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Gaining Meaningful Experiences

Many students believe that they must complete a "checklist" of experiences that often include:

  • Shadowing/Volunteering/Internship
  • Research
  • Joining Clubs
  • Study Abroad

These are wonderful activities to consider, but when deciding what to do, please keep one idea in mind: What you do with your time helps define who you are in your application. Experiences are part of a personal brand. Medical schools will learn what applicants care about and who they are through experiences that align with interests, goals and passions.

There are many ways to gain experiences through campus resources, including:

Be sure to keep track of your experiences using this helpful template. Whatever you choose to do, be sure you are dedicated, passionate about it, and motivated to pursue it for the right reason!


Choosing Experiences


Clinical Experiences