How difficult is it to get into medical school
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You will have to complete college with a bachelor’s degree as well as all of the Pre-med requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). GPA should probably be 3.5 or better (preferably >3.8). You will also have to score well on the MCAT. Take a prep course to get the best possible score.
Thank you for your question. I'm the proud Mom of a son who completed medical school and is currently a resident Pediatrician. In observing him on his journey to become a doctor here are some things he did to help propel him along the way for getting accepted into medical school. . . . While in high school, he was selected to participate in a program called "Medical Explorers" where he shadowed doctors at the local hospital for 2 hours a month in all areas; and participated as a United States People to People Student Ambassador traveling abroad. He also scored extremely high on the SAT/ACT. In undergraduate college, he scored well on the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) exam.
Although I have no direct proof, I honestly believe that the gems mentioned above (and many others not listed in this post) helped positioned him to get accepted into medical school immediately after college. I'd say you want to make sure that you are highly motivated, dedicated, focused and have a career plan in place; simply because this journey is a "long and expensive" one (there are no short cuts on this path). AND, you will gain a lot of debt along the way. It will require a lot of hard work, which involves studying, reading, researching, collaborating, etc. etc. Just set your plan in motion and stick to it. When needed get support from others such as family, friends, church, school counselor, work, etc.
Getting into medical school could become challenging but, it doesn't have to be. My Nephew didn't quite know if he wanted to go down this path so, he started about 2 years after my son. Start as early as you can with your plan, which involves researching what you want to do, execute well, and follow through. It won't be easy but, I encourage you to surround yourself with a good support system. I wish you much success on your career journey.
Good luck to you!
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