If you’re not a member of an elite medical school or medical college, you probably don’t have to worry about finding an appointment with a top doctor.
But for the young and healthy, that might not be possible.
According to an article in The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, only about 15 percent of medical school graduates are able to get into the top-tier elite medical schools in the United States.
The reason is because of a lack of training.
And for the elite medical students, that training is not enough.
Young people with no previous experience are often more likely to have trouble finding an internship at the best hospitals and clinics in the country.
And they are also more likely than their peers to struggle in the workforce, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What makes this even worse is that it’s not just the top medical schools that are failing to recruit these students.
The article says that young people with lower incomes are also disproportionately more likely not to get an internship.
For example, of the roughly 20 percent of students in the top 100 U.K. medical schools who earn less than $35,000 a year, only 6 percent get an internship, according the report.
Young professionals who are underrepresented in the medical field are also less likely to get internships, according research from the University of Wisconsin.
The study says that more than one-third of the students in these top schools do not get internship opportunities because they’re too young to have a good grasp of the medical profession.
According the study, students who are younger than 20 are more likely still to not have an internship than those who are older.
What’s the solution?
Many young people are in the middle of their first year of medical training, which is usually around the time they start their first internship.
And that means they’re missing out on opportunities that could help them develop their professional skills, says Kristi M. Schaeffer, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Schaedfer says that when she and her colleagues surveyed more than a hundred of her students about their internship experiences, they found that almost two-thirds said that the most common reason they didn’t get an opportunity was because they were too young.
The most common problem is that students are either not ready for an internship, they are too busy preparing for their residency or are simply not ready to be an intern.
“If you’re a young medical student, you’re really struggling to get the job and you don’t know what to do next,” Schaedffer says.
“The internship is an important time to really understand your training, and the best way to do that is to understand what it is you’re doing as a medical student and get out there and see if you can do that.”
The report says that the majority of these students are also at a high risk for serious health problems.
In addition, these young people have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
And the study also says that students who have had more recent trauma or who are struggling with alcohol abuse are also significantly more likely for their internships not to be successful.
How does it affect you?
For most of these young medical students and their families, the internship isn’t about getting a job, Schaedff says.
It’s about their education and their future.
It could also be about the next steps they take in their careers, which can include working in a hospital, or even at home, where they have the skills they need.
And it could also just be about getting the right kind of internship.
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