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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by MCP1, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. MCP1

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    I am somewhat nervous about my "clinical" stuff and would like to get others opinions on what I have done/is this enough etc:

    Volunteering in the Family Waiting Room - focus on mostly interacting with patients' families while the patients were in surgery.

    Volunteering in PACU: both assisted the nurses as well as interacted with patients who came out of surgery (getting them drinks etc, talking to them, transporting them to rooms)

    Volunteering in Emergency Department: Ask patients and families if they need anything while waiting around in addition to some supply stocking.

    Shadowing of two oncologists.

    Thanks
     
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  3. J ROD

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    First, how long have you done these activities?
     
  4. MCP1

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    Volunteering in the Family Waiting Room 2 Semesters (Sophmore Year - 2-4 Hours a Week)

    Volunteering in PACU: 2 Semesters (Junior Year - 4 Hours a Week)

    Volunteering in Emergency Department: 1 semester 3-4 Hours a week

    Shadowing of two oncologists - 1 of them was during the summer between Freshman Sophmore Year 40 Hours. The other one was during second semester sophmore year for about 50 Hours.
     
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    I think in terms of hours and doing volunteering offer several years you are good.

    But, you do not have a continous run at one volunteering place. Most schools like to see 3-4 hrs a week at the same place over a couple of years.

    I still think overall you are okay though.

    I would suggest sticking with one place from now on.

    Also, I think you need to broaden your shadowing to include some primary care.
     
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    The OP is in the same place if all those experiences were in one hospital. And I'd have said 1.5 years shows sufficient consistency.

    MCP1, I think your volunteer clinical experiences look fine.
     
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    True. If they are at the same hospital, then you are fine with that too.

    My bad!
     
  8. MCP1

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    Yes, they were all in the same hospital. I would just switch around departments to get a feel for different areas of the hospital.

    Thanks for the reassurance. I read a couple post on here that made me stress about not having enough clinical experiences, but its good to know I should be all right.
     
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    I would still do more shadowing to include more diversity in your app than just the speciality of oncology.
     
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    :thumbup:

    I don't think there is any problem with rotating volunteer jobs. Frankly, some of the gigs - even the good ones - are so darn repetitive that it is hard to stay "up" for more than a semester in some of them...

    I think that what MCP1 has done, experience wise, is excellent.
     
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    I agree as well that the amount of clinical volunteerism is fine. But I also like JDUB's idea of shadowing a doc in primary care to give more breadth of experience of what life as a physician entails.
     
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    I will give the idea of shadowing a primary care doc some thought.

    However, my Dad is a radiologist and a close family friend is a primary care doc. I have spoken to both of them about medicine and the lifestyle, but I suppose it may be best to actually shadow.
     
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    It is more for appearance than anything. You need to act like you are interested in the basics even if you are not.
     

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