About the Shadowing & Extracurricular Readiness Score (SERS)
The SERS is an effort to score a pre-health student’s experience, as far as shadowing and extracurriculars go, relative to the advice of authoritative sources. You should take the quiz if you are a pre-med considering applying to med school in the future. However, much of this applies to students pursuing other healthcare paths as well, such as PA.
In the following quiz, you’ll read 20 statements from very reputable experts (identified next to each statement) about what matters for medical school admissions (healthcare exposure, grades, and competencies). You’ll then be asked “How confident are you on where you stand?” (1 = not confident at all, 5 = very confident). Your overall score will be calculated at the end. The grading rubric appears below, after the quiz.
Note that the SERS is an attempt to turn something subjective into something more objective, and should be taken as general guidance rather than a scientifically precise measurement. That said, this is the most precise measurement that we have seen to date, since nothing else out there exists that is more data-driven.
Many pre-health students have found it extremely helpful, and we hope you find it helpful too. Get started below!