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    Participants for Focus Group on Medical Communication

    Focus Group on Medical Communication Are you a medical student interested in patient communication? Do you want to to develop your communication skills? This study on medical communication could be a chance for you to engage with this important aspect of clinical practice. I am conducting...
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  3. Snoop32

    Volunteer/Service Mission Abroad

    Hello! Have a question about one of my most meaningful experiences. Thank you so much for helping me out. Spring break of my freshman year, I did a mission trip through my school to a children’s home/orphanage in a developing country. We raised money, and also had most of the trip covered by my...
  4. lialalala

    Which clinical experience should I have?

    My specs aren't great, but the following is what I have so far (all happened before COVID): 1. volunteering at the hospital at the front desk - greet and escort patients / push wheelchairs at outpatient infusion - clean beds and rooms / restock items / bring items the...
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    Volunteering LoR Question?

    Hey Guys, I've been volunteering at a hospice care for a few years and have a good reputation. However, the volunteer coordinators always quit after 4-5 months so the current volunteer coordinators doesn't personally know me too well. None of the patients I visit are in-house, so the staff of...
  6. I

    No Clinical Opportunities?

    I have called so many clinics and hospitals near me in the past months and even checked in periodically. However, they all either say they are not accepting volunteers because of Covid or that they are not taking any medical assistants/scribes. I'm crazy stressed about it. Is this just happening...
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    Research, clinical, non-clinical, EC, and volunteer hours

    How many research, clinical, non-clinical, EC, and volunteer hours should I have to get into competitive schools like NYU or the like? I know the obvious answer is a lot or "many" but how many hours (roughly) would you say the average applicant applying to competitive schools has? How many...
  8. G

    How do I spin my "voluntourism"?

    Long story short, I did 2.5 years at a university thinking I wanted to go to medical school but due to a lack of study skills, motivation, depression, etc. I did not have the highest GPA. Realizing that I really needed to reevaluate my priorities I took a semester (which turned into 2 years) off...
  9. 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...
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    Virtual volunteering during pandemic- does it count?

    I am obtaining non-clinical volunteer hours for a non profit organization that provides aid to the less fortunate affected by natural disasters worldwide. However, I began volunteering a month ago and I am a social media advocate so it is entirely virtual. I am wondering if even after the...
  11. D

    Do you think I even stand a chance at med school?

    I know these are boring questions that have been asked millions of times here before, but mine have a twist: I worked over 6 years (after my internship) as a licensed general practitioner in my home country right before coming to America a little over two years ago. TL;DR: 1. My main question...
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    What are Some Examples of NonTraditional Ways of Earning Clinical Volunteer Experience?

    For example, does transporting patients with cancer from Site A to Site B count as clinical volunteer experience? This is assuming that the driver is in direct contact with the patients. What are some other examples of gaining clinical exposure that are unheard/unrealized of? This will...
  13. D

    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...
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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...
  15. elloL

    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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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!
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
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    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...
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    Unsatisfying Volunteer Experiences

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    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
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
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    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...
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    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)...
  27. 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)...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
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    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...
  33. 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 ??
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  37. S

    Too little clinical volunteering?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated - thank you!
  38. 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
  39. 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...
  40. 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...