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So You Want To Go To Medical School?
It is generally accepted that a college level course is more challenging than a high school AP course and better predicts your ability to be successful in medical school classes. Also, even if you have already received AP credit in high school and the medical school accepts the AP credit, repeating the course in college will be good for your MCAT prep. The first anxiety provoking decision when it comes to your pre med path is choosing what pre med school you should go to.
Check out our article about pre med schools HERE. It does not matter what pre med school you attend to get your undergraduate training. The only thing that matters is that you are in an environment that YOU can be successful in. Similar to the discussion of AP credit in high school, taking community college courses for your pre med requirements can be a risky proposition. Every medical school has its own policies on accepting community college credit.
You do not want to be left worried about squeezing in one more class prior to graduating to get your prerequisites for medical school met. This is another situation where you should call around to each medical school you want to attend and find out what their policy is on accepting community college credits.
If I told you that there are only 2 majors that you can major in for medical school, biology and chemistry, what would you say? Lucky for you, I would be lying. So what is the best major for medical school? We covered that question HERE. Many people quickly state that there is no such thing as a pre med major. This would be inaccurate. The pre med process should go off like a well choreographed dance. Unfortunately it typically is more like a waltz performed with someone with two left feet. Having a plan, and following that plan is essential. We put together a pretty comprehensive Timeline for Medical School to help you create that plan.
Here you will learn when you should be talking to your pre med advisor, getting involved with volunteering, and preparing for the MCAT. Along with our timeline, the other invaluable resource will be your Pre-Health Advisor. Just remember that a lot of their advice is generalized and you must take the time to do your own homework to validate some of the advice. A very important aspect of your application is your volunteer experience. You need to take your time and find worthwhile, enjoyable opportunities that you can spend quality time with.
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One solid, quality experience that spans several months or more is much more valuable than several one-day volunteering gigs that you do just to fluff up your application. Remember that during your medical school interview, you will discuss many of these volunteering experiences. A memorable volunteering opportunity will show as you talk and your interviewer will be able to see how much it meant to you. With roughly 25 test dates a year , the MCAT challenges your core knowledge of the classes that medical schools require.
MCAT prep can be a second full-time job, after being a full-time student, which is why you need a solid plan when preparing for it. This does not take into account your GPA, so if you follow the source link you can see what your chances would be when you factor in your GPA. The MCAT is the gate keeper to medical school. Score well and your chances are much better to get into medical school. Do poorly and you will be struggling to get your foot in the door.
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Medicine is not all about intelligence. Bedside manner is just as crucial.
You have to do what you love. Do some soul-searching no matter where you are in the process and go through this list to help you figure out if medicine is really for you. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students. Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds. The most awesome thing, though, is that you could have an entirely different set of strengths and being a doctor could still be your best and highest use in society.
You could be the most brilliant, precise tactile hand worker with extraordinary geo-spatial awareness and a desire to save lives. Your best and highest use could be as a surgeon. Knowing why you want to be a doctor is really about knowing your strengths and knowing your best and highest use as a human being. If you don't know your strengths, there is a career counselor, mentor, a brave best friend or self-help book that can start you on your journey. For me, my strengths are in synthesizing a lot of information into higher order ideas, turning theory into action, identifying narratives and helping others figure out their own unique stories and solving problems effectively.
At the emotional-social level, I am really dedicated to justice and fairness.
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My Grade 4 teacher gave everyone little dolls out dressed as the career they might have when they grew up, and my little doll was dressed as a judge. Did anything like that happen to you? Can you remember a defining experience that could shed more light on your strengths? Know the answer to this question for yourself, do good work and the rest becomes a matter of logistics.
Now let's assume you know the answer to this question.