The Need for Clinical Experience

It is essential for you to gain some real-world perspective on whatever form of medicine interests you (human, vet, dental).  There are many ways in which you can learn about the field:  Working or volunteering in a hospital or community health clinic, doing an internship (through our International Internship Program or through the Center for Career Development), or reading and becoming  informed about latest trends and challenges in the field (see the Current Articles section of this site and our ever-growing library at HPA). 

If you don't have time for health-related volunteer work during the school year, plan on it in the summer.  How, when, and through whose auspices is less important.  What does matter is that you gain some sense that medicine will be satisfying to you and that you will have something to give your patients and the profession.  This should be your first priority if you are considering health professional school, done before or during your time in the prehealth courses.  Also, please note:  you will want to develop and sustain your exposure to clinical practice, not rely on what you “did back in high school” or with family members in medicine.

Learn more about:

Local opportunities on campus, in Princeton, and in the surrounding community

Summer clinical opportunities in the US and abroad