You spent your last few years studying, making sure you have all the right pre-requisites, acing the MCAT, and getting the necessary experiences necessary. You are now at the point where you need to find apply to a medical school.
Many of you already have your dream school in mind, or perhaps you know you want to go somewhere on the East Coast but not sure where, or staying close to your family is what matters most to you. Whatever your case may be, applying to medical school is a key step in your journey to becoming a doctor.
When to Apply?
Before you ask yourself where, you may want to ask yourself when. This handy timeline will help you figure out when the best time to apply is.
How Many Schools Should I Apply To?
Now that the time has come for you to apply to medical school, you need to determine how many applications you will send out. The average student applies to 15 medical schools.
A Few Resources For You
The MSAR will help you get a good idea of what you can expect from the medical schools. It will provide you with information about the school, the application process, and what the undergraduate preparation should look like.
This nice table from StartClass is similar to the information that you will get from the MSAR. But what makes this tool useful is that it is free! With 15 different choices for you to rank your prospective schools, you can gather a lot of different information on how your dream school stacks up.
The PreMed Guide has put together a calculator tool so you can see how you rank versus the competition of the other average applicants. Enter your GPA and MCAT scores for each section, followed by your state of residence and let the calculator do the rest. Their database will compare your scores to the average applicant to let you know how competitive you are. This tool can help you build a list of what schools you should be considering.
This helpful article from Medaholic will help you break down your decision into five different categories. Location, academics, finances, student life, and personal are what Medaholic considers the most important factors when choosing a medical school. They go into a large amount of detail surrounding each topic so you will have plenty of good information at your fingertips.
Reddit.com is another resource that often goes overlooked. r/premed is constantly updated with different students questions and concerns about going to medical school. If you have a question, it is likely that someone else in the world has the same one. There is a good chance that you can find the answer on r/premed.
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