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Check out this collection of tips and advice for pre med undergrad students looking to improve their chances of getting into medical school…from pre-med core curriculum and basic med school requirements, to tips for getting an A in Organic Chemistry. Is it possible to overcome failing freshman grades, and what GPA and MCAT score will get you into med school? We’ve got you covered.

Choosing a pre-med major

We’ll give you solid advice on how to choose a pre-med major, and whether a pre med double major is a good idea, plus how to deal with the stress pre-meds face. And we’ll give you the lowdown on the best extracurriculars for pre-meds, and the best way for pre-meds to find undergraduate research opportunities.

Tips for being a well-rounded med school applicant

Most pre-meds start with so many questions unanswered, but our goal is to bring you up to speed in a hurry! It’s important to be a well-rounded medical school applicant, and we’ll spell out how to do that. How many shadowing hours are needed? And how many volunteer hours in a medical setting? And what about working as a medical scribe? If you haven’t considered these topics yet, it’s time to start plotting your pre-med undergrad path.

How to get accepted to medical school

Dive in and educate yourself today. Hopefully you’re a freshman and have plenty of time to learn (1) how to approach the admissions committees at the med schools you dream of attending, (2) how to put together your AMCAS application, and (3) how to prepare for your med school interview. But even if you’re further along in the process, we’ll get you prepared so you’ll be the right medical school candidate at the med schools you’re targeting.

How can I build my medical school resume during the summer…

By |2018-04-18T21:11:26-06:00October 1st, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

...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! Beach-based resume building Getting good grades in your pre-med classes is only half the formula for getting into the med [...]

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Taking pre-med classes at a community college: good or bad idea?

By |2018-04-18T20:18:43-06:00May 3rd, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

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.

Can I get into medical school with an F, a W, FW, Drop, or I on my undergrad transcripts?

By |2018-04-18T20:18:54-06:00April 21st, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

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.

Is it time to quit pre-med?

By |2019-03-13T17:50:53-06:00March 13th, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

Is your pre-med major burning you out? If your answer is yes, that's not necessarily a sign you should quit pre-med. But it's probably time to ask yourself (and probably not for the first time), whether pre-med is really right for you. Granted, I don't believe there's one "right" career for anyone, but there are definitely [...]

Required courses for medical school in one simple list!

By |2017-09-14T10:09:33-06:00March 1st, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

Your four years in undergrad are just a preview of the next four, which will test your ability to withstand the rigors of a career as a physician. Your required classes for medical school are a part of that test. While you’ll learn the ins and outs of the medical practice, you’ll also spend countless [...]

What other medical options are there? I’m not sure if I’m up for medical school.

By |2018-04-18T20:17:41-06:00February 3rd, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

Rather than a pat answer about the length of time you’d spend in school getting prepared for your career, the first question you should ask if you have doubts is, “What do I want to be doing for the rest of my life? What are other medical options?” If you study to be a nurse [...]

Does going to an Ivy League undergrad school guarantee me acceptance to medical school?

By |2018-04-18T21:37:41-06:00January 5th, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

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.

What makes a university’s pre-med program good enough?

By |2018-04-18T20:17:30-06:00January 3rd, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

All things aren’t equal when it comes to a pre-med program! First, you’ll want to check out the reputation of your school, its faculty and accreditation status. Find out if it has a strong science department with good lab facilities, and whether it offers the core classes needed for medical school. The school won't necessarily have [...]

Will a DUI keep me from attending medical school?

By |2018-04-18T20:50:43-06:00January 2nd, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

This may be a question you should ask yourself before getting into any car, ever, after drinking. However, and fortunately, one DUI or misdemeanor charge will most likely be ignored by most medical schools. That said, a pattern of behavior demonstrated by more than one offense would be looked at more seriously. Adcoms are real people! [...]

What’s the best way to get the cheapest pre-med textbooks?

By |2022-02-17T11:49:08-07:00December 31st, 2015|Pre Med Undergrad|

It all depends on how fast you need them—and your budget. If you need them in a day or two, then you aren't getting the cheapest pre-med textbooks. You'll probably have to spend your grocery money, harboring passive-aggressive angst towards your school, the corporate world, and human beings in general, when you buy them from [...]

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