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The Perfect Medical School Application

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You’re putting your medical school application together, going down the list checking off the various items, and you realize you’ve done pretty well:  You’ve maintained a decent GPA and have an MCAT score above average?. You’ve done research and shadowing and  have sent requests for letters of recommendation. There is one more thing, though, that you should add to this checklist to make your application stand out: acknowledgment of your Core Competencies.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has identified four categories of Core Competencies that aspiring medical students should have. You can read more about these and how to reveal your competencies here, but make note of one of the most difficult areas to show competence: science competencies.

At Exploring Medicine, you can choose from an ever-expanding number of science competencies. Learn the medical model of diagnosis and treatment of disease while you apply your basic science knowledge to clinical medicine. At the completion of each of these modules, you will receive a personalized certificate of completion revealing the foundational concepts addressed through the educational experience you chose. Prepare yourself to think like a doctor as you work through actual patient scenarios. In the end, you will make a better-informed decision about pursuing a career in medicine. For more information about science competencies and about Exploring Medicine, go to exploringmedicine.net.

How to Be a Great Candidate for Medical School

Your application to medical school is not just an afternoon of filling out an online or paper form, it is a process that takes years. Only about forty percent of students that apply to medical will be accepted for admission. Knowing the proper steps in the application process will maximize your chances of being one of those twenty thousand.

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The first question you should ask yourself before embarking on the path to a medical school application is, “Do I want to be a doctor?” Are you making an informed decision? What do you know about the medical field? Do you know what the medical model is? Get good grades and smoke the MCAT- who hasn’t heard that advice. Whether you do moderately well academically or you are a genius does not make you better suited to be a physician someday.

 

To begin to answer these questions, watch this additional benefits video and start yourself down the right path to a great medical school application. When you know that medicine is the right career for you, it will show through on your application and in your med school interview. In our next Exploring Medicine post, we will discuss how to prepare the perfect application.