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How can I better my chances of getting accepted to medical school?

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I am currently a biology major at Old Dominion University.
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Walt’s Answer

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I am not a physician, but my wife is a highly accomplished one, so I'll answer with a few observations from her experience. Please take them with a grain of salt given that this is second-hand information... I would highly encourage you to do your own research.

Here are a few things that she did during college that helped her get into the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine:

- Hit the books HARD... She graduated summa cum laude with nearly perfect grades because she prioritized her school work all four years
- Applied for and received a grant to do medical research during her junior year
- Interned for the Environmental Protection Agency
- Studied abroad in London and interned/shadowed physicians there during one summer
- Found leadership roles in a couple student organizations and found ways to make an impact in them
- Studied VERY diligently for the MCAT and earned a high score

Those were all big commitments for her, but they paid off. She not only was accepted into her top choice medical school, but she learned a lot along the way, which positioned her for success once she was there. She was accepted to a top 5 residency as a result. Medicine is a long and arduous road, but the career has been very fulfilling for her. We need bright medical professionals now more than ever... Good luck to you!
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Walt’s Answer

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I am not a physician, but my wife is a highly accomplished one, so I'll answer with a few observations from her experience. Please take them with a grain of salt given that this is second-hand information... I would highly encourage you to do your own research.

Here are a few things that she did during college that helped her get into the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine:

- Hit the books HARD... She graduated summa cum laude with nearly perfect grades because she prioritized her school work all four years
- Applied for and received a grant to do medical research during her junior year
- Interned for the Environmental Protection Agency
- Studied abroad in London and interned/shadowed physicians there during one summer
- Found leadership roles in a couple student organizations and found ways to make an impact in them
- Studied VERY diligently for the MCAT and earned a high score

Those were all big commitments for her, but they paid off. She not only was accepted into her top choice medical school, but she learned a lot along the way, which positioned her for success once she was there. She was accepted to a top 5 residency as a result. Medicine is a long and arduous road, but the career has been very fulfilling for her. We need bright medical professionals now more than ever... Good luck to you!
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Megan’s Answer

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The two most important parts of your application are your GPA and your MCAT score.

I would take the summer to devote to studying for the MCAT, once you have finished the courses that will be on it.
If you have a GPA above a 3.6 and an MCAT score above a 510, you will be a competitive applicant.

When you are applying, you will also need to show a strong interest in the field. I would suggest joining a research lab, shadowing a doctor, or volunteering at a hospital. You can also get recommendation letters from your supervisors through those activities.
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