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What extracurricular activities are the most impressive and unique for applying to medical school?

Most students will become CNAs or volunteer at local hospitals, but what extracurricular activities will stand out on med school applications? #applications #med-school #medical-school #graduate-school #college

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Richard’s Answer

You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.

Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.

During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.

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Rachel’s Answer

GPA and MCAT will be much more important on your application than volunteer work. I don't necessarily think there is a type of volunteer work that is the best. Just do it. An ongoing commitment is better than an activity that you did once and then dropped.

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Hanah’s Answer


Scribe! Although this may sound like a "typical activity," this is one of the top clinical experience a pre-medical student can choose. Not only to you work directly with physicians, but you go into every room, and witness the physician-teaching style that may inspire you to be a physician. This is your chance to show medical schools that you understand the rigors of what it takes to be a physician and why it inspires you to continue on this path. Yes, the above mentioned are great ways to get your feet wet in a clinical setting, but from my experience, scribing puts you in direct contact with physicians, and thus they can become your mentor and write you your letters of recommendation.

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