AACOMAS:

Work/Activities

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Helpful Materials:

List of Activities w/ Contact Information

Job/Volunteer Descriptions

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General Structure (600 characters):

Describe the setting and activity in approximately one sentence

Describe the biggest accomplishment or most tangible result

Discuss the qualities you demonstrated

Types:

  • Extracurricular Activities: for example, academic clubs and competitive teams. Do not include paid work experience in this section. 

  • Non-Healthcare Employment: Paid work done outside of the health care field or a research lab; for example, a retail or restaurant job.

  • Non-Healthcare Volunteer or Community Enrichment: Volunteer work done outside of the health care field; for example, working for Habitat for Humanity, tutoring students, participating in or working for a fundraiser walk or blood drive, etc.

  • Healthcare Experience: Both paid and unpaid work in a health or health-related field where you are not directly responsible for a patient's care, but may still have patient interaction; for example, filling prescriptions, performing clerical work, delivering patient food, cleaning patients and/or their rooms, administering food or medication, taking vitals or other record keeping information, working as a scribe, CNA (depending on job description), medical assistant, etc.

Types:

  • Awards: received as a prize, such as trophies and medals.

  • Honors: received as a special distinction for work done, including Dean's List and memberships in honor societies.

  • Presentations: Presentations delivered in person and virtually, at on-campus and regional and national conferences, or in public-speaking engagements.

  • Publications: Any work publicized through media organizations, including newspapers and journals.

  • Scholarships: Scholarships earned based on academic, athletic, and other achievements.

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What kind of experiential learning experiences should I seek? 

  • Pursue things that interest you – volunteering, student organizations related to your interests, study abroad, part-time employment in a health setting 

  • Medical schools look for students who are active and show a wide range of experiences 

  • Meaningful experiences over a long list of smaller activities (quality over quantity) 

Do I need to have medically related experiences? 

  • Not necessarily, but it is important to show medical schools that you understand the complexities of a healthcare setting and its services 

  • Want to demonstrate your care for others – volunteering in community programs or teaching or coaching

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