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Hi all,

I'm two-thirds of the way through my first year of medical school and my only extra-curricular involvement is as an exec member of an interest group for the primary care specialty I'm thinking of pursuing. I've spent the rest of my time getting a good handle on academics and self-care to keep sane. 

I have already searched this question on the forums and the consensus seems to be "ECs generally do not matter much for residency applications". While they don't matter much, wouldn't it still be a bit of a red flag if one does not have ANY ECs?

I just have a hard time thinking that this wouldn't put me at a disadvantage, unless I quickly start becoming more involved.

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Do you do anything at all in your spare time?  What extracurricular activities did you write on your medical school application?  Nearly anything you do for fun, personal interest, or professional development is an EC, whether formally organized or not...

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Just out of curiosity, what is considered for residency applications? I know things like electives/research are important, but is there anything else (especially pre-interview)? I also know that they will look at your transcript, but is this just an undergraduate transcript? I was always under the impression that medical school was simply pass/fail.

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On 2/27/2020 at 12:34 PM, youbesee said:

Just out of curiosity, what is considered for residency applications? I know things like electives/research are important, but is there anything else (especially pre-interview)? I also know that they will look at your transcript, but is this just an undergraduate transcript? I was always under the impression that medical school was simply pass/fail.

Transcripts from undergrad are only required for a few specialties I think.

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1 hour ago, NLengr said:

Transcripts from undergrad are only required for a few specialties I think.

I really thought that would expand over time but so far no! There was actually some back pressure from CARMS to the schools that were doing it but they in the end really couldn't say much. 

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On 2/26/2020 at 6:04 PM, Dr. Octavius said:

Hi all,

I'm two-thirds of the way through my first year of medical school and my only extra-curricular involvement is as an exec member of an interest group for the primary care specialty I'm thinking of pursuing. I've spent the rest of my time getting a good handle on academics and self-care to keep sane. 

I have already searched this question on the forums and the consensus seems to be "ECs generally do not matter much for residency applications". While they don't matter much, wouldn't it still be a bit of a red flag if one does not have ANY ECs?

I just have a hard time thinking that this wouldn't put me at a disadvantage, unless I quickly start becoming more involved.

You know this is the grey area in our selection process now that it hard to quantify. Some programs/specialities care more about this than others but it really is less important than the other parts of the application this time around (so what you are interested in will play a role here). 

At your stage I would be reaching out to residents in the areas you are interested to more specifically ask questions like this as well :)

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