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Medical School: The Application Process UCI Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
AMCAS Logistics May 1st: Application opens June 1st: First day to submit Early July: Suggested turn in Primary Application Deadlines: November 1, 15 and December 1st (depends on school)
1. Identifying Information
2. Schools Attended
3. Biographic Information SOCIAL ECONOMIC EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL GEOGRAPHICAL
4. Course Work * remember to check each school's course requirements: biochem & statistics
GPA and Majors Do I have to be a science major? What GPA do I need to have in order to apply? Which GPA is important?
Do I have to be a science major? No! GPA? "Suggested" Total > 3.5 **Science >= 3.5 (see MSAR)
GPA Tips/Suggestions Demonstrate an upward trend Must have substance Medical schools look at Science GPA (BCPM).
Extracurricular Activities, Volunteer and Work How many activities should I be involved in? Do they have to be medically or science related? What if I work and don’t have time?
Activities Tips/Suggestions Do what you love. Demonstrate commitment & passion. Learn from your experiences. They will make you a well- rounded individual
6. Letters of Evaluation/ Recommendation How can I get a STRONG letter? Who do I ask and How do I ask them? How many letters do I need?
LOR: Tips/Suggestions 3-5 letters (2-3 science, 1 non- science, 1-2 other i.e. community service/extracurricular activities Visit professor Office Hours Provide: Personal info sheet, CV/resume, personal statement, grade sheet with course highlighted, and self addressed stamped envelope.
7. Medical Schools How many do I apply to? Which schools do I apply to? How can I learn more about the school and their particular requirements?
Medical School Tips/Suggestions Refer to Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) You can apply to all 133 U.S. accredited medical schools. Realistically, apply to schools that meet personal eligibility and/or likings.
8. Personal Statement This is your time to shine and show them who YOU ARE! Share your STORY.
PS Tips/Suggestions No particular format or structure Tell an original story! Explain and support why you want to be a physician. Stand out from the other thousands of applicants!
9. Standardized Tests (MCAT)
MCAT Format Physical Science (PS): 70 minutes, 52 MC Questions Verbal Reasoning (VR): 60 minutes, 40 MC Questions Writing Sample (WS): 60 minutes, 2 essays Biological Science (BS): 70 minutes, 52 MC Questions
MCAT Tips/Suggestions Tests knowledge, concepts, and critical thinking Allocate a significant amount of time for studying. Practice, practice, practice, practice!
Fee Assistance Program MCAT: $235-->$80 Primary Application for each school: 14 free + $30 each additional Free secondary applications for most schools Free MSAR
Secondary Application AKA: Supplementary Application Written responses will be more focused for the school and its curriculum Letters of recommendation are REQUIRED to complete the application Individual deadlines
Interviews Review your application and know yourself Be up-to-date on current medical reform and relate issues Learn about the school Devise your own questions for the interviewer(s) Practice interview techniques/questions (mock interview) Relax and know you are great!
Question Topics Personal views on certain issues Challenges Achievements Community Service Education Family/Community Ethics
Ask Yourself… Why do I want to be a doctor? What are my strengths/weaknesses? What makes me special and what can I contribute? What is the most pressing health problem in our community today?
But Remember to be: CONFIDENT PERSEVERANT PATIENT And to always… BELIEVE in YOURSELF!!!