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hours per week on AMCAS

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by thegreenlight, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. I have already submitted my primary application to AMCAS. However, I am worried that I didn't put down enough hours/week for some of my activities even though I devote all of my time to them outside of classes. Can someone tell me if the list below looks reasonable? :(

    research - 20 hours per week (three years)
    significant leadership activity - 10 hours per week (three years)
    significant leadership activity - 20 hours per week (for one year only)
    significant leadership activity - 5 hours per week (one year)
    insignificant sports activity - 1 hour per week (6 months)
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  3. horhay1241

    horhay1241 5+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I think that should be more than fine. Sounds like a lot of ECs, which is awesome. Don't even worry about it, nobody is going to think you were slacking off with those numbers
  4. Vihsadas

    Vihsadas No summer Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    An Igloo
    Is it honest?
  5. Maxwell Edison

    Maxwell Edison Majoring In Medicine 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2007
    Well, assuming that the first two activities took place in the same time frame, you've got 6 hours a day of doing this stuff during a standard 5-day work week. If anything, this sounds suspiciously high.
  6. Doctor J

    Doctor J Libelous. 10+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2007

    And it is vitally important to be completely, totally, unerringly honest, because AMCAS and the medical schools you apply to hire fact checkers to call your various listed EC's and confirm that you spent an average 15 hours per week spooning soup to homeless psych patients. If they find out you spent only 14 hours per week you will be dropped like a sack of hot potatoes and charged in federal court. :rolleyes:

    To be sure, it's important to not make things up... but everyone embellishes. It's part and parcel of packaging yourself as a good 'sell' to the medical school.
  7. ACSurgeon

    ACSurgeon Acute Care Surgeon Bronze Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Exactly what I was thinking...61 hours a week HARDLY sounds "not enough"....:rolleyes:
  8. ACSurgeon

    ACSurgeon Acute Care Surgeon Bronze Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Unless sleeping is one of these leadership activities, I don't even see how these hours are possible. Since you say in bold that you spend ALL time out of class in these activities, I must assume that includes sleeping.
  9. unsung

    unsung 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    Yeah, no kidding. I spend 2 hrs/wk on my "leadership activity" (language club), and that works out to be a lot of time, esp on top of classes, work, etc. Geez.
  10. koopa_troopa

    koopa_troopa Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Is this a troll?

    Does this include your clinical experience hours? I can't imagine how you could fit all this in unless you are really an older applicant and these don't overlap.
  11. neurocirujano

    neurocirujano Banned

    Jun 13, 2008
    No, it doesn't look reasonable. At all. I hope you aren't serious or I could be in trouble. Besides research, I was volunteering 6 hrs/week at one time and I thought that was a ton. My next best was still only 4 hrs/week.

    I mean... 20 hrs/week!? While you were doing another 30 hrs/week? :thumbdown: Liar.
  12. Hemichordate

    Hemichordate Peds 7+ Year Member

    May 5, 2008
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  13. neurocirujano

    neurocirujano Banned

    Jun 13, 2008
    Shady... :cool: Here's to hoping they don't ask you what amazing discovery you made with all those hours under your belt.

  14. Here was my reasoning. There are 24*7 = 168 hours in a week. Assuming that you sleep 8 hours each day, study for 6 hours each day, and eat/brush your teeth/shower/change clothes/etc for 3 hours each day, then you still have 168 - 8*7 - 6*7 - 3*7 = 49 hours to account for.
  15. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Remember, AMCAS asks for AVERAGE per week, so this could be true.
  16. bozz

    bozz 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    That's a crap load of hours. I filled up like 12 spots with most being <6 hours each. One had 15 but that was more of a hobby. I tried to average it out... and it came out to 15 somehow. It's something I've been doing for many many years. The summers in high school, I'd do it for 5 hours a day = 35 hours/week... school days, maybe 1-2 hours a day... = 7 - 14. It's a computer-related activity... that's the amount of time people spend on Youtube and Facebook :D
  17. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    haha...I think ADCOMS might get suspicious with mine too...I put down 20 hours for a volunteer clinical experience...but I didnt mention that part of that is sleeping.
  18. THX

    THX New Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    Make sure it's true (specifiy activities in your description to back it up), if the adcoms smell a rat then say bye-bye med school.

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