Updated 11/02/2012 05:00 AM
State of Education: Preparing for a medical career
How should students prepare for a medical career? One way is to attend a free medical camp, just like the one at Albany Medical Center. Vince Gallagher reports.
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"And we try to expose them in as many areas as possible in the health profession so that they can actually have an idea of what these careers mean when they say they want to be,” said Marva Richards, Director of Outreach Learning.
The idea is to get hands-on experience like first aid, CPR basic training, and it also connects students to the medical community.
"The program is meant for underserved students and underrepresented students in the sciences and we hope we can expand this some more so we get some more students," said Richards.
Working on a mannequin with actual an actual pulse and heart rate is always good practice. One student says she knew she wanted to be a doctor, but she wasn't sure on which medical field
"I went through the step program and through there I found out about Medquest and I figured this would be a great way to learn more about the medical field and what professions lie within there," said Mia Simpson, a student.
Programs like Medquest offer students a free six-day workshop in the health field industry. In today's world, in addition to medicine and bedside manner, there's another important focus of study: technology.
"I take a few technology classes at my school and this is actually giving me a different perspective on the medical field and I might be interested in this part," said Simpson.
The trend shows that students continue to go for a medical degree, the number has dropped significantly when it comes to primary care studies, and that shortage is expected to continue.