Hi everyone! I am a prospective Pre-Med Student and was accepted to UAB (SciTech Honors Program), University of Alabama Tuscaloosa (Randall Research Scholars), Texas A&M, and UCF (Honors). I am quite conflicted on which university to choose that would offer me the best opportunities in the following categories:
- Neuroscience and Human Biology/Biology Research
- Physician Shadowing
- Clinical Research
- Diversity of Non-medical volunteering opportunities
- Rigor of the institution and quality of pre-med courses
- How helpful is the SciTech program at UAB? Has anyone conducted neuroscience research?
- How accessible are hospital volunteering and shadowing at TAMU? In addition, how strong is neuroscience research at TAMU?
- Since UCF’s medical school is about 20-30 min away, has any undergrad been able to conduct research there under a professor? Also, what research opportunities are available for Honors students?
- UA has no medical school and I was wondering if volunteering and shadowing are accessible nearby. As a pre-med student at Bama, how have you acquired biological research opportunities, volunteering, and shadowing? Does Bama have any medically-related research? How useful is the Randall Research Scholars program?
I know a little about each university based on what I could find online but I was wondering if anyone who is pre-med at these schools can share their experiences being in a pre-med pathway at these schools and the relative abundance (or lack thereof) of opportunities that you had to do as traditional pre-med activities but also be able to pursue other interests outside of the classroom as well. If you could, I would love to learn more about the topics I listed above! Thanks for your advice and help in advance!