Building Your Medical School ResumeFebruary 22, 2014
Your resume will be one of the first writing samples that a medical school admissions committee sees, so it’s up to you to make sure that it is a work of perfection, robust with experiences that showcase your individuality and talents, a veritable piece of professionalism which will vault your application to the top of the pile. You’ll want to start building your medical school resume as early as possible so that you have the experiences and accolades valued by medical school admissions committees. Consider these required features of the ideal medical school resume, and start taking the necessary actions to guarantee yourself a competitive edge amongst the competition:
A Juicy GPA
There is no doubt that your undergraduate GPA is among the most valuable pieces of your resume. Though a GPA lower than 3.5 won’t automatically exclude your application from consideration, you’ll need to offer a compelling reason to justify a lower one. In addition to the required science coursework required for medical school admission, you’ll want to take courses which will showcase your academic, intellectual, and creative sides. Those courses which help boost your GPA and present you as a well-rounded student are the best to include in your undergraduate course of study.
Seeking out opportunities to be involved in lab research, hands-on clinical work, shadowing, or internships should be your primary goal once you’ve decided that medical school might be the path you’re seeking. These experiences demonstrate your commitment to medical work, and they will start to give you a true understanding of the nature of the career you are about to undertake. There is no need to having an extensive catalogue of experiences. Think quality over quantity. Committing 500 hours to one or two medical experiences is recommended over having a jumble of short-lived ones.
Doctors are often seen as leaders in their communities, and medical school admissions committees want to know that you are comfortable in that type of role. As such, taking advantage of leadership opportunities that demonstrate your abilities to take charge, give direction, and assume responsibility is crucial to building your medical school resume. Consider participating in student government, as a club/organization leader, or as a mentor/advisor to under-served youth. These leadership opportunities will showcase your strengths and commit to service. Even if you decide not to pursue a medical education, participating in leadership opportunities will allow you to make a difference in the lives of others.
Skills and Competencies
There are some talents you have which don’t fit neatly into the standard education and experiences categories on a resume. These include computer literacies, other languages that you speak, and specialized skills. Feel free to create a category on your resume which showcases these critical abilities. A medical school admissions committee will want to know that you are fluent in several language, technology savvy, and know how to operate lab equipment.
Your medical school resume should highlight your most recent experiences and accomplishments. If high school represents the last time of your life when you participated in extracurricular activities, now is the time to change that. Your medical school resume gives you the chance to grow both professionally and personalluy. — Post by Madelaine Kingsbury.