Perhaps, both your parents, an older sibling and an uncle are medical doctors. Perhaps your mother is a pediatrician performing well baby checks for parents who want their children healthy. Perhaps your father is a general surgeon, performing appendectomies and cholecystectomies. It could be that your uncle is an oncologist, treating patients with various stages of cancer, for example lung, colon or breast. Or perhaps you are the first in your family to aspire the career of a physician, realized after you volunteered in a local hospital’s emergency department. The bottom line: you want to be a medical doctor. What’s next?
Assuming that you have completed a thorough self-assessment of your strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations, you must first:
You must complete your due dilligence before embarking on the path toward your life as a physician. Preparing to and actually applying to medical school requires insight into your soul, your abilities and your dreams. What are your true interests? What drives you? What inspires you? If money was not a concern, how would you spend your life, where? With whom? Doing What?
Moreover, there is a cost, not just financial, but terms of time and willpower. When you decide to go to medical school, you must commit 100% or not at all. The reason being that obstacles will surely get in your way. Resilience and stamina are key. Do you know the cost? Are you committed 100% to pay the cost? In order to be successful, you must do what successful people do; and that is to pay the full cost.
Various stakeholders, including the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), determined the characteristics essential for students applying to and graduating from medical school. You’ll definitely need these traits when applying to medical school.
Pre-Medical Student Core Competencies:
In the words of Alex Cheng, Harvard College graduate, the way to stand out in medical school admissions is to be “awesome” in one or more ways.
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