Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How to improve your chances at getting into Medical School

The competition for medical school is tough. There can be hundreds of applicants applying for each open spot in a program. This is true of the schools in the United States, as well as in the Caribbean Medical Schools. However, there are several steps you can take to greatly improve your chances of admission.

The first thing you need to do is pay attention to your application and make sure you get the basics right. You should make sure you meet all of their minimum requirements. If you don't have the grades or MCAT score they are looking for, there is no reason to apply. You should also ensure that the form is filled out correctly. Follow every direction exactly as it is given and look it over several times to make sure the spelling and grammar are correct. You should use a professional email address. If you have a school address, that is perfect. Otherwise, you can always sign up for an account. You want to make sure that you leave a good first impression and that you appear professional from the start.

The next thing you need to do is find ways to make yourself stand out. Most applicants are very similar on the surface. They have great grades and have multiple extra curricular activities. In addition, many of these activities are similar. You need to figure out what makes you stand out. Think about any of your experiences, both personal and professional, that are unique. This is where you want to share past experiences that are relevant to what you are going to do, as well as other things that set you apart, whether they are sports competitions, awards, fund-raising, research, or anything else. However, you need to make sure you are completely honest. Your information will be checked and dishonesty will ruin your chances.

You need to take time to ensure you have stellar references. This is another way to help you stand out. You want to carefully choose who writes your letters of recommendation and ensure they think highly of you. You also want to make sure that others review your application. Ask parents and partners to look over what you have done, as well as any professors you are close to. Take the time to ask for their suggestions and comments because they may be able to pick up on things that you missed.

The final thing you need to do is see that your application is turned in on time. Don't wait for the last minute. If you start early, you will have plenty of time to get it right. Often schools have rolling admissions, so you are better off if you can turn it in as early as possible. This is when the most spots are available. If you do things right, you can greatly improve your chances of acceptance.


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