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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by WannabeOrtho, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. WannabeOrtho

    WannabeOrtho Surgery Go'er
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    What are the different ways you showed you wanted medical school?
    Is it good to have a lot of community service clubs, and organizations on your school application?

    Being a volunteer, would that be being a volunteer anywhere in the hospital?

    Also alittle out of the range of these questions. If you shadow various doctors for 3-4years every weekend for 3-4hrs would this definitely show you want to be a osteopathic doctor?


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  3. DrBowtie

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    First and foremost, focus on academics.
    Then fill in gaps with EC's, volunteering, and shadowing.
     
  4. mj1878

    mj1878 Water good...
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    Try not to think of it as "impressing the medical schools". Instead, try to do something that interests you, is either clinically or humanistically oriented, and above all do something that serves others selflessly.
     
  5. JasonUD

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    Like said, 1. Academics 2. ECs, LORs and everything else.

    Volunteer in a department in a hospital where you will have direct patient contact- this will show that you can deal with sick and injured people and then at the end get a letter of rec. Spending time with DOs is great! This shows that you actually have an interest in becoming a DO and that it's not just a backup to an MD. When you find a med school that you fall in love with, tell them. Send them letters saying why you love them and why you and they will benefit from having you there.

    Also, rather than having a 10,000 clubs and activities, have only a few that you are more passionate about, that way you can be involved with them more so then just going to the meetings. Don't do what you think medical schools want you to do, do what you want to do. Every applicant is in the premed club and volunteers in a hospital and has awesome grades, do something that sets you apart that you have a true intesterest in. If chinese opera is your thing, join the chinese opera club and get involved in it. Forget about things you hate that "med schools will like" like the "Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Club" or the "I'm better than you in everyway and I'm going to be a rich pretentious doctor club." Do what you want to do, have awesome grades, and become as charismatic as you can for those interviews. Good luck!
     

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