Getting into Medical School

Getting into Medical School

Harvard Medical School classroomGetting Into Medical School

Getting into medical school is hard. There are a limited number of seats and the competition is fierce. Getting into medical school takes years of preparation and you must invest yourself, completely.

Here is a comprehensive guide to help you with medical school preparation.

Let us start with the basic requirement. You would need to be good in science subjects. You need to study biology, chemistry, math and physics at high school and you should graduate with a major in any of these. Ideally, you should opt for an undergraduate program with biology as your major but it is acceptable to have chemistry or physics. There are certain courses in the medical field that takes in people with background in humanities but such degrees or courses have nothing to do with medicine or any medical profession. Those courses would get you a job as a facilitator or in administration.

Your objective is to pass the MCAT, the Medical College Admissions Test. Hence, your primary and only objective is grades. However, do not study just for the grades as your practical knowledge and exposure to real life practice or healthcare would come in to play at the time of selecting medical schools. This is what most aspirants don’t understand. There are many students with good grades, acceptable degrees and have passed the MCAT but their applications get rejected by the top medical schools in the country.

Now, aim for a good GPA, attend all classes in college, study more than you have to and ace biology, chemistry, math and physics. Remember, your entire academic life would be put up for scrutiny when getting interviewed by a medical school.

Getting some experience in the field can be very rewarding. You should try to volunteer at free clinics or whenever there is a health camp. You can volunteer at your local healthcare centers just to get some real world experience. You can be a facilitator of sorts without really doing any actual medical work but that exposure will get you some advantage at the time of being considered by a medical school. There are internship programs as well which you can consider. Clinical experience is considered to be the unspoken requirement in a candidate for medical school.

Once you are done with your high school and have signed up for an appropriate undergraduate program, you should start working on your MCAT. You should create an account with the AAMC or Association of American Medical Colleges. They conduct the MCAT. There are many assistance programs and practice exams which you can take advantage of. There is an instruction manual on the website of AAMC. It is the application service manual which would help you to understand all the finer elements of applying for MCAT, corresponding with the portal to stay updated and to furnish all necessary documents and to eventually sit for the exam.

Give the MCAT, get your grades and apply to medical schools. You should choose a medical school that is best for your personal and professional goals. You should also consider the chances of being accepted or rejected by the medical school. Unless you score very well in the exams and have an outstanding resume, you shouldn’t aim for top ten schools. Instead, focus on those where you would have a better chance of being accepted.