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Most Meaningful Experiences

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by soccerusa, May 16, 2014.

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  1. soccerusa

    soccerusa 5+ Year Member

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    I am looking for some advice regarding which experiences to list as most meaningful. I have 4 experiences that I am deciding between for the 3 slots: lab research, long term volunteer (non clinical), residential advisor and a clinical research position with a lot of patient contact.

    I would like to pick the first 3 and leave off the clinical research position but then I would have no clinical experience in my most meaningful experiences. Is this a red flag?

    I have to have the research in there as it has led to three papers, so it is really the volunteer, RA and clinical research for the last two spots. What would you all do?

    Thanks for your help!
     
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  3. Pacna

    Pacna Dyslexics, untie! 2+ Year Member

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    There are no red flags when it comes to meaningful experiences (unless you put "Nazi Training Camp" or some shi*). It's all about what's most important to you.
     
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    hoihaie Banned Banned

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    its what you think is most meaningful for you, not what is most meaningful for the adcoms
     
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    Shazam243 2+ Year Member

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    RA and clinical research.
     
  6. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! SDN Administrator 5+ Year Member

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    While I agree with the prior responses in that it depends on what is honestly most meaningful to you, I have to say that if zero of your most meaningful experiences pertain to medicine/research, that might raise questions. Not saying that your app would go in the trash, but one might wonder why none of your most meaningful activities pertain to your future career, on an application that is essential for getting to your future career.

    Personally I would list the clinical research and the RA position, but RA vs volunteer position depends on what the volunteer thing was and how important it is to you. The RA position, especially if it was over several years, shows a lot of leadership.
     

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