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What are the most important things to do when applying for medical school.

i want to pursue a medical degree as a neuro surgeon.

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

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.

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Rachel’s Answer

GPA should be 3.8+. You should aim for A's in your pre med classes. Take an MCAT prep course because MCAT weighs just as heavily on your application as your GPA.

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Cheyenne’s Answer

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.

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Estelle’s Answer

The most important factors in getting into med school are GPA and MCAT. Beyond that the schools look at volunteering, extracurricular activities, and shadowing. The interview is the last hurdle to gaining admission. Good luck!