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What medical career(s) is there when wanting to work with children mentally ?
Do previously acquired science credits e.g. AICE Biology, AICE Chemistry count towards prerequisites for medical school?
Can I apply straight to a medical program after high school or do I have to get an undergraduate degree first?
How much education is required to become a nurse practitioner and a pediatric nurse?
Hi everyone! I currently work for the Virginia Department of Health as a Case Investigator. I am working to lower the burden of COVID-19 on the community surrounding my alma mater, the University of Virginia. I graduated from Booker High School in 2016. While at Booker, I was a wrestler, a student government member, and a Rotaract member. I also started a Peer-to-Peer Tutoring program for afterschool education. I was in the first cohort of students to graduate with an AICE Diploma and I also received my Associates Degree from State College of Florida, before coming up to Virginia! At UVA, I majored in Global Public Health, I was in a fraternity, and I interned abroad in India. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Hi, I'm Leah and I'm interested in biomedical engineering. I know it isn't much of the health field as it is engineering but I was wondering if you had any tips to a student who is also an athlete coming into college as a freshman.
Hi Leah, thanks for reaching out! Where are you in the college application process? What year are you at Booker?
I’m currently a sophomore so i haven’t started that proces yet. I have however been looking at schools that have what I would like to major in.
Hello, Robbie, my name is Salma and I have been reading through your replies, they are very helpful; however, I also have questions of my own. I want to pursue a job in the field of psychology as perhaps a psychiatrist or in clinical psychology. What do you think is the best path to follow to get there successfully?
Hi Salma! If you want to enter psychiatry, you’ll need an MD. That means performing absolutely like a star in all of your pre-Med classes. You’ll have to study hard for the MCAT and you might even want to take a gap year between college and medical school! Clinical psychology I believe requires at the minimum a graduate degree, so grades will still be very important. I would recommend figuring out which populations you’d be interested in serving during your career. Underserved youth? The impoverished? Professional athletes? Really dive in! You can probably major in anything in your undergraduate degree, but make sure to take plenty of psychology courses to make sure this is what you want to do... or not!
Would attending/ contributing to a medical program and or internship further help to prepare you for your studies in school?
Yes, indeed it would!
Hello Robbie, my name is Olivia and I'm interested in nursing and plan on majoring in biology. I had a quick question regarding how you choose your field, since the healthcare field is so broad? Do you have any tips for me that would help me pursue a nursing career?
Hi Olivia! In order to select your field, both in nursing and for physicians, there are something called clinicals, or rotations. These are short dynamic programs that occur all over the United States in a wide variety of different fields. They will help you figure out whether you’d like to work with kids, mothers, or maybe even athletes! This will happen during your 3rd or 4th year in nursing school. Actually, my university, UVA, has a fantastic nursing school! Check it out: https://www.nursing.virginia.edu/