Involvement in community service experiences is an important factor considered by admissions committees. The health profession is a helping industry, and participating in volunteer experiences shows your initiative and commitment to your community. These experiences can help polish up your communication and leadership skills and develop empathy and compassion. It is important to be involved in meaningful volunteer and service opportunities unique to you.

Involvement in Emory student organizations and/or other extracurricular activities are a way to show your passions and interests. Involvement in activities should be meaningful to you. Leadership in extracurricular positions provides evidence of competency in leadership ability, team building, communication, and much more.

You can learn more about the benefits of participating in community service and leadership experiences on the AAMC's website.

Use these questions to help guide the type of volunteer experience or leadership opportunities you choose:

  • What causes are meaningful to me (i.e. cancer research, feeding the poor, building homes)?
  • What populations are meaningful to me (i.e. children, adults, animals, cancer survivors, low-income, etc.)
  • What regions are meaningful to me (i.e. my hometown, Atlanta, United States, global, etc.)?
  • How much time am I willing to commit (i.e. one weekend, a few hours a week, a whole week, etc.)?

Logging your volunteer and leadership experiences throughout your time at Emory will make it much easier to recall your accomplishments when you are applying to professional or graduate programs. Utilize the Experience Log and Experience Journal to help you.