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How can I increase my chances for the Direct Med program?

I know that the Direct Med program is extremely competitive, but what can I do to make sure that I have a competitive resume that will higher my chances of getting in too? Do I need to make sure that I have good grades, good extracurriculars, or what?

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Valerie’s Answer

Hello there! I am a first year medical student. You're right, it is competitive but that doesn't mean you can't do it! Good grades in undergrad are really important, but so is the MCAT. I recommend preparing a year in advance for this test, and do your very best. Finally, having a lot of community service will look great, and is a great way to see if you like to field of helping other people. Try to volunteer in a health care setting. Also, make sure you have a least one leadership activity because as a physician you will need to be a good leader and group member. Good luck and stay positive.

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Mallory’s Answer

It sounds like you are asking the right questions which shows your interest and determination! You can definitely do this if you put your mind to it. I am a fourth year medical student and I would also recommend shadowing physicians. It can be a great experience to build a relationship with a mentor and ask them for a letter of recommendation. You can shadow a doctor you have personal experience with or ask your family/friends for recommendations. Any experience that gives you clinical experience will help!