If becoming a doctor is your dream job, you'll spend a great deal of your time wondering if you can get into medical school. Considering how competitive medical school is, it's no surprise that you might wonder if you can even successfully get accepted into a program. This is especially true when you consider that more than half of students who apply to med school aren't accepted.
Factors That Med Schools Consider
You probably already know that med schools typically place significant weight on your GPA and your MCAT score. In fact, most medical schools won't even consider students whose scores are far below average.
Just 30% of students whose GPA is between 3.4 and 3.6 get into medical school. Even when a student has a GPA of at least 3.8, only around 66% are accepted to med school.
While a student's GPA and MCAT score are important, there are other factors that med schools consider. These include:
- Personal statement. A strong personal statement can be used to explain a dip in a GPA, for example or why a student didn't do as well as expected on the MCAT. Careful attention to detail, punctuation, grammar and other key elements makes it clear that the student is able to articulate concisely and persuasively.
- Extracurricular activities. Many med schools look for other factors that make a student stand out from other applicants once their GPA and MCAT score requirements are met. The types of extracurricular activities, as well as the applicant's role within them, can demonstrate a number of desirable traits. Because medical schools only accept those students who are likely to successfully complete their programs, holding a leadership role within a volunteer organization, for instance, can convey this attribute.
- Letters of recommendation. There is a great deal of truth to the saying that "it's not what you know, it's who you know." Of course, when it comes to getting into med school, both are important. Don't underestimate the value of having highly-qualified and respected individuals within the medical community penning a letter of recommendation for your application.
The above factors are among the most important ones that medical schools consider when deciding which applicants should get an invitation to interview. The applicant's performance during the interview can greatly affect the school's acceptance decision.
Benefits of Considering Offshore Medical Schools
There is a distinct cutthroat environment that is pervasive through many medical schools in the United States and Canada. This line of thinking is directly at odds with the objective of helping people that prompts so many people to aspire to become a doctor.
Fortunately, offshore medical schools often cultivate an atmosphere that leans toward the holistic and cooperative. This attitude begins with the acceptance process.
While academic markers such as GPA and MCAT score are important, an offshore medical school like Trinity takes a more comprehensive approach. Other factors that are also taken into consideration include communication skills, passion for the specialty and for people, character, leadership ability, the student's experiences and drive.
Taking the consistency of the student's grades, explanations within the context of the application and a demonstrated personal growth narrative are also given great weight by Trinity. Because it's understood that many students don't reach med school without experiencing some bumps along the way, Trinity provides them with the opportunity to prove themselves in ways that don't focus solely on MCAT scores and GPAs.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) account for 26% of physicians in practice. This means 1 in 4 physicians in practice are trained internationally. These students fill an essential gap that is not being met by any other source.
Trinity Graduates are filling the gap
Our mission at Trinity School of Medicine is to train and instill in Trinity graduates a mission of service to the health and welfare of the communities they will live in and serve. We achieve that mission through the personal investment we make in each student who enters our school, starting from the admissions process and continuing through their academic and clinical studies, into residencies and on into medical practice. We will be beside you every step of the way.
Our graduates will tell you that they attribute much of their success to the level of personal support they found at Trinity from faculty, staff, administration and fellow students. The challenges of medical school are much more manageable when others around you are as invested in your success as you are. Our next class starts in May. Click here to apply.