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Extracurricular & Leadership Activities

Involvement in extracurricular activities is viewed very favorably by a medical school admissions committee, for if a student can maintain a competitive GPA and still have the time and energy to actively participate in extracurricular activities, both aptitude and motivation must be rather high.

That said, there is no particular benefit in being simply a member who never participates or becomes involved in an organization; instead, a student who has been very active, particularly someone who has held office or in some other way presents evidence of leadership, will usually be considered as the most competitive and attractive candidate for medical school.

Most students believe that they must be involved in variety of different organizations or only those that are geared towards careers in healthcare. On the contrary, it is advised that you find a couple of extracurricular activities or student organizations about which you are very passionate and try to get as deeply involved as possible. Consistency and active participation are prized by admissions committees over simply the number of things you are involved in.

Further, your activities do not need to be strictly medical. In fact, a great many successful pre-med students at UGA join social fraternities and sororities, take an active role in various service and religious organizations, play varsity or intramural sports, participate in debating societies, theatrical groups, the band, etc. Others participate in student advisory and leadership roles on campus, such as the Arch Society. It is your participation and interest in these activities that are important, not the specific focus.

Finally, it must be emphasized, that no amount of involvement in extracurricular activities can substitute for a good academic record and strong MCAT scores.

A list of Pre-Health campus organizations can be found here.