Health Professions Advising

Leslie Bell
Interim Health Professions Advisor

The Health Professions Advising Office is located on the third floor of Bristol Center.

Gaining Experience

As the applicant pool for medical school becomes more competitive, it is very important to differentiate yourself through your personal experiences and job/internship opportunities.  The AAMC has constructed a list of “Core Competencies” to gain entrance to medical school, and a majority of these skills are acquired during summer internships and job experiences.  Although findings these opportunities can be difficult, this information is meant to serve as a roadmap to help you find the pre-medical experience that is right for you.

It’s a big world…

  • Allopathic medicine (M.D.)
  • Osteopathic medicine (D.O.)
  • Audiology
  • Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.M.)
  • Dentistry (D.D.S.)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry (O.D.)
  • Pharmacy (D.Pharm.)
  • Physician Assistant (P.A.)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry (D.P.M)
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • Nursing (B.S., M.S.N.)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
  • Scientific Research (M.S./Ph.D.)
  • Health-Care Business (M.B.A)

Your interests and desires in the medical field will definitely change with experience, and this is why top medical schools and advisors suggest exposing yourself to health-related fields early and often.  The fields above represent the wide variety of options in the medical industry, most of which do not require an M.D.  In order to find experiences that are right for you, do some research on fields that interest you and tailor your internship/job search towards your interests.  This will help you enjoy the experience, demonstrate your capabilities, and gain insight into possible future careers.

Places to look…

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community health centers
  • Healthcare businesses

Experiences to search for…

  • Clinical research
  • Clinical technician/assistant
  • Patient care services
  • Clinical volunteering
  • Shadowing a physician


  • Academic research
  • Administrative management
  • Service volunteering
  • Medical workshops
  • Clinical teaching programs
  • Pre-medical summer courses

Non-Profit Organizations

Community Health Centers

Healthcare Businesses

  • Biotechnology research
  • Biopharmaceutical research
  • Healthcare market research & analytics
  • Healthcare consulting
  • Medical device research
  • Clinical research support services
  • Medical/health educator
  • Clinical & hospital administration/management
  • Healthcare insurance services
  • Government healthcare policy & management
  • Medical safety & quality assurance
  • Outpatient medical care services
  • Urgent care center

Pre-Health Summer Internship Opportunities