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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by iA-MD2013, May 30, 2008.

  1. iA-MD2013

    iA-MD2013 Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    How important is it to have a leadership role on your application?
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  3. Cegar

    Cegar 7+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    It's more important that you're capable of leadership. This generally means that you have successfully lead some... things.

    As long as you can talk about a time where you have used or developed skills necessary for leadership, you should be all right.
  4. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    Yeah, that's basically all that it amounted to during my interviews. Basically the specific things I had on the application gave the interviewer some direction when asking me questions, but beyond that it wasn't so amazing.
  5. foster033

    foster033 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Depends on the school...I know it's a requirement at Utah, but then again they have some crazy hoops you have to jump through...

    I would check and see if any of the schools you are applying to have a similar requirement.

    Leadership doesn't necessarily mean you were the president of a could coach a kids sports team, organize a volunteer event, be in charge of something/someone at work, etc.
  6. FuturePharm21

    FuturePharm21 7+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    What are some things you can do in college that show leadership besides leadership roles in clubs/activities?
  7. HumidBeing

    HumidBeing In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    The way I think of this is that you don't have start something, or be an officer in something in order to show leadership. If you're mentoring in any way, that's leadership. When you're in charge of training someone on the job, that's leadership. Whenever you lead by example, that's leadership. If there is a family situation where you have to take control, that's leadership. I don't know how many adcomms think that way, but things like that are real, everyday life leadership.
  8. iA-MD2013

    iA-MD2013 Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    It's unfortunate. A lot of us have these leadership experience but it will not show up on paper!
  9. 8744

    8744 Guest

    Dec 7, 2001
    If everything is leadership, nothing is. Leadership is the art of getting a group of people to do something they don't want to do. Everything else is just management.
  10. nontrdgsbuiucmd

    nontrdgsbuiucmd 2+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2008
    my own little world
    Yep, I'd say it's also about having ultimate responsibility if things go wrong, i.e. if anyone in the group makes an error or if things go bad somehow, the leader is responsible regardless. My bet is that med schools look for this because the physician in charge has to make the best decisions he or she can, taking all info available into account, and then be personally & professionally responsible if things go wrong.

    That said, from what I've seen in medicine, leadership is not nearly as much about convincing your team that you know what the heck you're doing as it is in business.. in a clinical setting, the nurse is not realistically going to say "doctor, I think we should do this alternate procedure instead". Much more hierarchical in medicine, although I think leadership is still important.

    To more directly respond: mayo has I think 4 areas they focus on, leadership is one of the 4. I've not heard it specifically mentioned at any other school, but I have experience here so maybe some adcomms just didn't feel it was necessary to discuss.

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