This month, The Career Center and Freshman Studies Program co-sponsored a Pre-Med Panel discussion to provide insight to students who are interested in pursuing a medical career. The panel included three Seton Hall alumni and three current students.
The discussion focused on preparation for the MCAT exam, shadowing and volunteering, pre-health summer programs, part-time jobs, gap year activities, medical school interviews, and alternate paths in healthcare.
Alumni offered important advice and insights for students. Sally Tarabey, class of 2017, took the more traditional path of applying to medical school as an undergraduate biology major. Currently, she is a student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Pharmacy Technician, and spoke to students about ways in which her knowledge of medicine set her apart from other candidates in the medical school application process.
The panelists also offered advice for students bound for medical school or alternative healthcare careers. Student panelists offered varying perspectives on their experiences and journeys.
Suzanne Abuhadba, class of 2014, took a few gap years following her graduation and will be applying to medical school in the upcoming cycle. She began working as a Medical Scribe for Envision Physician Services, and was promoted to Lead Scribe Manager and, more recently, to Medical Scribe Trainer. Ms. Abuhadba encouraged students who are thinking about a career in healthcare to consider volunteering or working part-time in emergency medicine to gain experience and decide if this is a path they want to pursue.
Students who are considering medical school are encouraged to review the Handbook for Pre-Medical Students in the Undergraduate Student Toolkit.