Although academics are extremely important when considering a career in the health professions, it is also important to gain practical experience. By volunteering in one of the organizations identified below, becoming an EMT, or working in a medical office, you can witness firsthand what your future career can involve.
Medical (PA, DO, MD)
Students interested in pharmacy may want to consider earning certification as a pharmacy technician in order to gain experience in the workplace. Students are also encouraged to contact local pharmacies and inquire about possible volunteer or internship opportunities. Finally, the UCSB Pre-Pharmacy club also has access to some local pharmacy volunteer opportunities.
Conducting research is another great way to stand out as an applicant in any health-related profession. Approximately 85 percent of all medical school matriculates have conducted research in some capacity.
As a premiere research institution, UCSB is an ideal environment for this pursuit. The majority of UCSB faculty members are top researchers who are actively involved in their fields. Through special research assistance courses, UCSB students have the opportunity to work alongside these professors, gain valuable research experience, and earn academic credit.
If you are interested in potential research opportunities, please visit the links below:
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