Celebrating America's Women Physicians

Changing the face of Medicine
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Is a Medical Career for You?

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What is a career in medicine like? Why do people choose medicine? What can I do to get some hands-on experience in a medical environment? How expensive is it? Access information to help you learn more about this fascinating field.


  • The Association of American Medical Colleges offers practical information about medical careers, schooling requirements, and financial aid.
  • The American Medical Women's Association's "Career Guide and Work/Life Balance" suggests various ways to examine whether a career in medicine is for you and what to consider in preparing for a career in medicine.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides information on diverse careers on its "Exploring Careers Information" web site, http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm. Under the "Helping People" category, you will find the "Doctor" section that describes what working in the medical field is like, the steps it takes to become a doctor, and the amount of money doctors earn.
  • Visit the Physicians area within this Web site to learn not only about the achievements of the physicians featured in this exhibition, but also about the many different types of medical careers they pursued.

Jump Start

  • Apply for summer internship programs in biomedical research for high school students, offered at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Get into a summer or after-school program that will allow you to visit and/or work at medical facilities.
  • Ask people who work in the medical field about their career. For example, the next time you visit your doctor, ask her about how she likes her job.

Financial Resources

  • The Student Gateway to the U.S. Government describes various financial aid resources.
  • The U.S. Department of Education provides comprehensive resources on financial aid, and applying for scholarships and student loans.
  • The National Institutes of Health's Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to biomedical, behavioral, and social science research careers. Scholarship information is also available in Spanish.
  • There are many private and public fellowships, scholarships, and foundation grants available to fund your education. Your school's guidance office will be able to direct you to these resources.