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volunteering over the summer

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by gobbler, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. gobbler

    gobbler 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    Hello there, this is my first post. I have a situation, I can volunteer alot during the summer but have little time when school comes around. Would this be looked upon kindly by med schools? I think I can get volunteer positions during the summer where I am volunteering Monday to Friday 8:30 - 5 pm every week but it ends when September comes around.

    So when I apply for med schools, do I just take the # of hrs I did during the summer and divide it by the # of weeks during the semester or this won't work?


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  3. amph119

    amph119 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    You have to give a period of time (month-wise) when you volunteer on your application, so no you can't say you volunteered during the semester if you really didn't. Volunteering in the summer is great, but medical schools will also want to see you can manage your time efficiently by volunteering during classes, as well, even if it isn't a terribly large time commitment. I volunteered for 3 hours/week during classes. I would try to find time to volunteer during the semester.
  4. HEADintheCLOUDS

    HEADintheCLOUDS Banned

    Feb 24, 2008
    I volunteered during the summer before I applied for about 30hrs a week for about 1 month in a hospital. Thats all the volunteering I did. The adcoms only care if the volunteering gave you some insight or you learned from the volunteering. If it was meanignful. They hardly care that it was during the year or a very long time. Just volunteer, get something out of it and be able to talk about it suring interviews.
  5. gobbler

    gobbler 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    Ah, that's great to know. Thank you so much!

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