James Chen ‘98, Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
"I learned and practiced clinical skills such as how to take patients, interview them, scribe, fill cortisone shots, and write up MRI orders and prescriptions. By interacting with patients on a first hand basis, it provided me with valuable insight on daily interactions between patients and doctors, as well as between patients and other personnel in the medical field. I also learned a lot more medical terminology and diagnoses within the orthopedic field that I wouldn’t get anywhere else other than in a clinic or medical school.
Other than clinical skills, I gained valuable insight by working with other medical assistants who were just out of undergraduate college and/or applying to medical school; talking and working with them allowed me to hear first hand experiences in how they were navigating medical schools, working as a medical assistant, and how they feel about patient interactions. From my time in the clinic all my learning goals were achieved and overall I think this experience has helped me to solidify my decision to apply to medical school in a field that interacts with patients on a first hand basis."