It is extremely important to obtain some first-hand knowledge of the field you hope to enter. Some medical and dental schools require documentation of up to 100 hours of experience related to your career field.
If you are interested in areas such as pharmacy or veterinary medicine, you should try to get a job in the field working as a technician and accumulate as many hours of experience as possible. If physical therapy is your area interest, you can get experience by volunteering or by working in sports medicine through the Physical Education Department/Wellness Program on campus. These are just a few examples of ways to get practical experience, but the most important thing is that you demonstrate to professional schools that you are committed and experienced in your field of interest. For more information about getting experience, please talk to the premedical sciences advisor.
Professional schools are often interested in seeing some level of altruism in their applicants. There are many places where a person can volunteer time and energy to the community. Be sure to make appointments to talk to representatives of organizations directly and mention that you are a premedical sciences student at Mary Baldwin. The Spencer Center for Global and Civic Engagement is an excellent resource for identifying areas of service.
Another source for information on campus is the Sena Center for career development. At Mary Baldwin, we have developed many customized internship experiences in collaboration with our students both locally and elsewhere in the United States. These career training experiences can be completed anywhere the students choose and appear as formal academic credit on their transcripts.