The Health Professions Team at Middlebury College serves both students and alumni who are considering careers in the health professions. We work with students at every point in the pre-health process, from academic advising, to securing research and clinical opportunities, and throughout the entire professional school application process. Our students elect to pursue careers in allopathic, osteopathic, dental and veterinary medicine as well as nursing, nutrition, physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant and public health.
What You Can Expect
Choosing to pursue a career in the health professions is a big decision. In addition to taking the prerequisite science coursework, you can affirm your career choice by shadowing practitioners, doing internships, exploring research opportunities, and speaking with alumni. All of the health professions require post-graduate schooling and many require additional practical training in the form of internship and residency.
While many of our students are science majors, approximately 15-20% of our cohort majors in the humanities. Our students use their language skills to translate for patients at the Open Door Clinic, apply their health policy knowledge interning at a think tank, and spend summers in the field doing anthropology research into health care disparities. There’s no “one size fits all” approach to being a pre-health student!
There are many paths to a rewarding career in the health professions. Some graduates will pursue an academic position at a large metropolitan teaching hospital, while others prefer small, community-based employment. The cost of professional school is not inconsequential; both in terms of dollars and time, and students often emerge with significant debt. Spending time learning about your intended career will help you understand the challenges and rewards of the occupation as well as the work-life balance typical of your intended path.
Areas of Focus
Physician – There are two kinds of practicing physicians in the United States: Allopathic Medicine (M.D.) and Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Both are fully licensed physicians, trained in diagnosing and treating illnesses and disorders, and in providing preventive care.
- Dental Medicine (D.D.S. or D.M.D.)
- Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
- Global & Public Health
- Clinical Research
- Allied Health Professions – The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions defines allied health as the segment of the health care field “that delivers services involving the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management. Below are a few of the most common allied health fields Middlebury students go in to.
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant