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What’s Medical School REALLY like?

So a lot of my students want to know what its like to be in Medical School, and I’ll admit I was curious when I was a pre-med too.

Overall, what’s med school like?

It’s intense. It is a LOT of work. My school has tests nearly every other week for the first two years so you’re constantly in study mode. You adjust though; you learn how to scrape together time here and there for personal relaxation, to run errands, or to get other stuff done. Time management really is key, along with staying motivated.

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The Personal Statement

Every pre-med is aware of the requirement of writing a personal statement before applying to medical school.  Every pre-med also knows how dreaded this essay is.  The personal statement can be one of the toughest parts of your application because it will likely amount to one of the most challenging essays you’ve ever written.  In 5300 characters or less (strictly), you are required to show medical school Admissions Committees (adcoms) why you are worthy of an interview and acceptance without sounding like a pretentious a-hole.  This is no easy feat.

Even though it may be tough, it is very important to submit your application with an excellent personal statement.  The PS is the first introduction that adcoms get to you as a person.  In this essay, you typically answer the question, “Why medicine?”  The way in which you choose to answer this question, while displaying your admirable personal qualities and accomplishments, is what can get tough.  The process of writing the statement usually involves several drafts with significant amounts of editing.  The time and effort are worth it, though, because a marginal personal statement is likely to cost you an interview.

So where do you begin?

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Applying to Medical School

This entry is based on students who have already completed their MCAT and leaves out any information regarding Pre-health committee specifics. For information on those topics (MCAT and/or Pre-health Committee), see our other entries.

So, you want to be a doctor? As a pre-med, envisioning that letter of acceptance to medical school is the stuff of daily fantasy. Some pre-meds are neurotic enough to know every single requirement for applying to medical school by the first week of their undergrad career (yes, I was this neurotic pre-med). You may know what med schools require of their applicants but are you aware of the entire application process? Applying to medical school is long and arduous, with seemingly endless deadlines and requirements. In order for you to be as knowledgeable and prepared as possible, I have prepared an outline of the entire process of applications. This outline should not be your only resource when you are going through your applications. It is, however, a great introduction into what you should be expecting in your near future.

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