About the Course

Seamus Caragher describes his experience advocating at the US Congress for the creation of new clinical observation programs for aspiring medical students. He offers a few key lessons he learned, from owning the student perspective to looking for partnerships everywhere. Key topics: Medical Education, Student Advocacy, Expanded Access to Careers in Medicine.

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About the Author

Seamus Caragher

Marshall Scholar

Seamus Caragher is a Marshall Scholar pursuing an MSc in Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow. His current research focuses on developing glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive brain tumor. In addition to his biomedical novel strategies for treating glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive brain tumor. In addition to his biomedical for the formation of a new pre-medical student shadowing program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics. While clinical shadowing is a critical component to a successful medical school application, there are few programs to ensure equitable distributions of these opportunities. Through collaborations with the offices of several members of Congress, he helped develop a program to enable students from socioeconomically disadvantaged and rural communities to observe VA clinicians. This advocacy resulted in the Appropriation Committee directing the VA to begin assessing implementation of their program. Further, he and his colleagues drafted legislation, termed the VET MD bill, to fully cement this program in US law. Their bill was introduced in the last Congress with nine co-sponsors and remains under serious consideration in the current Congress.Seamus holds a BS in Neurobiology from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Expanding clinical opportunities for aspiring medical school applicants

    • Introduction

    • Searching for gold

    • Mechanisms are available in most areas

    • Shadowing

    • Solution pt. 1

    • Solution pt. 2

    • Solution pt. 3 - Advocacy strategy

    • The final bill

    • Remaining challenges

    • Conclusion