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Getting Into Medical School Tips
Today’s post is all about quick tips to help you increase your chances of getting into medical school and becoming a doctor.
Let’s get right into it!
Tip #1: Submit Your Application Early
I can’t stress this enough!
Most of you guys have probably heard this tip but I want to make sure you understand why.
Most applications for United States med schools go around the end of April or early May. Meanwhile, Texas medical schools have a totally different application which also opens up at the start of May.
You want to try your best to submit your application the day it opens or within the first week.
The reason is; students will try to wait until July or August when they feel like their scores are all back or their essays are perfect.
But then, you’re compared to a larger batch of applicants.
Med schools will start to get a lot of applicants on day one and even more towards the end of the cycle which is closer to August, September, or October.
You want to be compared to a lesser pool because then the people looking at your application, you can say, “Oh, this is a pretty good student.”
But as they start to get saturated with more and more students that look exactly like you, it’s going to take a bigger threshold for them to put you through the interview.
You don’t want to make it harder on yourself to get an interview just because you submitted your application later.
As best as you can, make sure you start working on your application as early as possible. Get your personal statements started!
The prompts are almost always the same, so Google what the prompts were the year before and start writing those essays. By then you should have already drafted it and is ready to hit submit.
That same goes for things like your letters of recommendation. Tell your professors that the deadline is two weeks before you need them.
That gives you enough time to bother them for two weeks if they’re late and they’ll still be on time. But make sure you submit your applications early.
Tip #2: Keep A Running List of Your Experiences and Takeaways
One of the biggest deterrents of people getting into med tools is that you sound like just like every other premed in the room.
To avoid doing it, you want to make sure that your personal experiences are ‘personal’.
Keep a list of all the experiences that you’ve been a part of and what your big takeaway was. Take a second, talk out loud, and ask yourself “What did I gain from it?”.
You may have volunteered at the same hospital, but somebody else did too. But surely, your takeaways and experiences were totally different.
So, think about them. Keep a running list. You can use these on your personal statement, essays, and your interview.
By doing this, you’re going to feel like somebody who clearly understands and is self-aware.
This is sometimes not a quality we find amongst med school applicants because we’re all typically the same on papers.
Again, try to keep a running list of your experiences. You can use these later in life as well as during the interview process.
Tip #3: Focus On Developing Your Angle
Your angle is a way to help the person that’s interviewing you, or that’s looking at your application to find something in you that’s unique– something that no one else has.
I think all of us have it, but we tend to go with what we think the admission board wants to hear.
We’re all bio majors, we all love science or anatomy, and we all love taking care of people and helping people. Those probably define almost everybody that reads this post.
What makes you different?
Find out how parts of your background, hobbies, or paths in medicine are different from your classmates who would also want to do the same thing.
You have to work on developing it if you don’t know what it is. But once you have it, try to structure that into your personal statements, essays, or experiences.
Have your letters of recommendation writers include it.
Maybe you’re an athlete, a journalist, or a great researcher. Whatever background is, you have to find that angle and build your other experiences around that.
Again, the last tip is to think about your experiences and your takeaways and find some common core or cores that are different or unique.
You want to be memorable during the interview process and definitely during the application process.
Invest some time to figure out what your angle is or what makes you unique. Once you figure out what your angle is, you can then structure your application, essays, or interviews all around it.
By doing so, you’re sure that when you walk out of the room that person can definitely remember who you are!
Those are the tips to increase your chances of getting into medical school.
This post may be a short one, but those tips are really powerful and you can use them to immediately increase your chances of getting in a medical school.
If you want more, I recommend you go to Amazon and check out my book called The Pre-Med Journey.
It’s basically a start to finish guide on how to increase your chances of getting into medical school from studying all the way to applying.
I’ll see you in the next one.
Take care my friends…