The application offers you space to share a maximum of 15 activities However, that doesn’t mean that you need to fill in all 15 spaces! In fact, quality over quantity is important here and admissions committees would rather see fewer and more in depth activities rather than more.
Some examples include shadowing, virtual shadowing, volunteering, hobbies, sports, memberships in clubs, research experiences, leadership roles, and work experiences.
Pick experiences that have significantly impacted you or your views about the medical field. You will want to pick something that has a significant amount of depth in terms of what you did, how you grew, and what lessons you learned from the experience. These experiences should be ones that are multifaceted and you are comfortable talking about in other parts of your application as reinforcement. They do not all have to be directly related to medicine and don’t have to be experiences where you have the most hours.
A maximum of 15 essays (from a max of 15 experiences) can be added to your application. Of your chosen experiences, you will then choose three experiences that you deem the “Most Meaningful” to elaborate on. As far as essay length, you will have 700 characters to summarize each experience with an additional 1,325 characters (2,325 total) to explain why your “Most Meaningful Experiences” were particularly meaningful to you. Again, these essays are another opportunity to make a lasting impression and their importance should not be overlooked.
Luckily, the Application Tab in The Premed App lets you track drafts of these essays!
In your essays, make sure to share your role, how you helped accomplish the mission of the organization, what you learned, and how this is relevant to your future career in medicine. Make your essays focused on you and what you did even in observational roles such as shadowing by highlighting your perspectives and views.
Yes! When you enter the duration of the activity, if you are continuing the activity through the next year, you can enter the end date accordingly. You can also add anticipated hours to your total hour count. I would not suggest including new activities that you will be pursuing in the next year because you will not have a strong essay to write about the experience as you have not yet started the activity.
Combine your experiences! You can combine experiences where you occupied more than one role throughout the years, shadowing, hobbies, research conferences/publications and more! If you still have more than 15 experiences, choose the roles that are the most meaningful to you. Ultimately, you don’t have to share every inch of your experiences to get accepted to medical school!
Show rather than tell using a narrative approach. Use detailed language to create a story. This will be more engaging for the reader, allow them to visualize your experiences so they can vicariously experience what you did, and allow your experience to be more memorable. Some writing tips/examples:
“I had the opportunity to engage in neurology research”(53 characters) —> “I pursued neurology research” (28 characters)
“I used my compassion and empathy while caring for patients” (58 characters) —> “I used my compassion while caring for patients” (46c) OR “I used my empathy while caring for patients” (43 characters)
Example Essay: Becoming a physician means dedicating yourself to a career of service. Discuss how you have cultivated a service mentality. (150 words)
My relationship with “Mr. Barton”, commonplace in my rotations as a Paramedic student, unveiled the home insecurity experienced by patients. He introduced me to the game of chess while revealing the need for providers to acknowledge emotional illness in senior citizens. My lens into the lives of patients taught me the social determinants of health, pivotal to the degree of patient recovery. A patient whose hoarding inclination left her suffocated and immobile, explaining her bed sore. A patient whose coughing and wheezing was actually due to the black mold he assumed was discoloration. My time as a paramedic student prepared me for delegation in high-pressure environments while divulging the public health factors that better explain many symptoms and the power of presence. As a physician and community leader, my patient relationships that showcase the current public health gaps in society will be the impetus to my leadership initiatives.
Your Work & Activities section is a big opportunity to show admissions committees that you’re a well-rounded person while demonstrating you have what it takes to succeed in med school and become a great doctor.
This is why longevity and quality is much more important than the number of experiences you highlight.
The road to becoming a doctor is long and difficult and will definitely challenge you in every way possible. By showing your level of commitment through other activities, admissions committees will see that you’ll be able to preserve and stay committed to the field of medicine once accepted into med school.
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