If you want to know more about the purpose of this blog or my fitness journey, please direct your attention to my About section or my first vlog, My Last Summer Before Med School. Otherwise, you have come to the right place if you want to know some tips for a successful application process to medical school! My advice can be categorized into 3 simple rules:
- Apply EARLY
- This is probably the most important of any tip I could provide. Timing your application properly is essential to having a successful application process that is more likely to lead to an acceptance. I made the mistake of sending my apps in towards the end of August, which resulted in delays in offers for interviews and a later acceptance from my school of choice than anticipated. The appropriate time period to send in apps is between June and mid/late July. This allows for your material to be screened by AMCAS much more quickly and for medical schools to see your app before they see many others who aren’t as knowledgeable about the most appropriate application timeline.
- Rock that Personal Statement
- As I’m sure you know by this point, there are many other very qualified science majors with incredible resumes and clinical/lab experience. The personal statement really allows you to stand out among the crowd because it is your chance to speak directly to admissions committees and convince them of how you are unique. Use your personal statement to explain to any and all schools not only why you want to be a physician but also how you would be an asset to that school and to the community if allowed to attend their school.
- Ask for good letters and ask in advance
- Simply asking a professor, mentor, or lab PI for a letter of recommendation is not enough. You must make your intentions clear by asking for a favorable letter.This may sound like a silly tip, but you will be surprised by people’s responses to the request. They may tell you that they cannot give you one that will be favorable to an admissions committee, or that they don’t know you well enough to make your letter stand out. These responses could be considered harsh, but take them as a blessing! They are saving you and your application packet from a red flag by the admissions committee. This is also why it is important to ask in advance. By doing so, you give yourself time to avoid problems, i.e., having to look for a new recommender at the last minute. Not having the correct amount of letters in a packet, even with all other packet materials sent, can make the entire packet incomplete and therefore will not be looked at by admissions staff until they are received. You don’t want to miss out on a medical school acceptance based on avoidable things like deadlines, so do yourself a favor and work on getting letters well in advance!
Hopefully this helps you all navigate through the application process. If you have any questions or want to know more details about the process, just comment or email me. 🙂