NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Department of Medical Technology College of Allied Health Sciences Laoag City BENEFITS OF TAKING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AS PREMEDICAL COURSE The thought of a person becoming a physician someday is overwhelming. Long before you start college, you are now thinking what course you should take that fits in pursuing medical school later in life. Many of the senior high school students today are now planning to pursue in becoming a doctor, but they are not sure what pre-medical course to take. Upon entering medicine field, you need a wide knowledge and having the right pre-med course can help you a lot. Pre-medical or often referred by college students as “pre-med” to let others know about their career goals and use the term to show that they want to go to medical school. The most common course requirements in pursuing medical school are Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry. Most if not all of these courses are required for our majors. Pursuing medical school later in life can be difficult and it requires great amount of determination and perseverance. Choosing the what degree should you take in college that can greatly help you in the latter schooling is stressful and it requires your passion and decisiveness in4 doing in order not to regret anything in the future. RA 5527 defined Medical Technology as an auxiliary branch of laboratory medicine which deals with the examination of tissues, secretion and the excretion of the human body and body fluids by various electronic, chemical, microscopic and other medical laboratory procedures or techniques either manual or automated which will aid the physician in the diagnosis study and treatment of disease and in the production of health in general. In college, the course is called Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology or Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science and is a four-year course. This study will primarily determine the benefits of taking Medical Technology as a pre-med course. The researcher chose this topic to benefit the following: Students, the main reason why the researcher wants to conduct this study is because to give information to the students especially those high school students who are planning to go to medical school after college. Parents, this study will help the parents to have a wider understanding to the course and for them to support their children if they want to take Medical Technology as their college pre-med course. The study will focus on the benefit of taking Medical Technology as pre-med course to the students who are planning to pursue in medical school. Physicians cannot give diagnosis to a patient without running laboratory tests first and it is conducted by Medical Technologists, they are the aide of doctors in providing accurate diagnosis. Medical Technology, as officially defined by a hardcover textbook, is: “…specialized in performing laboratory analysis. Mostly about examination of bodily fluids and excretions. These laboratory tests are standardized and controlled wherein only highly trained personnel are qualified to do this tests. This ensures reliable and accurate result.” Medical technology, one of the offshoots of medicine as university study, encompasses a wide range of disciplines and learning. It is used to diagnose, monitor and treat diseases affecting humans. Medical technology is suitable for those who enjoyed, and were good at, a range of topics at A Level. It calls on those who enjoy chemistry, biology, and other scientific disciplines which is very relevant in studying in the medical school. Medical Tech degrees can line you up laboratory work, research posts, public health, teaching, and pharmaceuticals. It can help you in exposing to the different laboratory procedures and thus, helps you in understanding clearer result when you become a doctor. Doctors are the one in-charge in saying the diagnosis to the patient but the medical technologists are the ones who run the tests and provide the diagnosis. Being a medical technology student means you aren't just learning how to make people better, you're learning how to make the process of making people better. So, it would be a great advantage if you are a doctor that knows the laboratory procedures done and how to tell them exactly to the client or patient. As with all good medical courses, medical technology puts hefty focus on working experience and getting into the community, so transition from uni to working life is quick and easy. Choosing a career is one of the more difficult choices any student can make. Medicine is a career driven by service. As such, you are tasked with putting others first. Yet it also allows you to be a life-long learner. It is an occupation where your field of expertise continually expands. As a result, your knowledge base must follow suit. It is a profession that requires quick thinking and decision-making. People will look to you for answers, and it is up to you to provide them. Foremost though, a career in medicine is one of respect. The work you do is important to both the individual and community. Despite the challenges, it is the prospect of the future reward that should drive you. A career in medicine carries the unique opportunity to help others through communication and commitment. It is the chance to develop relationships with patients and engage in problem-solving that requires you to adapt on a case-by-case basis. Yet these challenges allow for you to become a student of your profession, continually striving to learn more and become the best doctor that you can be.