While every medical school in the United States can offer you a great education, not all schools are created equal. Each presents a unique set of attributes that one student may find more appealing than another. Choosing a medical school is largely based on your own goals and interests, but it is possible to zero in on some options to make the right decision.
Should I Apply to Multiple Schools?
Yes, you can apply to as many schools as you want. In fact, prospective students send applications to an average of 15 different schools through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The fees for applying to each school can change and are available on the official AMCAS website. There are more fees associated with secondary applications, travel, clothing, etc., so it is advised to only apply to schools that you would realistically consider attending.
When Should I Start Considering Schools?
Where you are in your education will determine when you should start considering which medical schools you would like to apply to. If you are in high school and would like to pursue a dual B.S./M.D. program, you should begin researching in your junior year. Those already in college should start looking into medical schools a few months before it’s time to fill out the AMCAS application.
Medical School Resources
There are plenty of medical school resources at your disposal that can help you choose a medical school. Your pre-health advisor at your school is an expert on the topic. If you don’t have one, you can find one through the National Association of Advisors for Health Professionals.
Additionally, the official website for Medical School Admission Requirements has listings of all the medical schools in America and Canada. The listings show everything from admission requirements to acceptance rates. You can compare schools side-by-side and save those you are most interested in. All information on the site is regularly updated.