Step 1 - Start by making a list of all your patient care experiences in the U.S. and abroad
- If Yes, Proceed to Step 3. If No, Stop here. You can include in your application(s).
Step 3 - Evaluate number of concerns and how severe they are
- Think about strength of your application with and without these particular experiences
- Determine your comfort level in discussing activities in which you participated beyond your training or licensure.
- Are there other ways admission committees could learn about this trip or experiences anyways? (i.e., from letter writers, other students, or affiliation with organizations?)
Step 4 - If you decide to include in your application(s)
- Make sure you…
- Are always honest
- Highlight positive experiences
- Understand that the door is now open to any and all questions, especially during your future interviews
- Realize you may end up acknowledging participation in activities beyond your training or licensure
- Be prepared to explain what you have learned about…
- Potential harm to patients
- Potential harm to yourself
- Ethical implications of your actions
- Whether you have encouraged others to avoid these situations if applicable
And, of course, you are welcome to schedule an appointment in the UM University Career Center and/or with the pre-medical advisor in your school/college/program to discuss these matters.