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Volunteering at First Choice School

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Yuyukachoo, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Yuyukachoo

    Yuyukachoo 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    I got a very small college in Boston that doesn't have anything in the way of an EMS/EMT service. MIT only takes their own students and BU doesn't even have a truck. I was thinking of going to volunteer at Brown, since they let you do one 12 hour shift every two weeks. I also have family there and can easily get back and forth. Do you think that volunteering for their EMS would make me stand out to them when I apply. I'm a Rhode Island resident if that makes a difference.
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  3. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    It's a very good thing to have volunteering experience, so that will be a plus. However, this doesn't sound like something that will blow the adcoms away. They'll be glad to see you know what medicine is like (sorta), but it's not an automatic ticket or something. It'd be more important to have good stats coupled with volunteering.
  4. If you do a search you'll see numerous threads on working as an EMT (or volunteering to do ride-alongs) as another extracurricular for AMCAS.
  5. Yuyukachoo

    Yuyukachoo 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    Thank you for your replies. I should probably clarify though. I know that EMS is just another EC, but I was wondering if I went out of my way to specifically help at one school if it would make me look better as an applicant, like I really loved the place so I wanted to spend time there.
  6. flip26

    flip26 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Can't hurt, but probably doesn't help, either...
  7. nogolfinsnow

    nogolfinsnow 7+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    It might help if the rest of your app is strong. I volunteered and worked at my top choice, but if you have other areas of your app lacking (my GPA was a fair bit below the average for the school) you won't get much love
  8. TheRealMD

    TheRealMD "The Mac Guy" 5+ Year Member

    May 23, 2007
    Houston, Texas
  9. ViolaGreene

    ViolaGreene 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    i don't think you should waste your time. if you've already got clinical experience, you're probably already ok. brown won't take any more notice of you because you volunteered there.
  10. HoboCommander

    HoboCommander 7+ Year Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    what if the people there are also on the adcom committee?

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