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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Medical School Admissions: AMCAS Work/Activities

 Did you know the AMCAS Work/Activities section is more than just a resume?

The Work/Activities section requires you to categorize your experiences by the following categories:

Paid Employment— Not Military                                                
Paid Employment—Military                                                            
Community Service/Volunteer—Not Medical/Clinical            
Community Service/Volunteer—Medical/Clinical                        
Conferences Attended
Leadership—Not Listed Elsewhere

This allows you to include many experiences not listed on a normal resume.  Some examples:

Guitarist in a band that created an album
Attended a toxicology conference in Berlin
Won a creative writing contest in college
Completed an Ironman triathlon

For step-by-step advice on how to get into medical school including examples of AMCAS applications, check out The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD’s Week-by-Week Admissions Handbook. If you’d like to communicate directly with Dr. Miller, medical school admissions expert, please email or call 415.939.5251.

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