It doesn't generally hurt or help except to the extent that it gives you a chance to practice leadership skills or perform community service.calvinhobbes said:a) Does being a brother of a social fraternity hurt your chances for admission? I mean, what if the admission board sees you as "just another college drunk?" -
Assuming that they don't carry that stereotype, I hold leadership positions in my fraternity and do community service, so I was wondering if that perhaps helps my application to med school?
See my signature line.b) I know med schools love volunteer experiences, preferably in a hospital setting. But what kind of patient-contact are they looking for? I am a volunteer at a Children's hospital in NYC - and I play with these disabled kids, keep them company during pre-op, things like that. Do med schools want... "more" of a clinical experience, or is this enough exposure?
Yes.c) I have volunteered in other places (i.e. NY Aquarium) for longer -- does that count as volunteer experience?
No, but it is highly desirable if you intend to apply to one of the top research medical schools.d) Is research required?
Find a faculty member at your school who is doing research and ask to be involved. You'll need some lab skills. There are also summer positions at research institutes and medical schools. Your pre-med advisor may have more leads for you.How would I go about conducting research, with whom?
Yes. No.I am entering my sophomore year of college as an English major -- are there any other English majors out there who have been accepted into med school? Is it uncommon?
Umm... I'll keep my clothes on; are you sure you are an English major?Thanks to all, and bare with me -- I'm pretty new to this yet all your threads are very helpful.
I agree completely. It is not on the list of "required" elements and you'll find people who get in without having research experience but it is very, very highly desirable.narc said:I don't agree with that "research isnt required" comment.
It make not be a requirement that must be filled before entering medical school, but I would say it is about as close to being a requirment without having that official title.