clinical experience

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  1. lialalala

    Which clinical experience should I have?

    My specs aren't great, but the following is what I have so far (all happened before COVID): 1. volunteering at the hospital at the front desk - greet and escort patients / push wheelchairs at outpatient infusion - clean beds and rooms / restock items / bring items the...
  2. C

    Research, clinical, non-clinical, EC, and volunteer hours

    How many research, clinical, non-clinical, EC, and volunteer hours should I have to get into competitive schools like NYU or the like? I know the obvious answer is a lot or "many" but how many hours (roughly) would you say the average applicant applying to competitive schools has? How many...
  3. B

    Behavioral Health Tech - Clinical Experience?

    Hello! I am currently a sophomore and recently applied to work as a behavioral health tech since I cannot currently work directly in a hospital b/c of my dad's autoimmune condition and for fear of bringing Covid home. My question is, would being a BHT count as clinical experience? From what I...
  4. A

    Applying Without US-Based Clinical Experience/Shadowing

    Hi! I made the switch to pre-med right after graduating in 2020, so have no pattern of clinical volunteering or shadowing in the US. After graduation 2020 I moved to Africa to work as a non-clinical volunteer at a health clinic, and hope to have around 200 hours of clinical volunteering as a...
  5. DoctoOcto

    Is one "source" of clinical experience enough?

    I am fortunate enough to have found solid clinical experience during this time (taking patient vitals, translating for patients, signing patients in, and sometimes "MAing" for the physician). I think I'll be able to stay here for awhile, and rack up about 500+ hours here. This experience is not...
  6. V

    How to break into clinical jobs when it's been a while...

    Hi guys, I'm a 3rd year undergrad that decided to commit to pre-med during the COVID lockdown. My clinical hours are basically nonexistent and I would like to change that but I'm not sure how to make myself a desirable applicant for clinical jobs again, or if I'm worrying too much. I underwent...
  7. DoctoOcto

    Front Office + Assisting Nurses/Physician - Clinical Experience?

    After a grueling search, I was finally able to score un unpaid "internship" with a small local FM clinic with a focus on geriatrics. My tasks include: - Helping out in the office (obviously nonclinical), - Front office patient support/taking info, like calling patients, taking their info, and...
  8. jmendoza

    Is double dipping clinical and research experience okay?

    I volunteer at a free health clinic located in a very underserved community, taking basic vitals (temperature, height, weight, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, etc) supervised by a nurse, aid in taking histories and help with recording their chief complaint. This is my main clinical...
  9. I

    What counts as clinical experience??

    I just graduated this past spring and am figuring out how to boost ECs during my gap year(s). During undergrad, I worked as a clinical research assistant (continuing this currently). I've performed blood draws on study subjects (research setting) and on patients in unit (hospital setting). I...
  10. X

    Low clinical experience

    Hi, I (current 3rd year, going to take a gap year) decided to be pre-med before covid hit so I'm behind on all my application but I'm most worried about my low clinical experience. I basically have none. There are no clinical opportunities available where I am and I don't see any opening up...
  11. P

    Another 'is this clinical experience?' question...

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  12. scaredcurved

    Seeking advice on which Gap Year Job to take

    Hi everyone! So I'm at a sort of a crossroad and would really value some advice! I'm currently working at an Urgent Care Clinic, in a gap year program. The program itself is great on paper rotating through laboratory assistant, scribe, front desk receptionist, and medical assistant. However...
  13. DoctoOcto

    Is 1 year of clinical activities "longitudinal enough"?

    I'm currently in the middle of a reinvention postbacc, and I was planning on starting my volunteering with a hospice and children's hospital the June of this year. The plan was to have ~2 years of volunteering with these organizations. But, with the pandemic, the programs have been put on pause...
  14. A

    Advice for Shadowing Doctors/Clinical Experience during the pandemic

    Hi, I am a junior planning to apply to medical school in the next cycle. Due to COVID-19 I wasn't able to volunteer/shadow last spring and this summer as planned. I only have about 50 clinical volunteer hours from the previous summer and no other clinical experiences. I am aware that I need more...
  15. O

    HELP!! Shadowing/clinical experience during covid?!

    Hi guys! I just finished my third year of undergrad, and I was planning on applying for the 2020-2021 cycle, but now that corona stuff happened I'm worried about how I'm going to get my shadowing/experience hours in... Anyone have any ideas or advice on what I should do? Do you think schools...
  16. C

    No shadowing but lots of clinical?

    I applied last cycle to no avail which I kind of expected because I only had hospital volunteer experience and worked part time as a physical therapy aide. This past year I have been working as a medical assistant at a clinic with NPs and PAs and will have about 1500 hours by the time I apply...
  17. C

    Chem PhD nontraditional with limited clinical experience but otherwise good app - what do you think?

    Hey guys, I’m a non traditional MD applicant looking at applying this May 2020 and I need advice. I have a PhD in chemistry from a top 5 school, lots of research, > 10 publications, GPA 3.8, and have worked the last two years in biotech/pharma consulting. MCAT is in April but have been getting...
  18. J

    Clinical Experience vs Clinical Volunteering

    After reading a lot of threads here on SDN, I'm getting a little confused at what exactly is "clinical experience". Going with the whole "if you can smeel the patient, it's clinical experience" definition, I always thought volunteering at the hospital would be considered clinical experience...
  19. DoctoOcto

    Having to PAY to volunteer...?

    The COPE Health Scholars program has a "tuition" of $225 (which goes up to $500 if you want a 3-month program), plus a $20 application fee, AND you need to bring in your own CPR training certificate, which is like another 50-60 bucks. Is this normal?? Thought about just paying the money since...
  20. lodo.owl

    Continuing Clinical Experience, Suggestions?

    Happy New Year SDN! Have been scribing in an urban ED part-time for almost two years (approx. 1300 hours currently) but have definitely hit my ceiling/need to get paid more, so am leaving my site in the Spring to put forth more hours into my other job. Because of my other employment I'm not in...
  21. flybynight79

    Clinical experience questions

    Does volunteering in a senior day center at a hospital count as clinical volunteering? The members have cognitive impairments. I've been volunteering at two centres: one for moderate-severe members and the other for mild impairments. The problem is that they're not referred to as patients...
  22. S

    Does this count as clinical experience?

    Thanks!
  23. S

    Adcoms : Is this Enough Clinical Volunteering?

    Thanks!
  24. LindaAccepted

    Medical How to Shadow a Doctor

    When looking for activities to include on your AMCAS application, shadowing is a powerful way to demonstrate your interest in and realistic knowledge of the field of medicine. Shadowing as many different kinds of doctors as you can is helpful; the only way to know whether you will enjoy a career...
  25. D

    Help with US clinical experience for an IMG

    Hey guys, hope everyone is well! I am an IMG who graduated from med school in 2017, and have been preparing for the USMLE because I am interested in practicing in the US. I am searching to gain clinical experience in America, to further raise my chances to get matched in to a residency program...
  26. 6

    UGH stumped between bench and clinical research

    I'm about to start my post bacc classes and my parents want me to get back into research. I already have a lot of basic science research hours (like 300+) since I've done a summer internship and a semester of research during college, so I would like to branch out and explore clinical research...
  27. J

    MD What are my chances? HELP

    Check out my CV and let me know what to improve on. What are my chances for allopatric med. school?
  28. D

    do I need more ECs - volunteering, clinical shadowing, and community services

    First of all, thanks all for takign the time to read my post and sharing your thoughts. already have ... - 150 hours of clinical volunteerting across multiple departments - ER, nuclear medicine, and cath lab - a decade old experience; 300 hours serving in-need children and orphans in a...
  29. J

    Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department Volunteer Program

    Has anyone heard about the Hopkins Hospital ED Volunteer Program? It's not anywhere specific on the hospital's website, but I heard from a friend that it's like a legendary program that gives them a bunch of training and they do a lot of things with the doctors and nurses and even round on...
  30. dwarfplanet

    Clinical Experience - mostly paid work

    I work as an MRI technician assistant at hospitals and outpatient centers which involves working directly with inpatients and doctors. This will end up being ~2000 hours of paid clinical work. I also volunteer once a week at a children's hospital, but it's really just playing with the kids and...
  31. A

    Clinical vs research experience for PsyD programs

    Hello, I'm new to this forum, so I apologize if a similar question to this one has already been asked. I'm hoping to apply to PsyD programs, but I don't have enough clinical or research experience yet to be a competitive applicant. While I imagine most programs would like applicants to have at...
  32. slowthai

    Optometric Assistant vs Scribe

    I applied this cycle and I'm hoping to strengthen a weakness in my app; clinical experience. I've secured a job as a scribe, but I also have an interview for an optometric assistant position. Which one do you think is a better choice?
  33. D

    Does an EMT class actually count as "science GPA" for AACOMAS?

    Was just looking at the website for AACOMAS and I see that they count EMT as a "science class". Can anyone verify this and your opinions on taking the class not only to get paid clinical experience in the future but also as a science GPA booster?
  34. T-rexa

    Current LMT: good experience or get new training?

    First thread, so go easy on me :) I have been a licensed massage therapist for about a year now. I'm in the process of earning my pre-req's for med school at a 4 year university as a non-degree seeking student because I earned my BFA in Modern Dance about 7 years ago. I have called 4-5...
  35. L

    CV gaps. Do they affect my US residency application?

    I am an FMG. I graduated first week of July 2018. My internship doesn't start until December or maybe even February depending on the placement. That's how it is in my country. So now I'll have a good 5-7 months gap in my CV. Is this considered a gap for US residency program directors? Since I...
  36. D

    Trying to Find Work during my DIY Post Bacc

    I'm 24 and currently support myself financially working at an office job. I took a break from the medicine route after working as a scribe in the ED for a year and a half, but realized I should have never deviated off the path. I'm leaving my job next week so I can focus on taking my pre-reqs (2...
  37. sushi18

    Types of Clinical Experience: 10 Admissions Offices Weigh In

    Hi SDNers, I contacted 10 different MD admissions offices about preferences for types of clinical experience (paid/volunteer/shadowing), and found it really helpful. Since I’ve learned so much from reading these forums, I thought others might benefit from this information as well. If I get in...
  38. T

    Medical Assistant vs. Scribe vs. Autotransfusion Tech

    I know a lot of people looking to apply for medical school often work as medical assistants or scribes to gain "clinical" experience, but it seems to me that these things are becoming part of the pre-med checklist making the experience less unique compared to what it used to be. I recently...
  39. P

    Is one year of hospice enough?

    Ive been volunteering for hospice for about a total of 6 months and have had 4 patients in total. Thinking about stopping when I hit my one year limit due to me not being able to dedicate my time to it. Is it still good enough or thats not enough? Like would adcoms even care since its just one year?
  40. L

    Wondering if I am on the Right Track

    Hey guys, So I wanted to share my current status and my plans for the next few years for getting into medical school, to see if I'm on the right track, and very roughly how my chances would look if I were to apply at the age I'm considering. I'm currently about to be a senior in undergrad...