My topic for this blog is again medically related because that is my interest. I'm thinking about the social and economic hinderences in getting into medical experiencial opportunities. Firstly, through word of mouth about how people I know have obtained shadowing positions and other low-level hospital jobs that provide them with basic knowledge and exposure to the medical field, most people get it through family connections. Examples I know include an uncle who runs an ER, a parent who knows a friend that is a cardiologist, a close family friend thats a nurse, having parents that are both doctors, giving away a dog to someone who works high up at BayState, the list goes on. Knowing somebody in the medical field extremely increases your likelihood of being considered for experiential opportunities and gives you an advantage in the field, boosting your future and youre resume. Of course, people who make careers in the medical field are often well off because it requires money to go through schooling and education to obtain those types of jobs. This alone creates an economic barrier on the ladder to the top, the metaphorical top being, say, being a doctor. If you come a lower class family, you are less likely to have connections with well-off families that could afford to send children to medical schooling. Of course, there are always acceptions, and contemporaneously there exists programs and funds to send the less fortunate to schools, and opportunities are becoming more even. This still exists however, because the system has always benefitted on the lower class and that hasn't changed. And so, if the top is hardest to reach, the entry level is more difficult than you might initially think. You might think that an easy way to be involved in medicine is EMT-ing. It is one of the classic go-to jobs for undergraduates trying to get hours and exposure and experience. This requires nearly a thousand dollars towards the class, not to mention time and effort to study, learn and pass. Then on top of that you need hundreds of dollars to take the state and national exams to become certified to work after passing the class. Everything has a pay wall.
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