A Gimlet Eye
15+ Year Member
- Sep 4, 2006
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Keep in mind that the leadership category reads, "Leadership-Not Listed Elsewhere. For many leadership roles that arise from other activities, it's better to keep the assumption of of leadership with the affiliated activity, to better show one's growth in involvement and responsibility, and to keep it in context. One can title the activity to show both components:1) I don't even know how I would go about my own leadership experience. I'm a team leader at my job (pharmacy) and I'm also a team leader at one of my non-clinical volunteering gigs. I'm not sure where I'd even classify any of it. I was also essentially lead TA when I was TAing, but I feel like all three are better suited for other categories. So how would I go about explaining the leadership here?
2) How much do adcoms really read into your descriptions on amcas?
Employment: "Pharmacy Tech and Team Leader" As a pharmacy tech, my role was xxx. After one year, I was promoted to Team Leader and took on the duties of yyy. Through this, I came to realize zzz.
Volunteer-not Medical/Clinical: "Habitat for Humanity General Helper and Finance Chair" I learned general carpentry skills from my grandfather in HS, like bbb and ccc. I thought it would be fun to put this ability to use when I learned that ddd. After putting in 8 hours per week on weekends for fall 2012 term, I wanted to put my organizational and business skills to the test so for my second project in spring 2013, I volunteered to take on the chairship for finance, where I fff.
Leadership: "Lead Teaching Assistant for Chemistry Lab" or Teaching: "General Chemistry Teaching Assistant and Lead TA"
2) Some adcomms read and reread your entries, highlighting important areas or taking notes. Others skim or, frankly, stop reading if it gets boring, due to time constraints. And others are between those extremes. Pro Tips: Be succinct. Make it interesting.