How hard is it to land a prelim spot? and who cares about your prelim year, anyway?Originally posted by Skrubz
I'm going to disagree and say that it depends on the program. High-powered academic programs probably couldn't give a rat's @$$ about volunteering experiences. Some community programs would be interested, I think, if serving the underserved is an important part of their mission.
I did a fair amount of volunteering throughout med school with our Asian-American med student org, particularly at health screenings and such for the underserved/non-English speaking Asian immigrant population. I think my experiences and dedication (along with leadership roles) helped me land my prelim spot. SCVMC is Santa Clara county's county hospital and, from my impression on interview day, quite dedicated to the largely immigrant and/or economically depressed population they serve.