A Dose of Being a Doctor Before Med School
Internship offers Biomedical Science students opportunity to shadow physicians at Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Most undergraduate students pursuing a career in medicine don’t get experience in a clinical setting until medical school.
At Trent, a partnership with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre gives select Biomedical Science students the opportunity to be embedded in the hospital and see first-hand what it is like to be a doctor.
Fourth-year student Alexander Vassiliadis (Gzowski College) earned a spot in the Internship in Medical Sciences (BIOM 4460H) and credits the opportunity to learn in the hospital with helping to advance his knowledge and career goals.
“At the hospital, I was able to apply many of the concepts from courses I was taking or had taken already. For example, the doctors I shadowed were talking with me about topics in pharmacology, biomedical ethics, pathophysiology, and more,” says Alexander. “Being in direct contact with doctors and others in the healthcare team, I also had the chance to ask questions about the medical school application process, and what skills they think are valuable to develop for a future doctor.”
Beyond developing practical skills in biomedical sciences and planning for his future, Alexander says there are a few important things he learned about himself after being on the front line of healthcare.
“I learned a lot about how I could deal with pressure. Being in some of these serious situations was stressful, but I felt that I could deal with that stress,” says Alexander. “I also learned that I am confident in novel situations. Being in an operating room can be nerve-wracking but I felt that my academic knowledge gave me confidence and made me feel like I can face any situation.”
Watch Alexander’s interview to learn more about the internship.
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