How much did you work while going through pre-med?
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.
I used the Kaplan coursebook and studied independently, 8 hours a day for two weeks. I think taking the course probably would have benefitted me more, but I got into a great school that I think I will be able to make a significant contribution at.
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.
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