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What are some unique things I can do to stand out for medical school applications?

I want to be participating in as many things that are engaging and exciting so that I can get into a great medical school. #medicine #medical-school #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care


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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Chika! I agree with previous answers. Adding to that, yes your academics are very important and key to determining an acceptance. A motto I like to use, which my premed adviser also approved of, was that the MCAT and GPA are the cake of your application, everything else is sprinkles and icing. It is very important to be a well-rounded applicant of course, but you want to secure the academics first and then do things you love. It's great you are motivated but also remember for medical school it is quality not quantity. That being said do things that you are passionate about; of course get experience working with patients, and shadowing a physician because that gives you a glimpse of the reality of medicine and makes you sure that you will like it! In addition research can also help if you find a topic interesting and like to do lab work and non-clinical volunteering as well. You can tutor, mentor, work in a soup kitchen, and many other things, but it is important to do what you love and find growth in these experiences. For example, if you tutored for 3 years during your college years and had great experiences and helped students that will show commitment and growth than taking part in a variety of short activities. College campuses have a lot of volunteer opportunities so be sure to check them out, and keep up with your premed adviser. Pick an activity that you like, it can also be completely different and not related to medicine as long as you like it and show you are interested in it. Make sure to be balanced and work hard, the rest will come!

Best of luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

I would say be yourself and commit to the things that you enjoy. They are not looking for someone who has eradicated world hunger and developed a plan to cure AIDS. They are looking for honest, intelligent, motivated students. More important than anything will be a GPA of 3.8+ and a good MCAT score.

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Estelle’s Answer

I completely agree with the answers that you have already gotten. Stand out first with great GPA and MCAT score. Write an interesting personal statement that really reflects your personality. Have other people, especially mentors, read it and edit. Practice your interview skills so that you are less nervous when it comes to the interview process.

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Richard’s Answer

I have never been on an admissions committee but I am a physician and have know a lot of pre med students. Not sure that being unique is such a great goal. Tried and true method is:

Get good grades
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.

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Sanaz’s Answer

Be a different major than the sciences, have something outside of medicine/health that you love and make it your extra curricular, find something that you enjoy and don't sacrifice it because of medicine


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