Getting into medical, not easy, point blank. Here are a couple suggestions that will ultimately aid you in your admissions process for med school. As each year there are more than 17,000 applicants many are bluntly rejected and are forced to rethink the reasons why they were rejected in the first place. For many getting a rejection might have been the best thing for them, since they later figured out they weren’t quite ready for the level stress and commitment medical school will never stop requiring.
Here we go:
The commonly accepted coursework requirements for medical school include a minimum of 1 year of:
* General biology 1&2
* Physics with lab
* General chemistry 1&2(inorganic chemistry) with lab
* Organic chemistry 1&2 with lab
Though there actually exists some schools that do not require Calculus, you do need an upper level mathematics course as a substitute. All these courses are calculated and condensed into a whole new Grade Point Average apart from your general studies GPA.
This is referred to as BCMP (Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics). This GPA is what medical schools Admissions Comities will look at in coherence with your MCAT scores in order to determine your acceptance into their medical school.
MCAT (Medical School Admissions Test. Your MCAT scores are important. They say little about you as a person, but they are given substantial weight by medical schools. The sections of the MCAT are similar to the required coursework: physical sciences (physics and inorganic chemistry), biological sciences (biology and organic chemistry), verbal, and a writing sample.
It has been estimated that 70-80% of all medical school applicants have taken an MCAT test prep course.
The median GPA and Mcat score for medical schools within the US have been averaged our to be a 3.5 GPA and a 30 Mcat. Each year there are over 37,000 students that apply and only about 16,500 actually gain acceptance and matriculate.
*More than half the students that apply to medical schools are rejected, however these students usually re-apply for the following year and use the remaining year to become a stronger and more appealing candidate. They usually take extra science courses which raise their GPA’s as well as some retake the Mcats in order to become a more competitive applicant.
Extra Curricular Activities and other options used to strengthen your application:
Shadowing-It is imperative that if you believe you are meant, and truly desire to become a doctor that you do some shadowing. Shadowing a physician consists of spending certain amount of time a week or month in his office, seeing patients, studying how the physician interacts within the specific environment he/she practices in. This way you will have a first hand glance at what you might actually be getting yourself into.
LOR’s-Many medical schools don’t require LOR’s (Letters of recommendations) however you should keep in mind that there will be many students with LOR’s that are written by their professors, co-workers, supervisors and more. This will give them an advantage over another applicant with the same stats who doesn’t have any LOR’s. This can actually make a difference in the sense of Acceptance or Rejection.
It is an advantage and not an unusual commodity for a student to have an average of 4 Letters of recommendations, 2 from science faculty personnel at their institution, and 2 from non-academic related.
Research-(optional) If you do enjoy science, then research is one way to show you’re serious about it. If you’re going to do a research project as an undergrad, start early. Freshman year is not too early to start. That gives you a year or two to learn the ropes, then a year and a half of serious work before you get to present your work in your medical school interview. Choose a respected faculty member doing research that interests you. Work hard. Read. Understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. You should be able to explain and defend your work to an educated scientist who doesn’t work in your field.
Volunteer service-(optional)The impact of volunteer service on your application will depend on the quality of the service, and your commitment to it. Is this a one month, two-times a week thing organized by someone else, or is this a project you’ve been involved in for several years and are taking a leadership role in. How does this project affect you, and how have you made a meaningful contribution to the project.
Remember, medical schools are looking for people who are willing to take the time and effort to make a serious contribution. That contribution can be in a volunteer program, an academic pursuit, research, or even sport. You just have to show that you are willing and capable of working hard enough to accomplish an important goal.