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Volunteering versus Biomedical research

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Datdoctor, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Datdoctor

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    First off, I'm a junior and I will hopefully be applying in June. That said, I am thinking of doing some sort of biomedical research this coming quarter and Spring quarter. I was wondering if schools would rather see me volunteer at the university hospital than do research or vice versa. I feel like I don't have too much time because I recently switched from pre-dent to pre-med. I currently have a summer internship lined up at my pediatric dentist's office for this summer. Do you think this will still be advantageous? I know it isn't what I would be going to medical school for but I think it can still be used for training in patient interactions and medicine in general. Any opinions are welcome as I am pretty confused about what to do now. Thanks!
     
  2. ksmi117

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    If you don't have much clinical experience or volunteering, definitely go with volunteering. And don't do research because you think you're supposed to. But if you like research, go for it.
     
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    volunteering (clinical exp) is pretty much mandatory for any medical school. research is just shy of mandatory for most and really mandatory for the top few.
     
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    Suck it up and do both. I decided to go pre-med in my Junior year in college finishing my engineering degree. I had to do basic science research by day and volunteer in the ER by night to prove that I wanted to get into med school. Just manage your time well and you can do it.
     
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    Do both! or if you can only manage one because you can not handle it, then do clinical work. It is more important to have.

    Also, I think you need to shadow MDs and not DMD/DDS. I know I would be curious as to why you were shadowing a dentist when you are applying to medical school. I would think you were applying to both and doubt your true interest in medicine. I also know someone that applied to both and did not get accepted to either with very competitive stats because they found out.

    I would get myself away from the dentist perception now before I apply to medical school.
     

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