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Careers & Post-Graduation Planning: Medical careers

Resources for learning more about careers and other next steps for Castleton University students

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Information and resources for Castleton students considering a career in medicine

Healthcare Occupations


Career-planning resources

Books on healthcare careers

Pre-Med at Castleton

"The Castleton University Pre-Medical Program prepares undergraduates and “career-changers” for admission to medical school.

The majority of medical school applicants complete a degree in the biological sciences, but complementing any major with the successful completion of the Pre-Medical Program provides good preparation for entering medical school.

Medical schools place great value on the breadth of education and personal development provided by a liberal arts education, and Castleton has a long history as a liberal arts institution. The courses to complete the pre-medical program overlap significantly with the requirements of the Biology (MBB) and Chemistry (Biochemistry) majors at Castleton University.

The Pre-Medical Committee of Castleton University offers individual advising to all students interested in completing the Pre-Medical Program, enabling students to receive personalized guidance.

Pre-Medical students are encouraged to choose a pre-medical advisor and meet with that person regularly, to discuss their progress and preparation for applying to medical school. The program also prepares a comprehensive premedical letter of evaluation for each student based on personal advising sessions and letters submitted by faculty and others from additional college work, volunteer experiences, and employment."

Also see...

About applying to Med School


About the MCAT

MCAT study materials

Gaining experience

How to Gain Clinical Experience

Most students have some sort of clinical experience prior to entering medical school. Med school admission committees will look at the amount and quality of your clinical experiences as an undergrad. 

Not sure how to get that experience? Here are some ideas. 

Shadow/volunteer at local hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, pharmacies, etc.

Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland, VT

Rutland Free Clinic, Rutland, VT

Brattleboro Memorial HospitalBrattleboro, VT

Central Vermont Medical Center, Barre, VT

Gifford Medical Center, Randolph, VT

Open Door Clinic, Middlebury, VT

Porter Medical Center, Middlebury, VT

UVM Medical Center

Become a Scribe

Learn more at ScribeAmerica

"A Medical Scribe is essentially a personal assistant to the physician; performing documentation in the Electronic Health Record, gathering information for the patient's visit, and partnering with the physician to"

Find positions

Apply for a summer undergraduate research program/internship

Summer Medical & Dental Education Program (SMDEP) est. by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (nationwide)

SMDEP is a free six-week residential program for first and second year college students interested in medicine and dentistry.

UG research programs list compiled by the Association of American Medical College

UG research programs list compiled by the National Institutes of Health

UG internships through the Fred Hutch Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Grants from the National Science Foundation

Study/Volunteer Abroad

Global Medical Brigades
"Volunteers shadow local and foreign health professionals as they provide pro-bono consultations and medications to patients in rural communities. Volunteers assist with in-take, triage, medication packing, and health education."

Atlantis Clinical Shadowing Program

"Provides AAMC-compliant physician shadowing for pre-medical and pre-health students in an international hospital setting, over university winter and summer breaks in cities across Europe (and elsewhere)."

EcuaExperience: Hospital Shadowing Experience in Ecuador

"During your hospital rotations, you’ll spend time shadowing a healthcare professional suited to your chosen ward and interest (pre -med, physio, pre-dent, bio-med). " 

Costa Rica Pre-Med/Public Health and Service Adventure

"During this pre-med/public health focus program, students participate in activities with the Nicaragua Ministry of Health (MINSA), shadow physicians and healthcare professionals at MINSA outposts, as well as learn how to take blood pressure and other vital signs." 

Volunteer with the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies

"Each National Society works with and through its volunteers in a variety of service areas, depending on the needs of their communities. These activities can include tackling challenges such as migration, violence in communities, health challenges including HIV and AIDS to name but a few."