extracurricular activities

  1. M

    What ECs are expected for non-traditional students? If my ECs are mainly prior to my postbacc, does that harm my application?

    Hello! I feel like there’s such a large range of what people are recommending as EC advice across various websites. For background: I have a degree in a medical related field (biomedical engineering), and a relatively low GPA (3.2, which counts as graduating with honors for my school as it is...
  2. Gao Xiong

    Seeking advice: Should I take a gap year? How can I further strengthen my application?

    I graduate next Spring 2024 and am at a crossroads right now. I’m in desperate need of advice so that I know what next steps I should take. I’m a psyc major. My current GPA is 3.4 and I’m hoping that after grinding my courses this year, I will be able to get at least a 3.5. My plan for now is...
  3. ush02

    LOR non-science advice

    Hi all, I wanted to ask for some advice on what to do for my non-science letter of recommendation. I've been worried about this for a little while and I think I may have found a few solutions, although not sure how to approach this. I know the AAMC qualifies psychology as a non-science, and...
  4. PennyT_Med

    Activities in Medical School

    Hi everyone, I’m an MS2. I’m wondering what are some suggested extracurricular activities to help you stand out in Med School? I am currently doing research and some volunteering with different clinics but I feel like everyone is doing that! All of my friends are doing so much besides...
  5. K

    Residential Treatment Center Clinical?

    I worked for some time as a "coach" at a youth residential treatment center. These youth struggle with depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and other mental health-related disorders. As a coach, I supervised the youth to make sure they were behaving while helping them manage their daily tasks -...
  6. T

    Can someone please help me decide between a FT clinical vs research opportunity?

    Hello everyone, First and foremost: thank you for taking the time to read my post and help me out. I am a 28 YO nontrad. I spent the past year scribing in an emergency department and I LOVED IT! My experience prompted me to start in a premedical post bacc program, in which I am in the second...
  7. T

    Should I stay with my current job (research) or take a new one (clinical)

    Hello everyone. First and foremost: thank you for taking the time to read my post and help me out. I am a 28 YO nontrad. I spent the past year scribing in an emergency department and I LOVED IT! My experience prompted me to start in a premedical post bacc program, in which I am in the second...
  8. H

    MD & DO Pathway to Academic Oncology Specialization in Lung Cancer

    big dreamer here: if you were starting out as a first year med student, what is the path you’d take to secure a dream job specializing in lung cancer and related environmental research/advocacy at an academic medical center? what about while adding on an MBA and wanting to combine academia with...
  9. N

    Clinical experience only months before applying?

    So I've been reading and hearing that doing/starting a category of activities just a few months before you plan to apply looks like checking the box and can harm your application. Do you think that would apply to clinical experience too, considering COVID? My mom is immunocompromised, which is...
  10. Dumplingz

    How do medical schools view varsity esports?

    Hi everyone, bit of an odd question, but I haven't seen it talked about much on here so I thought I'd give it a shot and see what the general consensus is. Do you guys think varsity esports is worth putting on the activities section of my app? My university has club esports that I was on for a...
  11. sharmylilla

    Being a competitive applicant after deciding on vet school late

    Just like the title says - I am not technically a non-traditional student, but because I decided on vet school late (after my undergrad) I am seriously lacking in a lot of the areas needed for competitive applicants. I did my undergrad in the UK where your courses are predetermined, so I'm...
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    Please take a gander at my game plan for clinical experience, if you don't mind. Questions about research and clinical experience.

    Howdy! My sophomore year of undergrad is about to start and I'm getting started on my clinical experience. This semester, I am in a hospital system volunteer program based in the city of my university. The program has a ton of different volunteer jobs available, so you can choose a different one...
  14. I

    ALL of my activities are less than 1 year... but I'll have 1.5 years of clinical exp from 2 places?

    Hi, so I'm writing rough drafts of the descriptions of my activities, and I just realized all of my activities are less than 1 year. BUT, I will have continuous clinical experience from February of 2021 to July 2021, and then September 2021 to next year (so 1+ year total), except it'd be from 2...
  15. Doctoscope

    Quitting an MME clinical "job" after exactly 1 year?

    I posted about this "job" before, but I'm increasingly getting frustrated at the manager's attitude, so I'm wondering if it's OK to quit an MME job after exactly 1 year. Here's also sort of a rant. I'm currently working at a private office doing all sorts of work; there isn't really a set title...
  16. Doctoscope

    Should I look to volunteer in a big hospital setting as well?

    I'm currently working/volunteering at a private medical office (internal medicine + sports medicine). My duties include: creating/maintaining charts for patients, taking their vitals when they come in, interviewing them, getting their chief complaint, answering any basic questions about...
  17. C

    Just checking my progress!

    Hi everyone! I am currently a junior and just wanted to get some input as to if I am on the right path. I currently have a 3.91 cGPA and 4.0 sGPA. In terms of experience, here are some relevant experiences I have had so far: 120 non-clinical volunteering hours 600 hours of research experience...
  18. J

    EC’s and Personal Statement

    Hey! I’m new here, this has probably been answered. Just wondering in regards to the application if you discuss something in your personal statement should you not list it as an extracurricular? Or can you talk about it in your personal statement and then list it as an EC and further discuss...
  19. 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...
  20. A

    How should I proceed after Freshman Pre-Med year?

    Hey everyone! Hope all is well. So, I just recently joined this website in order to collect efficient wisdom and advice on my road to Medical school, and to (hopefully) pass them on. So, I am an undergraduate student who just completed Freshman year. I wanted to know, which extracurriculars...
  21. HopefulErDr

    How do my EC's look?

    So I'm getting closer to the application cycle coming up this summer and I was trying to see what else I should be doing! So far I have ~300 hours scribing in the ED ~150 hours volunteering in the ED where I was a navigator (I took patients back, sometimes in wheelchairs, other times I cleaned...
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  24. TheOnlinePharmacist

    SNPhA and/or APhA-ASP? What extracurricular activities should I be doing to be the best after P4?

    Hey all, P1 student looking for some advice! Before I begin, when I say "be the best" in my title, it's just an over exaggeration. I'm, in no way, arrogant or looking to be superior to my class mates. I just want to be the best version of me that I can be, like everyone else here! So, currently...
  25. O

    NO Extracurriculars in Med School?

    So I'm an newly-minted M2...and I realize I have like zero extracurriculars. I'm taking classes, realize that boards are ahead, and am involved in research, but have no participation in leadership activities like student gov, interest groups, etc like my classmates. I did some shadowing but it...
  26. T

    Volunteering/application question

    From what I can understand there are blocks (around 15) where you place your volunteer/EC/shadowing/research on a Med School application. My question is this: I volunteer at 3 places right now, which are all long-term (freshman year-until I *hopefuly* go off to med school). The first is working...
  27. LindaAccepted

    Medical 5 Things to Remember When Writing Your Resume or CV for Medical School

    Although not officially required, you’re going to need a resume at some point in your medical school admissions process, either for completing the experience section of your application or to bring to interviews. While you can look up templates for a resume online, there are a few pointers you...
  28. 9

    Evaluate my School List, GPA, and ECs

    Hello everyone, This is my first SDN post and I am super excited! My MCAT is in a few days and I just wanted to get some other people's opinions on my stats and the list of schools I am intending to apply to: GPA: 3.95 (One non A class in Calc II) EC: -->90 hours ER volunteering --> 50 hours...
  29. P

    Dog Agility Training as an EC?

    I have had my dog (Mini Australian Shepherd) since August, and we have recently started agility training to compete locally. This is something that I like to do in my free time as a stress reliever, but it has now become a huge part of my life. This training has really taught me how to...
  30. inGenius Prep

    Medical How to Focus Your Interests for Medical School

    As you all know, applying to med school requires years of dedication. In the midst of fulfilling pre-med requirements and studying for the MCAT, it can be easy to slip into a “check the box” mentality with your extracurriculars for med school. What does checking the boxes look like? Take the...
  31. gdbath1995

    Reapp need application advice!

    MCAT 509, GPA 3.7, UNC grad, NC resident Research: 2 publications with 3 years of research 10 hours a week pancreatic cancer research Clinical Research: Summer fellowship with a hospital to do clinical cancer research Shadowing: over 200 hours shadowing IM, Transplant surgery, and orthopedic...
  32. M

    Possible C in General Chemistry II

    I just finished my final for Gen. Chem II and I feel like my low B will drop to a C. Do I still have a chance of getting into prestigious schools or medical schools in general? To give you a better idea of my potential as a med school candidate, I'll list my stats below: -Just finished first...
  33. drs17

    Pre-PTs: Need help?

    Hey guys! I was accepted this cycle to Duke (eeeek!), and I have created an instagram page and a blog to help out pre-pt students, and document my journey through PT school (and life of course)! I recently started a PTCAS application series on the blog, and so far I have posted about getting...
  34. Ham Sandwich

    Extracurricular activities time frame

    Planning to do 4 different volunteer activities to help increase my chances. However there will only about 6 months of completed volunteer work, which I plan to get 100+ hours in each of them. So Quantity vs Quality? I feel like the quality will stay the same regardless of whether or not I do all 4.