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Extracurricular and volunteer work?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by blike, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. blike

    blike Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    Hey guys,

    It seems as if most of you are currently applying to or are already in medical school, so I figured this might be a good place to ask.

    I'm a freshman in college, and I'm VERY interested in becoming an osteopathic physician.

    What sorts of things did you guys do for extracurricular activities and volunteer work? How much of it did you do?

    Thanks in advance,
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  3. Doctortobee

    Doctortobee Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 1999

    I have volunteered in an ER for 2 years, I have been a special olympics coach for the past 5 years, and I interned with a DO during my last semester of college. I'm also a figure skating coach. I've spent the last 15 years involved in skating.
  4. rpames

    rpames Optometrist 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Oshkosh, WI
    Doctortobee has some pretty cool looking EC. Basically, you want to make sure to shadow a DO, if not try to work for one over the summer. Besides that, being involved in any type of organization at school looks good. If you can get a leadership role in a group, even better. Having research experience is also helpful. Don't worry about that until your junior or senior year, once you have had a few more sci. classes.

    Volunteering at a hospital look great but is worthless. At least that is my experience. You spend a couple hours a week bring patients food, wheeling them around, or just talking to them, but don't really get to do anything medical.

    That is my advice.
  5. Doctortobee

    Doctortobee Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 1999
    I volunteer in a rural hospital...Therefore, I get to do a little more than others. Most of the time I assist the triage nurse with patients and families. I also do alot of training of new ER volunteers and training protocol.
  6. smc927

    smc927 El Flaquito 7+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2002
    Wandering Around
    I've found some schools that not only look at whether or not you can successfully become a doctor but also an administrator. Hospitals need people to both do the procedures and make the big administrative decisions. Your leadership experiences in school, community and religious groups will be a plus.

    Good luck. Pray hard.
  7. Doctortobee

    Doctortobee Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 1999
    I'm only applying to osteopathic schools...It's great that they look at the applicant as a whole...I'll benefit from that considering I have my degree in Education and I'm not the "typical pre-med bio major"

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