It's More Than Just Grades
What are you truly passionate about? Not just medicine, a passion motivating you to make a difference in the world. This passion should be turned into a project, more than just volunteering, that you can add to your application, which will not only help define you, but showcase your characteristics as a person. If you need help figuring this type of project out, I can help you!
Health Care Experiences
What better way to make sure you want to be in medicine than by shadowing actual doctors? You can start with a Family Practitioner and move into other areas. Here you can gain experiences and possible references. Consistent and committed shadowing will go a long way in not only making you a mature applicant, but making sure others see you as prepared.
Keeping a Journal
Keeping a premed journal can be very helpful for some while going through the process of preparing for a career in medicine. Use it to record thoughts on your experiences, you may find you get more out of activities if you spend some time reflecting about them. Topics to consider writing about may include experiences starting your interest in medicine or those you had while observing or volunteering clarifying for you this is the career for you. This journal will be very helpful when it comes to writing your personal statement, interviews, and other parts of the process.
Community Service and Volunteering
Working in medicine means having a heart of service. This means wanting to give back, in medical and non-medical ways. Find something you enjoy doing, something that truly warms your heart, and go forth! Put as much time as you can towards those types of areas. Don't volunteer because you think it's a checkbox, do it because you care.
Research experience can provide you with the opportunity to work closely with faculty, learn skills beyond the classroom, use research methods, engage in critical analysis, and problem solving skills. Our faculty work on a variety of research projects, which observation or participation in, will allow a better understanding between theory and practice using innovative and creative thinking.
Getting into medical school is not about completing a magical checklist. It's about desiring to be a better person and better future physician. It's a complex process and sometimes, even with the best application, students will not get in. Read here to learn more about the process and here to find out more about other areas involved in the journey.