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Summer Options

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by 139871, May 7, 2007.

  1. 139871

    139871 Guest 2+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    This summer I will be taking the Princeton Review MCAT course from May through August. I am looking to do a few EC activities on the side but the problem is that this would require me staying in different cities. My first option is to do a combination of hospice, volunteering, and research in my university. My second option is an internship with a physician at Arizona Heart Institute which would involve shadowing and note taking. I have previous shadowing experience with a cardiologist but I still think I lack in clinical experience. Based on this and the fact that I have an MCAT course, which do you believe would be the best option EC wise? I will be applying to medical school in 2008.
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  3. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    ah i saw that arizona heart institute thing online. it looks like a glorified shadowing experience, and it's not paid for all the hours it requires. i think staying at your university is a better idea... you can get clinical experience there.
  4. emaj1n

    emaj1n M1 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    If you have shadowing experience but lack clinical exposure, you definitely want to secure some clinical opportunities before you shadow some more. Hospice is a great idea. There are lots of clinical volunteer opportunities. I volunteered at a crisis hotline. Schools consider that "clinical" because I was interacting with patients. "Clinical" doesn't have to be in a hospital.

    Also, I would try to find additional shadowing experience down the road because it seems to be the big unwritten rule. When you get the time, try to shadow a generalist. Specialists are great, too, but you may see more doctor-patient interaction with a generalist. Just a thought.

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