When trying to standout on front for medical school, what are some things in highschool i can do to further my chances of getting accepted?
what are some actvities or jobs i can partake in to challenge my readiness for medical school or college?
Working or volunteering in healthcare, especially for underserved populations is a big one. Hospitals love having volunteers and getting your foot in the door can open up opportunities for you to shadow some of the providers and get an idea of what you would like to specialize in.
You can also volunteer/ work in completely different areas to show schools you have interests outside of medicine such as animal shelters, afterschool tutoring, national and local park cleanup etc.
* Gain some volunteering experience and help out in the community. Not only are you providing service back into the community but it is also a great opportunity to build your interpersonal skills when interacting with the public - a must for a medic!
* Gain some work experience where you can shadow those in the healthcare profession wether thats a doctor, pharmacist or dentist
* Develop your scientific knowledge - aim to take science related classes such as Biology and Chemistry as these are some of the fundamentals in medicine.
But most of all the medical schools look at you as an individual - will you be a good medic and is this role for you! It goes without saying medical school is tough so make sure you've got all the knowledge and experience to ensure you have the passion for medicine.
To be honest, medical school will likely not see your high school grades/classes. However, it is important to do well in high school to get into a good college. However, once your in college you should do lots of volunteer work in healthcare settings (emergency room, assisted living communities, etc.), get good grades, participate in clubs and have some form of leadership. Medical schools will be impressed if you start a new club, or do research too!
1. Find a volunteer opportunity at a nearby hospital. Not only will this give you first hand experience around doctors, the volunteer hours will also look great on a medical school application when they see you started volunteering in high school.
2. Take as many hard science classes as possible. Chemistry, Physics, and Biology are all great classes to take in high school to prepare you for college and the MCAT (test you take for medical school admission).
3. Consider what major you will choose in college. Many medical schools like students who apply with a non-traditional science major (Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Biology, etc.). Choosing a major like Psychology, Business, or even Construction Management will show medical schools how well rounded you are. I currently work with a Orthopedic Surgeon who majored in Construction Management and many medical schools were intrigued because of how well rounded his experience was.
It's also very important to make sure you want to go into Medical School because you have a knack and love for learning about the body and science. If it's merely just to "help people" or make a lot of money, those factors aren't enough to motivate you to go through the medical school process. Too many people I know wanted to go to Medical School for those reasons and they ended up changing their minds for what they wanted to do for a career.
Best of luck!