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Proof of Volunteer work?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by time md, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. time md

    time md 7+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    I am planning to volunteer at a local nursing home this summer. What should I do to show that I have volunteered. Should I type something saying that I volunteered so many hours at X place and have the volunteer directing sign it. What did you guys do to show proof of volunteering for your application?

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  3. Crazy4F1

    Crazy4F1 10+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    i wound up having my first aid squad lieutenant write me a letter of reccommendation - however i would have done this anyway, i didnt do it to 'prove' my volunteer work. maybe if you do enough volunteering the director might be inclined to write you a letter if you ask.
  4. Delicate Genius

    Delicate Genius Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Just ask who ever is in charge of you for a letter of rec. That should be enough "proof." Otherwise, they will gladly write up a letter saying Mr./Mrs. X volunteered X hours for us from x/2007-x/2007.
  5. frickonastick

    frickonastick 2+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    Woah... where do we need to send this "proof of volunteering" thingy? To AMCAS? Or to schools if they ask for it?
  6. CTtarheel

    CTtarheel Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    You don't need anything to prove you did any activity (volunteer or otherwise). AMCAS will ask you for a contact name and a location (city/state only) and that is the only documentation you need. The proof that you actually did the activity will be your ability to discuss what you got out of it at your interview and in your personal statement (if it was really a significant experience)
  7. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!

    You can have the person who was in charge of your experience write a letter of recommendation or you can simply list the experience with a description of what you did, the name (and title) of your supervisor/mentor and a phone number where they can be contacted for verification. If the person you worked under leaves, verification can still be done as long as there is a phone number. That's enough "proof".

    The people who get in trouble are the folks who list a ton of volunteer experiences without the name of the organization or they name an organization but do not provide a mentor/contact person so that we can verify that they actually did volunteer. For example, a young man listed " worked with Habitat For Humanity" (HFH)every summer during college. HFH is a well-known organization with a national reputation. He didn't mention anything about his experience with HFH in his personal statement and he didn't list a contact or location in which he had volunteered. Our office staff was not able to verify his volunteer experience and called him for further information. He did not provide any further info but we gave him the benefit of the doubt and invited him for interview.

    During the interview, he couldn't describe anything that he had done for this organization or give the name of anyone in this organization that he had worked with. When I asked him about his experience and asked for a name, he balked when I wrote down then name. In the end, he admitted that he "embellished" his volunteer experience which immediately threw his entire application into question. Needless to say even with the grades and MCAT scores, he received a rejection letter.

    If you list a volunteer activity, be ready to completely describe your experience and list a name with number where your experience can be verified. If you don't have this information, obtain if before your submit or list this as an extracurricular. You can be asked to provide this info at any point in the application process to have it handy otherwise don't put this activity on your application. Everything in your application has be be verifiable. If not, it can call your entire application into question.
  8. PunjabiCurry

    PunjabiCurry Banned Banned

    Apr 28, 2007
    My counselor said that writing down the supervisor's contact in an update letter is not a good thing when I tried to send the update with my PI's contact. She said that if the schools can't trust you enough that they have to contact each coordinator for verification, you are already pretty much screwed. And also that schools don't have enough dignity to trust their applicants- this is not to say that your school sucks... I just wanted to reiterate what she said.
  9. pillowhead

    pillowhead Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2002
    Applicant lie and the school catches them. And that means the SCHOOL doesn't have dignity?! :confused:

    If you were running a med school (or any school for that matter), wouldn't you want to make sure the blatant liars didn't make it in? It's a shame that applicants put the schools in the position of having to do this stuff in the first place. Your "counselor" needs his/her head checked.
  10. PunjabiCurry

    PunjabiCurry Banned Banned

    Apr 28, 2007
    Are you implying that I should have put my PI's contact? oh well, I didnt but going to a med school somewhere so... :oops:

    It sucks if I get rejected for something that I REALLY REALLY did

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