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How much EC is enough?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by El Jefe, Jan 16, 2002.

  1. El Jefe

    El Jefe The Jefe 7+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2002
    Los Angeles
    How much extracurricular activity do med schools expect from us? I didn't really start doing much until my third year, and am not sure that it has been enough to really impress the adcoms:

    1.5 years research
    1 year clinical volunteering
    4 years music
    1 quarter TA'ing
    1 summer working

    I know it's pretty variable, but in general how many activities are you premeds involved in?
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  3. eagle26

    eagle26 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    you have enough
  4. Lecular

    Lecular Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2001
    It's quality not quantity. Do ECs that you WANT TO DO. Don't do things because you think it looks good on your resume!

    During interviews, you will most likely be asked about your activities and admissions will be able to tell if you were passionate about your activities or just did it so it looked good on your amcas.

    My friend had only two activities, and one clinical volunteer activity but for one of her activities, she was vice president for two years. She has already recieved an interview from Columbia and recieved a secondary from Stanford.

    Good Luck!
  5. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak
    Enough to show that you have a life outside of being a pre-med! :D
  6. newfocus

    newfocus Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2001
    Kansas City MO
    like Lecular said quality not quantity. Its not so much how many EC's you have its more your level of envolvement. It seems to me you are pretty envolved. Anyone can sign up for a club or volunteer postiton but it takes dedication to earn a leadership position in either of those situations and I think that is more along the lines of what ADCOMS are looling for.
  7. rajneel1

    rajneel1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2001
    i did alot and loved everything that i did. maybe alittle more clinical volunteering and maybe with people who need chronic care like nursing facilities, care homes, or hospice. but it is all about quality and length of time. maximize your research by presenting it at national conferences, writing abstracts, getting fellowships, and getting papers published in undergrad journals. no need to join any pre med anything. if you join a club then be a leader in that club. but it looks like you won't have much time before you graduate. just maximize what you have now. maybe write an article about your clinical volunteering in a student newsletter. etc.

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