Thanks, this is super helpful! I've definitely been looking into AmeriCorps, but trying to do a lot of research before applying, based on how much peoples' experiences with AmeriCorps seem to vary by program. Do you have any tips on selecting a program, or 'green flags'/ 'red flags' to look out for in terms of avoiding poorly-managed programs? I'm interested in public health, so have been looking into a few VISTA programs -- any major pros/cons of the VISTA experience specifically?I did both Peace Corps and AmeriCorps during my gap years (I'm a non-trad, so neither was to try to gain admission to medical - just stuff I was interested in). I've also been working in public health since COVID started. I loved both my Peace Corps and my AmeriCorps experiences. I will say, Peace Corps is on hold right now, but there are plenty of AmeriCorps positions open across the country. The pay isn't the best, but you can have a part-time job in the off hours, and if you do VISTA rather than State/National, they pay relocation. Let me know if you have any questions! I found my VISTA experience extremely rewarding - I was a VISTA at an FQHC look-alike.
This is an interesting thought. Do you have any obligations to them in terms of employment? i.e. What papers were signed? Thanks for your feedback.take courses that AAMC suggests and not courses your university advisor or you think would look good. IOW, Stick to basic science courses and avoid health science courses unless if listed on AAMC webpage.
See page 29 in 2021 AMCAS Applicant Guide section Course Classification Guide
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