volunteer hours

  1. crazyotter

    As a nontrad, how did you fulfill your volunteering requirements?

    What are some volunteering opportunities that are accessible for nontraditional applicants that are no longer part of a traditional university curriculum? Any ideas on how a nontrad applicant can volunteer and still have a relatively competitive application?
  2. 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...
  3. M

    Is 200 hours clinical volunteering low?

    I have ~100 hours of hospice volunteering and ~110 hours of free clinic volunteering. But I have around 1300 hours as a paid medical assistant at a family practicel. Would this look bad for adcoms since my clinical volunteering is low?
  4. G

    missing volunteer components to strengthen application?

    I am planning to apply in 2023. I have non-clinical volunteering hours (2000+) leading a youth outreach for the past 5 years. I plan to shadow a doctor colleague when covid restrictions are reduced as they will not accept shadows for now (aiming to get at least 100 hours). In 2013 I worked in a...
  5. P

    Volunteer Hours from High School

    Hi everyone, first post here! I just had a question about volunteer hours for dental school. I volunteered for most of my high school years (mostly during sophomore and junior year) at a local animal shelter, have accumulated more than 360~ hours as it was one of my genuine passions outside of...
  6. bobadoz

    Is double dipping clinical and research experience okay?

    I volunteer at a free health clinic located in a very underserved community, taking basic vitals (temperature, height, weight, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, etc) supervised by a nurse, aid in taking histories and help with recording their chief complaint. This is my main clinical...
  7. bikinitop

    Volunteer Hrs - How few is too few hours to list?

    I'm applying DO this cycle (after a gap year or two) and was preparing to submit but I reviewed my Experiences section and realized my volunteer hours are scattered across many organizations and are few. How few volunteer hours are too few to list with a specific organization? Since I have so...
  8. M

    How many hours of clinicals, volunteering, and research are a competitive amount? Also how should I keep track/log my hours?

    In a previous post I mentioned that my GPA isn't exactly ideal. I can end off my bachelors degree with a decent GPA somewhere around sGPA 3.8ish and cGPA 3.6ish. This is obviously not that competitive of a GPA, not too bad either but when they see my transcript and see how awful I did the past...
  9. S

    Too little clinical volunteering?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated - thank you!
  10. J

    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...
  11. dwarfplanet

    Clinical Experience - mostly paid work

    I work as an MRI technician assistant at hospitals and outpatient centers which involves working directly with inpatients and doctors. This will end up being ~2000 hours of paid clinical work. I also volunteer once a week at a children's hospital, but it's really just playing with the kids and...
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  13. sushi18


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    Future ECs/Expected Hours on Secondary

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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...
  16. Dr.CinnamonRoll

    a LOR from a second cousin Dentist?

    So i'm finishing up my letters of rec, and I'm beginning re-evaluate whether or not I want to use second cousin's rec letter. I have over 70 shadowing hours with him, and he knows me best in terms of my personal growth and ambitions, so I thought "he has a different last name and lives in a...
  17. Rogue42

    How critical is volunteering?

    I feel like I have done a lot, but I have not done much volunteering (or what I have done, I do not have anyone to vouch for me that I have done it). I have like 60 hours as a volunteer assistant athletic trainer which I do have someone who can vouch for this, I have 12 hours in an...
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    So i've been interested in applying for Med School in the field of psychiatry, but i would also like some help. I understand a good application involves some volunteer work, clinical and non clinical hours also. I've had a job at a hospital, and a nursing home and volunteered once before. I...
  19. D

    General Admissions & OTCAS Shadow Hours Advice

    Hello everyone, I have been working as a elementary physical education teacher for the past ten years and I am now looking at a career change to OT. I have been following this forum for a while and have found some really helpful information about different aspects of the OT field. I have...
  20. 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...
  21. Y

    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...
  22. B

    Clinical volunteer vs. medical scribe

    Hi all, so i'm planning on applying next cycle (will graduate this fall and planning on DIY postbacc) and was wondering should I concentrate on clinical volunteer or scribing or research? I only have time for one (or two) of them (during my last semester in college). Here's the background: I've...
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  24. W

    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...
  26. StackOfTurtles

    How to improve my non-trad chances in 5 hrs a week?

    I'm 30, and in my fifth year of a PhD program in the humanities. I'm writing my dissertation, and I *should* be done in June 2019. Meanwhile, I'm taking my MCAT June 1 and will apply to med schools this summer -- my state school is my #1 choice, but I have a short list of 5 other institutions to...
  27. N

    Observation Hours

    What is a good number of PT observation hours to have? Most schools I see want around 50-100 in multiple places, but this is only a minimum. How many did people do to be able to be accepted into a program? Thank you!!
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    Where/How to get "inpatient" hours

    Really I'm lost here. I can shadow outpatient easy and have 40 hours completed. I tried to shadow at a hospital, but they said no, you have to volunteer. So I met with the volunteer coordinator, explained my situation (i.e. can i volunteer here 10 hours a week for a while), she said YES...
  29. A

    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...
  30. wolfnscale

    Shadowing in Sarasota, FL?

    Hi everyone, I am a post-bacc student, currently completing pre-reqs. I haven't really had any formal shadowing experiences. I am going to be in Sarasota, FL for winter break (~2 weeks) and I was hoping I could jump start my shadowing experience there. Before I start googling random practices...
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    Scribing or volunteering?

    I graduated in May with a biology degree with a stellar GPA and MCAT score. I applied last year and didn't get in anywhere. I got feedback from UW telling me that I was lacking in volunteer hours (~70-80) and needed a better understanding of a medical team. I am currently working full-time at...
  32. Piglet2020

    Worried about volunteer hours?

    I submitted all 25 secondaries so far. On my AMCAS, I mentioned I did ~100 hours of volunteer service but this was a conservative estimate. Unfortunately, I did not record my specific number of hours but I think it was around 200 or so. The place I volunteered at didn't have a record system for...
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    Do hospital high school volunteer hours carry over in college?

    Hi everyone! I know there have been several threads started on this topic, but I wanted to know the answer for my specific case. I was wondering whether my volunteering hours from high school would count towards the total number of hours in the AMCAS application - the experience section? I am...
  34. C

    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...
  35. Babbitt4MVP

    Should I include high school clinical volunteering?

    Well aware this has been asked and answered, but my situation is a tad different. I volunteered in a hospital toward the end of high school for a considerable amount of hours, stopped when I began college, then resumed toward the end of college at the same hospital, where I continue to...
  36. h23

    High school Volunteer Experiences in my AMCAS app

    So I understand this topic may have been talked about on SDN forums but I wanted to make sure based on my situation. I'm a nontraditional and I volunteered at this hospital in high school about 7 years ago. I got around 50 hours from that. Fast forward to now, I finished college and I just...
  37. J

    Volunteer wrok

    So I know the requirements for applications, and I am searching for volunteer opportunities at the moment. One that I am interested in is the crisis text hotline, in which I will be able to answer calls or receive text messages from people in crisis ( Suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse, depression...
  38. T

    2nd-time Applicant

    Hi guys! I am planning on applying to medical school for the second time this year. Last year, I applied to 20 schools and got an interview for one (University of Washington, which is my state school). I was looking for your guys' opinions if I should apply again this cycle or just wait another...
  39. caffeine jitters


    Hello everyone, I have tried looking for similar threads, but I cannot seem to find much regarding my particular question. I am wondering how AADSAS asks about volunteering? Is it just a lump sum of hours that they're asking for - like they do with shadowing; or, do they want to know how and...
  40. Nekrom

    Should I still ask for a LOR/continue volunteering at this hospital?

    Hi guys... so this may become a rant but I am really in a bad situation with the animal hospital I volunteer with right now. It is a big practice with 10+ vets and 30+ techs and I've been there since November. 8 hrs/wk during school weeks and full-time during winter holidays. Everything was...