How do I find out more about being a doctor for the CDC?
April 16, 2014 5:25 PM Subscribe
I want to work for the CDC after med school and residency, but I don't know how to show people (particularly med school adcoms) just how serious I am about this. I'm applying to med schools this cycle and want to mention my CDC aspirations, but am afraid that doing so might inadvertently hurt my application because I have no experience with the CDC.
posted by acthelight to Science & Nature (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a junior biology major on a pre-med track (taking the MCAT/applying this summer) and I've been thinking for a while about working for the CDC after residency. I want to mention this fact in my med school application/interviews, but I'm worried people won't take me seriously because I have absolutely no experience in government work. I've looked up the job descriptions of medical officers for the CDC on the CDC website, and I've taken an epidemiology class, which is what re-sparked the CDC dream. (When I was in middle school I toyed with the idea but I didn't do a whole lot of research.) I know for sure I don't want to go into private practice, and given my interest in epidemiology and infectious disease, working for the CDC just seems right to me. How can I go about showing people just how serious and committed I am to this?
Potentially helpful extra information: I don't live in Atlanta, but I do live in a large-ish city. Maybe there are some resources in my city I don't know about?