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How should I name my ECs?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by silverlining1, May 14, 2007.

  1. silverlining1

    silverlining1 7+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    How did you all name/categorize your extracurriculars/awards? Here's an example of something I'm having trouble with:

    I volunteer/tutor elementary school kids by doing fun science experiments. I am currently co-president of the organization, which is called Henry's Place.

    1) What category should I list this under? Community service, teaching, leadership?
    2) What should I call the experience? I was thinking of something like "Volunteer science tutor for children". Should I be more/less specific? I have not heard of how anyone else titles their experiences, so I'm clueless here.

    Thanks so much!
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  3. emaj1n

    emaj1n M1 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Good question, though I doubt it makes much, if any, difference.

    I would list it under community service or teaching. If you have a lot of community service ECs, listing the experience under "teaching" may broaded make your application look more well-rounded. And vice versa.

    As for the name, again, don't sweat over this. What you have is fine. I might slip in "elementary" and make it "Volunteer elementary science tutor," but that's my personal preference. The bottom line is that little things like this aren't going to make a difference. Make your titles pithy and error free.

    If you have any other questions, email or PM me. Good luck!
  4. nick_carraway

    nick_carraway 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    I saw elsewhere that if you're unsure what to list ECs as, put them in the category that you're deficient in.

    emaj1n is right in that I don't think it matters too much. I believe LizzyM said that she doesn't look for specific types of experiences in the list of ECs except for clinical-paid and clinical-volunteer.

    As for the titles, emaj1n, I'm guessing that the transcript titles for things like "pain medicine research intern" or "research assistant intern" are too dull and vague?

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