Tips and strategies to help pre med students plan their undergrad in a way to get into medical school.
Undergraduate research experience: a must-have! Your medical school application should display a diverse resume, including good academic qualification (GPA), a respectable MCAT score, meaningful letters of recommendation, both clinical and non-clinical volunteer experience, shadowing hours and undergraduate research involvement. Of that list, most admissions committee members will tell you that three of those things stand [...]
How to Maximize Your Shadowing Experience Shadowing is a vital component of any well-rounded application. It’s tremendously important that you shadow multiple doctors in different specialties. This can be just a box checked off your pre-med to-do list, or it can be a growth experience for you. Honestly, admissions committees will probably just want to [...]
Why medical school? This is the most important question you’ll have to answer on your path to becoming a doctor. You’ll meet plenty of pre-meds along the way who have decided to become adoctor for every reason under the sun…their parents were doctors, they want the “doctor lifestyle,” they love a good challenge, they’re excited [...]
Believe it or not, earning good grades and a decent score on the MCAT—however challenging they may prove—are only the beginning to landing a spot in the medical school of your dreams. Extracurriculars boost med school applicants and can make the difference in acceptance or rejection. Before I go on, let me reassure you that you needn't freak out (unless [...]
Medical schools will take an extra long look at someone who is well-rounded, in addition to having good grades. You don’t have to choose a non-science major as a pre med to be well-rounded. There are various ways to spice up your application, and a non-science major is only one option for diversifying your application. [...]
...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 [...]
That infamous procrastinator's trick: pulling an all-nighter studying You've got to study a lot, and sometimes that means marathon cram sessions or all-nighters. Sure, none of the stuff we use to keep energy and focus levels up is very healthy, but sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do. Here's a pretty good list of [...]
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.
Be assured that a very strong application with a stellar MCAT score, good GPA, and great EC’s and LOR's, will likely overcome one or two of these stink-bombs. Most likely, it won’t spell the end to your medical school dreams.