January 9, 2015
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
The first big hurdle to becoming a doctor is actually getting admission into medical school and considering that the number of applicants far outweighs the number of seats available, this can prove to be a monumental hurdle to overcome. The only way to succeed in this quest is to pull out all the stops to convince the interviewing authorities that you are serious about studying in medical school and becoming a doctor.
Two of the most common and most effective things that most prospective students do are participating in a medical placement abroad and spending some time shadowing a doctor. This is often supplemented by volunteering in a local healthcare center. In addition to these activities, there is something else that you can do to build your medical school resume and that is undergoing EMT training. Training to be an EMT or an Emergency Medical Technician equips you with the skills necessary to treat critically injured or sick people at an emergency site. When you really think about it, there is no other job experience that will give you as much interaction with patients than what you’d get as an EMT.
If you are wondering whether the time and effort that you’d put into EMT training is really worth it, the answer is yes, it is. EMT training is worth it both from the admissions perspective as well as for the practical training that you will get.
Let’s first consider the school admission. There’s no doubt that the training and experience as an emergency medical technician will look great on paper. It conveys to medical school authorities that you have that all-important medical and patient experience and exposure and that you are capable of making crucial life or death decisions when necessary. This puts you way ahead of other pre-meds who may have only limited experience as volunteers at clinics or research assistants for a doctor.
From the personal growth perspective, experience as an emergency medical technician will give you a distinct advantage in that you will have had experience dealing with and talking to patients. This earlier experience interacting with patients leaves you better equipped and less nervous when dealing with patients and you will require less time and practice to get comfortable in any healthcare setting.
Besides the obvious advantages you will enjoy with EMT training, the training itself is valuable for the many critical skills that you will learn during the course of the program. Here are a few things you can look forward to learning:
All of this and more that you learn in EMT training can help take you several steps closer to achieving your main goal – becoming a doctor.