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Let's face it; each year getting into medical school is proving to be more difficult. What are you supposed to do when becoming a physician seems so close, yet so far away? How do you even get into medical school? You already need awesome grades, MCAT scores, and extracurriculars. Now you might be thinking you need another degree altogether!! Before you freak out and start searching online forums (note: spare yourself the pain, don't do it!) let BeMo help you understand graduate school and medical school acceptance. So do you really need a graduate degree to get into medical school? Let's find out.
Why are you thinking of going to graduate school?
First things first, ask yourself why grad school. Do you want to pursue something specific? Are you having doubts about medicine? Are you unsure of amasters of Ph.D. route? Are you afraid you won’t get in? Whatever the reason, answer that question. Grad school isn't something to be taken lightly. It's challenging and it comes with a hefty price tag. The decision to enter grad school takes time and should not be thought of as a backup plan to medicine. It is still an excellent idea if you are passionate about a discipline or you want to further your education. If you are worried your application is weak, examine what those underlying factors first. Maybe you need more clinical experience. Shadowing a physician would be a better step in the right direction. Are you worried about your grades? Graduate school could help show the admissions committee that you can handle the advanced coursework. Keep in mind that each committee will evaluate your graduate GPA differently. Some might average it or they may even replace your undergrad GPA. Again remember, that is specific to each school so bear that in mind.
How does a graduate degree help your chances of medical school acceptance?
Many future and current medical school applicants are faced with the question of whether or not they “need” a graduate degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) to gain successful admission into medical school. Read more…
The world of graduate studies is one that greatly differs from what you experienced in your undergraduate years. It is a new world of exploration, enhanced critical thinking, understanding, collaboration with supervisors and mentors, and the opportunity to develop a new lens or perspective on various facets of life within and beyond academia.
To say what degree may be best for you is nearly an impossible task because what is “right” for you will vary depending on your individual goals, skills, and perseverance. With that said, this blog is not meant to persuade you one way or the other, it is meant to highlight what both degrees can offer you, and what is involved in earning that degree. In the end, you will need to reflect on your goals (personally and career wise) to better understand what is “right” for you. What you get out of your degree depends on your personal goals, activities, teaching engagements, research positions, internships, or other work experiences that you chose to engage in while going through your studies. Read more…
Tip#1: Don’t assume that each school has the same application process.
Do your research and have a strong understanding of the requirements for each school so that you are not surprised about any requirements when submitting your application.
Tip#2: Know all the deadlines.
Knowing all of the application deadlines is important because some schools will have earlier deadlines than others, and moreover, if you want to be considered for funding packages, schools may have different application deadlines for funding eligibility. (Expert tip: create an Excel spreadsheet with the schools you want to apply to, and their application deadlines.)
Tip#3: Identify your preferred research topic.
Once you have an idea about what you want to research, start reading the literature in the field to gain a sense of the urgency of the research, what has already been done, and what gaps need to be filled to add to the research literature. Although it is generally not required for you to be extremely well-versed in the literature prior to beginning your studies, being versed will give you an advantage when writing your admission applications, speaking with potential supervisors, and when the time comes, having to write your research proposal during the graduate program. The more informed you are, the better. Read more…
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