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What are the best universities if im considering medical school?

I'm in highschool and I want to start thinking about college but I don't know which ones are good.(I also want to go to a hbcu)

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Anthony’s Answer

The "top-notch university" is essentially the one that resides within you. Becoming a medical student is 95% about your personal hard work and dedication, while only 5% is about the actual diploma. Therefore, it's crucial to select a college renowned for its strong science programs, as these courses will form the bulk of your pre-medical requirements. If you excel in these prerequisite courses and prepare thoroughly for the MCAT (the entrance exam), the specific name of your college won't carry much weight. So, in reality, pick a school that appeals to you and provides the best environment for you to thrive.
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Kess’s Answer

Fantastic question!
Embarking on the journey to medical school can seem intimidating, but don't worry. It often doesn't matter what university or college you attend. What matters is YOU! Seriously.

This is a general breakdown of how to apply for and what to expect in medical school:

1. Complete high school and make sure to relish your summer break!

2. Begin exploring which college you would like to attend for your bachelor's degree. Medical schools generally accept any degree as long as you've fulfilled the prerequisite courses. Don't forget to indulge in some subjects that truly interest you! Medical schools appreciate applicants who are diverse and have interests beyond medicine, not just those who've ticked off the necessary boxes.
(I hold a bachelor's degree in biomedical science with minors in chemistry and sociology, and my med school buddies have degrees in English, Russian history, and Psychology.)

3. Enroll in as many courses as possible at your local community college to save on costs (ensure they're transferable to a university though)! Apply for financial aid via FAFSA. Some community colleges even offer programs that can help you transition to a nearby university.

4. Aim for and secure at least a bachelor's degree. Some individuals choose to pursue a Master's degree, such as in Public Health, but it's not mandatory.

5. Gear up for and take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). Your college might be able to assist you with test preparation!

6. Get ready for and apply to medical schools (both MD (Medical Doctor) and DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) pathways lead to becoming a physician).

7. Complete 4 years of medical school (the first 2 years consist of textbook learning, while the last two years involve clinical rotations). Licensing exams are taken after the 2nd and 3rd years of medical school, with a final one during residency.

8. Apply for and participate in a residency program - this involves a few more years of training depending on your chosen specialty. (Take your 3rd major exam here.) On the bright side, residency is a paid position.

BEST OF LUCK! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, YOU'VE GOT THIS!!!
Thank you comment icon Hi Kess, do you have any colleges that you would recommend for medical school and/or undergrad? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Martha’s Answer

This is a great question, Zuri, and Anthony has given you excellent advice. There are 107 HCBU's -- http://www.thehundred-seven.org/hbculist.html -- so you have many choices among them. Several of them are very well known, such as Morehouse, Spelman, and Howard. But you could access an excellent pre-medical experience at many member colleges.

Good luck!
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