Gain Medical Exposure

Get Hands-On Experience

You think you want to be a doctor, but need to find out if this is really the right choice for you. Take the time to explore while at MIT or beyond.

To get a realistic sense of health profession careers, do research, shadow, and find hands-on opportunities to learn.

Start early. Ideally, you can do some of these activities as early as your freshman year and continue throughout your time at MIT.

Research and Network

Website likes AAMC’s Aspiring Docs and Explore Health Careers can get you started. If you are interested in becoming an MD-PhD, AAMC has info on this dual-degree career path.

Talk to people. Do you have friends or family in the field? They can help you connect with others. Find MIT alumni in your field of interest through the MIT Alumni Advisor Hub. The MIT Alumni Association also has informational interviewing and networking tips.

Shadow Health Professionals

Shadow a physician or other healthcare professionals. If you shadow several practitioners, you can learn about a range of fields and specialties.

MIT Prehealth Advising runs a half-day or full-day physician shadowing program at local hospitals. Instructions for the shadow program will be sent to the prehealth email lists in the late fall.

Volunteer and Join Clubs

Volunteering at a hospital or other healthcare setting can teach you about the field. Help patients, speak with doctors and healthcare professionals, and learn about the workplace.

Check out our list of hospitals that offer volunteer opportunities (pdf).

Join clubs and organizations to learn about medicine. The MIT Pre-Medical Society is a good place to start. Look for other clubs at MIT or join local or national organizations.

Do an Exploratory Program

The summer and IAP are great times to do a program with shadowing, lectures, research, and clinical experiences. Apply for these programs in late fall or early winter.