MCAT 2015 Exam Time: 7 hrs, 30 min Sections: Biology and Biochemistry Chemistry and Physics Psychology and Sociology (Social Sciences) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Scoring: Each section: 118-132 (125 is the center of the bell curve) Overall: 472-528 (500 is the center of the bell curve) For more information: https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessent ials.pdf https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessent ials.pdf
MCAT Prep Self-study In-class preparatory class Online preparatory class Private Tutoring The recommended time to prepare and take the MCAT? Prepare summer before Junior year and take MCAT late August.
Registering for the MCAT Go to the website: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat /register/ https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat /register/ Click on “Register for the MCAT” Create an account on AAMC Select your test date, time, and location Pay the $300 registration fee
Extracurricular activities Do something that interests you that is not science related or premed related ( BE UNIQUE ). Join organizations of interest Does not have to be premed/science related (e.g. Magic Club) Run for officer positions Leadership Be active and social; do not seem to live under a rock
Doctor Shadowing What is it? Why should you obtain some? Why is it difficult to obtain?
Doctor Shadowing Three primary ways to find doctors to shadow: Connections Family, friends, or through someone you know well Brute-force way Contacting the doctor’s offices by phone, email, or visitations Be persistent, but not clingy Programs and organizations APA, HCMP, and other premed orgs Some tips
Clinical Volunteering These settings provide insight into the service portion of the medical world. Experiences obtained in these settings can offer good stories for interviews or statements. General info Perspective ER IS AWESOME
Popular hospitals for clinical volunteering Hospitals: University Medical Center Brackenridge Dell Children’s Medical Center St. David’s Medical Center North Austin Medical Center
Research Add-on Provides deeper understanding in a specific scientific field, and scientific method. Adds perspective to your application Publications = this kid knows how to get stuff done, puts in work, knows what they’re doing, and knows about what they’re doing. Experiences here are translatable to medical practice Working with EKG, MRI, cell cultures, surgery, animals, paperwork, etc.
Finding Research Professors Looking up faculty Picking a lab To publish or not publish?
Scholarships It’s an award; an honor Go to HPO Office of Student Financial Services College of Natural Sciences Office Departmental scholarships/awards Online sites Ex: fastweb
TMDSAS Only state with its own medical school application service Eight medical schools (includes TCOM) - more to come Requires that 90% of incoming class be Texas residents = GREAT CHANCE of being accepted
AMCAS Every other MD program (includes Baylor College of Medicine) 134 medical schools
AACOMAS All DO medical schools (except TCOM) 33 medical schools
General application tips Apply early! TMDSAS opens on May 1. Ideally, submit in June. Latest July. Plan ahead (personal statement, recommendation letters, keeping track of volunteer/research/extracurricular hours) Apply broadly! Save up some money (Application + Interviewing = expensive)
Things you might not know… Every college class you’ve taken counts (includes dual credits in high school and community college credits) A - = A (YAYYY!!) You don’t have to be a science major You don’t need 200 hours of doctor shadowing Quality and consistency matters Make sure you shadow some primary care physicians You don’t need 200 hours of research Academic/extracurricular balance (well rounded?)
Interview Practice and practice! Not on even playing fields with everyone else Conversation vs Interrogation Expect the unexpected
TMDSAS-Prematch and Match Prematch Nov. 15 – Dec. 31 Multiple non-binding acceptances Match Jan. 21 = Ranking schools you’ve interviewed at Feb. 2 = match day Will come out with one acceptance If no acceptance, waitlist
Last step Go to med school and become an awesome doctor!