Don’t Let the Computer Control Your Fate! Get Into Medical School

"What are my chances?" I see this everywhere I look on the SDN. Students post their MCAT® scores, their science GPA and cumulative GPA.  They talk about all the wonderful things in life they have done and how they've wanted to be a doctor since even before they remember. Unfortunately there is usually a sob story to these posts.  It usually involves tough circumstances which didn't allow them to study as much as they needed.  They only got a 26 on the MCAT®, a 3.3 GPA or some random combination of scores that they think now puts them out of the running for a chance at getting into medical school.

Top 10 Most Popular Medical Schools—What a Joke.

The US News has released their list of the 10 Most Popular Medical Schools for 2012. This article/list further proves some of the points I made about the Top Medical Schools lists.

The list of the 10 most popular medical schools was built from one piece of data - the percentage of accepted students that a medical school actually enrolled. The definition of popular is "liked, admired or enjoyed by many people." While at a glance it may seem that the higher percentage of students matriculating equals "popular," it most definitely is NOT the case.

Contribute to Reader Profiles

The following are questions for a new series of posts entitled “Reader Profiles.” Each post in this series will detail the current situations and challenges of a MedicalSchoolHQ reader. The purpose of this series is to help us all identify with people like us (in similar situations — not all will be, of course, but…

How to Complete the AMCAS Application: Step-by-Step Guide

The AMCAS is the American Medical College Application Service, a centralized application service used by premed students when applying to medical school. It lets you create one application which is then sent to all of the allopathic medical schools to which you’re applying. How it works Complete your AMCAS application and submit online. Once you…

Premedical Advisors: What You Need to Know

Premedical advisors can have an important influence on your path to medical school. Colleges and universities have various kinds of advisors. At some universities, each freshman is paired with an advisor who will (hopefully) help them plan out their college curriculum and make important decisions along the way. Other schools allow students to select their…

USMLE Step 1 Basics: Format & Content Breakdown

USMLE® Step 1 is used to assess your understanding and ability to apply the important core concepts of the sciences learned in medical school years 1 and 2. The ability to pass Step 1 ensures the foundation has been laid for safe and competent practice of medicine both now and in the future.

USMLE Step 1 QBank – USMLE Weapon Review

USMLE Step 1 - The dreaded 1st step in the process of obtaining your medical license. Preparing for the USMLE Step 1 test involves reading and taking practice questions, thousands of practice questions. USMLE Weapon is one of many options of qbank (question banks) for the USMLE. USMLE Weapon specifically has a qbank for USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK (clinical knowledge). I gave it a thorough, unbiased, review so that you can make a more informed decision when you purchase a qbank.

The Ultimate Guide to Volunteering for Premeds

So, you have been working hard in college on your classes and taking lots of practice tests for the MCAT. You might ask, what else do I need to do to get into medical school? Well, for one thing, you need to volunteer! Key Reasons for Volunteering as a Premed It demonstrates your commitment to…

Best Premed Major to Get into Medical School

Congrats! You are half-way through your undergraduate studies (unless you’re studying in Canada in which case it’s only the end of freshman year) and it is now time to choose a major. At this point, you may have also decided that you want to go to medical school and you are trying to decide what to major in. The first question you may be asking is “Does it matter what my major is if I want to go to medical school?”   The answer in large part is no. Medical schools want applicants who are smart, hard-working and well-rounded. In addition, medical school requirements state that there are a set of courses which must be completed prior to applying to medical school; these include general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and typically at least 1-2 semesters in English. Aside from those courses which are required for med school, you can major in anything you want. The majority (75%) of medical school matriculants major in the biological, physical and social sciences. This leaves 25% of students accepted to medical school that have majors in other disciplines.