A personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the admissions committee (adcom) at the medical schools you want to attend. Yes, it's a bit of a brag. You’re putting together the rationale for the adcom committee—and the medical school—to include you in a very select group of students that will both represent and [...]
Will it break the bank? Getting accepted to med school takes stellar grades, a great MCAT score, and unique volunteering and research experience, among other things (check out specifics here). But besides brains, determination and a little bit of luck, the med school application process is guaranteed to set you back a few pretty [...]
Re-evaluate your application to find weak areas. You’ll have several months and maybe a year or more to get involved in activities, courses and jobs to supplement your resume and improve your standing the second time around. Use your time wisely.
A GPA MCAT combo of 3.7/32 will give you a 75% chance of at least one acceptance. But there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that with lower numbers on both fronts (a 3.6/30) you could still get through with great ECs, LORs, and an excellent personal interview!
Med school application process: from MCAT prep through med school interviews It’s January, and for a lot of you that means getting serious about MCAT prep and thinking ahead about your med school applications. While some of you have been studying ferociously for months, I would imagine that the majority of you med school hopefuls are just [...]
...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 [...]
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.
Are there med schools with minimum GPA requirements, and if I don’t meet it, will they automatically reject me?
But while med schools love good numbers, but they're also looking for a package deal: an applicant who's well-rounded, with stellar references, a "balanced" MCAT score, good EC's, and a successful personal interview.
Here's what really matters: your GPA (3.6 or above), your science GPA (3.4 or above), your MCAT (31 or above), your extracurriculars (ECs), letters of recommendation, research opportunities and valuable shadowing experiences—oh, and of course, whether or not your mom or dad is a huge benefactor at your chosen school! (Kidding on that last one...but it doesn't hurt!) The scores above trend pretty high, and are what you'd need to have top-notch prospects of acceptance to a top-tier school.