volunteer experience

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    Do med schools overlook a lack of volunteering due to being poor?

    I wanted to know do you guys know if med schools are willing to overlook volunteering and other extracurriculars due to poverty? I find it a bit difficult to volunteer due to it costing me so much in gas money to do something for free on a regular basis. I often hear people say that med...
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    PTCAS Volunteer Experience Question

    I'm adding volunteer experience in PTCAS. One volunteer position I held was at my Church and I did it for around eight years (2012 - 2020). From what I've heard, schools like to see recent experience (like just the volunteer work done in undergrad). So I'm wondering if I should put all eight...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Difficulties finding OT observation/volunteer hours in NYC?

    Hi guys, I'm in the process of applying to OT grad school. I feel like my application is very weak right now since I don't have volunteering experience. I've been having difficulty finding a place to allow me to volunteer or observe, I'm guessing due to the pandemic and all. I'm currently in...
  4. artist2022

    Official AADSAS Q&A Thread 2020-2021

    Hey guys! As the application opened today to start filling out, I'm sure there'll be many questions about how things should be done, what to include where, etc. so let's keep all the questions posted to this thread so that 1) the forum isn't flooded and 2) people can search for their questions...
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    Does the type of clinical experience matter to medical schools?

    Hello, I am a rising senior in high school. Before you tell me to post this in the high school forum instead, I want to say that this question is more med-schools admissions related rather than premed admissions related, and I hoped that this forum would be better equipped to answer this. Does...
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    VOLUNTEER opportunity during COVID-19 pandemic

    Hi everyone, here's a much needed volunteer opportunity from Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, Florida: URGENT PLEA FOR HELP from Larkin Community Hospital!!! We urgently need Volunteers to be a Contact Tracers. Volunteers from any geographic location in the US or abroad are welcome...
  7. Tiff-of-knee

    experience contact info on OptomCAS

    What happens if I don't provide the contact info of my supervisors when filling in my "experiences" page? What happens if I don't hit "Yes" for the "Release Authorization (May we contact this organization?)" question? Is it favorable to provide contact info and Release Authorization? Thank you...
  8. Python Forever

    At 400 hours each for nonclinical and clinical volunteering. Low GPA applicant. Do I try to hit the 1000-hour mark?

    Strangely worded title, but I didn't really know how else to word it. Long story short, I graduated a few years ago from a UC, screwed around too much and graduated with less than stellar grades; 2.67 to be exact (similar cu and sci GPAs). Fortunately, I have no bio/chem/physics courses (i.e...
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    How to include volunteering aboard?

    So to be clear, this is not a clinical/medical experience aboard. I am in Italy for two months and have been working in a food kitchen. I think I have escaped to woes of voluntourism because I am here for a long time and it is work I am qualified to do. In total, I will have worked 120 hours. I...
  10. mcarder30

    Advice on volunteering hours

    I am currently a sophomore and have very few volunteering hours (maybe 14). As of now I’m mostly doing non-clinical volunteer hours. I am getting a lot of clinical experience by working in the emergency department as well as being a medic in the army. Considering my work experience should I...
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    Other OT-Related Information What jobs give me relative work experience for OT school that can also pay the bills ($40,000+)?

    I'm currently a Junior Biology major with a minor in Psychology, Healthcare Administration and Chemistry at Texas State University. I plan on taking a leap year after I graduate before I apply to OT school (need to take A&P1+2 and get more observation hours). With that in mind, I was wondering...
  12. AdductorMagnus

    Volunteering at a non-profit dental clinic for Pre-Med Volunteer Experience?

    Hey SDN, A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to volunteer at a non-profit dental clinic that provides free dental care for disadvantaged members of the community, primarily those without homes as well as refugees. It was a great experience as I was able to serve as a dental assistant...
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    Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department Volunteer Program

    Has anyone heard about the Hopkins Hospital ED Volunteer Program? It's not anywhere specific on the hospital's website, but I heard from a friend that it's like a legendary program that gives them a bunch of training and they do a lot of things with the doctors and nurses and even round on...
  14. kkilla

    timeline for applying to SMP programs?

    what is the typical application process like?
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    Continue Volunteering after an Acceptance?

    Do I still have to continue volunteering at the places I listed in my application if I have been accepted? Does the school I've been accepted to expect that I continue my volunteer work? Asking because I don't enjoy my volunteer position and don't feel like I'm benefiting anyone.
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    Should I send an email to schools to update them on my volunteer experiences?

    Hello everyone! As I continue through this grueling medical school application process I ran into a little conflict. I just recently became a volunteer for New York Cares, a non-profit organization that allows you to sign up for multiple events in the cities and contribute to serving those in...
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    Taking Patient Vitals

    So I started out shadowing this doctor and now I volunteer for him and take patient vitals (height,weight, bp), as well as take patient history and review patient medication. I am applying to medical school next year so I just wanted to know if any of these things are illegal/frowned...
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    Food Drive Volunteering

    Hey everyone! So I just recently signed up for Food Drive Volunteering once a week to collect food for those who need it most. I am applying next year, but was just wondering two things: 1. Would this be considered Underprivileged/Underserved Volunteering? If not, what would it be considered...
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    Underprivileged/Underserved Volunteering Opportunities

    Hey everyone! So, I am planning on applying to medical school during next year's cycle and had some questions on Underprivileged/Underserved Volunteering. 1) How many hours do med schools like/want for this type of volunteering? 2) How many types of activities do med schools perceive as...
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    RN-BSN to MD

    hello all, I know this has been asked a lot and I’ve asked this previously too... but I have different questions and I can really use your help. *please respond only if you have concrete info and know the topic, I’ve been getting mixed info lately and I don’t want to get confused anymore than...
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    National Health Corps - should I do it?

    I was accepted to NHC Philly and it sets to start late August, but I'm in California so I just don't know if it's worth travelling across the country. If anyone is in the program, I would appreciate some insights on housing, stipend and such.
  24. doctorstrangerthingz

    How important are leadership/volunteer during medical school?

    How important is it to have leadership experience (president of a club, group, etc) or volunteer experience during med school? Will they influence residency at all? Or are they typically done just out of interest?
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    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...
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    Weighing two different volunteering opportunities

    I'm a nontrad just starting on this long hard road. I already have some volunteer experience, but I am sorely lacking clinical volunteering hours. I have two opportunities lined up to remedy this, and am weighing their respective pros and cons. Opportunity 1: Pros: I can start in a clinical...
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    Bad Volunteer Experiences?

    I'm saying this because, I've been volunteering in the patient care program at a unit in a hospital. I've been made fun of several times by the nurses, respiratory therapists, and physical therapists there and I always hear them make sly remarks towards me, I even had two nurses laugh at me and...
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    Has anyone ever had bad volunteer experiences?

    I'm saying this because, I've been volunteering in the patient care program at a unit in a hospital. I've been made fun of several times by the nurses, respiratory therapists, and physical therapists there and I always hear them make sly remarks towards me, I even had two nurses laugh at me and...
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    Volunteer experience NOT through organization

    Can I count clinical volunteer hours that was not through a hospital or hospice? For example, if I volunteer for a sick special needs boy in his home and give him meds and feed him, can that count as patient care? (I am not related to the boy personally nor do I know him personally. I was asked...
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    A Worthwhile Volunteer Opportunity?

    Hi, I'm a freshman Premed student who's just about done with my first year in university. I work part time in a clinical job every other weekend. I would like to volunteer, and I know the importance of volunteering in a clinical position, but I am wondering how to know if an opportunity is...
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    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
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    Summer Pre-Med Activities

    Hey all, I'm about to finish my freshman year of undergrad, and was hoping to get some advice if my summer activities will put me on track to have strong ECs for my eventual med school app. I applied to a couple smaller/less competitive research positions, some of them unpaid and not SURF...
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    Univ of Florida medical school admission

    Hello, So, I'm graduating from Univ of Florida with a bachelors degree in women's studies, and after I just realized I want to become a doctor. I want to take all of the prerequisites at Santa Fe college here in Gainesville. I'm worried about admission for a few reasons. I'd love if maybe...
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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Hi! I am currently a 2nd year pre-Med student and I am looking for non-clinical volunteer experiences. I’m really looking for something that is a great way to give back to the community and do some meaningful work. Anyone have a good experience with an organization or have suggestions for places...
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    I am a senior at an upper tier public university with a Biology and Spanish double major. cGPA is 3.63 and MCAT 505 (but i'm retaking it in May, hope to do much better because the first time I studied, my practice exams were ~507). I think my science gpa is ~3.4 I have extensive research...
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    Can I get experience from another country?

    I live in a really small border town, and there are no vet clinics. For volunteer work, I applied in a vet clinic in the nearest town. However, I come from México, I live really close by, and I go there very often. In the border town of México, there is a zoo, a variety of vet clinics, and many...
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    Clinical Volunteering in Philadelphia

    Anyone know of good opportunities to get experience in Philadelphia? Will be here for the summer!
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    Medical Volunteering Here or Abroad

    Hello guys, This summer I plan on getting my clinical volunteering numbers up while beginning to study for the MCAT and doing research. I have a couple options and was curious what you guys think: 1) do research, study, and work in a hospital as a volunteer all in the same summer 2) go...
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    How to report non-clinical volunteering hours?

    This might be a silly question, but how does one report their non-clinical volunteering hours? Mine come from a single organization but are random and not tracked very easily, so how would I go about proving that I did any?