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volunteering in med school?

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Yogi Bear, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear 2K Member
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    in terms of residency placement, does volunteering help for areas like derm/optho? or would u be better off spending that time on research/improving academics.
     
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  3. doc05

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    you would be better off spending that time on research/improving academics.
     
  4. edinOH

    edinOH Can I get a work excuse?
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    volunteering only helps with getting into medical school. It is feel-good fluff.

    Nobody cares when it comes to residency applications.
     
  5. Skrubz

    Skrubz Not your scut monkey
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    point taken, doc05. what do i know anyways?
     
  6. doc05

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    How hard is it to land a prelim spot? and who cares about your prelim year, anyway?

    It is more likely that someone who had the credentials to match at Stanford had pretty much their pick of prelim spots.
     
  7. omores

    omores sleep deprived
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    Volunteering may well play a role in getting junior AOA status, however, which would be a big asset.
     
  8. Finally M3

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    If all things are equal, I think those with org/volunt would have an edge over someone who didn't do anything.

    That being said, your volunteering in the free clinic won't put you over a Harvard AOA USMLE1-2 > 99%. If you have a limited amount of time and are gunning for Optho/Derm, wouldn't your time be better spent studying to AOA and ace the boards?
     

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