Although academic preparation is the most important factor in the pre-health students' record, the health professional schools are interested in what you have done to demonstrate your desire to enter this field. Consequently, you are encouraged to arrange for a significant amount of clinical exposure and/or experience in your chosen profession. Many students volunteer in hospitals, clinics, private offices, institutions, hospices, blood drives, and some obtain part time employment.
The sources for clinical exposure and experience are widespread in the Hudson Valley region. In addition to local clinics, we are on close proximity to Benedictine Hospital and Kingston Hospital in Ulster County and Vassar Brothers Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Dutchess County.
The intent of this exposure is to increase your awareness of the realities you will face in your chosen health profession. The interaction with practitioners and the observation of all aspects of health care is instructive and essential for all students with health care aspirations.
Research involvement will provide you with firsthand experience in the role and methodology of research in medicine, even if your goal is clinical practice. If you are seriously considering a Ph.D. in addition to the M.D. degree, it is critical that you gain some significant research experience as an undergraduate. SUNY New Paltz students are fortunate to have numerous opportunities for research on our campus: Contact individual professors regarding their research, and ask if you can join them either as a volunteer or for academic credit.