It’s time to let medical schools know how much you’ve accomplished during your premed years.
Now’s your big chance:
The AMCAS® application offers the opportunity to write about up to 15 experience descriptions that are up to 700 characters in length.
It gets better.
Applicants then select up to three (and at least one if you have a minimum of two experience descriptions) of these 15 that they consider their “most meaningful experiences.”
You can use up to 1,325 characters (including spaces, hard returns count as two spaces) to elaborate on why the experience was meaningful.
Let’s get you organized.
For each experience, applicants select one of the categories AMCAS® specifies (see “AMCAS® activities entries categories”).
And don’t forget:
When writing these entries, you will need to write out:
- A specific experience name
- Contact name and title
- Organization name
- City, state, and country of the activity
- Dates of the activity
- Average hours per week
So, what are these often talked about categories?
AMCAS® activities entries categories
- Community Service/Volunteer – Not Medical/Clinical
- Community Service/Volunteer – Medical/Clinical
- Paid Employment – Not Military
- Paid Employment – Military
- Conferences Attended
- Leadership – Not listed elsewhere
But, You’re still unsure of what to write for your AMCAS® activity and most meaningful entries? This will certainly help… Read an example below from The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions Admissions.
AMCAS® Activity and Most Meaningful Entry Example
The Adult Day Health Center is a comprehensive facility that offers a variety of services to members of the community. My duties at the Adult Day Health Center is to make sure patients are comfortable, address their needs such as thirst or hunger, or to simply offer them company. The Center serves a largely underserved and homeless population so I also help clients find places to stay, sift through our donated clothes pile to help them find clean garments, and seek out transportation for them.
Most Meaningful Experience Summary
I look forward to the Sunday mornings I spend with HIV patients. My conversations with them have revealed these patients’ great physical suffering; I have also learned how HIV steals independence and inflicts solitude. These patient interactions illustrate the human toll of disease and enhances my dedication to serving others as a physician. I make the most of the time I spend with these patients because I know that these interactions have great potential to make a difference. I reach out to the individuals who always sit alone, making sure they remember to order lunch. I enjoy making the child of a patient feel comfortable as his mom receives her medication. I encourage the patient working with his speech pathologist to use his alphabet card to better enunciate words while he discusses his favorite pop star with me over lunch. Having come to learn and use the names of the Sunday crowd, I know I offer them an enhanced sense of security and belonging. Witnessing how diseases can affect mothers with small children and people of all races, ages and backgrounds and seeing the changes in the health of the patients I serve week to week have made me aware of the bleak realities of illness. This experience has increased my respect for individuals in need as well as my desire to serve them.
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