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How do I Choose the Best Medical Training Program?

Vanessa Harvey
Vanessa Harvey

You can select the best medical training program by considering the reputation of the school, your options for completing clinicals and the help that is available to graduates for locating employment. Other aspects of a medical training program at which you should look include the course schedule and the opportunities for in-class, hands-on skills training. It is a good idea to understand beforehand how students will be prepared to take all required written and practical examinations for certification and licensing. Highly advanced technology also has provided many medical training programs with what are known as simulation labs, which tend to provide the closest comparison possible to what it is like to attend to a real patient.

The reputation of a school is probably one of the most valuable pieces of information that you can gather when selecting the best medical training program. A good reputation tends to be earned when an institution of higher education provides all of the tools for learning, such as simulation labs and plenty of opportunity for hands-on skills practice. Word-of-mouth generally is the most reliable indicator of reputation, but the Internet provides ample sources of information on the quality of education offered by many schools. Although colleges, technical schools and universities offer various medical programs, it usually is a good idea to train at a medical facility such as a hospital, because of the ample opportunity to do clinicals and a residency.

EMTs must pass written exams and receive a license to practice.
EMTs must pass written exams and receive a license to practice.

Training for a career in medicine at a medical facility generally ensures ample opportunity for skills development. A residency is completed by student doctors, and clinicals are completed by other students training for careers in the medical field. These medical training courses tend to be more intense than those that are offered by colleges and universities. Students are often relied upon to provide care for patients, especially if the institution is a research hospital or one that treats people who do not have medical insurance. Such an environment, in the opinion of many, is superior to the most technologically advanced simulation labs, because real learning takes place and real-world experience is provided.

Future doctors should complete a residency at a hospital.
Future doctors should complete a residency at a hospital.

Almost all students in any type of medical training program will have to pass written and practical exams to receive certification and a license to practice. If you are training to become a nurse, an emergency medical technician (EMT) or a physician's assistant or are training to work in a similar capacity, you will have to pass exams to receive a license to practice. Examinations can be very difficult to pass and extremely stressful, so your medical training program should include preparation for the passing of any and all required exams.

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    • EMTs must pass written exams and receive a license to practice.
      By: Tyler Olson
      EMTs must pass written exams and receive a license to practice.
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      Future doctors should complete a residency at a hospital.