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Gaining Clinical Experience

The only real way to know if the health professions are right for you is to gain some exposure and experience in a clinical setting. This can include spending time with doctors and other practitioners. Indispensably, it means spending time with patients.

Clinical Experience through Dartmouth

Nathan Smith Society Shadowing Program

Dartmouth is very fortunate to have a robust Shadowing Program that allows students to spend time witnessing what doctors do in their days. Currently this is managed by the faculty advisor for the Nathan Smith Society, Dr. Lee Witters.

Volunteering/Working in a Clinical Setting

Students can participate in local, domestic, and international programs while at Dartmouth or during times they are off campus through Dartmouth sponsored programs such as:

  • Dartmouth Center for Service  is a great place to learn about clinical opportunities in the area, throughout the US, and internationally. A few examples (there are many more) include:
    • Dartmouth CAPS (Cancer and Patient Services)
    • Cross-Cultural Education and Services Program Nicaragua trip
    • Boston Community Health Internship
  • Dickey Center's Global Health Initiative is a Dartmouth-wide program dedicated to improving the health of the world's population through multidisciplinary research, education and service.  While there are MANY opportunities through the Dickey Center, these are a few examples:
    • DarDar-Dickey Internship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • The Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CHRP) in Jamkhed, India
    • Population Health and Development (PHAD) in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • NSS Off-Term Database: Students also find opportunities in different US cities or their own hometowns through the the NSS Off-Term Database (NetId and password required). Dartmouth students have gained clinical exposure by working as:
    • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
    • Clinical researchers
    • Medical Scribes
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Volunteering: Dartmouth students are encouraged to volunteer at DHMC through many of its programs and services, such as (but not limited to):
    • Emergency department volunteer
    • Patient Support Corps
    • Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) Breastfeeding Peer Support
  • Center For Professional Development: Through DartBoard, use the Healthcare internship/job filter to find opportunities across the U.S.
  • Undergraduate Advising and Research is a good place to find professors or faculty members that are involved in science related research--especially those involved in clinical research. UGAR is developing a Research Directory in the upcoming months specifically dedicated to pre-health students.
  • Google is also a very useful tool in finding opportunities outside of Dartmouth. It is your responsibility to utilize your resources to find opportunities that are meaningful to you.

Last Updated: 8/23/16