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Preparation for a medical and healthcare professional careers begin early. What should an aspiring high school student consider in preparing for a healthcare career? What courses should be taken? What are the best extracurricular activities? What should I be doing to get into a college program that will help me succeed in achieving my healthcare career goals?
AP and other advanced courses are helpful, and students should take these when possible. These courses challenge you to learn the subject thoroughly, and will provide a strong foundation for good performance in your college undergraduate courses. Before you decide to accept AP credit toward college, however, you should be aware that some medical and healthcare professional schools will not accept AP credit as meeting math or science required course work, even if your college does.
Erik Johnson, a native of Chicagoland who attended Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, began his medical career at Loyola University-Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at The University of California-Irvine, receiving numerous accolades during his residency including Resident of the Year and the P. Colin Kelly award for the “Pediatrician Who Teaches.” In 2000, Johnson began practicing at Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center with The Medical Care Group. He continued teaching at Midwestern University in the Physician Assistant Program. In 2014, his focus shifted to administration with his appointment as medical director-pediatric services for Alexian Brothers Health System and the Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He has been influential in advancing centers of excellence in Neurology and Endocrinology. Johnson is on the Board of Directors of the AMITA Health Medical Group and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation. He has recently served on the Executive Leadership Team for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies.
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"Class sizes are a little smaller at Benedictine compared to other universities. People can form a community within a classroom, which makes it easier to learn together. I love the community aspect at Benedictine’s College of Science. Students can learn from each other through constructive team projects, and professors are always willing to help students."