bearforce

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The weakest part of my application is my lack of significant clinical experience. :(
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Please comment on the following:
1. Have been in this position and how it affected your matriculation?
2. Ways to get volunteer/shadowing experience last minute
3. Your understanding about the admission committees attitudes toward applicant who lack clinical experience.

Thank you:)
Also check out my MDapp 17641, (tell me what you think)
 

TooMuchResearch

i'm goin' to Kathmandu...
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The weakest part of my application is my lack of significant clinical experience. :(
___________________________________________________________
Please comment on the following:
1. Have been in this position and how it affected your matriculation?
2. Ways to get volunteer/shadowing experience last minute
3. Your understanding about the admission committees attitudes toward applicant who lack clinical experience.

Thank you:)
Also check out my MDapp 17641, (tell me what you think)
I really don't know how much clinical experience is enough (I think it's more about what you get out of the experience), but if you're almost totally lacking, you could always wait a year to apply. You can't really get any good last minute volunteering.
 

dingyibvs

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I really don't know how much clinical experience is enough (I think it's more about what you get out of the experience), but if you're almost totally lacking, you could always wait a year to apply. You can't really get any good last minute volunteering.

Yea, I think a lack of clinical experience really hurt me this year. It doesn't help that I neglected to put my other EC activities on the application either...
 

johncalvin

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Quick glance through your application (31+ MCAT, URM, 100% fluent in Spanish, patent[ftw!]) you'll do fine, even with little clinical exposure.

However, you will be hit hard during interviews with "Why medicine? Do you know enough about medicine?"

You can brush up on shadowing in the next couple of weeks. Even though shadowing can't replace clinical volunteering, it's a high-density way to expose yourself to the medical field.
 

Narmerguy

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Last minute clinical volunteering will be looked at negatively because it will appear that you've just thrown together this desire to be a physician in your last year. However, it's the only real chance you've got right now (well, it doesn't have to be clinical volunteering but you need to get something clinically related. Shadowing must be done if you can't get clinical volunteering, ideally both).

It's actually less difficult than people would have you think to get last minute clinical volunteering opportunities. You just have to be vigilant.

1) Contact hospitals in your area and see what their policies/requirements are for volunteering
2) Contact any clinics (free clinics, downtown clinics, things like that) and see if they need any help
3) Talk to anyone you shadow and see if they have a position for you to volunteer at and if not, ask if they know where you could get volunteering opportunities.

One of these will very likely land you a volunteering spot. Once there, just pound out the time. Yeah, it'd be nice if you had done this all sooner but none of that really matters now.
 
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bearforce

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Sep 10, 2008
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Hometown: Upstate NY,
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Last minute clinical volunteering will be looked at negatively because it will appear that you've just thrown together this desire to be a physician in your last year. However, it's the only real chance you've got right now (well, it doesn't have to be clinical volunteering but you need to get something clinically related. Shadowing must be done if you can't get clinical volunteering, ideally both).

It's actually less difficult than people would have you think to get last minute clinical volunteering opportunities. You just have to be vigilant.

1) Contact hospitals in your area and see what their policies/requirements are for volunteering
2) Contact any clinics (free clinics, downtown clinics, things like that) and see if they need any help
3) Talk to anyone you shadow and see if they have a position for you to volunteer at and if not, ask if they know where you could get volunteering opportunities.

One of these will very likely land you a volunteering spot. Once there, just pound out the time. Yeah, it'd be nice if you had done this all sooner but none of that really matters now.
Great advice everyone, I actually changed my mind, i thought i wanted MD/PhD until quite recently
I will take your advice.
 

xmsr3

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I am worried as well about last minute volunteering.

I started volunteering at my local ER in June 2008, this is also when I began shadowing ER docs. Will that be counted against me as "last minute"?
 

Cro

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Apr 18, 2009
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I am worried as well about last minute volunteering.

I started volunteering at my local ER in June 2008, this is also when I began shadowing ER docs. Will that be counted against me as "last minute"?
No. Last minute is like within the last three months.
 

runrunrudolph1

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I met with an adcom at the my #1 choice and she told me that they will not offer an interview to ANYONE that has not done clinical volunteering.:scared: for the consideration, this is a pretty decent tier school....


if there is a way you can get even a few hours in I would do it.
 

YouNeverKnow22

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I met with an adcom at the my #1 choice and she told me that they will not offer an interview to ANYONE that has not done clinical volunteering.:scared: for the consideration, this is a pretty decent tier school....


if there is a way you can get even a few hours in I would do it.
I think you and me are just fine as far as clinical experience goes :)