What we will be covering: Pre-requisite courses GPA Volunteering Clinical experience Extracurricular activities Research Letters of Recommendation MCAT prep MCAT Committee Review Application Interviews Pre-match/ Match/ Waitlists. So You Want To Be A Doctor?.
Buy official AAMC practice MCAT exams, they are the only reliable and official practice exams that will let you know what you are most likely to get on the real exam.
Do not take the exam until you are consistently getting the scores you want on the practice tests.
MCAT scores are permanently recorded and cannot get expunged therefore several poor attempts will not look favorable on your application.
Most medical schools require a health professions committee review packet, if your college offers it. If you do not get this packet it may be a red flag on your application.
Make appointments with the health professions advisors to get familiar with the advisors and help them write a stronger letter for you
Plan a health committee review appointment one month prior to taking the MCAT. It can be a lengthy process.
APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE!
TMDSAS opens may 1st, spring transcripts come out around may 15, this is the earliest you can submit.
Anything after July is considered late
Oct. 1 is the official deadline
Applying late decreases your chances of landing interviews due to increasing number of competitive applicants during the later months of the application season
Application is lengthy, give yourself a few weeks to complete
Interviews are typically offered August through December.
Most Texas interviews are relaxed and conversational, HOWEVER, be prepared for healthcare policy, ethical issues, and stress interviews
Dress professionally, i.e., suit and tie, no sports coats or khakis, Sperry’s, etc
Do mock interviews, rehearse in front of a mirror, relax, and if you want research current health policy events
Texas participates in a match system
You must rank the schools you’ve interviewed at by Jan 21.
If a school pre-matches you then it is a guaranteed acceptance if you so choose to attend that school. You can hold as many pre-matches as you’d like coming into the match.
Feb. 1 is match days and TMDSAS releases which school you matched to based on your rankings and how the schools ranked you. You automatically withdraw from any school you ranked lower than the school you matched to
If you match to a lower ranked school you can still get off the waitlist at a higher ranked school but it is not likely.
Please ask now!