The weight of volunteering at future medical school Hospital?

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Does volunteering at the hospital of the medical school you want to go to make a difference?
For example, say a student that wants to go to Johns Hopkins Medical School is volunteering at Johns Hopkins Hospital. When they are applying or at the interview would the volunteering at the schools hospital have some kind of an impact?

Any opinions?
 

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I think it would have a positive impact, unless you make a bad impression while volunteering by slacking off or not doing a good job.
 

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it is equal to volunteering anywhere else. Schools want geographic diversity. They won't favor those who volunteer in their own hospital over those who volunteered at hospitals elsewhere in the world. To do otherwise would thwart their desire for the best applicants wherever they may be. Volunteering at Johns Hopkins doesn't make you better than someone who volunteered at the Mass General.
 
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hellodoc said:
Does volunteering at the hospital of the medical school you want to go to make a difference?
For example, say a student that wants to go to Johns Hopkins Medical School is volunteering at Johns Hopkins Hospital. When they are applying or at the interview would the volunteering at the schools hospital have some kind of an impact?

Any opinions?
If you want to go to Hopkins, you first need the stats for Hopkins. If you have the stats, then sure, it will help "some", but probably pretty marginal as compared to volunteering at another hospital. Hopkins is a huge place and the odds of impressing someone important in a premed volunteering job are pretty nil. Unless you are already living in Baltimore, I would just go volunteer at whatever hospital you live near.
 

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I agree with Law and Lizzy (haha, sounds like a crime-fighting duo).

Really, the only thing you can hope for is that if you volunteer at the hospital associated with your favorite medical school, you might leave a good impression on a superior. However, the chances that you can become buddy-buddy with an adcom through volunteering are pretty minimal.

But with that said, it certainly couldn't hurt.
Best to volunteer someplace you enjoy.
-Dr. P.
 

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It might be helpful if you left a very good impression and was able to get someone from the hospital that the adcom is familiar with to write a letter for you?
 

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But what if it was a county hospital instead of a nice, shiny private hospital whose patient base is largely medically underserved or some equally characteristic thing? I would think that schools, especially if they emphasize caring for the underserved, would appreciate that you had/sought exposure to the less "generic" areas of medicine. There ARE differences among hospitals. And that often dictates what you get to do.
 

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Didn't help me any last year. I volunteered at one of the hospitals affiliated with NYU, and they still sent me a nice rejection letter.
 

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musiclink213 said:
Didn't help me any last year. I volunteered at one of the hospitals affiliated with NYU, and they still sent me a nice rejection letter.
They should send rejection letters with a refund of all application fees heh.
 

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mychelle774 said:
But what if it was a county hospital instead of a nice, shiny private hospital whose patient base is largely medically underserved or some equally characteristic thing? I would think that schools, especially if they emphasize caring for the underserved, would appreciate that you had/sought exposure to the less "generic" areas of medicine. There ARE differences among hospitals. And that often dictates what you get to do.
Couldn't agree more. My personal experience has been that the less wealthy hospitals put you to much better use as a volunteer, and that you actually get exposed to patients more than shall we say fetching linens and cupboard stocking. I'm not saying that the quality of health care is worse at such places, just that it's much more often an "all hands on deck" mentality than at an academic medical center.
 

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hellodoc said:
Does volunteering at the hospital of the medical school you want to go to make a difference?
Any opinions?

I agree with most of these posts. Furthermore, I'd say volunteering at JHU will offer you no benefit than another hospital. That said, it depends on your motivations. You mentioned JHU, possibly as a famous hospital, but then you mentioned meeting someone. I'd say the chances of you meeting someone at JHU, as a volunteer, and impressing them, and it helping you in committee are small, especially as someone mentioned, JHU is a bid premed environment.

I thought the geographic diversity comment hit it dead on. You don't want the main point or focus of your application, as you see it, to be that you volunteered at JHU. Believe me, that is not comparable to attending JHU. If I lived in Baltimore, I would choose the closest hospital. How many hundreds of students volunteer at JHU, as oppose to Union Memorial?
And having experience there, JHU is a very famous and professional hospital, so you may not be able to do as much there as somewhere else. I would check your motivations first before you answer your question. But I probably wouldn't hold out for a return on my buck to the specific school, kinda like a student adding line in their AMCAS essay in hopes of attracting a certain school...With admissions these days, and so many applicants, chances are it will either be missed, or won't help.
 

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It would help if you volunteer coridinator is good with one of the admission comittee and you get to know them... or if you get to know a doctor on staff that has an impact with someone on the ADCOM or is someone on that ADCOM.
 

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I've got all the connections in the world to WashU... don't think it means anything so haven't bothered to apply (until this year)

I'm throwing them a hail mary.
 

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It's kind of unlikely that you'll meet someone at the hospital that has any relation to the admissions committee or even the medical school. Unless you meet such a person I can't imagine that it would make any difference. I volunteered at a hospital for a school I'm applying to and don't expect it to be a factor.
 
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