5+ Year Member
- Aug 23, 2014
- Medical Student
Over my two weeks of lurking on the forums (particularly WAMCs), I've noticed that the common thing that most OP post is research experience, non-clinical volunteering, clinical volunteering, and research, and other unique thing (like joining different organizations), but I'm mainly focusing on the first 4. My question is that is it necessary for a pre-med student to have decent amount of all of those things?
I, for example, am going to be a sophomore with a double major in Psych/Bio in college, and I already have 500+ shadowing hours (at an amazing hospital by following an Ortho, FM, and Cards), am going to be doing psych research for 9 hrs/week(topic is about the self and group interactions), am going to be volunteering as a CNA/assistant (certified already) at a nursing home/hospice center/clinic/hospital (~300+ hours during summer/winter break/possibly during the school year), non-clinical volunteer (working with habitat, homeless shelters, slums of India, etc), and other things ( Mentor, Tutor, UTA, and Ambassador for the Honors Program at my college) and taking 23+ hours.
I've got no worries that I'm going to be able to do all of those since I'm very blessed with being near a large teaching hospital and many clinics and amazing professors, but do you think I or other med. students would have to do more than this (which I obviously definitely would like to do)? I just don't know if I'm over thinking this or to just think that as long as you have a decent amount of EC's that you enjoy (which I really do), then you should be fine.
Thank you XD. I was originally just supposed to do like 40 hours, but I just found the physicians to be soo interesting that I shadowed them for the entire summer. During my freshman year, I took 16 hours and then 23 hours for each semester, and the amount of free time I had was absolutely insane. That's why I'm trying to do a lot of things (which I will stick with) to keep myself busy and challenge myself (hence why I'm taking 26 hours and doing those other things). I'll probably be really tired at the end of the day, but I enjoy that feeling (as weird as that may be). I just wasn't sure if I was doing too much or too little. Thanks for your help @Goro and everybody else .500+ hrs shadowing is unbelievable overkill in trying to learn what a doctor's day is like.
But your plans are sound.
Getting back to your original question: stats get you to the door, but ECs get you through the door.
I'm totally going to use that line.. hahaGetting back to your original question: stats get you to the door, but ECs get you through the door.