Should You Come Out as LGBTQ in Your Medical School Applications?

The medical school application is your chance to show the admissions committee who you are, but you might be wondering what or how much to show them. I generally recommend students share even the things they’re nervous about sharing like their hobbies. Others might encourage you to worry about how you will come across to the admissions committees.

While you should present your best self on your application, you don’t want to go to a school that would judge you for being yourself. This includes your hobbies, your background, and any marginalized identities you hold.

This question might be particularly top of mind for LGBTQ+ students or those of you who hold other marginalized identities. Ultimately, what you share about yourself with the admissions committee is up to you.

It can be helpful to learn from those who have come before you. You can learn from their missteps and successes. They may also have advice for how to find a school that’s a good fit for you, like in the video above.

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At the end of the day, only you can decide what you’re comfortable including in your application. Disclosing your identity in your application can be helpful in finding out whether a school is supportive. You should feel confident about your application and everything that’s in it.

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