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Would religious view affect admissions?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by boba96, Sep 29, 2014.

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  1. boba96

    boba96 2+ Year Member

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    Would joining a religious club like a catholic club affect med school admissions, especially if the adcom holds different viewpoints on religion? If it's okay, would it be a good extracurricular?
     
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  3. godawg300

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    It's fine. If it's something that's important to you then its a good EC.
     
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  4. Lucca

    Lucca Will Walk Rope for Sandwich SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

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    There have been threads on this before and I don't think an adcom can (or will) hold your religious views against you. I'm an adamant atheist but I wouldn't roll my eyes at someone with significant commitments to a religious organization. Adcoms are reasonable people and I don't think they would let these petty views (**consciously**) affect their decisions. As for unconsciously, well there's no way of predicting or helping that.
     
  5. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    We don't care and we're not allowed to discriminate against someone's religion, unless you're a member of ISIL.

    Being a member of a SDA club might help for Loma Linda. But I don't think joining a Catholic club will help at Creighton, Tulane or MUCOM.

     
  6. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Lifetime Donor SDN Chief Administrator 10+ Year Member

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    No, it won't affect your admissions in any way.

    It's not like Catholicism is some far out radical extreme group after all.
     
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  7. Hospitalized

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    Look at it this way: When taking care of a patient, does the doctor ask about religious views? No. The only time it comes up is whenever you bring it up. Witnesses and their bloodless surgeries for instance.
     
  8. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    If you want to join a club, join a club. You are not obligated to list every club membership on your application and if you prefer to keep your religious or political activities private, then you can just leave them off of the application.

    If you do list them, they are not likely to have a negative effect on your application but as someone mentioned earlier, there is no telling what unconscious biases influence adcoms. Of course, this can work in your favor, too, depending on who gets your application which does add to some of the "luck" that seems to go along with getting an interview at one school but not at another.
     
  9. OrbitalOverload

    OrbitalOverload 2+ Year Member

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    Related to OP - I have significant religious affiliations, and the truth is, part of my desire to become a physician is grounded by this religious aspect of myself. Like others, I feel an inclination to understand the intricacies of the world - particularly the human body -, but this interest is partly informed by my desire to appreciate the work of a greater power. I have a hunch that adcoms don't want someone whose desire to become a physician is based on something that is often perceived as being flimsy and liable to fluctuation like religion is.
     
  10. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! SDN Administrator 5+ Year Member

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    You would need to demonstrate why you want to be a doctor specifically. You can learn about and understand the human body without being a doctor.
     
  11. OrbitalOverload

    OrbitalOverload 2+ Year Member

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    Absolutely, I agree. This is only part of my desire to become a physician, of course. There are other aspects of the career that fit my personality, but I didn't want to focus the crux of my comment around why I want to be a physician - rather, that certain aspects of the decision are informed by my religion.
     

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