Leadership is the best way for premeds to compensate for a low GPA and differentiate themselves, suggests Pierre Huguet, CEO and co-founder of the H&C Education admissions consultancy.

“Students should pursue genuine interests and passions that aren’t necessarily related to medicine,” Huguet wrote in an email. “In the relatively homogeneous med school applicant pool, students should explore activities that will make an impact in the admissions process: founding and running a club or a non-profit, or publishing in a peer-reviewed journal, for instance, is far more impressive than passively following a doctor in the hallways of a hospital.”