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Is research in your undergraduate required for medical schools?

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Samantha’s Answer

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Hey Nivethitha,

When you are first deciding you want to choose a medical path that leads to MD it is important you understand what is required for a good application to stand out.

For example a good GPA is a great start for getting the attention of admission counselors and an impressive MCAT score is also highly recommended. Most medical schools look at GPA and MCAT scores first before anything else they see. Why is this? It's because when a student's GPA or MCAT score are not within an acceptable range, then it highly predicts how well the student will be able to handle the rigorous coursework of medical school. But a high GPA and good MCAT score are not the only things medical schools are looking for. Other factors come into play that can help boost your application and make you a competitive student. For example, extracurriculars, leadership positions, volunteer work, shadowing a doctor, clinical experience, research, publications. So if those numbers of your GPA and MCAT are not within range of the prospective schools you want to apply to, undergraduate research would be helpful and it can give you more of a better chance of being accepted, given the circumstances that you have met all other factors such as leadership positions, volunteer work etc.
Thank you :) Nivethitha G.
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Estelle’s Answer

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I agree with the others. I would like to add that doing research is not mandatory but sometimes allows you to get to know faculty better in preparation for recommendation letters. GPA, MCAT scores, and strong recommendation letters are paramount.
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Jarron’s Answer

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Research is a very common activity among premed students; however, its not required. If you have an interest in any academic subject that you want to pursue, I would highly recommend doing research (research in the humanities & social sciences counts as well as research in STEM). If you are not passionate for research, then there is no pressure either! As long as you fill your time with some sort of strong activities, you can stand out on your application!
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Dan’s Answer

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Emphasis on GPA and MCAT scores first. Most places use a computer program to filter lower scores out, those that make it through are the one's that are actually read and analyzed by the school. That is where research would come in or any other extra-curricular activity.
Thank you :) Nivethitha G.
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