When applying to colleges and programs, it’s not how many activities are on your resume but how significant those activities are that sets candidates apart. Students in high school spend an average of 9.6 hours Monday to Friday on activities outside of the classroom. If you are a high school student applying to a BS/MD program, you have already spent months, if not years, creating a competitive BS/MD resume to stand out from the thousands of other applicants. If you are a high school student applying to a BS/MD program, the acceptance rates are extremely tough; some programs have acceptance rates of 1% or less. However, all competitive BS/MD candidates have excellent grades and test scores.
Building an extracurricular list will set you apart and secures you that highly coveted spot. But what should a resume for a BS/MD candidate look like?
Physician shadowing is an excellent way to show your dedication to the medical field as you build your BS/MD resume. Start right in your hometown and ask your pediatrician or family doctor if you may shadow them for a few weeks. This is a good jumping off point because you already have a relationship with them, which may lead to future opportunities. Your family physician may be able to refer you to a specialist they work with, such as an allergist or dermatologist, as more difficult specialties to shadow. Shadowing a physician can show you are serious about medicine and can help you decide if this is the right career for you.
A top priority for aspiring candidates building a strong BS/MD resume should be adding research experiences to their resumes. Research positions are competitive and often difficult to secure but are valuable to pursue since many BS/MD candidates will have both clinical and research-based medical experience to showcase. You can select an official medical research program or a general science research program. Both options are valuable because they provide an intellectual challenge while giving you hands-on experience.
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