College is a time for growth and exploration. Many people who end up in medicine started out thinking they would pursue a different career. Conversely, some people who started out planning to work in medicine find out that they have a love of a different career path. It is hard when first starting out in college to know where you will end up because there are a lot of things you haven’t experienced yet. One of the strengths of St. Andrews is that you get a broad experience across many fields which can help you decide what you want to do. If that is to pursue a career in medicine, it will help you be a better medical practitioner.
There are also many fields in medicine. Most commonly people think of physicians, but the health care team is made up of many heath professionals, such as nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and many others. Also, physician scientists and basic scientists are important to the progress of medicine and our understanding of diseases.
If you are interested in a career in medicine, it is important to think about meeting the basic requirements for application to medical school. You, however, also want to make sure you explore other fields of study during your college years which will make you a well rounded applicant.
The information presented here is a guide to help you on your career path. Having a premed advisor and talking with people that are in the field you wish to pursue are an essential part of preparing for your career. There are also many opportunities for volunteer or paid summer medically related experiences which will both give you an idea of what the medical field is really like, and is viewed favorably by medical school admission committees.
There are many books and resources available to help you on you path. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has many online resources and has several books available. A good place to start is : https://www.aamc.org/students/considering/
Or with the book MSAR®: Getting Started, which is available in paper and Kindle formats.