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    Med student dilemma: hospital exposure vs. study time!

    Hi! My school has ties with several hospitals, and I'm in the process of ranking my preferences. I'd love to get some input on my options. Here is my dilemma: prioritize more time in hospital (eg. more work hours) vs more study time for shelf exams and Step 2, considering step 2 will likely...
  2. DavolaDevito

    Need HELP deciding between SJSU or Cal Poly SLO for premed as a biology student

    Pros for SJSU: close to home (can commute ~15 mins away), slightly cheaper tuition, in the center of various hospitals and medical centers (might be too competitive to get a spot) Cons for SJSU: not highly competitive for premed, ranked slightly lower (big fish in small pond?), will have to get...
  3. P

    How do adcoms make the difference between good, bad, and excellent clinical experience

    What is the criteria used to categorize clinical experience by adcoms? Is it hours, the type of experience, how you write, or some other criteria
  4. M

    Unfunded PhD / PsyD - Worth it?

    Hi all, I recently got accepted to Hofstra's PhD program for clinical psych. It's not funded and tuition is high, after 6 years I calculated it may cost ~130k This program has a good reputation and students go off to either work in private practice or at hospitals in NY. I know in law and...
  5. M

    clinical experience in addition to EMT

    tl;dr is I believe need "in-clinic" clinical voluteer hours on top of my main EMT gig. Which option is the best fit & how many hours would be ideal w/in my timeframe? --- Non-trad; 10 years as a software engineer. Have quit to pursue this full time. My ~2.5 semester post-bac starts this...
  6. I

    Looking for guidance for rec letters/other stuff

    Hi everyone! I have a few questions that I’m not sure anyone in my life really knows how to answer so I decided to turn here. For background: I am currently a premed planning to apply in two years (so 2024-2025 application cycle). I am thinking about what to do for my clinical hours, and EMT...
  7. A

    PhD/PsyD PhD/PsyD Psychology program interview invites and admissions (applied Fall 2021 for Fall 2022 admission)

    Hi everyone, It is that time of year to share what psychology doctorate programs people applied to during the Fall 2021, and when they received interview invites. Also, if you were accepted or not/your final decision. Please provide what faculty you wanted to work with as well and who...
  8. F

    How to have time for all extracurriculars?

    Just finished first semester as a sophomore, I know I didn't get started as quickly as I should've, but I'm gonna start research in a couple weeks, apart from that I've just maintained a 4.0 gpa without any other extracurriculars. I don't want to take a lot of gap years, I would be fine applying...
  9. F

    How to have time for all extracurriculars?

    Just finished first semester as a sophomore, I know I didn't get started as quickly as I should've, but I'm gonna start research in a couple weeks, apart from that I've just maintained a 4.0 gpa without any other extracurriculars. I don't want to take a lot of gap years, I would be fine applying...
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    Which should I choose?

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    Gap Year Advice - Nursing Assistant (neuro vs trauma?)

    Hi everyone, I'm seeking more clinical experience during my gap year to prepare myself for medical school. Based on feedback from adcoms, I decided to apply for a Nursing Assistant position in a hospital to gain some valuable hands-on patient experience. I interviewed and received job offers...
  13. M

    Clinical Experience

    Hi, I'm a rising Junior and I have realized I have NO clinical experience whatsoever. While yes COVID affected me from Spring of Freshman year to this date and medical schools might be understanding, I believe I owe it to myself to be hands-on in a clinical environment which shows me what I love...
  14. 3lindsy5

    Counseling on Elemental Calcium

    How do you guys explain to a patient that elemental calcium is different than what is listed on the bottle (calcium carb or calcium citrate)? And how to help them calculate their total daily dose based on that. I have tried math (0.4 x the bottles listed mg for carb & 0.21 for citrate), I've...
  15. B

    International Medical Aid Shadowing

    Hey all! I recently stumbled across the IMA website and I was wondering if anyone has heard about it/knows if it is legit. I have some shadowing experience in the US, but I wasn't able to go abroad in undergrad so I thought this might be a good way to do both abroad work and get some clinical...
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    Hi all, I have a place for rent in Charlotte NC. 5 minutes from both Novant and Atrium Health. It’s a 3 bed, 3.5 bath townhome. 2 car garage with plenty of street parking. It’s turnkey with furniture etc.! Call or text (803) 670-0380 if you’re interested! Lease available starting June 1, 2021.
  17. R

    HELP: Clinical experience vs post-bacc for gap years?

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    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...
  19. sailboatgorilla

    Pre-Med Job Advice

    Hello everyone! This is my first time using this site as I am a freshman undergrad student currently. I was just seeking advice on which job option I should pursue for the upcoming semester. Here are my two options and thoughts on both: a) work on one of my biology professor's research projects...
  20. Doctoscope

    Distributing Medical Supplies to Hospice Patients - Clinical?

    Does picking up medical and other supplies from offices and going around to distribute them to hospice patients during the pandemic count as clinical experience? I guess you're not really "interacting" with patients, but they are involved... thoughts?
  21. R

    Should I Obtain a Medical Assistant Certification?

    I am an undergraduate non-traditional senior (B.A. in Computer Science). My overall GPA is 3.85, science GPA is 4.0 as I’m taking my prerequisites, I have 17 hours of clinical volunteering, and I was just hired as a medical scribe (job title is “Medical Assistant”) for a psychiatry/neurology...
  22. Doctoscope

    How are you (if at all) gaining clinical experience right now?

    I found a couple of solid nonclinical volunteering opportunities, and I'm grateful for that. But, when it comes to clinical, I'm getting zilch. Every hospice/hospital/clinic isn't accepting any volunteer applications right now (and quite frankly, makes sense), and I don't know where else to...
  23. jordandaisies

    Survey for Clinical/Counseling Psych doctoral students: Stress & Coping

    We don’t want to waste your time: you’re a doctoral student, you’re familiar with study solicitations, here’s one more for you. Here’re the brass tacks: · The study’s about stress and resilience of clinical or counseling doctoral psychology students · It’ll take 20 - 30 minutes ·...
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    Hey friends! I have been a part of this program for 3 years and it has been an absolutely invaluable experience for me and for my resume. The department is recruiting again, so I thought I would pass the info along! The University of California, Irvine Department of Urology is recruiting...
  25. GenChemDemon

    List of Clinical Internships

    Do any of you know where I can find a list of possible clinical internships? I want to do one of these in the summer of 2021 (hopefully), so I can gain some clinical experience after my sophomore year. I’m planning to start writing my essays during this summer, way before the deadlines.
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    What are Some Examples of NonTraditional Ways of Earning Clinical Volunteer Experience?

    For example, does transporting patients with cancer from Site A to Site B count as clinical volunteer experience? This is assuming that the driver is in direct contact with the patients. What are some other examples of gaining clinical exposure that are unheard/unrealized of? This will...
  27. S

    What is the final year of the optometry (US) like?

    Hi all! I was wondering if someone could help me understand what I should expect for my final year of Optometry in terms of experience and financials? I am a Canadian, going to NECO in Sept 2020. I know that I'll have 3 clinical rotations but I want to know how I should budget for 4th year...
  28. Doctoscope

    Should I take on this volunteering "offer"? What would it count as?

    I recently made a thread about hospice/children's hospital volunteering, which I plan to continue to do over a long time, but the assisted living facility I go to that cares for hospice patients just asked me if I wanted to volunteer through them as well to provide companionship to their older...
  29. M

    Temple (OOS) vs. UDM vs. UMD (OOS) vs. UK (OOS)

    In terms of clinical experience, out of Temple, Maryland, Detroit-Mercy, and University of Kentucky which would be at the top and what makes them special? Do they schedule their own patients? Place implants? Have their own chair? Each schools individual requirements? If current dental students...
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    Future end dates for volunteer/clinical hours on med school application?

    I was wondering if we can put the end date of our volunteer/clinical hours as being the end of college, which would be about a year after applications are sent out. Of course, only do so if it is true, but still, how would admissions committees look at that? Would the hours count and carry the...
  31. funky_buddha

    Suffolk University Clinical PhD

    I found a lab at Suffolk that seems pretty on target as far as research interests, and the post doc in my lab knows the PI and says he's an amazing human being. It's likely that I will apply, since it's the only lab I've found locally that really piqued my interest. Apparently Suffolk just...
  32. funky_buddha

    Who here had a positive PhD experience in Clinical? And where?

    I have been seeing and hearing a lot of upsetting things about clinical phd programs as I move closer to applications. Even my sister, who is just going on her clinical internship, has had a pretty miserable experience in her doctoral study. I was wondering if I could hear from some of you who...
  33. I

    Working at two different research labs at once?

    This may be a dumb question and a dumb decision, but how is this viewed? I feel that this may be a red flag? The different topics these labs investigate are equally interesting. Both are clinical research, if that matters. I am aware that both labs may have overlapping commitments, but if that...
  34. S

    Does this count as clinical experience?

  35. S

    Does this count as clinical experience?

    So I applied to be a volunteer at a clinic but they're full right now so I'm currently a receptionist. I help those who walk in or call with appointments and paperwork and I get to interact with some doctors as well. I'm looking to gain more clinical experience and I was wondering if this fits...
  36. S

    Doctoral Program Interviews with Writing Component?

    I was recently invited to Pacific University's PsyD interviews and I've decided to go. I know that many people here have negative views of the school, but attending is convenient for me and I feel like it will give me good interview practice, if nothing else. However, I was surprised by the...
  37. D

    What to do during Gap Year?

    Hello guys! I would love if I could get any advice on what I should do during my gap year. I narrowed down what I would want to do to two activities: volunteering as a high-school advisor or being a dental assistant. As an advisor I would volunteer my time as as Americorps Vista volunteer. I...
  38. M

    Working with developmentally challenged - clinical

    Would working with the developmentally challenged (individuals on the autism spectrum) by accompanying and engaging with them as they learn to fit into various social settings be considered clinical volunteering? The work would not be done in a hospital or clinical setting but would be done out...
  39. slowthai

    Clinical Hours Worth an Update?

    I had relatively few clinical hours when I applied (not even close to enough). I have not heard from the majority of schools I have applied to (about 7/36), with 1 pre-II hold and 6 rejections. I now have 200+ additional clinical hours. Is it worth sending an update to whichever schools allow...
  40. P

    taking semester off before applying

    Hi everyone, I will hopefully have taken all my prerequisites for med school by the fall of junior year of college. Part of me is thinking of taking a gap semester during the spring of junior year off (dropping to either 0 or 6 credit hours) and working full time (clinical hospital work) and...