Many students enter college with the intention of gaining acceptance to medical school. Many, however, lack adequate knowledge of the admissions process, which hampers their odds of success. In the 2007-2008 application season, for example, 42,231 individuals applied to one or more of 126 allopathic programs. Ultimately, only 18,036 of these applicants had matriculated into a medical school. That is a success rate of only 42.7%!
Given the competitive nature of the application process, you'll need every advantage possible in order to maximize your own odds of acceptance. I've been through this difficult process myself, and having gained admission to UF College of Medicine, I'd like to offer my advice to future applicants. In this series of blog posts, I will explain the basics of the process and point out where individuals are most likely to fail. The medical school application process is very competitive compared to what it once was and has changed from even a decade ago.
You'll need a thorough understanding of the requirements, both explicit and implied, in order for success. Therefore, in this series I will write about how to succeed in the required courses, the MCAT, extracurriculars and application essays necessary for a competitive application.
Of course, every applicant has unique circumstances and this general advice is only a foundation. In order to maximize your chances, you need to showcase your strengths. Successful applicants not only have excellent stats, but they also have a compelling story. One-on-one counseling is the best method for some. You can always rely on your school's pre-med advisor, but often times they are overworked and under-informed about the process. I offer individualized application counseling, intended to maximize your own chances of success. And unlike your pre-med advisor (who is probably a MS or PhD in Biology or Chemistry), I have actually been through the application process.
Thanks for reading and look forward to more advice in this space. Next post: how to succeed in the classes required for medical school.