Will chairing societies and being on committees strengthen my portfolio when applying for jobs?
- By: Sophia Bourne
Although your studies must be your central focus, medical school provides many opportunities to pursue extracurricular activities. These offer respite from the hard slog of preparation for exams, and they can broaden your development as a professional. Medical practice has changed over the past few decades and doctors are expected to demonstrate non-clinical skills, such as leading and managing teams. Developing interests and responsibilities outside medical training can give you the chance to develop these additional skills.
Building your portfolio while at medical school will enable you to capture evidence of your clinical and non-clinical skills and abilities and to build a strong CV in support of future application forms, and provide material for discussion at interview. Achievements and activities outside medicine show that you are well rounded both personally and professionally. They can set you apart from similarly qualified doctors during competitive recruitment rounds of the academic foundation programme