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What activities should undergraduate students do to get into medical school?

What classes, extracurriculars, internships, jobs, etc. would you recommend an undergraduate student do to improve their chances of getting into medical school? Are there any things that students should avoid doing? I'm going to be attending Washington University in St. Louis in the fall as an undergraduate student, so I have one of the best medical schools at my fingertips. Advice? #medicine #graduate-school #graduate #resume #medical-school #undergraduate #extracurriculars #activities


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Candace’s Answer

I think it's important to pick something you enjoy. Some examples of extracurricular activities are student government or joining a club or organization. Extracurricular activities show that you are well rounded and help create a balance in your life which you will need when you go to medical school. It's important to study hard and to take a break for fun!! Good luck with your pursuits!


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Rachel’s Answer

Volunteer at medical facilities if possible. Shadow physicians in fields you may be interested in. Pursue research opportunities if they arise.

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Richard’s Answer


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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