1. MGBlaser01

    Clinical experience?

    Once volunteers are allowed back in my local hospitals, I’m planning to start volunteering again. I volunteered in high school and a typical day would be patient transport (“wheelchair escort”) and delivering ice to patients in their rooms. Does this count as clinical volunteer experience? I’m...
  2. I

    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...
  3. marie9132433

    3.96 CGPA, 3.92 SGPA, MA resident - Applying to Harvard Medical 2021

    Hello, this is the first post that I've created. I have been reading SDN posts since my Junior year of high school, but as admissions deadlines near, I have decided to start using it more seriously. A little bit about myself: I am 22 F, Caribbean black, bisexual 1st generation, bilingual with...
  4. Cameronfen

    A site to mobilize volunteers to fight Coronavirus

    I have a non-profit website that allows people who want to volunteer/work/collaborate to fight coronavirus and connect with hospitals, research labs, or even households. Those that need volunteers can put in their location and we will provide them with a list of people nearby. Anyone in the US...
  5. postponemastudentloan

    Non clinical volunteering

    Hi guys, I am currently volunteering in a hospital & was going to switch to a free clinic because I can actually use my nursing license to help out there. However, I haven’t started any nonclinical volunteering. What are some types of good nonclinical volunteering? thanks!
  6. DoctoOcto

    Having to PAY to volunteer...?

    The COPE Health Scholars program has a "tuition" of $225 (which goes up to $500 if you want a 3-month program), plus a $20 application fee, AND you need to bring in your own CPR training certificate, which is like another 50-60 bucks. Is this normal?? Thought about just paying the money since...
  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. gele021

    Future end dates for volunteer/clinical hours on med school application?

    I was wondering if we can put the end date of our volunteer/clinical hours as being the end of college, which would be about a year after applications are sent out. Of course, only do so if it is true, but still, how would admissions committees look at that? Would the hours count and carry the...
  9. M

    Unsatisfying Volunteer Experiences

    Hey guys, I had a question about volunteering, in terms of what experiences to put on applications. I have a decent amount hospital volunteering hours at my local hospital (~150 hrs), mostly in the ER, which was a really good experience. I wanted to spend this summer getting clinical volunteer...
  10. D

    Clinical Volunteering

    Hi, I was wondering if volunteering at a health and rehab center for seniors counts as clinical volunteering. Or is clinical volunteering strictly in a hospital? Thank you
  11. R

    My volunteer position at a hospice has zero medical/clinical tasks for me. Should I volunteer somewhere else?

    I'm putting in about 40 hours a month. First of all, I'm really enjoying my work -emotionally rough as it often is- ,and I have been told by my patients that they're grateful for my help. I'll continue seeing the patients I have as long as they want me to. The problem is that I'm only allowed...
  12. P

    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...
  13. 9

    Dental Experience Hours

    Hello all! I just had a quick question: I am applying to dental school this cycle, and I have the following amount of dental experience hours: Shadowing my family dentist: ~28 hrs Shadowing an oral surgeon’s practice: ~76hrs Shadowing a pediatric dentist: ~28 hrs Volunteering as a dental...
  14. M

    Continue research or increase volunteer hours - low gpa URM

    With my cGPA = 3.2 and sGPA =2.7 as well as being an African American woman, I understand that my best chance of acceptance is at schools that are more service based than research based. By the time I apply next year, I am set to have 150 clinical volunteering hours ( hospital ED and hospice)...
  15. 8HourStudier

    Does volunteering I did when in high school count if I continue it in college?

    I have around 650 hours of volunteering I gained throughout high school at one of the top hospitals. All were direct patient contact (listed as so under my position) and about 50 of the hours are clinical (rest were non-clinical as I didn’t do anything MEDICAL regarding the patients I believe)...
  16. Kobethegoat24

    Really need help with dental school list?

    My stats: GPA: 3.88 DAT: 21 AA, 21 TS, 18 PAT (unfortunately also 16 QR) URM Volunteering: about 54 hours Shadowing: about 52 hours Virginia resident After giving it a lot of thought I have decided to wait until July to...
  17. M

    Adcoms- Listing volunteering on amcas

    So I started a non-clinical volunteer position summer before the 9th grade and was a full time summer volunteer for 5 years and did part time work since (currently a college junior). Is it fine to put the date range as 2012-2019 865 hours and then explain in the description part when my full...
  18. Nik_Died

    SMP or Informal Post-bacc. GPA 2.8/3.1, DAT 20

    Hey everybody! First I want to say I really appreciate anytime you put in to reading/ replying to my post. Thank you in advance. I'm not asking about my chances per se, just looking for advice: SMP or informal local Postbacc. (BTW i’ve read EVERYTHING about my position here on SDN), but here’s a...
  19. Kobethegoat24

    What do you think of my plan? Which schools should I apply to?

    So I recently took my DAT in march and now I am doing my shadowing and volunteering. I needed advice on when to apply and also which schools to apply to. My profile: 1.) GPA: 3.88 2.) DAT: AA= 21, Bio 21, General Chemistry 20, Organic Chemistry 23, Perceptual Ability 18, Quantitative Reasoning...
  20. H

    How seriously do med schools take ec verification?

    Long story short I’ve been in a clinical volunteering internship for a year now and have 150 clinical hours. Someone saw me leave at 12:01 instead of 12:15 (when I wrote that I left) so I just got kicked out of the internship and they told me they can’t verify any of my hours because they don’t...
  21. D

    Having many different non-clinical volunteer experiences?

    Hi all, I wanted your opinions on my non-clinical volunteering hours. I'm a junior planning on applying in 2020, and so far for non-clinical volunteering I have 250 hours from community service in a low-income country, and ~30 hours ESL tutoring Spanish-speaking adults in the US. (The service...
  22. B

    Volunteering hours

    Hello, I am a dental student and want to be a volunteer abroad! When I am done with the volunteering, how can I recieve the volunteering hours and sign them to the application profile ??
  23. B


    Hello! Is there any posible way to volunteering in dental clinic in the US like an international dental student who wants to enter in dental school for the 2 year program after graduation in my home country ? And most important-will that increase my chances to get applied in a dental school...
  24. I

    Hospice Companion Volunteer - Good Gauge of Passion for Health Care?

    Hello everyone, I just recently graduated with a B.A. in Math from Cal, and I've been working as a technical recruiter for about 2 months. I bought into the SWE hype in Silicon Valley, and didn't give myself even a single semester to explore what I really liked. 4 years of denial later, it...
  25. T

    Partook in overseas volunteering as a naive sophomore, do I include?

    I volunteered overseas as sophomore, and I actually think the experience was very beneficial. We did not partake in any medical procedures, instead we helped set up medical clinics and did other tasks such as helping the on-site pharmacist organize drugs and run a tooth-brushing station for...
  26. F

    Too little clinical volunteering?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated - thank you!
  27. S

    Food bank vs Adults with disability community experience

    Hi! So I currently volunteer at the food bank and also with adults with developmental delays- however I only have time now to do one. I enjoy both equally- wondering if anyone knows which will add more to my med application? Thanks
  28. Kobethegoat24

    When should I apply?

    So I am conflicted with when to apply. My stats: 3.88 cGpa, 3.90 sGpa, I unfortuntely have close to 0 volunteer and literally 0 shadowing hours. I am studying for the DAT right now and I am close to ready to take the test. I am averaging above 20 for almost all the sections except general...
  29. S

    Does this count as clinical experience?

    So I applied to be a volunteer at a clinic but they're full right now so I'm currently a receptionist. I help those who walk in or call with appointments and paperwork and I get to interact with some doctors as well. I'm looking to gain more clinical experience and I was wondering if this fits...
  30. D

    What to do during Gap Year?

    Hello guys! I would love if I could get any advice on what I should do during my gap year. I narrowed down what I would want to do to two activities: volunteering as a high-school advisor or being a dental assistant. As an advisor I would volunteer my time as as Americorps Vista volunteer. I...
  31. 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...
  32. D

    do I need more ECs - volunteering, clinical shadowing, and community services

    First of all, thanks all for takign the time to read my post and sharing your thoughts. already have ... - 150 hours of clinical volunteerting across multiple departments - ER, nuclear medicine, and cath lab - a decade old experience; 300 hours serving in-need children and orphans in a...
  33. D

    Should I list DO experiences in AMCAS application and or allopathic secondaries?

    I'm trying to get a DO shadowing in a month or so and finish it before applying to medical next spring. I'm trying to decide whether I should I list this experience on my AMCAS next year.
  34. cCypheN

    Volunteer ideas to show commitment to the underserved

    Hello, I was wondering what the common volunteer positions are that show medical schools that we have some sort of experience/commitment in serving the underserved. I am looking to get involved in a couple volunteer areas next semester and I am having trouble trying to find one that I can...
  35. kkilla

    timeline for applying to SMP programs?

    what is the typical application process like?
  36. 9

    Volunteering military duties?

    I was curious if volunteering for additional duties while in the military can count as volunteer experience? Specifically, I regularly volunteered to do morning phlebotomy rounds at the hospital in addition to my regularly scheduled shift and I volunteered after my shift to help run the blood...
  37. M

    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.
  38. D

    Is volunteering at this clinic really considered ‘clinical volunteer experience’?

    Hi there, I’ve spent significant amount of time volunteering at a clinic that aims to help the low/no-income sector to receive basic medical care and medication. My role has been both technical support and front desk duties at the clinic’s dispensary - I often interact with patients...
  39. E

    Is volunteer tutoring middle school a good EC experience for residency apps???

    Second year med student here. Literally involved in no ECs, did very little research this summer... need to beef up my experiences. There is a middle school not far from my apt. Is it too “undergrad-ish” to volunteer tutor middle school kids? I did it during my gap year, and med school admission...
  40. Pricefield

    What are my chances of getting into a top 50 NIH Funded Medical School

    Hello all, First of all: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reply to my thread. The reason why I want to get into a top 50 NIH funded school is because graduates from these schools in particular have an increase in matches into a Dermatology residency, which is the field...