Applying to medical schools is often a stressful time in a would-be doctor's life. After all, it can feel like your whole future hangs in the balance, and as though you have no control over the outcome. The good news is that you do have some control over the results until you submit your final documents.
While putting together an excellent med school application is not a guarantee that you will get into your dream school, it certainly can help. Even if you have some deficiencies in your application, work history, or scores, you can craft your application in a way that makes up for these issues. Below are some of the top tips for creating a medical school application that admissions officers love.
Keep Up with Grades and MCAT Scores
Pre-med students know that grades and MCAT scores are vital pieces of information when medical schools decide who to admit. However, it's important to remember that grades and scores typically aren't what get people accepted, though they may be the reason someone gets denied. In other words, it's a floor to clear, not a ceiling to hit.
A Well Written Personal Statement
One part of your medical school application that you should spend some extra time on is your personal statement. You can make a lasting, and perhaps, a most memorable impression with a well written, genuine personal statement. Your personal statement can speak to things that test scores and transcripts can not. You're giving the admissions committee the chance to read more about what makes you tick, what makes you, you. Having a well written, authentic personal statement can set you apart, giving your overall application an edge. Make sure you devote enough time while providing plenty of thought as to what you include in your personal statement. Also, know what your favorite schools look for, and understand what you're looking for in a school to help you be successful.
Build Your Resume
When you know what your potential schools look for, you can understand what kind of experience to get. For example, Trinity School of Medicine looks for applicants with experience in healthcare or research opportunities. Before you start applying to schools, be sure you get the kind of experience they want. That can include paid jobs, clinicals, and research opportunities.
Pay Attention to Letters of Recommendation
Excellent letters of recommendation can make significant impacts on admissions officers. Be sure to ask professors and supervisors on whom you made an impression. They may be more likely to write personalized and impressive letters. Make sure your letters of recommendation are up-to-date. Try to avoid using old letters of recommendation, as overtime, certain aspects contained within may not align with your current application.
Use Context and Honesty to Explain Deficiencies
Pre-med students are only human, and so are admissions officers. They know that life happens, and sometimes it can get in the way of your studies. Instead of trying to hide any perceived deficiencies in your application, be open about your story. A little bit of context and some honesty can show admissions boards that you have grown as a person and a student.
As obvious as it seems, this deserves reiteration. Before you submit anything, be sure it's free of errors. Reading your essay aloud can help you catch mistakes. You may also consider letting someone you trust look over your application.
Nail the Interview
Interviews give you and the school chances to get to know one another and determine whether you would make a good match. It's essential to shine in these conversations. Dress professionally, do not arrive late, and be prepared for common questions. Interviews also give you opportunities to explain anything negative on your application. Be yourself, engage with every participant. While speaking, look at individuals in the eye, make sure you answer the question asked. When finished, thank each person in the room for their time. Also, write and send a thank-you note.
Don't Get Discouraged
In 2019 out of 53,714 US medical school applications submitted in the US only 21,869 applicants were accepted. That's 31,845 rejected students - 60% of all US applicants were rejected!.
We continue to emphasize the messaging from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). According to their most recent analysis, within the next ten years, the shortage of physicians is projected to near 122,000. In the United States. U.S. medical institutions rely on IMGs to fill the projected gap. Trinity graduates are eligible for residencies or licensure in all 50 States, Canada and worldwide, and have proven to be an excellent source for these highly sought after physicians.
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