About 15 years ago, I was thinking about applying for a PhD program. I started doing some research on doctoral programs, and I got some brochures and applications.
Pretty quick after I got through that step I asked myself, “Hmmm, I wonder what my chances are for getting in to one of these programs?” This is a question that every premed asks as you get close to the application process.
What Are My Chances?
- Science GPA – If you have a gpa of 3.5, you have decent odds; if your gpa is higher, your odds go up, lower, your odds go down
- MCAT – If you have a 30, you have decent odds; if your MCAT is higher than 30, your odds go up; lower, your odds go down
- Medically-related experiences – If you have confirmed that medicine is a good career path for you through your volunteer experiences, your odds go up; if you don’t have any medically-related experiences, your odds go down
- Leadership experiences – If you have demonstrated leadership, your odds go up; not having leadership is not a problem, but having leadership is a plus.
- Research – If you have volunteered or paid research experience, and you are applying to med schools that have a research orientation, your odds go up.
- Timing – If you apply early in the application process, your odds go up; apply late, your odds go down.
Use this list as a guide, and let me know in the comments below what part of the list you struggle with the most. I’ll give more detailed suggestions after you take the medical school self-assessment I created for premeds.