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Worth mentioning as an EC? Confused - help!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by chillinillinkillin007, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. chillinillinkillin007


    Jan 6, 2014
    After my senior year of high school I wanted to determine if I should study business like my dad or biology (premed) like my mom who's an ophthalmologist (private practice)

    I went to my mom's office probably 15 times over that summer and mostly shadowed her and did a little useless grunt work. I really didn't interact with patients or doing any legit work but it reaffirmed my interest in medicine and i learned a lot more than I did from normal shadowing. I have done some shadowing with other doctors last summer but my experience with my mom was a bit unique. Should I mention I "worked" in her practice for a summer (didn't get paid) or should I say I "volunteered"? OR should I even mention this - does it look like a worthless ec since the contact info will be my mom? input and experience would be awesome
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  3. BurberryDoc

    BurberryDoc Account on Hold Account on Hold

    Jun 7, 2013
    Pawnee, IN
    You should mention it in your personal statement, but not as an EC.
    1. You have stated in your post that there is no merit in what you did after you graduated high school at your mothers practice.
    2. This was before you started college - the rule of thumb for EC's (with some exceptions) is that anything before college doesn't exist.
    3. The point of contact will be your mother - while most programs will not call the contact person listen on your application, if they catch the common last name, it will likely get scoffed at.
    4. Do you not have any other shadowing experience that you can list in place of this? This may be something you want to work on before you apply to medical school.

    Good Luck!
  4. chillinillinkillin007


    Jan 6, 2014
    yeah I have over 50 hours of shadowing experience from last summer and i read that this shadowing doesn't fall under the clinical section on amcas but the other section. So if if the only medical activity I have is shadowing is that going to suffice for clinical exposure? the hospital in my small campus is always full (no volunteer spots available)
  5. BurberryDoc

    BurberryDoc Account on Hold Account on Hold

    Jun 7, 2013
    Pawnee, IN
    I don't think you necessarily need clinical volunteering so long as you have some kind of meaningful/substantial clinical exposure, but an application devoid of any kind of volunteer experience is probably going to be a tough sell.
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  6. mik30102

    mik30102 Pharmacist 5+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2011
    I personally don't think that is enough clinical experience. You mentioned the hospitals near your are full. Any hospices or free clinics near you? How about a nursing home? You should try these places.
  7. VisceralFlame

    VisceralFlame Pediatric Resident 2+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    I would definitely mention it in your PS. It shows dedication to the medical field even before starting college. I don't think it would hurt you to include a sentence or two about it and it may help
  8. plumhill

    plumhill 2+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    "The Library"
    I was under the impression that any time after you graduate high school (summer before college) is fair game for apps.
  9. BurberryDoc

    BurberryDoc Account on Hold Account on Hold

    Jun 7, 2013
    Pawnee, IN
    I'm not suggesting this a hard and fast rule, just a guideline. That's what I was told by a number of people when I was applying, so just passing it on I guess.
  10. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Inside the tesseract
    Why not include the ophthalmology shadowing with the other shadowing you'll list on your application? Including a relative is fine.
  11. papi89


    Oct 28, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'd think since it's your mom the value of the EC is a little less, since no matter how many hours you claimed it's not like they could really verify even if they wanted to

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