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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?.

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So you want to be a doctor

  • 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?


Why should you listen to us

  • We both received multiple interviews at top medical schools in Texas including:

  • UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas

  • UT Houston School of Medicine

  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • Texas A&M Health Science Center

  • Texas Tech School of Medicine- Lubbock

  • Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine – El Paso

  • Received multiple early acceptance offers

  • MCAT scores 30 & 34.

  • Both GPAs 3.6+

  • Clinical experience:

  • Homeless clinic coordinator

  • Emergency Room Technician ~ 2500 hours

  • Scribe

  • Multiple shadowing experiences

  • Combined ~ 2000 hours volunteering

Why Should You Listen To Us?


What classes do i need to take to apply to medical school

  • These classes are universal to almost any medical school in the country. Basically, no matter which medical school you intend to apply to the requirements will be very similar to the following.

  • One course such as Biosciences I or General Chemistry I counts as 3 semester hours. Most labs are 1 semester hour, some are 2.

  • 6 semester hours of English

  • 14 semester hours of Biology + Biology labs

  • 8 semester hours of General Chemistry+ General Chemistry labs

  • 8 semester hours of Physics + Physics labs

  • 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry + Organic Chemistry lab

  • 3 semester hours of Statistics or Calculus*

  • 3 semester hours of Biochemistry**

  • * Some schools require statistics, and wont take calculus as a substitute, these schools are UT- San Antonio, Texas A&M HSC, Texas Tech- Lubbock and TCOM

  • ** UT- San Antonio and Texas Tech- Lubbock require biochemistry, the other Texas medical schools strongly recommend it.

What Classes Do I Need To Take To Apply To Medical School?



Letters of recommendation

  • Who do I get letters from? Schools In Texas?

  • Science professors

  • Other professors

  • work supervisors

  • Research principal investigators (PIs)

  • Doctors you shadowed or worked with

  • Volunteer coordinators

  • How do I go about getting them?

  • earn an A in your professor of interest class

  • regularly visit them during office hours

  • ask doctors that you’ve shadowed for a significant amount of time

  • ask work supervisors/volunteer coordinators/PIs who you have a positive relationship with, and have known for some time

Letters of Recommendation


Volunteering

  • Consistency is the key Schools In Texas?

  • do more hours with fewer organizations to show commitment

  • for example: 3 hours a week x 50 weeks a year x 3 years = 450 hours!!!

  • Some common volunteering locations include:

  • hospitals (Emergency room, ICU, floors, etc)

  • Habitat for humanity

  • Salvation Army

  • University organizations (VOICES)

Volunteering


Clinical experience

  • Clinical experience is important to show medical schools that you understand the role of a physician and their daily duties. It is also important to demonstrate that you can handle the intense environment of healthcare.

  • Some common ways to gain clinical experience include:

  • Shadowing physicians

  • working as a Physician Scribe

  • EMT-B

  • ER Technician

  • CNA

  • Volunteering in a hospital/ ER

Clinical Experience


Extracurricular activities

Extracurricular Activities that you understand the role of a physician and their daily duties. It is also important to demonstrate that you can handle the intense environment of healthcare.

  • Some common extracurriculars of successful applicants include (and is not limited to)

  • Pre-Med Societies

  • Leadership positions in student organizations (Pre-Med Society officer or other student organization officer position)

  • Interesting hobbies

  • non-healthcare related work experience

  • Tutoring

  • - Anything meaningful that you spend a significant amount of time doing


Research

  • Research is not essential but it is looked favorably upon by most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

  • Research is important to medical schools because medicine is founded on scientific principles which involve critical thinking and investigation. Its important to be familiar with the scientific process and to develop deductive reasoning skills.

  • Some common ways to get research include:

  • Approach professors whose subject interest you

  • apply for university sponsored research programs

  • talk to and apply to local medical schools who may be looking for people to fill research positions

Research


Mcat preparation
MCAT Preparation most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

  • Ideally, begin studying for the MCAT during your junior year, either during the summer or if you can expertly manage your time, during your junior spring semester

  • 2-3 months or until you are consistently getting the score you want on AAMC practice exams

  • You do NOT need a prep course, however, it is recommended for those who can afford it and need structure.


MCAT most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

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.


Committee review
Committee Review most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

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.


Application
Application most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

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
Interviews most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

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


The match process
The Match Process most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

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.


Questions
Questions…? most medical schools, especially top tier medical schools.

Please ask now!


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