Frequently Asked Questions about Medical School

Think you want to become a doctor? It's a long haul with many challenges. The first challenge, of course, is getting into medical school. Is medical school for you? Consider the advantages and disadvantages of a career as doctor. Below we consider some of the many questions that students have about applying to medical school -- and what happens after admissions.

As You Consider Applying to Med School
What are the typical academic experiences required by medical schools?


Must you major in science to apply to med school?
What courses should you take to improve my application?
What are the basic parts of a med school application?
How much does medical school cost?
What is medical school like?

Universal Med School Application: AMCAS
What is the American Medical College Application (AMCAS)?
What is the AMCAS Work/Activities Section?

Admissions Essays
The AMCAS includes several essays. How do you approach writing them?
How do I prepare to write my admissions essay?
How do I organize my admissions essay?
What is the purpose of the admissions essay?

Letters of Evaluation
Recommendation letters are part of every application to post-undergraduate study. Medical schools use the term letters of evaluation, but they are basically recommendation letters like those submitted to graduate school.
What do I need to know about letters of recommendation, generally?
What is the letter of evaluation for medical school?


Why are letters of evaluation important?
Who should I ask to write my letter?
How do I ask for a letter of recommendation?

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
All medical school require that applicants complete a standardized exam called the Medical College Admission Test.
About the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
What is the MCAT writing sample?

Medical School Interview
The most stressful part of applying to medical school is the interview. It is high stakes because most interview candidates are not accepted to medical school.
What are types of medical school interviews?
What is the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?
What will I asked during my med school interview?
What should I ask on my med school interview?

More on Medical School
What do I need to know about residency?
What classes will I take?
What's the difference between allopathic and osteopathic medicine?
What is the match?
What areas of medicine can I specialize in?
What is the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)?
How do I obtain a medical license?

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