Santa Clara University

Pre-Health program

Experiential Activities

Particularly for medical school, experiential activities are an absolute must for the successful applicant.  Not only do the medical school admission committees demand it, it is vital for you as well in order to see if you really like the hands-on part of the career upon which you seek to embark.  As noted in the Medical School Admission Triad page, experiential activities represent the third important criterion for medical school admission, joining grade point average and MCAT score.  Listed below are a number of types of experiential activities in which SCU pre-medical students have recently participated.  Do not consider this a laundry list to be check off nor an exclusive list; it is just designed to give you some ideas.  If a particular activity is of no interest to you, please don't engage in it just for the sake of your medical school application.

1) Begin an undergraduate research project with an SCU faculty member.  Sometimes this can lead to one or more student co-authored publications. 

2) Become an SCU campus EMT, taking care of your fellow SCU students as first responders in many situations.  Click University's EMS program for details.

3) Apply to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Medical Ethics Program, offered in collaboration with nearby O'Connor Hospital.

4) Work as a tutor for the Drahmann Teaching and Learning Resource Center here at the Univeristy.

5) Join and possibly become an elected officer in one of the University's several student run Pre-Health clubs.

6) Apply to the Casa de la Solidaridad Program for a summer medical immersion experience in El Salvador.

7) Spend a Spring Break with the campus unit of Global Medical Brigades on an immersion experience in Honduras (or Panama if the Honduran government is deemed too unstable).

8) Child Family Health International (CFHI) has many summer programs available in which medical assistance to children in provided worldwide, but particularly in Latin America.

9) International Service Learning (ISL) has many interesting volunteer opportunities.

10) Consult the Career Center's Health Care Internship Postings to find an internship that is a good fit for you.

11) If you are interested in sports medicine and/or physical therapy, consult Santa Clara Sports Medicine.

12) Particularly for students with an interest in public/global health, a study abroad experience with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad is worth looking into.

13) Help education fellow SCU students about health related issues by becoming a Peer Health Educator (PHE).  A 2-unit course is involved in this program as well.

This is just a sampling of the opportunities available for Santa Clara University students seeking experiential learning in the area of health care.