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Gaining Health Experience

Prospective Student


A strong, consistent academic record and a solid performance on the entrance exams are important for health professions graduate school applicants, but extracurricular activities and evidence of service work are also very important attributes to strengthen one's candidacy.

Given the competition for admission, experience in a hospital or health care environment (e.g., doctor's, dentist's, or veterinarian's office) is critical. Since the University is located so close to the city of Boston, our students are able to work/volunteer in some of the finest hospitals in the region (e.g., Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital). Most are accesible by public transportation.

Students have attained these positions through several avenues, including utilizing the resources offered through our Career Center. Two particularly popular resources are Eaglelink, which includes a database that lists opportunities here in Boston, and across the country, and the Boston College Career Community LinkedIn group. The latter provides a space for alumni, students, alumni, faculty, and permanent staff to connect, share advice, and build professional relationships. The group currently has over 18,000 members. As a Boston College student, you have the option to meet with an internship counselor. Call the Career Center at 617-552-3430, to schedule an appointment.

The Pre-Health Office maintains the EagleDocs Program. This program allows Boston College students to gain valuable clinical exposure by shadowing alumni who currently work as physicians, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, podiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and psychologists. The EagleDocs database contains the names, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. of over 260 alumni who work in various capacities within the medical field and who have agreed to provide clinical experiences to our students. The database can be searched by various criteria, including specialty, health school alma mater, and state/city where mentoring will occur.

Our office also maintains an “electronic bulletin board” and sends out email announcements listing various internship and volunteer opportunities. In addition, we maintain a notebook listing health related positions that students have held in the past.