Gathering information and resources before applying to med school

August 22, 2016

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Before you apply to medical school, there is a lot to do. You have to take the MCAT, obtain transcripts and request letters of recommendations. There is a lot to consider and keep track of.

The best way to start the process is by gathering as much information as possible. Although it may take some time to gather the information you need, it will help you in the long run. Utilizing available resources will help you know what to expect and make the process go smoother.

There are several ways to gather information about medical school, the application process and tips to increase your chances of acceptance. Consider some of the following resources:

Talk to a premed advisor

The premed advisor at your college should be a wealth of information. They may be a good resource to explain the timeline for your med school application. Meet with your advisor as suggested by your school or more often if needed. Don’t wait until you are ready to start submitting applications. There is a lot to do before the application deadline, such as preparing for the MCAT and shadowing a physician. Early preparation will ease your stress when application time rolls around.

Speak with medical students

If you have any friends already in med school, they can also be informative. Med students may have tips that advisors are not aware of or information that is not on med school websites.

Conduct research on med schools

Before you decide, which medical school to apply to, do your research. Fortunately, a lot of information can be found online. Look at typical grade point averages and MCAT scores of applicants accepted. Consider tuition costs, affiliated hospitals and class size. You may also be able to read reviews from current and former students.

Look into the fee assistance program

If the cost of applying to medical school has you worried, there may he help available. Before applying, gather information on the fee assistance program offered through the Association of American Medical Colleges. Eligible students may have some or all of the fees waived for expenses, such as the MCAT and med school applications. 

Collect information from groups:

There are several organizations, which have a lot of information that can help med school applicants navigate the process including those listed below.

  • American Medical Students Association: The AMSA may not only benefit those already in med school, it can also be a helpful organization for undergrads who want to learn more about the application process. The association can provide information on volunteer opportunities, discounts for preparation classes for the MCAT and opportunities to participate in education forums and network with students.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges: Students interested in applying to med school should visit the AAMC website. Information can be found on the application timeline, typical admission requirements and tips for success. Resources for paying for med school and understanding the cost of applying are also available.


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