Interested in Medicine as a Career?
What are the requirements for applying to medical school?
Every school has slightly different requirements, so it is always best to check directly with the schools in which you are invested. However, there are some basic things most schools require.
Most schools require that you write the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) and will look at your scores from that as part of your application. Some schools also require you to write CASPer, which assesses non-academic people skills.
In addition to test scores, medical schools will look at your GPA and other factors such as extra-curriculars, volunteering, research experience, work experience, and reference letters. Different schools will have different ways of calculating your GPA and weighting your application. The admissions process is very competitive and having a well-rounded application which is strong in most sections will help you. Click the button at the if you are interested in checking out some interesting labs in which you could volunteer
How do I prepare for the MCAT?
Studying for the MCAT takes most students several months, so it is best to plan well in advance for when you intend to write it. It is also good to keep in mind while planning that some students will write the MCAT more than once to get an improved score.
There are many resources available to help and guide your studying. Some of these resources are free while others have a small fee or a more substantial fee. The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is the organization which administers the MCAT and they have some great resources for preparing and making a study plan which can be accessed through the link below.
In addition, prep books and courses are available through a variety of companies. There are also free video lessons and practice questions available through Khan Academy. While the number of available resources may seem overwhelming, the most important thing is to find what works with your study plan, your learning habits, and your budget.
How do I know med school is right for me?
The application process and med school itself are long and challenging. Before deciding you want to pursue becoming a doctor it, is important to determine if it is the right path for you.
Part of figuring out if medicine is right for you might be making a list of your reasons for wanting to be a doctor. It might also include talking to an academic advisor to find out more about the requirements and make sure they are something you are willing to complete. Getting experience in a healthcare field can also be a great way to determine if it is right for you. This might be volunteering in a hospital or shadowing a doctor. Talking to doctors or current med school students and asking them lots of questions about their experiences can be helpful!