Medical School – Applying to Medical School

Hi this is Dr K from imedicalschool and today
I wanted to just talk about the myths of getting into medical school. Let me begin by saying
if you have a 4.0 GPA, reccomendation letters from noble prize winners and a perfect MCAT
score this video is not for you. This video is for those who may have hit a few bumps
in their journey to medical school. Lets start off with the most important myth.
A lot of people think they are not smart enough for medical school. Let me dispel this idea
right away as there are really many dumb doctors and probably more doctors who think they are
smart but are not. What makes a really good doctor is someone who is able to work really
hard. Of course you need to be able to understand advanced medical topics but really the hard
work is key. Do not psych yourself out of applying to medical school. The next very common mistake pre-med students
make is thinking the more extracurriculars I do the better. This was a mistake I made
for a while. Remember med schools are not dumb and they can tell the difference between
someone who is just trying to look good and someone who is truly passionate about an activity.
This brings me to my most important advice which is to focus and immerse yourself in
very few activities and really excel at them. Though extracurriculars are important you
need to focus on your grades. Now some of you may be thinking my grades are bad there
is no way I am getting into medical school. Now when I say bad grades I don’t mean you
got a 92% on your organic chemistry test rather than your usual 100%. If your grades are mediocre
or poor make sure to really focus on the MCAT and kill it. Bleed and sweat MCAT questions
until you are getting pretty significantly above average scores. The other important
thing is to really play to your strengths. Both in your personal statement and in your
interviews you should confront that your GPA is not the best but really address why you
are a strong candidate. Point out how these strengths will make you a great doctor and
what you have learned from your mistakes in the past. Another common myth is applicants thinking
it is pointless to apply to medical school because they are not a traditional applicant.
A non-traditional applicant may mean you worked a couple years after college in a non-health
care field or maybe pursued some other career but then realized medicine is what you wanted
to do. Let me say that medical schools are very accepting of non traditional applicants.
You can actually use your life and work experience as a tool in both your personal statement
an interview. For example lets say you we’re an economics major and worked in a finance
company you could say that in addition to your love for medicine and helping others
you really want to focus on bringing health care costs down. With your financial background
as an asset you could help accomplish that goal. Another important point is don’t make
excuses if you applied but did not eat into medical school so you had to do something
else for a while be upfront. Remember to emphasize that though you may not of made it the first
time you continue to persevere and pursue your love if medicine. Finally this brings me to the fifth and final
myth. I hear a lot of people say they have to be an MD and nothing else will suffice.
Let me pony out there are some great alternatives to being an MD and remember the culture or
experience of being a doctor is dramatically changing. You really need to sit and think
are you ready to make the sacrifices to be an MD. This includes spending less time with
friends and family, the hospital essentially being your second home, and whether your significant
other also understands the sacrifices he or she will need to be make for you to pursue
your goal of being a doctor. In addition if you can’t get into American medical schools
consider a foreign medical school. There are some really good medical schools like St George
that I have heard have an excellent quality education A great alternative to an MD is being a DO
or doctor of osteopathic medicine. In the past there was a stigma about DOs but that
stigma has clearly gone. I have DO colleagues who are excellent physicians
some even better than MDs. In addition consider other healthcare positions such as a nurse
practitioner. Though I do not have any data to back this up I do believe NPs make more
money than doctors if you count the fewer training years and the excellent work hours
they generally hold. Being a physician assistant I believe also provides similar benefits to
being an NP and allows you to play an active role in patient care. Other careers to consider
include nursing, respirator y therapist, and pharmacy. In the end remember you should pick
a field you truly enjoy and be prepared to make the sacrifices that are necessary. I
hope our little discussion on the myths of applying to medical school helped. Make sure
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8 thoughts on “Medical School – Applying to Medical School

  1. Medical Technology undergrad …… I have aspirations but I think I'm on a good track….love studying the human body and the depth involved in scientific inquiry. Anyway too sleep, perchance to dream.

  2. Everything I've read is don't go foreign. They say you will have a hell of a hard time finding a job that way.

  3. Hi, I am a South African and would love to study in the US. I was looking at UCLA specifically since they have the scholarship which is possible to obtain as an international students. Here we go directly from high school to university, but I have heard that in the US you have to complete a course before studying. Is this true? And if it is, what is it exactly? And do med schools offer this course or is it a seperate course?

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