Admission to medical school is a highly competitive process. Approximately half or more of the students who apply to medical school each year do not get accepted because of enrollment space. Students who want to pursue a medical degree thoroughly prepare themselves to be competitive applicants during the pre-medical years.
GPA AND MCAT
GPA is a vital part of your application to medical school. The average GPA for accepted applicants is about a 3.6. Medical schools will consider your science, non-science and cumulative GPAs as well as the trend of grades.
NOTE: All grades received for college credit will be calculated into your GPA even if you have retaken the class. If you have taken any classes at a different school or if you have retaken classes, your UVU GPA will not be an accurate calculation for medical schools.
The MCAT is a standardized examination required as part of your application to medical school. It is a very challenging exam that requires extensive preparation in the form of review and practice.Additional MCAT information- www.aamc.org/students/mcat
CHOOSING A MEDICAL SCHOOL
Medical schools vary in their admissions requirements, it is highly recommended that students choose 5-10 medical schools they would be most interested in attending and make note of those school's admission requirements.
Students should be familiar with both allopathic and osteopathic medicine. There is a good chance that you will apply to both and that you will work with physicians from both backgrounds.
Medical schools determine their own individual requirements. Follow the link below for a general guide of required courses. In addition, you should refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book, the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, and your individual school's website to determine the specific requirements for that institution.
IMPORTANT! There are significant changes coming to the Premed prerequisite coursework over the next few years. Stay in touch with your Pre-Health Counselor to keep update on these changes and to find out if they will affect you.
It is extremely important to be involved in activities outside of the classroom in order to be competitive for admission into medical school. Extracurricular activities are a chance for you to set yourself apart and display your motivation for pursuing medicine and dedication to serving the community.