Though it seems like they're not important next to the MCAT and grades, extracurriculars can often be the key to a successful application.
Quality Beats Quantity in Choosing the Extracurriculars
Although most medical school applicants realize that extracurricular and volunteer activities can play a decisive role in their admissions outcomes, many of them don't really understand what admissions committees
are looking for when they review a candidate's
Case Study: Showcasing
Your Extracurriculars Helps
"Activities and interests
can make a great impact on a medical school application,
if the student has a grasp on how they can be shown as
assets to their story, rather than just a list of
accomplishments. Students have a wide variety of
interests and experiences; they don't need to be
medically-oriented in order to be 'relevant' to an
Case Study: Understanding Extracurriculars in
Med School Admissions
"A lot of applicants put too much faith in the ability of their numbers – their GPA and MCAT scores – to get them into medical school.
They underestimate the weight that harder-to-quantify things play in admissions decisions. Those things include qualities like an applicant's motivation
for becoming a physician, their work ethic, and their commitment
to the medical profession..."
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