In this blog post we are going to show you what to include in your AMCAS entries!
So let’s get started.
First review the instructions provided by AMCAS carefully. Note that you must comply with the instructions provided or your application will be disqualified.
So what can be included in your AMCAS entries?
Any activity, structured or non-structured going as far back as the summer following your senior year of high school, that demonstrates the essential qualities the admissions committees want to see in their candidates, such as leadership, communications skills, team work, etc. etc. However, note that it is all about QUALITY rather than QUANTITY. In other words, just because you have 15 entries plus four occurrences for each entry, it does NOT mean that you have to fill up all possible entries. Importantly, you must be clear and concise to demonstrate your excellent communication skills.
Here’s the breakdown of the main categories that your activities may fall under:
- Paid employment (not military)
- Paid employment (military)
- Community service / volunteer (not medical / clinical)
- Community service / volunteer (medical / clinical)
- Research / lab
- Teaching / tutoring
- Honors / awards / recognitions
- Conferences attended
- Presentations / posters
- Extracurricular / hobbies / avocations
- Leadership (not listed elsewhere)
- Intercollegiate athletics
- Artistic endeavors
Activities such as travelling, cultural experiences, or having special licenses or certificates fall under this latter category.
What about verifiers?
For any activity, other than formal education and scholarships, you must provide a verifier. For structured activities this can be a supervisor, a coach, etc. And for non-structured activities these can be friends, family members, neighbours, and even yourself.
Before completing the online application, create a comprehensive list and begin organizing these into a spreadsheet. Here is an example of what one these spreadsheets should look like. Make sure you watch this entire video because we are going to show you how to download your own free copy of this exact template.
The most important aspect of your AMCAS entries: Most meaningful experiences
The most important aspect of your entry is your description, which has to be 700 characters or less. It is critical that you provide a clear and concise description of your roles, responsibilities, and the impact you had on those around you.
AMCAS most meaningful experiences
Lastly, when selecting your most meaningful experiences consider the level of uniqueness of your experience, the commitment or progression you have shown, and what strong non-cognitive skills the activity demonstrates to the admissions committee. And of course it makes perfect sense that at least some of your most meaningful experiences were related to the field of medicine.
Once you have completed your first draft, ensure that you have someone who has the expertise required to review your work so that you can make appropriate revisions prior to submission because you only get one chance to make a first impression. Ensuring you can get feedback like this is the key reason we recommend starting early and familiarizing yourself with the medical school application timeline, so you can maximize your time and make your application stand out.
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