Becoming a Competitive Applicant. Lauren Banks, MS4 Tomas Diaz, MS1 Eric Medina, MS2 Toy Ogunkua, MS4. Welcome to Perelman School of Medicine!.
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Lauren Banks, MS4
Tomas Diaz, MS1
Eric Medina, MS2
Toy Ogunkua, MS4
Although medical school may be 2-3 years away, there are steps you can take now to better prepare yourself for the application process and life after graduation.
THE PREGAME Gather Information & Utilize Resources
This is an active process.. You need to seek these figures out and approach them yourself
Applicants accepted to at least one medical school
AAMC Data Warehouse, Table 24: MCAT and GPA Grid for Applicants and Acceptees to U.S. Medical Schools, 2008-2010
NOTE: The MCAT is changing in 2015 and there will be NO writing sample, and more emphasis on biochemsitry and interpersonal skills…Stay tuned…
Important programs to know about
Okay – good grades and MCAT scores are important to get past the screening.
What else should I be thinking about?
Extracurricular Activities! past the screening.
Shadowing a physician is great, but make it an active experience that includes patient interaction
Tip 1: Join extracurriculars that you're interested in early, with the hope of an eventual leadership role.
Tip 2: Don’t stretch yourself too thin! Seek quality opportunities, rather than quantity.
Tip 3: Try to maintain a balance between extracurriculars and good grades.
The American Medical College Application Service past the screening.
* A note on framing your experiences… they should inform how you will make a good physician/med student
Start thinking about Letters of Recommendation NOW
(numbers vary by program)
MD/PhD applicants have 3 essays
Submit one set of application materials to AMCAS, which verifies transcripts and forwards application to the medical schools that you indicate.