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How much do you have to do around your school to be accepted?

Like how do you make sure to get into a medical college? I have a 4.0 average so far into my 7th grade year. I want to know what courses I should take in High School to be sure to get into medical college.

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Aliah !

How marvelous that you already know your goals for your future career ! That is wonderful. You have a perfect GPA right now and that is also to be applauded !

You are probably already really into human and health sciences at your current school and I would advise to continue to take those courses carrying into high school. Subjects like Anatomy, Biology, Psychology, Physics and Chemistry. Anything that is a health and human science. Continue striving for good grades, too.

You can also join a science club or group at school. Whichever club or groups you join, stay with them until you graduate because undergraduate colleges like to see that students have had a long time in the groups that they have belonged to. Try not to overload yourself with too much, though. Involve yourself with opportunities at your school or in the community, with science fairs, and conferences for high school students. Your experience and active learning can be done through this avenue or through volunteer work.

It will also be fun to be around other students who have the same interest as you. If there are no groups or clubs focused on human health, see if you can create one. You can ask your teacher who you must approach for this and than begin a group that works on projects. This will be great for your resume entering undergraduate school.

For volunteer work, I would suggest doing it at your local hospital. Being at a hospital doing non-medical volunteer work will give you the opportunity to observe what it is like being around doctors and nurses and it can give you insight and you may possibly obtain a mentor while there.

Since all schools are applied to, applications reviewed and decisions are made by college staff, there's no way to make certain that any particular applicant would be accepted. There are no guarantees, but you can strive for a shining application and be confident and wait for your acceptance letter. There is too much it will depend on to tell you, do this and you're guaranteed to be accepted. Just hope for the best and think positive.

I hope that this was helpful ! Best wishes to you always !
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Michel’s Answer

You are already doing great. Going to medical school is a big goal, and it is achievable, but making sure that you are not burning yourself out is extremely important. Many people say that going for medical school is a marathon and not a sprint. You are already looking into ways to get in. This gives you a great advantage. So make sure when you get into high school you are maintaining your grades. When you have free time try to do some extra curricular activities. If you do these early you can spread them out a lot further and not have to jam them in between junior and senior year. Do things that make you excited and that you can talk about. If you like volunteering handing out food and that excites you great. Do a lot of that. Don’t volunteer in something just because you think it will make you look good because most places will have you explain why you did the activities that you did. Overall maintain your grades and enjoy your life and do things that you like, but also help where you can. You are going to do amazing just keep it up and be true to yourself.
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Shelia’s Answer

Hi Aliah!
You've already gathered some fantastic insights! And congratulations on a 4.0 GPA. Outstanding achievement!!

Becoming a physician is an exciting journey you might want to embark on. It is key to take courses related to the sciences. And I agree taking AP science courses in high school. with Rahil. Michelle gave you excellent advice on joining science clubs and volunteering. Rian's answer on taking anatomy will confirm whether you want to become a physician. It's important to keep focused on your grades and participate in extracurricular activities.

Before you graduate from high school, you may want to research colleges that offer a biomedical sciences program. This major will expose you to most of the required subjects you'll need to tackle in medical school. You'll need to shine in your studies, take up leadership roles and clock in hours at a hospital, clinic or doctor's office. My daughter, for example, worked as a medical scribe during her undergrad degree. You'll also need to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and aim to score 510 or higher. It's a good idea to apply to several medical schools. The application process involves writing a top-notch personal statement, securing letters of recommendation, completing both a primary and secondary application, and acing an interview.

For now, I would keep earning high grades and join clubs or sports. And lastly, it's okay if the path you initially chose needs to be changed. Life can often surprise us, and you might find that a new direction suits you even better.

For now, I would kee
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Rian’s Answer

Hi Aliah,
It's great that you want to pursue a physician career path! To apply to medical school in the US, you typically need to finish high school as well as receive a bachelor's degree. During your bachelor's degree, you will need to take differetn prerequisite classes encompassing biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and some math. In high school, to prepare for these classes I would recommend taking multiple AP classes, including biology, chemistry, and physics. I would also recommend taking an anatomy class, if offered, because it can give you a better idea of the type of content you would learn in medical school, and you can see if it's something that you enjoy.

Best of luck to you!
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Rahil’s Answer

Great question! Congrats on maintaining that 4.0 GPA, and it's great you've already considered the path you want to pursue after college. In high school, I would recommend taking some high level science classes like AP Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Seeing if your school has classes such as a science club or a future medical leaders of America club could also be something you're interested in. Volunteering at a hospital or shadowing practitioners is another extremely helpful way to learn more about the healthcare field. This could also allow you to meet and stay in touch with people at those hospitals or offices that could recommend you for any job openings in the future to get more experience before medical school. Keeping your GPA up and doing well on the SAT will go a long way for applying to university!
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