you're serious about medicine, then for God's sake, take a PRN job (they are easy to come by). Medical school's dig this!!!!

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 during the summer when I wasn't in summer school. I delivered pizzas, worked at a movie theater, golf course maintenance, well drilling, and was a bus boy.

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 usually worked between 28-34 hours a week as an clinical lab assistant at a hospital in Provo, Utah. My work consisted of doing preparation work on various lab specimens for lab testing by the techs and by the pathologists. This work could be anything from easy to very stressful depending on the day, but also a great way to get clinical experience.

Chad Hall at The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) (DO), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah Valley State, Biology degree. Answer posted 3/7/2007
I worked 20 hours or less a week at a snowboarding shop. I made jack...

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
I have always worked full time and taken classes full time (including most summers). I first worked in youth corrections. For almost 3 years, I have worked in health care. I first worked in an acute adult psychiatric unit. I next worked in a post anesthesia recovery unit (recovery room for post op patients). I now work in a sleep laboratory doing sleep studies. All of this(until the sleep lab) was within 15 miles of my school. Again, I have worked a minimum of 36 hours a week, and usually do not have less then 15 credit hours per semester

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 did not work during the school year because school was my job. In the summer I worked in hospice and developed a very good bedside manner.

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
During my pre-med years I worked as a Nursing Assistant close to my rural hometown in Minnesota. I would work about 15-20 hours per week during school and full time during the summers. Within my 5 years of being a CNA I worked in Nursing Homes, Assistant Living, and in a Hospital.

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
As an undergrad, I generally worked only during the summers. I was very lucky in that respect. I did research in a neurosurgery department at a teaching hospital in Philadelphia, and actually got paid to do it. I also did some teaching assistant gigs during the school year, which weren't particularly time-consuming, so it was pretty cushy. Since busting into the "real world," I've been breaking my back to make ends meet (social workers make a laughable salary). I've had part-time music gigs that help, however, and teach violin lessons as well. Overall, I'd say I work about 50-60 hours a week.

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
Work like a job? Made Pitas at the Pita Pit, usually worked once a week...Sold Beer at Broncos and Rockies games in Denver during breaks

Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
Owner of construction business. Less than 20 hpw.

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
I tutored Physiology during the last two years of college. 3 nights a week for about 1 hour each. And yes even on nights I had an MCAT prep course, I still taught later that night.

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
did some teaching assistant jobs and homework grading.. usually 5-10 hours per week.

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician throughout undergraduate school (see clinical experience). I worked fulltime when I could handle it, but I worked at least twenty hours a week.

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
I did not work at a job as a pre-med student.

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
The first year I worked full-time (graveyards or second shift) as a pharmacy tech. I did not have to work when I went back to complete my degree.

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 worked about 8-10 hours a week at the college library during the school year and 25-30 hours a week during the summer at Eckerd Pharmacy.

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 worked in the college library 5 hours a week. I also worked in a research lab during the summers and my vacations. In addition to the above, I also worked at Taco Bell, retail stores, and started small businesses to gain experience.

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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
I really worked a lot during my pre-med years. I started as a clinical research assistant doing drug studies on sleep disorders patients and grew that into being a full-time sleep medicine technologist and working additional part-time jobs in lab management and drug study consulting.

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 worked the entire time throughout undergraduate school and worked between 12 24 hours a week. I had three different jobs during this time. The first was as a night auditor at a local hotel. This job was difficult because the shifts were at night and I went to school twice a week on no sleep. During my time at this job I worked 24 hours a week. My next job was as a unit clerk in an emergency room. This job was great in that I got a lot of good clinical exposure and I got to know several doctors quite well. I worked about 12 hours a week at this job. My last job was as a unit clerk in an urgent care. This job was not as exciting as the emergency room job, but it was still good clinical exposure. I worked about 16 hours a week at this job.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
Registered nurse, several different states and locations for 8 years.

Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
I worked in admissions at my undergrad but that was only 8-10 hours per week. I also worked in the summer.

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
I worked a lot because I had to contribute to my families needs as well as my pre-med education. I worked mostly in food service, helping and tending to the needs of others. But I also volunteered with inner city student as mentor and a tutor.

Y.L.Rucker at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Rochester, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 5/12/2006
i had a job freshman year as a lab assistant in a coal combustion lab. summer after freshman year i still worked in that lab and took classes part time, after sophomore year i worked for the government in an environmental engineering lab, and last summer i did a biomed engineering research job. i also play piano at a church and have played a few gigs for the theater dept. at my school.

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
- I made the mistake of working in my third year of undergrad and my GPA plummeted. - I worked in the summers for pharm companies, private tutoring, research etc - after undergrad I did research in lower back pain (took some time off) + tutored + worked 1 to 1 with psych patient

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
I worked as little as possible while accruing as much debt as possible. This is not a reccomendation but a lamentation: I was in Hawaii, there were beaches and parties everywhere and I showed up in style on my motorcycle. Just like Aesop's grasshopper, I played my summer away. Fortunately, I found a good job after and paid off all that debt.

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
I worked about 10-15 hours a week during the school year and full-time during the summer building fences. In addition, I taught two labs a week for the biology department during the last two years of college. I was also involved in research for about 10 hours a week during two of those semesters.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
For the first three years of undergrad I would work random full time jobs during my summers and part time teaching/tutoring jobs during the school year. During the summer before my senior year I began working full time as an EMT for a private ambulance company where I continued to work full time throughout my senior year and the year inbetween undergrad and med school.

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
While I was in undergrad I worked on average 20-24 hours a week. I worked as a department assistant in a hardware store during my first and second year. My third year I worked third shift as a lab tech assistant for 6 months and then as a pharmacy technician in a hospital.

Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
I worked part time for my home-town volunteer emergency medical services as an EMT, mostly during the summer and vacations. Throughout the school year I worked weekends with a private ambulance service as an EMT, doing 911 calls and interfacility transport. I was also a tutor at the UWGB writing center for a few hours a week.

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
I worked as a teaching assistant during my junior year and the summer following my junior year. I taught for both the chemistry department and the biology department. I was a TA for both organic chemistry and analytical labs and I also lead a discussion section for a human physiology class.

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
I worked part-time as an EMT about 20 hours a week for a private ambulance service. I also tutored Spanish a couple hours a week. My husband and I also lived on the family farm, and I spent a couple of hours a day (on average) doing chores and helping around the farm.

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
I tutored approximately 20 hours per week as a group and individual tutor in various subjects such as physiology, chemistry, psychology, and general biology. I also worked every summer in addition to taking classes.

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 took one year off from undergrad and worked in the Durable Medical Equipment field. This was actually awesome preparation for medical school as I was constantly exposed to patients, paperwork, and therapists/doctors. I did this for one year.

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
My first two year, I worked as a lab technician and at a retail store. The lab technician job allowed me to get my studying done before I went to work at my retail job. I averaged about 35-40hrs of work a week my first two years. My last two years, I was a RA assistant, so I was able to cut back on working off campus a little bit. I got a job my last year at the campus information desk working about 20 hrs a week. I was able to get quite a bit of homework done with that job.

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
Taught a physiology lab my sophomore, junior, and senior year of college (~10 hours/wk). Did some research so I could put it on my app. But it was all so long ago, I can't remember much more than that. Whatever you do, don't spread yourself out too thin with extracurriculars. Do several things that you like and devote yourself to it. Then when you interview, you can really talk about it. Get good grades, but don't kill yourself for a 4.0 because there is more to life than the inside of a library. And trust me, when you get to med school, you'll be spending plenty of time inside a library.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
I worked an average of 12-15 hours/week during the semester, and worked full-time over the summers. My part-time jobs included being a lab assistant in a hematology lab at a vet hospital, caring for mentally ill and mentally disabled adults in a group home setting (also full-time for two summers), and working in an evolutionary biology lab (also full-time for 2 years following undergrad).

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 various jobs (turoring, research, grading, etc) throughout my 4 years. My summer jobs and internships were close to full-time but I only worked approximately 5 hrs. a week during the school year.

Kim Bentley at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Duke, Biomedical Engineering degree. Answer posted 10/31/2005
I completed my BS degree in 3 years and took 24 credits my first semester back at school, then dropped down to 18 and a little less than that the semester I prepared for the MCAT and when I went on interviews. I had little time to work and so I didnt during the first 2 years until the MCAT was out of the way. Then, I worked part-time (about 10 hours per week) during the semesters and full-time during school breaks.

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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