Jcam0016 wrote:I had a very interesting conversation with a premed adviser that is well known and also knows very much about the application process. He advised me to not take EMT training saying that it could perhaps be a disadvantage. He says that med schools do not agree how the EMTs learned and seem to have to teach the EMTs to "unlearn" many techniques they were taught. He also said that they might be leaning toward taking the other applicant who had other areas of volunteering if they are both equally qualified.This seems to be very weird and Im not sure why med schools would look at it that way. I am sure many of you will disagree with him but he is very well respected and knows much about the process.
Disagree with the advisor's statement based on my own experience. Is this advisor a physician? If not, then maybe they don't know the subject. Or if so, maybe it's his own arrogant personal view regarding the para-medical professions. "You must un-learn what you were taught by EMT", that is just nonsense.
There is no disadvantage to doing EMT. Only question would be whether there is something else available to you at the same time which would actually give you better clinical exposure. It is true that EMT is not a "volunteer activity". It's a certification, it's a job.