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You need more than good grades to get into medical school. Make sure you are involved in other activities like these to make your application stand out!

This infographic below has everything about extracurriculars as a medical school student or aspiring medical school student in one place! Feel free to use it where you’d like. Below are our top 5 tips on how to be a more well-rounded student, plus a few extra tips to stay on top of the game.

1. Volunteering

Be sure you are giving back to your community in some way, shape, or form. This will show admissions officers that you truly care about helping people! There are dozens of opportunities you can partake in, like volunteering at local clinics, relief institutions, grieving communities, and more.

2. Medical Scribing

Scribes are responsible for taking notes during patient consultations and writing the encounter on a medical chart. Not only will this give you an inside look at the day to day of doctors, but it is a great way to bond with them and hopefully, secure a recommendation letter!

3. Research

Because all great medical advancements are the result of research and hours in a lab, it is important that students experience it firsthand. By working in a lab, students can gain valuable experience and possibly publish a study before graduation.

4. Clubs and Leadership

Because doctors are requires to constantly make executive decisions and lead teams, it is only natural that medical schools look for leadership experience. Seek out clubs that focus on the medical industry and gain a leadership position on their executive board.

5. Physician Shadowing

Students can learn so much more in the field than in a classroom–that is why it is so important to shadow! Based on your relationship, your doctor may also offer valuable information for your personal and professional growth.

Not So Fast!

There are some things to keep in mind.

1. Time

Simply having experience isn’t enough. You need to have years of it! If you start an endeavor, be sure to stick with it throughout your college career. Students who hop from opportunity to opportunity imply that they lack a sense of dedication–a huge red flag to admission officers!

2. Don’t Overload

Oftentimes, students feel the need to do everything. Don’t overwhelm yourself by doing too much at once because chances are you won’t do everything to the best of your ability.

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