Path to Medicine

Leadership & Life Experience


Medical school admission committees like to see that you are, or that you can become a good leader. As a physician you are the leader of the healthcare team, you have a lot of help, but at the

end of the day people look to you…responsibility falls on you.

Luckily there are many ways you can effectively show your leadership abilities to the med school admissions board. These include but are not limited to tutoring, student government, athletics, supervisory experience in employment, research leadership, church callings, military positions, teaching assistants, and lab assistants.

Be prepared to write about all your leadership experiences,┬ámany┬ámedical schools don’t put a lot of weight on this factor, but if you have an abundance of fantastic leadership experiences it is a great way to make yourself stand out from the 4,000 other applicants at that school.

Life Experience and Time management

It is a well known fact that getting into medical school, medical school, and life as a physician is difficult. In medical school it is like you are taking upwards of 25 credits a semester of upper division science courses with their corresponding labs. You need to show that you can handle this, the best way to do that is through displaying your ability to manage your time, and multitask.

To put things into perspective… if you seemed to struggle with barely going to school full time and finding time to volunteer outside of only going to school…. you may need to think long and hard if medical school is for you.

On the other hand if you have shown that you can work part-full time while going to undergrad full time, volunteering, shadowing, doing research, and studying for the MCAT…. I guarantee you that the admissions committee will look upon this favorably.

When push comes to shove in the admissions process there needs to be no question in the interviewers and admissions committees mind that you can handle going to medical school. So you need to demonstrate that you can in fact handle it!