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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by badasshairday, May 10, 2007.

  1. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Disclaimer: I don't want this to turn this into some political thread.

    So I have an oppurtunity to volunteer at a Planned Parenthood Clinic and actually want to take the position. Do you guys think this would be sending some kind of political messege to med schools about abortion issues?
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  3. WCGee

    WCGee Super Awesome Person 5+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    I volunteered as an abortion advocate and family planning counselor for Planned Parenthood during my college years. I got direct patient contact and actually did stuff (instead of cleaning up linens, bringing water, filing paperwork, etc).

    That being said, I had no problems in interviews. In fact, I interviewed (successfully) at NYMC, Creighton, and SLU, which are all Jesuit schools. Most interviewers either a. didn't mention my PP work, or b. thought it was interesting and asked me to elaborate on my experience there.

    Overall, don't worry about what they may think--it's a great opportunity to expose yourself to medicine and if you're even slightly interested, you should take up the offer.

    Good luck! :)
  4. INdyMD

    INdyMD 2+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    I agree that you should take the position. I spent last summer volunteering at a PP clinic in downtown Indianapolis, and it was a great experience. I didn't actually get to do much that was too interesting, but it gave me a new perspective on medicine. (ex. there was a mental hospital across the street that referred patients to the clinic) My last day there we had to call the police!
  5. notaroche

    notaroche 2+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    You get to help people plan their future as parents? Very cool. Take that position!!!
  6. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    Take it...I worked at a community family planning/reproductive health clinic (same thing, except for we didn't perform abortions - just referred for them to PP).

    Honestly, if the adcoms are going to discriminate against me based on that, I probably don't want to go to school there anyway because I can only compromise my beliefs so much.

    BTW, this reminds me of how a friend was collecting resumes for a job at her company in Atlanta and some dude put his 10 years of service to the Klan right at the top.:laugh: Yeah, that's one EC you DON'T want to mention.
  7. evade

    evade Our Lady of DNA 10+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    I, too, had a litany of similar experiences on my AMCAS, and I didn't have any problems in the application process (and for the record, I interviewed at SLU, NYMC, and Georgetown with no problems). I say take the position! PP is an awesome organization, and you'll learn a lot there.
  8. Vitapita

    Vitapita 2+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2006
    I currently work as the Medication abortion coordinator for a PP, started out as a reproductive health specialist. The title of my position says it all and I had no problems. I interviewed at NYMC, Buffalo, Michigan, and University of Washington, all went great. I feel like I got into UW because of my PP experience. (I'm out of state, so the chances were slim to none). I will be going to UW in Sept. I got to learn how to do ultrasounds, injections, draw blood, counseling on STD, pregnancy prevention, and HIV testing among hundreds of other things/skills. So definately take it!!!!
  9. SalseraDoctora

    SalseraDoctora Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    East Coast somewhere
    My cousin, who was just accepted at Georgetown, not only works at PP but wrote one of her essays about being pro-choice and how she wants to work in the future to guarantee women the right to choose, and she got admitted. It was a bold move in my opinion, but I think if they admitted her (and gave her a scholarship) then it won't be your work at PP that keeps you from getting admitted.
  10. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Wow. You interviewed at NYMC. Isn't that school catholic? Wouldn't PP be a big problem there?
  11. Vitapita

    Vitapita 2+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2006

    Yea, crazy huh? they didnt care at all. Just goes to show you that it doesnt matter what you do, as long as it is important to you.
  12. UMP

    UMP Recovered Under-Achiever 7+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2004
    Georgetown, NYMC, Creighton, St. Louis, Loyola-Chicago are all Catholic... am I missing any others? It seems like people have had success at all of these
  13. HreComesTheSun

    HreComesTheSun 5+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    sounds like a great opportunity...pp isn't only about abortion so it should be fine, go for it :thumbup:

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