What are the most important things to do when applying for medical school.
i want to pursue a medical degree as a neuro surgeon.
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.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
During college study for and complete the MCAT. Take a prep course if necessary. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.
Expected extracurricular activities include: volunteering, research, and clinical shadowing.
Hi Andrew !
Good for you, wanting to be a surgeon!! It takes a lot of dedication and hard work, but the benefits are worth it. I recommend starting your clinical hours (i.e., patient contact hours, such as volunteering at a hospital or nursing home and keeping a record). Medical schools require you to have those contact hours but most students apply with triple the minimum standard. I also recommend volunteering for charities or local programs, it shows that you can be kind and sympathetic towards others.