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Application Essentials IV: Medical Extracurriculars and Experience

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and if you’re applying this year — hopefully you’ll be rewarded by Santa by that “big envelope”:  you’ve been MCAT Blogaccepted to medical school!  I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed my eight nights of Chanukah:  a welcome break from the (extremely) busy life of a medical student.

Now, if you’re getting ready to apply, you may feel like you’re working eight nights a week!  The life of a pre-med student is no less busy this time of year, between finishing up all of the challenging courses you’re taking, setting a New Year’s resolution to destroy the

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Medical School: Research Experience

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

You’ve shadowed four physicians, volunteered in a hospital, a free clinic, a private practice and even got to observe in the OR a couple of times. Next on your list: research. It may not hold the same appeal for you as being in the hospital, but should you do it anyway? Or can you pass on this particular premed opportunity?

While research experience is not absolutely necessary in order to be a competitive applicant, it is a good idea and something the majority of applicants do.  The problem is, while you love seeing patients and …

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