Opportunities for Students in Health Professions
Many University of Rochester alumni who are physicians, medical researchers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, physician’s assistants and nutritionists have spent a semester, a summer or even a year abroad. Pre-health professions students can plan to take coursework or internships related to their career goals, or with careful planning, may consider a semester of something entirely different (art in Italy, history and language in Japan, politics and music in Vienna).
All students considering health-related careers should meet with a health professions adviser in the College Center for Academic Support in Lattimore 312.
Dr. John Hansen, Associate Dean for Admissions, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester
“The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry encourages students interested in careers in medicine to sample the breadth of learning opportunities offered by their undergraduate institutions, including study abroad programs. Exposure to a different culture, the acquisition of foreign language skills, the ability to navigate one’s way in an unfamiliar country, and the opportunities for growth in cultural understanding all bode well for success in today’s quickly changing world. Study abroad programs foster independence and expand personal horizons in ways that few other opportunities can match.
“The School of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions Office encourages students to consider even delaying application to medical school to enrich their international experiences or, at the very least, taking one or two premedical courses as part of their study abroad experience. Most medical schools will not object to a single premed course being taken at a foreign college or university and some, like Rochester, may even be comfortable with the satisfactory completion of several science courses abroad as long as the MCAT exam scores are representative of the knowledge acquired. Most importantly, students who participate in study abroad programs usually present a level of maturity and cultural sophistication that is highly valued by medical schools and is a prerequisite for today’s cross-cultural competency.”