In today's episode, Ryan and Allison talk about the 8 key pieces of information every premed should know as they're going through this journey..
No perfect applicant
- There is no one picture of a perfect applicant that you need to fit into.
- Be who you are.
- Don't figure out what boxes to check because there's no such thing as a checklist.
- The admissions committee is looking for what makes you unique, not a “cookie cutter” applicant
Choosing your undergrad
- Ryan chose an undergrad based on an athletic program over academics
- Allison chose McGill in Canada which has a European method of teaching with narrow coursework
- Several Canadian universities do not inflate grades and more interested in taking students from their own provinces
- If you go to a Canadian medical school, you're not considered a foreign medical graduate in the US
These are 7 or 8-year BS/MD programs wherein you apply to an undergrad program and be accepted into medical school at the same time
Broaden your coursework
FlexMed program is a 7- year program where you get to apply to medical school as a sophomore in college. If you get accepted, you no longer have to take the MCAT and you get the chance to bring in some diversity into your courses.
Respect the MCAT
- The MCAT is a test like no other. One of the most common mistakes students make is underestimating the MCAT thinking you're doing well with your undergrad.
- It tests your ability to take the MCAT.
- You need to do practice tests under real conditions
- Prep courses are great but be sure to do practice tests
- The average number of medical schools to apply to is 14.5 but apply as many schools as you can
- Be open to the possibility of going to a school out of your region
- Find a school that is going to match with you
Apply early but not on the first day.
- Delay a couple of days to a week to let the glitches in the system (if there are any) to work themselves out
- The further you go along in the application cycle, the less chances of you getting an interview
- Medical school application is like a game of musical chairs – the sooner you get a chair, the better
Enjoy the journey!
- Take time to enjoy the ride. Take time to soak in those moments of being a college student.
- Although you also need to delay gratification at times whenever appropriate.
- Life is about balance.
Links and Other Resources:
If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.
Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.
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