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Opportunities in Medical Education

February 12th, 2013  |  Published in Applying to Medical School

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When I finally decided that I wanted to apply to medical school, I spent a long time researching nearly every medical school in the country to determine which ones interested me the most. Interestingly, many medical schools have unique tracks, intertwined with the curriculum that allow students to explore their career interests while in medical school without extending their education. These tracks are typically integrated throughout all four years of your medical education.

Although many medical schools offer opportunities such as performing research during school or doing a summer global health trip, these schools have essentially a special program for each of the tracks below. Some have suggested that participating in one of these career defining tracks can reduce medical student burnout. I refer to these special curriculum additions as tracks, but medical schools call them many different things including: scholarly concentrations and pathways. If your favorite medical school doesn’t offer these types of opportunities, don’t despair; many of these career enhancing opportunities are available during residency and/or fellowship.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Academic Medicine Track

If you are interested in become medical school faculty one day or if you enjoy teaching, these schools might suit your fancy. Click on a school to learn more.

Underserved/Primary Care in the United States Track

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Community & Public Health

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Global Health

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Research

Interested in research but don’t want a PhD? Click on a school to learn more.

Rural Medicine

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Quality Improvement

Satiate your burning desire to determine how to improve patient safety and outcomes with evidence-based medicine. Click on a school to learn more.

Health Policy

Discover how politics and medicine intersect. Click on a school to learn more.

Tracks in Specific Fields of Medicine

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Medical Humanities

Art, writing, communication, and philosophy relate to medicine. Click on a school to learn more.

This list is comprehensive but if your medical school offers opportunities not listed here, please let me know.