Are You Considering Medical School?

Are you thinking about putting in an application for medical doctor school?  Or maybe you are considering becoming a medical scientist?  Either way, you will need to thoroughly prepare yourself for acceptance into school as well as the tough journey ahead.

It is important to look at the various reasons luring you to become a doctor.  Not only will you be required to explain your goals and plans in a school interview but it can be invaluable in assisting you to form a clear plan for school and beyond.

One of the best ways to decide on the right path is to have a conversation with a doctor.  Getting insight from someone that has been in your same spot will help you decide if you truly want to pursue a doctorate.  Another good person to chat with is a student currently enrolled in med school.  They can offer some good tips on getting accepted into school and how to excel once you are there.

Once you have made the choice to plow ahead and apply to medical school you will need some assistance with the extended procedure of applying.  The following outline will provide some much needed tips to improve your odds of getting approved by your choice of medical schools.

Requirements of Med School

The majority of students will submit an application to med school when they are a junior in college.  If they are excelling at physical science then they choose to apply in their sophomore year.  Some students choose to get a job as an assistant of some sort within a medical practice in order to see if they are a fit for the industry.  Examples could be working as a volunteer in a hospital or completing an associate's degree for Emergency Medical work. 

Although each school will have a few peculiarities for their applicants, there are several common attributes to most med schools.  All new applicants will need to have some form of bachelor's degree, successful grades in various science courses and top scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

The MCAT is designed to test a person's understanding of biological and physical sciences.  These courses are highly recommended in undergraduate work for people considering going to med school.

For those students that are in high school and feel a calling to go on to medical school, it would be wise to take as many science courses as possible.  Physics, biology and chemistry can help lay a good foundation for the higher science coursework in college. 

A few schools will allow applicants entry to medical school if the person's bachelor's degree does not contain a plethora of science classes.  However, they must have an intense focus on humanities as well as social sciences.  The aim of these programs is to allow people with a more diverse background to enter medical school in order to better meet the needs of our changing society.

Admission Guidelines for Medical Schools

You should look at the admissions guidelines for medical school in the same manner that you did for your undergraduate degree.  The average size of classes, the school's location, and the annual tuition along with any relevant financial assistance should all be heavily reviewed.

The following tips will help you in completing your medical school applications.

  1. You should submit applications to at least 15 medical colleges.  The average medical school accepts only 5% of the total number of people that apply for entrance.  Therefore you want to have several options available to you.
  2. Reserve you spot for the MCAT for the spring semester during your junior year of undergraduate work.  This will give you ample time to receive your scores before finalizing the applications during the summer before you complete your senior semesters in college.
  3. If the schools you are considering offer an adviser for pre-med students, take advantage of their counsel.  These people are designated as guides to help students make it through the application process.
  4. Aim for state schools in your home state.  Current residents are often given priority to out of state applicants.
  5. Practice for the interview.  Make sure you can completely, and succinctly, answer the question “Why do you want to be a doctor?”