If you’re firmly in the doctor camp, and even if you’re on the fence about your career choice, I’d recommend taking a deep breath and sitting down with a good book or two to get a feel for what’s ahead. Where to find the best books for aspiring doctors? How better to prepare for a [...]
Your science GPA (sGPA), or BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) score is going to be critical to your application, for obvious reasons. Here are some ways to calculate, and raise yours.
AAMC, the organization that administers the test, has cautioned medical school adcoms not to put too much weight on the MCAT score, and that precaution applies not just in 2015, but from here to eternity.
As you can see, the MCAT test dates are grouped around the most beneficial times for students….early enough in the semester (two in January!) so as not to ruin your whole semester—only part of it—and early enough to take the test again...
The emphasis on added science classes, as well as the new humanities and critical reasoning sections, mean the new MCAT will make it more difficult (but not impossible) for non-science majors to finish their undergraduate requirements in four years.
...can it happen at the beach? Building your medical school resume during the summer is a great idea. Sadly, it may require less beach time and more serious focus than the term "summer break" implies! Getting good grades in your pre-med classes is only half the formula for getting into the med school(s) you want. The [...]
Medical school is a 4-year journey of learning and experiences that prepares you for the rigors of a career as a physician. In this journey, your med school requirements are not your enemy, but your friend! From biochemistry to anatomy, you’ll study and be tested on the scientific foundations of medical treatments and ailments. While [...]
If you're in the first category, and plan to attend a community college for a year or two before moving to a 4-year university, admissions committees may be a tad more understanding about your having taken core pre-med classes at the CC level. That said, you should know that adcoms will automatically assume your CC classes were less rigorous than those taken at the university level.
Caribbean medical school, mon? Maybe you really like sunshine and sand, but that's not why people migrate south for medical school. Here's the reason: Caribbean schools, and in fact most foreign medical schools, are relatively easy to get into. Applicants with extremely low MCAT scores (491 is the lowest I've heard of), low cumulative and [...]