Prerequisites

The 5 Necessary Factors for Getting Into Medical School

The 5 Necessary Factors for Getting Into Medical School

By: Rob Humbracht

Getting into med school is simple.  Just get A’s in all your classes, ace the MCAT, devote hundreds of hours to community service, take lots of leadership positions, get published in a leading medical journal, and learn to speak and write about your accomplishments eloquently.  Ta da.  You’re in.

Oh, right.  You’re a human being.  There are only 24 hours in a day, and at least four of those should probably be devoted to sleeping.  How do you decide how to spend your time if your end goal is medical school?  How do you make sure that you’re in the coveted 40% of all applicants who get in each year and not one of the many qualified students left out in the cold?

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 2)

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 2)

By: Ryan Kelly

In our first installment, we broke down myths #1-5 in an attempt to decode the cryptic and overwhelming medical school admissions process. 

Now we’re back to complete the top ten and put an end to the rumors once and for all.

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 1)

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 1)

By: Ryan Kelly

In our work with pre-meds, we hear all kinds of crazy claims. About 95% of the time we hear one of the above phrases, what follows is false. No, you don’t need 400 hours of shadowing to get into medical school. No, it doesn’t help to finish college in three years. And when you get a rejection letter, you shouldn’t call the medical school and plead to be given a second chance.

Which major is most likely to get into medical school?

Which major is most likely to get into medical school?

So if we don't have to major in biology, what should we major in?  Let's start by examining the data about which majors have the highest acceptance rates to medical school.

The top 3 majors are pretty close - humanities, math, and physical sciences majors all have a solidly-above-average (46-48%) acceptance rate.  Sitting right at average are social sciences, biology, and "other" majors, all with a 40-42% acceptance rate.  And bringing up the rear are "health sciences" majors.

Do I Have to Major in Biology if I Want to go to Medical School?

Do I Have to Major in Biology if I Want to go to Medical School?

What should I major in?  It's one of those personal questions like, "Which person should I date?" that no one can answer for you.  Sure, others can give you advice. "Your boyfriend's breath smells like cheese"  or "That person is a total jerk."  But in the end, it's your decision to make.  What you major in is how you spend a significant chunk of your college life, so it's important to your happiness to (try to) get this question right.

The good news: it doesn't matter what you major in for getting into medical school.