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Gaining Relevant Experience


Sufficient extracurricular activities (quality, not quantity) and evidence of service work can significantly strengthen your candidacy. Given the competition for admission, experience in a hospital or health care environment (e.g., doctor's, dentist's or veterinarian's office) is critical.

With the current emphasis on primary care and preventative medicine, "shadowing" a practicing physician in a local community may be very instructive — and may provide you with an interesting contrast to how health care is delivered in some large city hospitals. 

Health professions schools are not only looking for outstanding students, but they also want to fill their classes with individuals who have something unique or unusual to offer their institutions. Try to think about what sets you apart from other top applicants, and continue to refine and/or develop that aspect of your "portfolio." There is no "one" correct activity. We recommend that whatever you are involved in (e.g., significant research, service work with Native Americans, working with battered women or AIDS patients in a local community organization), just be certain to show a commitment to doing it well. Again, quality, not quantity, is important.

Over and above simply participating in an already existing program, admissions committees are looking for evidence of creativity and innovation. Additionally, taking a leadership role that involves advocacy for some cause/program can greatly help your candidacy.

Health Related Experience

Research Experience

Service, Social Justice and Solidarity- BC Campus Ministry