High School to Medical School

What Can You do in High School to
Prepare For Medical School?

If you’re in high school right now and you’re thinking about becoming a doctor, there are two paths for you to take that I will cover on this page:

  1. The traditional route: Get accepted to college, complete premed requirements, earn a BA/BS, apply to medical school and attend medical school
  2. BACC/MD programs: Earn a BA or BS degree and an MD all in one combined program. Very elite, not too many program openings

The Traditional Route

When I was going to high school in the 1980s, it was common for a high school student to say that they wanted to become a doctor, but few actually did anything about the med school process (grades, MCAT, etc.) to increase their chances of going to medical school after they started college.

Things have changed! These days, high school students now realize that becoming a doctor is a big commitment, and that commitment begins as early as high school.

1. Get in the habit of earning high grades.

High expectations father is right – a 4.0 GPA is cool.

Getting accepted to a good college or university is tough, and getting the grades you will need to get accepted to medical school is even tougher. Average entrance GPA’s for reputable undergraduate universities is 3.5+, and the average science GPA for incoming freshman medical school students is 3.8.

You want to be a top academic performer throughout high school and college if you want to go to med school, so learning the best study habits now will greatly increase your chances of being a competitive application for medical school later.

2. Begin exploring your love for the sciences, medicine, and patient care

High school students have lots of different motivations for becoming a doctor: for many, it sounds like a stable, well-paying career that will bring them and their future family financial security even in tough economic times.

For others, helping people heal seems like an incredible reward. And then there are others who are motivated by a family member who is a doctor, or a parent who encourages medicine as a career.

Whatever your motivation may be, you need to get hands-on experience with the field before committing to the

These high schools students didn’t do a minute of volunteer work — I doubt any of them got into med school!

10+ years that you will need to set aside to become a doctor.

Volunteer at hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters or any other place that provides some kind of medical care to patients. If it doesn’t feel like your thing, you still have a ton of time to figure out what you want to do with your career.

And if you discover that becoming a doctor is worth it to you, you have a huge advantage over other students who still have no idea what they want to do, and haven’t even begun thinking about preparing for medical school.

The 10+ year plan

The road to becoming a doctor is about 12 years long — minimum! Count your remaining years of high school, 4-5 years in college, 4 years in medical school, and 2 years in residency. (Several years more if you want to become a medical specialist.)

It’s a long road, and high school is the very beginning! AP classes, the SAT, extracurriculars, and applying for college might seem challenging now, but they’re really just practice for what’s next: college.

In college, you’ll be doing it all over again, with more challenging courses, and a more demanding application process.

The BACC/MD Route

Imagine going directly from high school into an all-in-one combined program that ends with you in a white coat holding an MD diploma. Sounds like the dream, doesn’t it? BACC/MD programs are elite programs offered by a handful of universities in the United States that offer a combined BA/BS and MD track. It’s the most direct route toward becoming a doctor, but it’s not for everyone.

The BACC/MD or BS/MD route is an option worth exploring if you’re already certain that you want to become a doctor, but the limited number of program spots available each year make it very difficult to get accepted. Most premeds will go the “traditional” route. I talk about both routes in “High School to Medical School,” and you’ll learn the four things everyone should know about BACC/MD programs.

Learn everything you can about the path to medical school

The long road to medical school. It’s a metaphor.

The 10+ year plan and the BACC/MD path is a lot to take in — there are so many things to do that it’s easy to get mixed up and overwhelmed.

The last thing you want is to get anxious or uncertain about what’s to come — you don’t want to be distracted from the step you’re working on right now.

I mapped out the entire road from high school to medical school

An overview of your path to medical school will help you stay focused on the things that need your attention most, and plan for what’s coming ahead.

So instead of stressing about undergraduate courses or the MCAT while you’re still studying for the SAT, you can be assured that you know exactly what’s coming ahead, and when you need to start preparing for it.

Most premeds wing it — You don’t have to

Commend yourself, because most other students your age aren’t even thinking about med school, or college. They’re floating through life day by day, unsure of what they want to do and where they want to be.

Most high school students.

It’s ok not to be totally 100% certain about your future, but winging it day-by-day won’t get you very far, especially if you want to become a doctor.

Medicine is one of the professions that requires a ton of hard work and dedication because there are so many formal requirements to satisfy. You can’t just “fall into” a medical degree, like some people fall into other careers.

So don’t plan on “seeing where your life goes” and expect to become a doctor. That might sound harsh, but it’s true!

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One of the biggest problems high school students face is the paralysis that comes from uncertainty. Big questions like, “What should I do next, and why do I need to do that? What about letters of recommendation and prerequisites? Do I need to worry about those too?”

When you face too many options at once, you freeze up and do nothing at all.

“From High School to Medical School” is a comprehensive course that will tell you everything you will need to do from now until you apply to medical school, and most importantly, why you need to complete each step in a certain sequence.

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A Message From the Author, Don Osbornedon osborne

This course, and all of my online courses represent over 20 years of my work as an admissions coach helping premeds get into medical. It has been my mission all this time to help give premeds like you some encouragement and hope.

I am sincere when I say that I’m here to help you achieve your goals, and get through any challenges you have along the way.

– DonO