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clinical experience question?


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10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2008
the dirty south
  1. Pre-Medical
I am a nutrition student and the program I am in requires that I complete 1200+ hours of clinicals before I graduate. My question is if medical school admissions would look less favorably upon this because it is required for school and it is not technically "volunteer"? Does anyone think I would need a great deal more volunteer work or additional hospital experience? I have shadowing set up as well.
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10+ Year Member
Sep 15, 2008
Maximum Security Anti-Zombie Fortress
  1. Resident [Any Field]
As far as I know, patient contact is patient contact, this does not matter if it was through a volunteering position or paid / required position. This is why some people prefer to get a CNA / EMT license rather than just the usual hospital volunteer position.

Furthermore 1200+ hours is Amazing. and you're on your way to a great EC addition.
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10+ Year Member
Jul 1, 2008
  1. Attending Physician
While your clinical experience is a great asset to your application I highly recommend trying to fit in some kind of volunteer work into your schedule if at all possible. Doesn't have to be time-consuming or hospital related. 1 hour/week tutoring gig would do alot to enhance your application. Adcoms put premiums on alot of things and altruistic inclinations and teaching experience are two of them.
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