4 Tips For Students With Medical School Aspirations
Updated: Sep 11, 2021
Congratulations on your decision to become a doctor and attend medical school. While the road ahead will be challenging, it is guaranteed to be even more rewarding. Today we would like to share 4 tips to help you successfully be accepted to medical school.
#1 Choose A Major You're Passionate About
One common mistake made my students across the board when embarking upon their college career is selecting a major based solely on the earning potential. Many who do this soon find themselves burnt out and overwhelmed before they are able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. This is why we encourage students to explore and research areas of interest and choose a major based on what they're passionate about. If you can't stand the sight of blood, you would hate everyday as a cardiologist, but a career as a pharmacist or chiropractor may be ideal. Your genuine interest in the subject matter will make studying more enjoyable and aid you in naturally excelling in the material. If you select a major based on your passions, you'll enjoy a fulfilling and purpose filled career.
#2 Apply To Multiple Schools
Do you have a dream school? one that you've known that you wanted to attend since you were a child? Many students do, and while in a perfect world everyone would be able to attend their #1 pick, only applying to that school would be the equivalent of placing all of your eggs in one basket. Every year schools receive thousands of applications and naturally every student can't be accepted, so don't take it personally if you aren't accepted to your first choice. One bonus tip to help you stand out in your applications is to submit supplemental materials along with your application such as papers you've written that have been published or details on volunteer work.
#3 Prepare For The MCAT & Take It Early
The Medical College Admission Test more commonly referred to as the MCAT, is the required entry examination. Scores for the assessment range from 472 to 528, with the average score of accepted students being approximately 508. Similarly to the SATs and ACTs, students are encouraged to take the MCAT multiple times as most perform better in subsequent examinations due to decreased nerves and anxiety. To prepare for the exam you can purchase individual study materials or join a preparation course where an instructor works with you to walk you through the material.
#4 Obtain Medical Experience
The value of medical experience is often overlooked by students aspiring to obtain admission to medical school due to the emphasis on grades. However, if you are able to secure any experience shadowing doctors or other medical professionals, college admission committees will be impressed by your commitment to gaining as much experience as possible in your future career's field. By performing well during these times, you'll also have the opportunity to receive letters of recommendation from established and respected doctors, further benefiting your application.
The Dr. Suhyun An Scholarship provides financial assistance for students pursuing a degree in a medical discipline, awarding two students with $2,000 annually.