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Clinical and Research Experiences

Clinical Experience

Becoming a health professional is a huge commitment, both in time and money. Therefore, it is a good idea to “test drive” your chosen profession by volunteering or working in a clinical setting. Clinical experience can help you solidify your career choice, and prepare you for your first patient interactions in medical school. Gaining clinical experience can be as easy as volunteering at one of the local hospitals, or as in-depth as volunteering at a local rescue squad or working as a medical scribe.

In addition to the options listed below, current post-bacc students transitioning to medical school frequently help new and current students to apply for the positions they are leaving, usually through the Post-Bacc Club at AU. Finally, many students have success in finding paid clinical work through Craig’s List.


Local Hospitals

George Washington University Hospital (

Georgetown University Hospital ({})

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Children’s National Medical Center (

Washington Hospital Center ({})

Howard University Hospital (


Rescue Squads in Montgomery County, MD

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (
Glen Echo Rescue Squad (
Rockville Rescue Squad (


Medical Scribe Organizations

Vema Scribes (
Scribe America (
Also check Craig’s List for individual providers seeking scribes.


Research Opportunities

Physicians are scientists, and differential diagnosis utilizes the critical reasoning skills developed through research and employing the scientific method. Many medical schools have a preference for students who have developed and demonstrated these skills through research.  

Research in any field, from biology to international relations, teaches you to identify a question, collect and analyze data and draw conclusions. Faculty at American University engage in research in their fields, and are happy to share their passion with students. To become involved with research at AU, please check the faculty profiles (link here please!) to find a topic that interests you and contact the faculty member directly.