Our Gap Year Program is for individuals who have graduated from a four-year university and are interested in continuing their education in a health professions school. This full-time position is perfect for individuals taking time off between college and their next stage of education. Through the program, Gap Year Medical Assistants get experience in the following areas.
Gap Year Medical Assistants will be able to hone skills in bedside manner, compassion, and empathy in a real clinical setting. They will take medical histories, obtain vital signs, prepare patients for live and telemedicine visits, and assist physicians with minor surgical office procedures. Once trained, Gap Year Medical Assistants will perform breath tests, ultrasound-based tests, and pill camera tests. These procedures are performed independently, offering great educational value to pre-medical students looking to develop strong interpersonal skills in a patient care setting.
Dr. George Dickstein will serve as the primary mentor for the Gap Year Medical Assistants. Dr. Dickstein is a board-certified gastroenterologist, Chair of Medicine at MetroWest Medical Center, and both an Associate Clinical Professor and Academic Dean at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he serves on the steering committee of the PA school and admissions committee of the medical school. Gap Year Medical Assistants will have the opportunity to shadow Dr. Dickstein and other physicians in the practice. They will also have the opportunity to attend the weekly Department of Medicine Grand Rounds or morning report, and Monthly GI Division Conference at MetroWest Medical Center.
Our team is involved in several clinical trials. Selected Gap Year Medical Assistants will be able to assist with recruiting patients, consenting patients, and conducting clinical study encounters. If the physicians are publishing or participating in any additional research studies, Gap Year Medical Assistants can contribute.
Gap Year Medical Assistants will spend time assisting the histotechnicians in our pathology lab. They will work with the team on preparing pathology specimens for grossing, processing tissues for chemical stabilization, assisting with embedding specimens, cover-slipping slides, assisting with H&E and GMS stains, and assisting with cutting embedded tissues.
Gap Year Medical Assistants will learn to arrange patient appointments, communicate with pharmacies, and complete prior authorizations for a wide range of medications.
- Candidates must have graduated from a four-year university and is interested in continuing their education in a health professions school (MD, DO, PA, nursing)
- This position is typically a one or two year commitment, ideal for candidates taking time off between college and the next stage of their education
- Candidates must be personable and confident as they will be interacting directly with patients
- Full-time, 40 hours/week
- Fluent in Portuguese and/or Spanish is a plus, but not required
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to our Gap Year Program, please send your resume and cover letter to GDickstein@GastroHealth.com