This Wednesday the Career Services Office was joined by recent alumni Kip Waite (‘15) and Alice Bruce (‘15), and current senior Jermain Brown (‘17) for a panel discussion for underclassmen considering medical careers.
One big topic of conversation was post-baccalaureate programs, which are programs that help students transition from undergrad to med school. The panelists spoke to the relative benefits and drawbacks of various post-baccalaureate programs, and emphasized that these programs are very useful because they are designed to transition you smoothly into medical school. They discussed how certain programs even have formal connections with particular medical schools, which can help streamline your med-school admissions process. Career Services is also able to connect current students with alumni at numerous post-baccalaureate programs and medical schools – the panelists highly recommended taking advantage of Career Services.
Secondly, the panelists shared how St. John’s can help you stand out, particularly in your interviews, emphasizing the interpersonal and communication skills that St. John’s helped them develop. Alice mentioned that having gone through the St. John’s program also helps with post-baccalaureate work, saying that it helped her to synthesize and look at the big picture in her studies.
Although many Johnnies pursue summer course work, the panelists argued that summer internships in the medical field ultimately prove more valuable, and in some cases may even help you become published in medical journals.
All three panelists said internships often help connect with mentors in the field, and gave students some advice about some good first contacts, both on campus and at the nearby Anne Arundel Medical Center. Internships and summer coursework are both eligible for funding from St. John’s. Internships are funded via the Ariel Program in Santa Fe and the Hodson Program in Annapolis while summer coursework is funded by the Pathways program on both campuses.
And of course, the panelists also provided advice on studying and taking the MCAT. They also pointed out the many study materials/reference guides the Career Services Office has available for students.
The discussion was part of a series of discussions and student-alumni mixers which are hosted by the Career Services office throughout the year—you can find out more about Career Services at St. John’s here.