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    Just looking for some feedback/reassurance

    So I have been volunteering with a hospice center since last August now. At the time, it was the only safe clinical experience I could find. I was told I would be able to volunteer in person at non-COVID patients' homes, but this has basically barely happened due to restrictions not easing up as...
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  3. cupcakesprinkle

    Helping out at dad's medical office

    My dad became a doctor later in life (non-trad?) and recently established his own medical office. I help him out around the office whenever I can and make appointments, help patients fill out paperwork , bill patients etc. I have not added this to my resume/CV since it is a task I do for a...
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    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...
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    Freshman Pre-med: How am I doing so far?

    Hello, SDN! This is my first post on here, but I have lurked on SDN for a couple of years now, or ever since my interest in medicine started. I am hoping some more experienced pre-meds/medical students can look at my ECs and stuff thus far and let me know if I am headed in the right direction...
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    Finance/business/consulting extracurricular involvement as a premed

    I am looking to join finance/investment/consulting orgs as a freshman premed. I'm interested in business/finance/management and specifically how it intersects with healthcare. Some of the clubs have a healthcare focus or a healthcare division. How would medical schools view this? Could they be...
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    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...
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    Clinical Research as an Pre-medical student?

    Hello everyone! I am currently a sophomore pre-medical student and I am involved in clinical research with an academic general surgeon. I have one poster presentation, no publications yet. Most of the studies are retrospective chart reviews. Is this a good position for me to be in or should I...
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    How to write about musical theater experience?

    Had only a little involvement in musical theater in college (the odd talent show or theater class) but was heavily involved K-12. One specific experience involves me being in a theater troupe for 5yr in which we put on 6 recitals a year lasting 1mo each, and we'd have to learn almost all our...
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    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...
  12. LindaAccepted

    Medical Reapplying to Med School: Evaluating Your Medical School Profile

    You knew there was a possibility that this would happen, but that doesn’t erase the sting. What can you do now? How can you move forward? What should you do if all you’ve received are rejections? To start with, know you’re not alone. Last year (2018-2019), only 40.9% of allopathic applicants...
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    Possible position in Pre-Med Committee

    Hey everybody! So my university is not exactly pre-med oriented and I found out that they will start a pre-med committee. They're currently looking for students to join their chair committee positions and basically they'll be responsible for helping set up the committee by calling doctors to...
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    Medical How Important is Volunteering for Medical School Admissions?

    Volunteering is crucial for medical school applicants. Here’s why: Med schools aren’t just looking for science geeks who’ve never stepped outside the lab. They’re looking for students who will not just succeed in the classroom, but who have also had rich and varied experiences that will make...
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    What should I do to improve my app?

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    Extracurriculars for sophomore year?

    Hey guys, I'm technically a freshman right now, but I got my associate's degree with my high school diploma and instead of completing my bachelor's in two more years, I was planning to spend an extra year to bring up my GPA and polish my resume. When I was working on my Associates at a...
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    Canadian WAMC (no ECs)

    Hi all, I'm looking to get some advice/WAMC. I live in BC, and recently graduated with a BSc. cGPA is 3.90 on the OMSAS scale MCAT is 515 (129, 127, 131, 128) My big problem is that I have almost no ECs. The only thing I have is 4 years of babysitting, and some miscellaneous short term...
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    Are there any other EC's that I need to work on?

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    Where to go from here?

    This is going to be a little long so thank you to anyone who gets through it: I am going to be a senior this year with a GPA of 3.54 and sGPA of 3.47. Hopefully I can raise both after this year to 3.6 something and 3.5 something. I have done research in an infectious disease research facility...
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    Are my extracurriculars enough?

    Hey guys. Since I'm currently wrapping up my Sophomore year, I wanted to get further insight on my extracurricular situation. After gaging my availability and how I established myself on my campus for the past two years, I can't help but wonder how much is enough? I'm not sure how my...
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    Will adcoms notice putting in many hours 2-3 months before applying? And does it look bad?

    I am planning to apply this cycle, and graduating this May, so I will be taking a gap year. I ended up doing the gap year because last year at this time, I came to the realization that my application wasn't where I wanted it to be as far as ECs, volunteering & shadowing hours, etc. So I took an...
  25. halmoni

    Choosing types of experiences for MME's?

    I've been working on writing my activities for AMCAS, and I'm having some trouble picking out my 3 MME's. My adviser wants me to pick one clinical experience, one non-clinical volunteering experience, and one research experience. He pretty much brushed off my suggestions for my MME's, since they...
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    Should I give up? Extracurriculars/shadowing/etc.

    Hi guys, I just recently joined this site and was hoping to get some advice about my current situation. I hope that I am posting to the relevant forum. I'm a junior biomedical engineer, who just recently became interested in medical school. Since I am a little late, I plan on taking at least 1...
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    Are these EC's good or am I missing something?

    Volunteering at Hospice volunteering at an Alzheimer's clinic volunteering at a soup kitchen volunteering at a children's orphanage lifeguarding (mostly during the summer) water safety instructing (mostly during the summer) alzheimer's association walks and charity events stuff for clubs at...
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    Extracurricular advice for pre-med?

    Hi, everyone. I'm currently a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. So far, my classes are going well, but I'm still trying to figure out my plan for extracurricular activities. Here are all the activities I plan to have by the end of my college career: 1. UPMC Volunteer (3 years) 2. Music...
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    Spanish Study Aboad

    Hi everyone! I've been complaining about how I never learned Spanish in high school so I decided to finally do something about it so I don't ever have regrets. My first question is, do you/ someone you know have the experience of going from zero to fluent in a language you just started...
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    For optometry residencies

    I'm currently a 2nd year in OD school. I haven't done any club activities or student council in my first year. I'm tutoring few classes at the moment and my GPA from the first year is 3.7. Lots of my classmates are interested in doing residencies after graduation, and they are involved in so...
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    Planning next 3 years

    I'm a pre-medical undergraduate student and a sophomore at a state school. I'm a Hispanic female. I'm studying Business Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship. My current GPA is 3.87, which I'm reasonably confident I can raise in the next few years. As far as extracurriculars go, I...
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    Senior year course load

    Hi everyone! I am a rising senior and have finished essentially all my major courses already. With the extra room in my schedule, I am debating whether I should pursue a minor (probably either in English or History) or just take random classes that interest me. Any thoughts on whether one is...
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    Pre-Dental Planning Advice

    Hello! I recently decided on the pre-dental route after having been on the pre-med route for some time. I am an incoming junior getting a Bachelor's in Biology at my school. I am not too sure what dental schools look for in terms of volunteering and extracurriculars and I would like some...
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    Supervisor Title?

    Hi, I'm wondering what to put for the supervisor title if you were on the board for an on-campus club? I was treasurer for a year. Would I put the presidents name as the supervisor? Also, does it look bad if I say that no to the release authorization in that section?
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    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...
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    Should I get a second bachelor's degree?

    Hi all, I know that this has been a topic of conversation before, but the answers I have been looking at don't seem to fit my situation (in my opinion - I may be totally wrong, if so please point me in the right direction as I may have been looking in the wrong place). I have wanted to be a...
  37. chemdoctor

    Accepted Applicants to Medical School

    Hello, I am a freshman in college right now. I would like to know a few stats of accepted MD applicants? I want to know the type of things I should aim for. Right now, I have really good grades, I'm taking Organic Chem Honors over the summer and I do lifeguarding and shadowing at the side. I...
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    EC Advice, what are my chances?

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    5th year, UCSD, finishing in March 2017. Taking MCAT in July. What to do during intermediary phase?

    Hi, I am a UCSD fifth year finishing with BS and BA degrees in Biochemistry/Cell Biology and Anthropology in March, as well as a Global Health minor. My first two years were abysmal, but my third, fourth, and fifth years have seen a tremendous upward GPA trend, especially with taking 20-22 units...
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    Summer classes or work/volunteer?

    Hi! I just wanted other opinions on this matter:) I don't know if I should spend the summer taking organic chemistry (which would allow me to graduate a year earlier if I wanted) or physics - OR spend my summer continuing to do research, volunteer in some different things, tutor, and hopefully...
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    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...