Medical schools are looking for more than strong academic qualifications. Schools are looking for candidates who have taken full advantage of opportunities to explore the field so it is important to get some clinical and research exposure during your undergraduate career. You should definitely explore medicine from as many perspectives as possible to be certain that it is the right career for you. This is becoming an increasingly important factor in admissions because candidates with this type of experience are more informed about their
decisions to pursue a medical career. You should explore medicine through volunteer work in a local hospital, hospice program, ambulance corps and/or research laboratory. Another excellent way to explore the medical field is through the CCPA’s externship program.
Get involved in campus activities-- choose to do things that you feel passionately about. You can enhance your skills at working collaboratively and assuming leadership roles through involvement in campus clubs, sports teams and part-time jobs; try to view all of your activities as learning opportunities.
Medicine is a service based career. You can strengthen your ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures through community service activities. You may want to participate in one of the many established community service programs that are available on campus through Eighth Dimension and the Center For Global Peace and Citizenship (CPGC).
Many of our students have experience with laboratory research by the time they apply to medical school. Individuals interested specifically in MD/PhD programs need significant research experience beyond what is expected of most premedical students, a solid two-years’ worth of time in a research laboratory.