Should I update my AMCAS to add EC's?

willow18

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    When I submitted my AMCAS I didn't know what people put under the EC section. I thought it was just your real work experience and something you'd put extensive/moderate work into. My EC's include:

    - Full time SEO/Webmaster work, 40 hours/week
    - EMT vollie 14 months and going, 6 hours/week
    - Research beginning from this August, 4 hours/week

    I didn't know people put things like:

    - Fraternities
    - Scholarships
    - Honors
    - Other minute things/bs to just lengthen the list...

    I have a multitude of such things to add plus a few substantial things that I didn't think of putting on there. Should I update my AMCAS (or schools individually..) ? I'm afraid when they look at my EC's, I look like some boring nerd with no interests other than bio.

    Note: I'm an August MCAT'er so the schools are only now beginning to review my file.
     

    C.P. Jones

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      i'm pretty sure you can't touch your EC section...and that the only things you can do are change contact info and add schools once everything is submitted, etc.

      I think the general thought is that if they give you 15 experiences, give 15 experiences....and hopefully one would have 15+ experiences by the time they apply to med school......meaningful experiences

      you can definitely put down honors, etc. since those are categories that they give you as a choice

      i guess you could send more experiences to the schools? but i wouldn't personally, that should have been taken care of, and the schools will probably be very annoyed....I do know that if you have NEW experiences that are very important...new research job, new volunteering, publication, whatever it may be, you can easily send them an email and they'll happily throw it in your file
       
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        C.P. Jones said:
        i'm pretty sure you can't touch your EC section...and that the only things you can do are change contact info and add schools once everything is submitted, etc.

        I think the general thought is that if they give you 15 experiences, give 15 experiences....and hopefully one would have 15+ experiences by the time they apply to med school......meaningful experiences

        you can definitely put down honors, etc. since those are categories that they give you as a choice

        i guess you could send more experiences to the schools? but i wouldn't personally, that should have been taken care of, and the schools will probably be very annoyed....I do know that if you have NEW experiences that are very important...new research job, new volunteering, publication, whatever it may be, you can easily send them an email and they'll happily throw it in your file


        Why would one have 15+ meaningful experiences? You don't need 15 experiences to get interviews. Meaningful and quanity are two different things.

        I know I didn't have 15 things to put there.
         

        willow18

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          C.P. Jones said:
          i'm pretty sure you can't touch your EC section...and that the only things you can do are change contact info and add schools once everything is submitted, etc.

          You can send AMCAS an update letter, I believe, not sure how exactly that works.

          I guess it may seem petty updating it now. Perhaps my full-time job will indicate that I was too busy for too many EC's, or maybe not....
           

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            I actually think its a good idea to leave something off of the AMCAS. For example, some secondaries ask for things that are not specified on the AMCAS and if you put everything you've done in the past few years on there, its going to be tough to answer those kinda questions on the sec.

            Also, during your interview (provided you get one), you'll have more to talk about concerning your other involvements, which will make you look even more involved.

            I think I had 12 ECs and left three off just for that purpose.
             
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