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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/
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 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!
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 Chloe! Actually, I never joined any health clubs during my time at UVA. I promise you, though, there will be ample opportunities to join those types of organizations once you get into college. I’ve heard great things about a program called Alternative Spring Break, where you can go around the world and try to make an impact with likeminded, health-conscious individuals. Make sure to sign up for more clubs than you can handle, so that you can figure out what suits you best!
Hi Robbie! I have read your responses and replies to fellow students regarding your career path and what you have done/completed thus far. I am interested in the pediatric field, and was wondering if you had any information regarding steps that you think are essential in order to be successful in this field of study. I wanted to understand a little more about your path, and the steps/advice you have with entering the medical field. Thank you for taking the time to answer these helpful questions.
Hi Kayla! I would recommend that you take similar steps to what I had mentioned to Brianna and Leah. You’ll want to really focus on your grades in high school and get your GPA as high as possible. Then, in college, that’ll be one of your main focuses as well! Aside from GPA, your letters of recommendation and your community service will be the next two big things you should focus on. Check out my blog that I mentioned in Brianna’s post if you’d like to learn more about one of my favorite experiences while in college.
How much education is required to become a nurse practitioner and a pediatric nurse?
Can I apply straight to a medical program after high school or do I have to get an undergraduate degree first?
Do previously acquired science credits e.g. AICE Biology, AICE Chemistry count towards prerequisites for medical school?
What medical career(s) is there when wanting to work with children mentally ?