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Pre-Med: How Do I Get Into Medical School?

I remember getting this letter in the mail, opening it, and jumping for joy and running around my living room crying tears of joy. I remember doubting that this letter would ever come. It came on Valentines Day: February 14, 2015. This was the beginning of my lifelong love affair with medicine

So first things first:

What does it mean to be Pre-Medicine?

This simply means that you intend on applying to medical school and as a result you plan to take the pre-requisite college courses to get in. These courses include:

Do I have to be a Science Major to apply to Med School or be Pre-Med?

So here’s the tea… You Do NOT have to be a science major to apply to medical school. In fact, I was an English major, and I loved it! However, it is true that some Pre-Med organizations at universities may require you to be a science major to truly be considered Pre-Med and to get a letter from the Pre-Medicine Committee. (We’ll talk about what this letter is in a minute)

Though you don’t have to be a science major, you still have to do very well in the Pre-Requisite Science courses. The Goal is to have a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or Higher and a Science GPA of 3.5 or Higher. Your science GPA will be looked at separately from your cumulative college GPA by Medical School Admission Committees. This is because the only courses you take in medical school are science courses, and the pre-requisite courses that you take in college are the basics of your medical school courses. What you learn in an entire year of a college science course will be covered in the first month of your medical school courses so make sure you get a good understanding of these topics, especially Biochemistry!

So, you’ve aced your pre-reqs, its time to…

Sign up for the MCAT!

Plan to block out 1 or 2 months of dedicated study time to prepare for the MCAT. Most people take the MCAT during the spring or summer (April-July) of their Junior year of medical school. This is because by this time most people have completed their pre-requisite courses. It is difficult for most people to study for the MCAT during the spring semester of their junior year because their also taking their regular classes and possibly working a job. As a result, many students use the first month of the summer to prepare and take the exam in June or July.

After taking the exam, it takes about 4 weeks for MCAT scores to come in. The goal is to have a complete application that is ready to submit on the day that the AMCAS application system opens. As a result you must take the exam early enough for your scores to be in before the application submission date ideally, or if that is not possible, your scores should simply be in before interview season begins in the Fall. Most medical schools have what is called rolling admissions, meaning they do not wait until they have interviewed every possible applicant before they begin filling their spots. Instead, they fill them as they go, so its first-come, first-admitted. This is why it is important to have your application submitted on time, preferably the day that the application system opens. This assures that your application is one of the first to be seen.

If you haven’t already done so, make an account on the AAMC website. The AAMC is the Association of American Medical Colleges. They are the ones who control the MCAT & its content. Their website has a wealth of information about medical school and how to get in as well as resources that will help you stay organized during this process.

Here’s the link to the AAMC Pre-Med Calendar. I recommend keeping up with this and keeping the important dates on your own personal calendar

What Else Do I Need to Complete My Application?

Don’t Run Away Yet!! We’re almost done!


I know that was a lot. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to contact me here or on Insta. & Remember, baby steps! Take it one step at a time & you’re sure to make it to the finish line.

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