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What is one advice that you would give Pre-Medical students as they are pursuing to go to medical school?

I am asking because the odds of adding medical school is a small ratio to students that actually take the pre-med prerequisites. With odds like this, many people refuse to take pre-med if they will not have a shot. I am curious to see what professionals think. #college #medicine #medical-school #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care #pre-med

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Richard’s Answer


Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.

Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.

During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.
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Madison’s Answer

I think you need to go into pre-med courses with a plan and a back up plan. If your ultimate goal is medical school you CAN make that happen, I truly believe any one can get into medical school, however, for some this may take more time/years/work than others and you need to plan for that/be ok with that if that is your dream career then you will do what you need to make it happen. I think also you need a back up plan. For instance, if you plan to not take a gap year and want to go straight to med school from undergrad, have a back up plan for what you will do if you dont get in that round! Plan ahead for the back up plan. This will 1. help ease some anxiety of what happens if that cycle you're unsucessful and 2. give you other career options/plans if you ever change your mind during college about going to medical school. Find a college counselor you trust who is helpful/honest and who has sucessfully helped students get into medical school who are not all straight A students. You want to plan early in college what goals you need to set to get in and start planning for those years in advanced to make sure the cycle you apply to medical school you are giving it 100% the best application you personally can!
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Rachel’s Answer

The road is long and very hard. The road to general surgery is somewhat longer, and the sleepless nights and incredible workload can make it much harder. However, medicine gives back to you just as much as it takes. This career can be all-encompassing and fulfilling beyond any other.
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n’s Answer

My advice is: First, think hard and determine what your motive is for pursuing medicine. Second, study hard, get good grades. Third, volunteer in laboratories to gain experience in working, cutting edge biochemistry, molecular biology, disease research such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, parkinson's, Alzheimers', infections etc., In addition volunteer at a hospice care, adult care, or some other medical facility getting a hands on experience facing the human face of ailments and their outcomes. Fourth, talk to your teachers, and mentors who would be writing you letters of recommendations. Be pro-active.
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