Last Updated on July 9, 2020

Participate in voluntary experiences that show leadership skills, experts recommend. Students of medicine can do several things to be attractive candidates, such as scoring well on the MCAT or taking post-baccalaureate classes to boost a low science GPA.

But sometimes there is a job that cannot be estimated by a note that emphasizes the candidate. Being a volunteer is part of this category, experts say.

According to Noreen Kerrigan, Assistant Dean of Student Medical Albert Einstein College of Yeshiva, it is still at the forefront of admission criteria because of the acceptance process based on the skills of more schools to adopt. This more modern approach to the admissions process involves focusing on extracurricular activities and relevant candidate experience, and to adopt a less rigid approach to assessing candidates’ knowledge at courses such as chemistry and biology.

Volunteering in the healthcare setting shows that the student tried to figure out how to have a career in medicine before he was at the medical school. Admission staffs in medical schools observe volunteering time and work content.

For a volunteer experience showing a genuine interest in medicine and supplementing other parts of the application, experts recommend the candidate to consider the following volunteer work:

Type of Activity:

Community service must comply with the medical school application. Hospitals, supervised homes for people with developmental difficulties and nursing homes are just a few places where M.D.’s hopefully can get an idea of what doctors do and how to communicate with patients.

Students who want to make extra effort can take steps to become more prominent volunteers and focus on the specialized field of medicine. Students can also go to volunteering in the medical schools that interest them. Einstein Medical Students Run Free Clinic – Einstein Community Health Cooperation – Enabling Future Students to Participate.

According to Brandon Hunter, the director of enrollment at the Morehouse School of Medicine, even volunteering in organizations that are not directly related to health care can be of great value.


At least a year before filling out applications, students should devote a coordinated time to volunteering activities, according to what Hunter said. He suggests that prospective students are concerned about balancing voluntary work with classroom, work and other obligations to avoid conquering.

“I would say at least 10 to 15 hours a month,” he says.

At Einstein Medical School, future students have to think of their volunteer work as a long-term commitment.


It’s become in vogue to volunteer medical help in a developing nation, says Kerrigan. Students should not assume that it will be an advantage to them as applicants.

According to Kerrigan, volunteering opportunities abroad are only available to students who have money for travel, not just for those without the necessary funding.

“It is not necessary, people can stay in their home country and volunteer,” she says.

Volunteering abroad can also add a small challenge to the admissions team.

“We need to determine whether the applicant participated in the so-called touristic activity involved in the clinic, or is it honest and deeply involved in the needs of people and to understand what the problem is with the international community?” Says James Willmore, an associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Regardless of where the student’s volunteer activities take place or what they entail, medical school admissions experts emphasize that it should be done out of a student’s need should be done to serve others in the first place.

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