Explore Health Care Careers
At Fisher, you can plan a program that will prepare you for any of the health-related fields including medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy, or public health.
Career Assessment and Job Descriptions
To find out what careers best fit your personality, aptitudes, and interests, visit the Center for Career and Academic Planning and ask for an assessment, using either the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory or the Strong Interest Inventory.
There is more to health care than being a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Find out about dozens of other health care careers:
Wondering what other fields might fit your interests? Check out this career exploration resource: What Can I Do With A Major In...?
One of the most effective ways to learn about the life of most health care professionals is to spend a day on the job with them. Job shadowing also helps you establish contacts with other professionals, learn about career preparation steps, and evaluate whether you feel that you'd be satisfied in a similar career.
Finding a Professional to Shadow
- Start with your own list of contacts - your doctors, dentists, local pharmacists, relatives and neighbors in health care - and ask them if they are willing to permit you to spend a day at work with them. If you don't have many of these contacts, reach out to family members, friends, and neighbors who may have contacts.
- You can join LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals, and seek connections with individuals on the network who are in careers of interest.
- Many professional organizations have websites that connect students or other interested individuals with professionals in their field. You can find profession-specific resources on the curriculum guides posted on the Academic Preparation page of this website.
- As a last resort, you can "cold call" professional offices and ask for an opportunity, but this is often the most challenging method of developing successful contacts.
Questions to Ask
You probably already have plenty of questions. Here are a few others to consider:
- What kind of personal traits, interests, and styles are good matches for this job?
- What does the career ladder in your field look like - that is, what are the opportunities for advancement?
- What other jobs could you be doing with your training?
- What do you value and enjoy about your job?
- How does this job affect your family life?
Remember to treat the person you are shadowing with the same respect you would expect in the same situation. Make sure you are on time, well rested, neat, polite, and that you express your gratitude for their time and advice.
Most successful applicants to health professions schools have demonstrated their commitment to a career in health care by obtaining significant clinical experience. Volunteering in a hospital, nursing home, health clinic, or other health care facility can be great way to get this experience - which will also help you determine if a career in health care is the right path for you.
What follows is a few links to local health care facilities or non-profit health-related organizations that accept volunteers. Note that this is not a comprehensive list and that many other places and activities can provide excellent clinical experience.
- Unity Hospital
- Highland Hospital
- Rochester General Hospital
- Golisano Children's Hospital
- The Friendly Home
You can also search for volunteer opportunities in the Rochester Community Wishbook.
Additionally, you can contact the following Hospice homes regarding volunteer opportunities.