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Here are the answers to questions from some of our beloved listeners:
Should you start studying for the MCAT alone or should you just dive right in with a tutoring program?
- It depends. Everybody has different methods of studying
- Taking a test prep course will more than likely give you a boost in your score by several points.
Should surgeons have to get used to blood and flesh?
- Either you like it or not.
Taking finance as premed?
- What you’re majoring has no bearing on your ability to get into medical school.
- How well you do in your major and the med school pre-requisites make all the difference in the world.
- Follow your passion.
Shadowing or volunteering hours requirement to be competitive?
- Shadowing: What you need to show is that you have shadowed and gotten close enough to the patient and understand what you’re getting yourself into.
- Volunteering: For your sense of pride and accomplishment and for the admissions committee to see that you are willing to give and take time to go volunteer and give to others
*The University of Utah dictates the required shadowing hours to apply.
- Community volunteer services: 36 hours in the last 4 years (Average of 100 hours within the last 4 years)
- Physician shadowing: 8-24 hours
What type of study-er are you? How much time do you have dedicated to studying for the MCAT?
- The MCAT is one of the biggest admissions criteria and requirements that you need to do as well as you can on. So you NEED to be serious and #respecttheMCAT. Do well in it. So plan ahead and work backwards from there.
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