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Gap in volunteer work ok?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by FattySlug, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. FattySlug

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    2 quick questions.
    1) I graduated in 2009, started working full time right after and stopped volunteering at the clinic regularly in 08/2010 because of work schedule change. I still come in for fund raising and special events if it's at night or on the weekends but no regular commitment and I reported on amcas as such. Up to that point I have 280 hours. Would that gap in volunteer be looked down on by adcoms? I couldn't volunteer during that year because I was also studying to retake MCAT during my free time up until 04/2011.

    2) My schedule changed again and now I have a half day during the week that I can volunteer. Should I update my apps?
     
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  3. macsta

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    1) No, obviously it would have been better to continue volunteering, but you should be fine.

    2) Have you already submitted your primary? and secondaries?
     
  4. Doctor Cat

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    With 280 hours, I would say you are well ahead of the curve in vol hours. You will probably be fine.

    Also, I think med schools are understanding of people who have to work. Certainly no one would mistake that for laziness.
     

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