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What makes an applicant well-rounded?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by wizenedone, May 11, 2008.

  1. wizenedone

    wizenedone Indeed...
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    When med schools say they look for "well-rounded" applicant, what exactly are they looking for? It's a pretty vague term.
     
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    Oreos and beer.
     
  3. wizenedone

    wizenedone Indeed...
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    Med schools want well rounded classes. They get that by accepting applicants with something "unique" about them - a hook - something beyond the high GPA / MCAT and usual ECs...you have to have all of those, but they are looking for something more...

    Well roundedness as an individual applicant should not be your goal. You want something in your application that helps you stand out from the crowd.

    MUCH easier said than done...
     
  5. w8ting2exhale

    w8ting2exhale what a journey...
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    Med schools want applicants who have a wide variety of interests. This can be evident through the courses they take and their life experiences/ECs.
     
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    Interests and experiences (both academic and non-academic) outside the field of medicine.
     
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    Moreover, when talking about the academics, you want someone who is not only knowledgeable about their career and major but also have a wide range and broad fundamental understanding of other areas. In other words, med schools want smart potential docs, but also people who are interesting, practical, and informed citizens.
     
  8. Ki45toryu

    Ki45toryu In this corner...
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    disciplinary issues...nothing states 'overcoming diversity' like studying for the MCAT in Levinworth
     

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