Applying to med school requires thought, planning, and preparation. Though the decision that you want to become a doctor can be made overnight, preparing takes much longer. This article will discuss the application process, prerequisites, and timeline to follow when applying to medical school.
How to Decide if Medical School is Right For You
Think about the future ahead when you evaluate your career options – not just the next four to five years in med school. Becoming a doctor requires serious educational commitment. Evaluate your ability to survive years of training, obtain a medical license, and practice medicine for the rest of your life.
Ask yourself: Do I have what it takes to succeed in medical school and practice? Are you ready for the difficult road ahead? According to AAMC Innovation Lab, the skills and proficiencies necessary to get accepted to and survive in med school are integrity and ethics, reliability and trustworthiness, service orientation, social and interpersonal skills, resilience, adaptability, and continuous desire to learn.
Don’t make this decision over night. Think carefully. Seek advice from professors and doctors, if necessary. Once you made the decision to pursue medicine, you will have fulfill all of the prerequisites for getting into med school.
Taking the MCAT Exam
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized multiple-choice exam that med school applicants need to take as part of the medical school admission process. In most cases, the test is taken one year prior to the year you plan to enter medical school. Normally, applicants take the MCAT exam during or after their junior year in college. If you feel like you are not ready to take the exam by this time, take all the time to prepare, review, and study.
Medical School Application Process
The entire medical school application process takes about one whole year, including AMCAS application, med school interviews, and acceptances. June is often the start of the AMCAS application submission. The earlier you can submit your AMCAS application the better.
After you submit your AMCAS application, you may start completing your secondary applications. Depending on the school you apply to, secondary applications may include a request for letters of recommendation, a medical school personal statement, an essay, and some additional forms. Try to return all of the medical school admission requirements within a few weeks to increase your chances of getting an early interview slot.
Interviews and Acceptances
Medical school interviews usually begin in mid-September and often continue through winter and early spring. If your application is evaluated early, expect to get notified as early as October. However, some med schools wait to notify all their candidates in March or April of the following year. If you got accepted to multiple schools, you should decide where you want to attend and withdraw your other applications.
This article was written by a medical school admissions expert at InGenius Prep.