1. A

    Extracurriculars as Non-Traditional

    What is everyone doing for extracurriculars as a non-traditional applicant? I'd love to quit my job, and focus 100% of my time of developing EC's for my application, but that's not feasible as I still need health insurance, money for bills, etc. I currently volunteer at a hospital, and am...
  2. E

    How to make myself stand out as an engineer applying to med school?

    Looking for a way to distinguish myself on my med school apps. A little background: Been working as a Civil Engineer for the past 3 years since graduating in 2016. Have: BS Civil Engineering, GPA = 3.80 MS Civil Engineering, GPA = 3.78 Both from USC. Been doing a DIY postbacc @...
  3. moralis

    Where should I start? MD/PhD, maybe a bit late in the game

    Hi everybody, I'm a rising sophomore bioengineering major at a decently well known large state school. I have always wanted to go into scientific research of some sort, and was pretty much set on getting a PhD since high school. Last semester, I started out in a computational biology lab that I...
  4. D

    Is it okay to list a friend as a contact for a non-service club?

    About 2 years ago, I joined a recreational frisbee club on Campus and I had a great time playing for about two semesters. I want to put it down on AMCAS as one of my activities because I can speak pretty well about how it helped improve me as a future physician by making me more resilient when I...
  5. jg2021

    Lower stats w/ great ECs vs. Higher stats w/ no ECs

    I have a 3.5 GPA, mostly due to messing up my first semester of undergrad (C in gen chem I, which I believe I made up with an A- in gen chem II, an A- in orgo I, and looking like an A in orgo II), but I definitely have a pretty significant upward trend. I also have 45 shadowing hours, 150+...
  6. P

    Clinical Experience

    Someone brought to my attention recently that med schools generally want clinical volunteering over paid clinical work -- does anyone know the accuracy to this? I have gotten a paid job as basically a CNA, so would this fulfill the unwritten clinical requirement (even though it is not...
  7. 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?
  8. A

    balancing extracurriculars and school

    Hi guys, Im an officer for an organization and I have done 1 semester of it so far but I may not be able to balance my school/other activities with this. This is my senior year and my final semester is next semester. I know being in an officer position looks very good on a medical school...
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  10. J

    Pre-Med, what do I need to become a more attractive applicant

    Currently I am a junior in school but I will have an additional year due to athletics. I plan on having a biology major with psych and business minors. I have around a 3.1 GPA at the moment and am really focusing on course work to increase that GPA. I am an NCAA division 1 athlete and work as a...
  11. T

    Rate my extracurriculars?

    Hi, everyone. I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. So far, my classes are going well, and I think I have a solid plan for extracurricular activities, but I would like an outsider's opinion. Here are the 15 activities I have, or plan to have, by the end of my college...
  12. C

    Peer counseling as an extracurricular?

    There is this program at my school where students can be trained to listen/be counselors to other students who are having a hard time or depressed. I wanted to do this because it seems like a great skill to have (to be able to help and calm down those in a crisis), but it's also a huge time...
  13. O

    The Weight of a Valuable Research Experience

    So I am a student at Drexel University, and for anyone that doesn't know, this is a co-op school (similar to NortheasternU). I am on a 5-year undergraduate program with 3, 6-month long cycles of co-ops each. Basically, I am alternating being in classes for 6 months with being on a co-op for 6...
  14. woopsidaisy


    I made a major mistake on my AMCAS. For my most recent employment, I meant to write 1600 hours but instead wrote 6600 hours. I did not realize the mistake until I was going through my primary while working on secondaries. Obviously, this isn't something that will be missed by many medical...
  15. A

    What are my chances with 3.4 oGPA 3.3 sGPA 24 AA 23 TS 22PAT

    Hey guys what do you think my chances are at schools like NYU, Temple, Nova, UCSF, University of Florida, Meharry, Boston University, Western U, amongst others. Along with 24 AA 23TS and 22PAT with my lowest section being a 22 I have a 3.4 overall GPA and 3.3 science. I have 350 hours of...
  16. 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...
  17. A

    Is this clinical volunteering?

    I did 4 years of research, meeting with patients in teams of physician consults, and studying disease models based on patient data. Can I record this as medical/clinical volunteering instead of non-clinical? Thanks so much
  18. Guts Man

    Chances/advice for a non trad below average joe

    Hello all, Just looking for some input and possible guidance regarding application and next steps - - GPA is poor. 3.46 cGPA, 3.0 sGPA, 498 MCAT ---> 507 MCAT. My GPA excuse without getting into it: my sophomore year I stupidly overloaded with a family crisis and had a straight upward trend...
  19. Kobethegoat24

    People with anxiety, what is a good place for me to volunteer?

    So I have anxiety and volunteering has been though. I volunteer at a homeless shelter right now but it doens't give me many hours and i dont feel as if i am helping people. But when I have to volunteer in a public crowded setting my anxiety acts up badly. Just wondering any premeds with anxiety...
  20. S

    Leadership Opportunities for Music/Biochem Major???

    I was thinking about providing private lessons (viola) to children from 4th~10th grade. I would be able to earn a lot more money in a short period of time (Seattle area students usually charge 45~50 dollars an hour, professionals charge 65~80), allowing for more time studying and volunteering...
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    please ignore I posted in the wrong section
  22. R

    Including Students for Justice in Palestine on application?

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to ask about the general opinion of adding my involvement in an organization such as SJP? I've had a significant role on the board. My family grew up in Palestine and immigrated here so the issues happening there are very important to me. We do things like bring...
  23. P

    Can experiences overlap in PhORCAS?

    If I did an activity where I had both leadership and service, can I list it under both leadership and service activities in PhORCAS?
  24. Babbitt4MVP

    How do I list a community education Spanish class?

    I am taking a once-weekly Spanish class offered by the hospital I volunteer it. This is in no way affiliated with any college or other educational institution. There are no grades or credits given with it. It is purely a community education class that I take to learn a valuable skill. I am no...
  25. W

    PTCAS Extracurriculars - Club Member "status"

    I am in the process of adding my club memberships into the Extracurriculars section of PTCAS. As an example, I am currently adding my experience as a member of the Pre-PT club. I entered the start and end dates for the experience, but it is also asking me for "status," and the choices are...
  26. avi670

    Include participation in a research study on application?

    Hi, I participated in a research study held on my campus testing the effects of yoga on the body. It was a 12 week study where other participants and I went to a yoga class 3 times a week for an hour each and had extensive pre-testing and post-testing done. I know this isn't really related to...
  27. CFP545

    Extracurricular activities 2017/2018

    Hey everyone, On the extracurricular activities section for the 2017/2018 application, I'm planning on putting down my hobbies, and the things I do in my free time. The thing is, they ask for the organization and supervisor name, as well as experience start and end date. When I go mountain...
  28. H

    PreMed Advice?

    I just finished my 2nd year of community college and am going on to take a 3rd year there to finish my pre med and major prerequisites. This coming fall I am taking Ochem and Zoo and the following Spring I will be taking Ochem 2 and Physics 2 to finish my pre reqs (as well as other psych courses...
  29. C

    Am I wasting my time this summer?

    hello, I am an incoming pre-med senior who wanted to do clinical research this summer. I called a few places and landed a position at a dermatology clinical research center. However, all I am doing is filing, data entry (haven't started yet but I think next week I will), making binders with...
  30. S

    Non-trad applicant: need feedback on extracurricular hours

    I am a non-traditional applicant with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (graduated May 2016). I had been wavering between pursuing a career in engineering vs. in health for the first 3 years of undergrad, but after 3 engineering internships vs. volunteering / working in healthcare, I decided I...
  31. takeitlikeaman

    3.1 science GPA, 18 AA

    I am in my last quarter of undergrad and my overall gpa is 3.4-3.5, science gpa is a 3.1 and my non science is about a 3.9. My grades have a weird trend because I do well in certain quarters and not so well in others. I applied to 8 schools last year but did not receive a single interview. I...
  32. Cashmeous

    Experience before college

    Long time lurker here.. Sorry, not trying to be a special snowflake here. And yes, I've used the search button. I haven't been able to find an answer to this particular scenario. I was wondering if something as significant as babysitting may be counted as an "experience" in the AMCAS...
  33. nembry

    Starting and playing in a band -- acceptable EC?

    I started a band with 2 other guys last November, I play drums. It is a serious time commitment as we all practice A LOT, and will be playing public shows. We used to practice 10-20 hours per week. Would this be something that can be counted as an EC for an application? or no?
  34. FutureDoctorX-men

    Any Canadian Medical Students out there??

    Hi there! I'm sorry if I've been posting quite a bit recently. I was just wondering if there are any Canadian Medical Students (or Residents/Doctors) out there on this website. I understand that Canadian medical schools are just a little bit more competitive than US medical schools (I don't mean...
  35. utahpt1

    Extracurricular Question

    Hi everyone I'm going to be applying this next year and had a question about the ptcas extracurricular section. The job I am working at right now allows me to be involved with some great non profit agency's. One of the places I take our participants is to a non profit agency here in Utah which...
  36. Y

    What extracurricular activities did you guys do?

    I'm starting college next year and I know you need to shadow doctors, research, and have some clinical experience. But, what else should I do? Also how did you get research opportunities?
  37. Pseudofeds

    Building Up Valuable Experience? Too much? Too little? [Advice Needed]

    Hello, I know this is long but I created this thread years before the application process so to continuously gain feedback on my pre-med profile. I am an undergraduate (semester 2) attending The Pennsylvania State University. During High School I did not care much for extracurricular...
  38. S

    What do you wish you had done as a freshman (and what should I do)?

    I am a first year and I just finished my second quarter of college, having started a quarter early over the summer. My GPA is currently a 3.68 with 23 units so far. I know I can do better next quarter; I tried my best this quarter but I am learning how to study more efficiently and I can feel...