Volunteering vs Paid Clinical Experience

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Is it adequate to have an application that has virtually no volunteer or community service experiences but has plenty of research, clinical paid work, leadership positions, shadowing? I saw someone post about "not being able to get in w/o volunteer" but I assumed they just meant clinical and didnt want to hijack the other thread.

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If you have clinical experience, that is what they are looking for. I think they are also maybe looking for the philantropic side too, giving back to communities, blah blah blah. What are you too good to do community service? ;)

I jest. Sometimes its hard to fit everything in. I totally understand.
 

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Yea, i would love to do something for my community, but with all the other premed stuff and being an RA in the dorms, i have no time for that. But thanks, that is what I thought.
 
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Well maybe you are doing stuff that you don't realize. Such as you are an RA, you get paid for it but that is still a service to your university and you reach out to your residents. Stuff like that. You are just smart to be getting PAID for all your requirements. Pffff - n need for you to volunteer!!!

What about clubs or activities on campus too? Those are other goodies :)
 

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mshheaddoc said:
Well maybe you are doing stuff that you don't realize. Such as you are an RA, you get paid for it but that is still a service to your university and you reach out to your residents. Stuff like that. You are just smart to be getting PAID for all your requirements. Pffff - n need for you to volunteer!!!

What about clubs or activities on campus too? Those are other goodies :)


I even get paid for my research, lol. Yea, i did a program where I brought around high school students to my classes to see what it is like to be a college student. I never thought of that as community service tho, more like an extracurricular.
 

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well can't they be one and the same? Its an extra activity but its a community service in some way. ;) But you can only use it in one catagory though. Sorry :p

But even the little things like that do take up your time and should be accounted for!
 

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Clinical experience is clinical experience, whether you get paid or not. If you do it as your job, then you are getting a lot more experience than as an occasional volunteer.
 

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Paid....not paid...it's still experience.
 
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