You might be ready to jump the gun on applying to medical. I mean, it’s what you’ve been preparing for the last 4 years to do. However, there are some common mistakes that students wish they could take back after the application had already been sent. You could benefit from reading the material below and learning from their mistakes. You might decide later on that medical school wasn’t the right choice or taking a different path would have helped you get into your dream medical school. Take some time to consider the options below before applying to medical school. I promise it’s a quick read.
5 Things to do Before Applying to Medical School
- Career/Health Fairs are a great way to learn about different programs offered by multiple schools. If you’re not sure where you want to go to medical school, this is definitely the place to start hunting them down.
- Get Lab Experience and get it fast. Having something, even as small as an internship in a hospital or lab setting will really boost your chances of getting into better medical schools. There should be plenty of programs to get you connected while you’re attaining your undergraduate degree.
- Letters of Evaluation are your golden ticket into the chocolate factory. A good recommendation from a professor with connections can take your simple med school application and turn it into solid gold.
- The AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) is a simple way to create one medical school application and send it to multiple schools of your choosing. This will really cut down on your application time if you want to see where you could get into.
- File Your FAFSA Early! The free application for federal student aid is one of the most common resources for helping students afford school. However, the deadline to apply is usually January. You need to make sure, months in advance, that you have the financial support you need to attend medical school.
Remember to take in this advice before applying to medical and you could avoid both heartache and headache as you take your first steps to becoming a doctor!