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Just HOW MUCH community service should we do?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by inkysphinx, May 17, 2002.

  1. I have great work, clinical and research experience, and diverse extracurriculars. . .but I am lacking in community service (and I don't think that volunteering in a hospital counts as community service). You know how that was so important when applying to college? Well, will hot having a lot of C.S. hurt my application? Should I get on the ball, like, NOW?

    Thanks guys!
     
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  3. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

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    Don't do it because you feel that you HAVE to. If you have everything else, there's no reason that this could keep you out of the game. Besides, you'd be doing people a disservice if you did it out of obligation.
     
  4. oldman

    oldman Senior Citizen 10+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by inkysphinx:
    <strong>I have great work, clinical and research experience, and diverse extracurriculars. . .but I am lacking in community service (and I don't think that volunteering in a hospital counts as community service). You know how that was so important when applying to college? Well, will hot having a lot of C.S. hurt my application? Should I get on the ball, like, NOW?

    Thanks guys!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">i think volunteering in a hospital can count. if you do volunteer, they tend to let you do other things like watch surgery which is just a big bonus.
     
  5. efex101

    efex101 attending Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    What do you mean that volunteering at a hospital is not community service? Of course it is. You are donating some of your time in the benefit of the hospital that in turn benefits the community as a whole. Any volunteering I personally consider community service...
     
  6. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    community service is not a hidden requirement for med schools.
    you just need clinical exposure.
    research is a plus too.
    so it sounds like you're okay.

    good luck!
     

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