Prerequisites for Medical School

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Prerequisites for Medical School

In this blog, you will learn the following:

  • What are medical school prerequisites?
  • What are some common prerequisite courses that medical schools require?
  • Why are prerequisites important?
  • Tips, tricks, and suggestions for optimizing your performance on your medical school prerequisites

What Are Medical School Prerequisites?

Many medical schools require students to complete certain prerequisite courses as part of their admissions criteria; that is, to be considered as an applicant, you must complete and receive a passing grade in certain undergraduate courses prior to applying to medical school.

Some medical schools do not have prerequisite course requirements. Some schools make these prerequisites “suggested” courses to complete, so even if you have not completed them, your application will still be considered.

  • TIP: Look at the schools’ websites or speak to their admissions offices to make sure you have the most up-to-date information regarding prerequisites. Requirements can change from year-to-year, so you must have the most recent information.
  • TIP: Even if the medical school has “suggested,” not required, prerequisites, aim to complete them all prior to applying. Completing these courses shows medical schools you have looked at their admission criteria carefully, and taken their suggestions for which classes to complete. Read more…

Medical Schools in Florida

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List of Medical Schools in the United States

This blog lists the medical schools located in Florida and outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Florida.

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States and the third most populous. Along with its tropical, sunshine-filled climate and abundant beaches, Florida also boasts a large Cuban expatriate population, as well as immigrants from all over the world. Florida also has large metropolitan areas, like Miami and Jacksonville, as well as suburban and rural areas, mostly in the northern part of the state. Florida also has high population growth, and is a hub for retirees. If you wish to study in a pleasant climate, with exposure to patients of diverse backgrounds and of all ages, especially the geriatric population, make sure you explore the possibility of attending medical school in Florida. Read more…

Medical Schools in Texas

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List of Medical Schools in the United States

This blog lists the medical schools located in Texas and outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Texas.

Texas is the second largest state in the US, by both population and area. Sharing a large border with Mexico and attracting immigrants from all over the world to its larger cities has made Texas demographically diverse. Texas also has a large Spanish-speaking population. It boasts a diverse economy, with abundant natural resources, as well as booming high-tech centres. The medical schools in Texas are located in both urban and suburban areas and would allow you, the prospective medical student, to see patients from different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses, and to practice in a variety of clinical settings. Read more…

AMCAS Most Meaningful Experiences

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AMCAS "Most Meaningful Experiences"

In completing the AMCAS Work and Activities section of the AMCAS application (required for all medical school applications in the US, except Texas), you are asked to provide up to 15 “significant” experiences from your employment, research, volunteer, and extracurricular activities, which will be reviewed in considering your application. We discuss the fundamentals of the AMCAS entries elsewhere, so here, we’re going to pay special attention to what the AMCAS application refers to as “most meaningful experiences”. While all of the entries here are significant in the overall evaluation of your application, the most important aspect of the Work and Activities section are these “most meaningful experiences”.

Up to three of your AMCAS entries can be isolated as “most meaningful experiences” – experiences that had a particular impact on your growth, development, professionalization, or that were particularly transformative or impactful. While each entry is given 700 characters (including spaces), these “most meaningful experiences” are allotted an additional 1325 characters (again, including spaces). This is not intended to be used as a space to simply describe more details of the position or activity; rather, this is meant to be a more reflective, contemplative narrative that highlights the ways in which these experiences enriched your life, the lives of others, and your overall perspective toward your journey to becoming a doctor. This isn’t the place for an expanded CV; it’s a place to demonstrate the key qualities you’ve developed and the ways in which these have contributed to your suitability for the profession.

If you’re just getting started on your AMCAS entries, check out this blog on how to write the work/activities section for AMCAS. Read more…

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