So your heart is set on being a doctor. That’s very noble of you, not to mention wise — after all, physicians make good money for saving lives. However, there is one hiccup for many who desire such a career- medical school requirements. Prerequisites for medical school are no laughing matter, and many students feel the crunch to excel in all required undergraduate courses. But the balancing act can be tough — how much time and effort should you spend on each of the medical school requirements?
Some premeds take an unbalanced approach to the medical school application by focusing too much effort on the following:
- Compensation — Premeds will assume that one aspect of their application can compensate for a lacking piece of medical school requirements.
- Trump Cards — Sometimes applicants will assume that exceptional strengths lead to instant admission.
- Recommendations — Those who have worked with important individuals sometimes assume that killer recommendations are a failsafe.
Each set of medical school requirements is different — just check out the MSAR online. Some favor experienced clinical researchers. Others are more concerned with general shows of competence, such as a high GPA. However, don’t think of different qualities as compensatory factors. To make a comparison, does having an awesome rowing technique mean that you have the endurance for top flighted regatta teams?
Medical school requirements exist for a reason. When admission officials stumble upon an iffy application, and they do quite often, they wonder how the potential physician can be trusted with the hectic balancing act that a practicing doctor has to perform if they can’t even properly prioritize medical school requirements.
Where do you stand right now? What are your chances?
The balancing act can be quite tricky, but you still have time to even your application out if you’re lacking in any one area. To see where you stand now, and what your chances of getting admitted to medical school are, check out “What are My Chances?”