We understand that some opportunities may have been scaled back or canceled during this pandemic, including student group activities, clinical experiences and volunteer or research opportunities to name a few. We will be adding a question to our Secondary Application where you can explain how your involvement in these activities has been affected by the current reality.
Applicants chosen for admission must show meaningful evidence of a consistent interest in medicine and the ability to help colleagues and others to provide the best care for our society. However, the Admissions Committee recognizes each person's path to medicine is different. To be considered a competitive applicant, prior clinical exposure is required, and broad experience from the other four areas is preferred.
Medically related volunteer and/or paid positions provide an understanding and knowing of the patient-physician relationship. The college values the depth and breadth of an experience or two over the quantity of experiences. Our advice to you is to search for opportunities that allow you to gain a clear sense of the demands and rewards of the profession.
Interests outside the classroom tell us a lot about your potential contribution to our class, the community we serve and the future physician workforce. Having a healthy life/work balance contributes to personal well-being and, therefore, is important in the selection of future medical students.
Actively contributing to your local community, teaching and leading others to a common good are important skills in a physician. Participating in non-medical volunteer experiences shows your altruistic nature.
Becoming a leader — rather — a servant leader where one seeks to serve first is an invaluable skill to hold. Self-awareness, moral character (ethical), empathy, humility and adaptability are all attributes that a leader must hold. These attributes will be essential in being a part of and leading a healthcare team.
Participating in research is directly connected with critical reasoning, life-long learning and most importantly, discovery. Being familiar with the process of conducting research will help you evaluate the validity of research studies and ultimately provide better care to your future patients.