I still have to take the prerequisites for medical school after I graduate. I have a considerable amount of experience in various healthcare settings and will be working as a scribe in an ER starting my last semester. Will that be considered during the admissions process?

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Posted by Anna Patricia (Questions: 8, Answers: 12)
Asked on September 22, 2014 3:06 pm
Category: Medical School
Posted by Ria Mueda (Questions: 11, Answers: 8)
Answered On September 24, 2014 6:58 am

The short answer is yes.

Obviously, things that you’ve done more recently (recent relative to the time you apply, that is) tend to be weighted more heavily, but important/significant/salient achievements during college will always hold weight to the admissions officers.

Frankly, the BIGGER concern that I would have, in your case, is that working as a Scribe, in an ER, etc. are very common. Admissions – whether to medical school, college, law school, etc. – is all about meeting threshold requirements (GPA, Test Scores, Pre-med reqs) AND THEN having something which makes you stand out. If you do the same things everyone else does (even if you do a lot more of them) you will be a forgettable applicant, which is not a good thing when the admissions officers go into a committee and discuss applications (because if they don’t remember you, chances are they will not give you much consideration).

Hope that helps. You should contact Deb – the head of our medical school admission team – if you have some more specific questions. Hope that helps.

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