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"Passion to work in underserved areas" Application Question Response Help

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Any advice on how to answer this question-- "Are you committed to serving in underserved areas? Use previous experiences to demonstrate you are committed to this or not." Seems like almost every program asks this question. I have had no grad trips to underprivileged countries or medical mission trips to touch on. Any tips on how to stand out with this application question? Thanks in advance!

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I don't think they're necessarily looking for oversees medical mission trips. I think any work that you have done in an underserved area such as by volunteering in any way (like in a free clinic), interacting with the underserved populations or minorities within your healthcare job, etc. would count for this section.

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2 hours ago, Lacr0sse171 said:

Any advice on how to answer this question-- "Are you committed to serving in underserved areas? Use previous experiences to demonstrate you are committed to this or not." Seems like almost every program asks this question. I have had no grad trips to underprivileged countries or medical mission trips to touch on. Any tips on how to stand out with this application question? Thanks in advance!

And if you aren't passionate about these populations then find schools that don't ask this question.  You will probably be happier there anyway.  

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11 hours ago, thatgirlonabike said:

And if you aren't passionate about these populations then find schools that don't ask this question.  You will probably be happier there anyway.  

^^This 100%.

Some programs heavily do rotations in underserved areas.  Often this means very rural.

Same goes for programs that have a mission to produce primary care PAs.  If you don't want to go into primary care or are heavily considering a specialty, better to go to a program that will support that (and there are plenty).

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