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    Would quitting a club E-Board position after a year look bad?

    Sorry if this is rant-ish, but I'm entering my second year of college this fall, and I'm currently on the E-Board of two legitimate (non-clinical) clubs at my school. I've actually held one of the positions since the start of my freshman year — I had been eyeing the club the summer before school...
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    CRC/Research Position or Teaching + PT PCT/CNA during gap years?

    Hi all, I'm looking for some advice -- unfortunately, this might be long so I apologize in advance. I graduated earlier this month with a BS in chemistry. I thought I had a job lined up as a CRC at a major research university which is an hour commute from home (not ideal), and HR was merely...
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    Research Assistant vs Medical Assistant for my two gap years?

    Hi! I'm currently a senior and I have two gap year offers, one for a research tech/assistant and the other is for a medical assistant for a private clinic. I'm going to take two gap years, and I'm split on which one to take. Research Assistant -- The lab is very productive, and the PI wants...
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    Am I Doing Enough? Freshman Premed.

    I am hoping for some reinforcement or guidance confirming that I am doing enough to make progress towards applying to medical school. I am a freshman at my undergrad. institution. I plan to graduate with my Bachelors of Business Administration while fulfilling my premed coursework. Here is my...
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    How competitive am I for SURPs/SURFs/REUs?

    I’m a freshman applying to SURFs this summer and I have no idea where I stand in terms of competitiveness. I have a 4.0 but some mid-high 80s (Canadian, transcript says numerical % and letter grade “A” for all courses). I have one year’s experience as a volunteer research assistant doing dry...
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    How important are EC's for Osteopathic Schools?

    Is MCAT & GPA truly the bulk of application? I am graduating Fall 2022 with a high GPA and have very mediocre EC's. Scheduling to take the MCAT Spring 2023, Preparing to apply for the 2023-2024 cycle. (ORM) EC's: ~300 hours CNA work (Summer 2021) ~70 hours Vaccine Clinic volunteering ~70 hours...
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    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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    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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    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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    First post

    Hello, SDN!
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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...
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    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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    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...
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    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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    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...