2017 seems to be an interesting year for new medical students and it might also be a difficult one as well. There are a few trends emerging that new medical students, entering schools in 2017, should be aware of before they send off their applications. New students are definitely going to face challenges as they make their way through the academic circuit and you might be better off knowing this information beforehand. See what 2017 has in store for medical students by reading the information below.
Medical School Trends in 2017
The first and most troubling trend that seems to be emerging in 2017 is the increase in competition that young students face. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, less than half the number of students that applied to medical school were entered into programs for 2016-2017.
The only buffer that separated the students that got in and those that didn’t was a few points on their MCATs or their GPA.
Another deciding factor that might play into getting into medical school is the use of social media. Now, more than ever, medical institutions are looking into the profiles of possible students. To decrease the heavy competition and sift through potential candidates, pictures of students “partying hard” might make you miss your opportunity to get into the school of your dreams.
Holistic methods have become increasing popular for finding the best candidates for medical school. GPA and MCAT scores still play the most dominant role but having a list of classes, extracurricular activities, and internships that point to strong personal attributes can also help your chances. Anything that proves you’re a natural leader, critical thinker, creative, or an emotionally strong person will make your medical school application shine.
Before you head into 2017 as a new medical student be sure to brace yourself for the challenges ahead and use the methods above to set yourself apart.