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What types of extracurricular activities during undergrad (pre-med), would make one stand out for medical school?

I wish to know what types of activities I would be expecting to do during my undergrad on top of my classes in the oncoming years. #doctorate-degree #science-phd

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Estelle’s Answer

Hi, Salvador,
My sons are in medical school. Their most valuable activities for their applications were medical mission trips that we took during their college years. They not only got great experience with the practice of medicine in third world countries, but they also had interesting conversations during their interviews. Another valuable experience was scribing for practitioners at a local clinic. Scribing helped them understand electronic medical records and develop their medical vocabulary.
Good luck to you!

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Lizzie’s Answer

I wasn't pre-med, but I had friends who were. It seemed like everyone tried to volunteer at a hospital, be a TA for their classes (especially biology and chemistry), mentor students, tutor students, do research with professors or intern in a lab, or submit papers to conferences...I think to really stand out, you could do something unrelated to science like write for the school paper, play a club sport, or volunteer with senior citizens.

As a computer science major, I wrote for the school newspaper. Not many STEM people did that and it taught me about writing--I like to think that made me stand out from other computer science majors on my resume.

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Stefanie’s Answer

Volunteering at a local hospital or other healthcare facilities is always highly regarded. So is mentoring younger students, either through your school or your community.
If you are thinking about a research career, participate in an undergraduate research opportunity program at your college or look for summer internships in research labs. Participating in research outreach activities ("science to public inititatives") is also a good way to get involved, stand out from other applicants and get letters of recommendation from scientists.