2+ Year Member
Jul 27, 2015
Hi guys,

I've been exploring the application on optomCAS and I'm confused about the "experiences" tab. I'd like some clarification on the differences between: extracurricular activities, shadowing, volunteering, and optometric experiences. For example, what fits under what category exclusively and what makes each category distinct from the other categories.

During undergrad I interned at a general practitioner's office, I'm not sure which category to put it under. I was told to include it on my application since it helped me realize being a doctor wasn't the right path for me. I did the same tasks as a medical assistant would.

I also interned for an optometrist over this summer and I'm not too sure which category that would go under since it could count as either volunteering, shadowing, and optometric experiences. I did the same tasks as an optometrist assistant would. Both internships were unpaid.

I'm a member of the cabinet at my institution's pre-optometry club, just to make sure, that counts as an extracurricular activity? If we do volunteering activities such as vision screenings, etc would I double list the pre-optometry club for volunteering or just an extracurricular? Same with other clubs?

I'd like to add more experiences to my application and would love to see suggestions!

Thanks in advance.


2+ Year Member
Nov 6, 2014
Optometry Student
Just my luck two cents, but I don't think it really matters a whole lot! Maybe try to divide things up so everything isn't in 1 category leaving the others empty. Other than that I wouldn't list them twice. Just put them once and explain, like you did pre-optometry club and as part of that I volunteered doing these things!
Aug 19, 2015
I don't think which category it's in matters a whole lot, as long as you don't put it in an obviously wrong category. They'll all show up on your application, regardless. I agree they don't do a great job of defining the differences between categories :/