Hi everyone, Long time lurker. First time poster. I am currently a 4th year medical student. I want to quit medical school to teach high school science - preferably in a private school. I would prefer a private school simply because I have heard - from classmates who have been to private high schools - that they can hire teachers without formal teaching education. Given my age (30) and my financial situation ($300k in loans), I would like to start working and repaying my loans as soon as possible (and thus avoid having to spend 2+ years and additional tuition to get a Masters in Education). My story is as follows: I had originally planned to become a CT surgeon. However, experiencing medicine from the point of view of a physician (in training) has shown me that this is not what I want to do with my life. There are numerous reasons for the change in my views on medicine, but those would be best for another forum. The major factor pulling me toward education is my love of teaching. I recently finished teaching a year-long clinical medicine course to first year med students. It's hard to describe in words the satisfaction when I hear my students tell me that I was able to explain something that their professors couldn't explain well. I'm sure the teachers out there understand. My background is likely not going to impress anyone responsible for hiring new teachers. I graduated in 07 with a degree in Molecular Genetics. I worked in biotech as a technician for about three years after that. I taught an undergrad microbiology lab for 1 semester. I tutored middle and high school children in math and science while in med school. I recently finished teaching the year-long clinical medicine course to M1's. So my goal is teach high school science - including biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and any medicine-related topic. Does anyone have any idea as to how I should proceed? The city I am in has a few private high schools, but per their websites, they are not currently hiring. I've heard about teaching internships (also from my classmates who have been to private schools). Are they generally paid or unpaid? Are they worth pursuing? Can I send unsolicited messages to the schools regarding internships? I apologize for any naivete in my post. I am just very anxious (but also excited) about starting a new chapter of my life. Thank you in advance!