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Oct 24, 2006
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A couple of people on here have mentioned they are in Med Shcool, so I wanted to ask for a favor..

I need some basis information about Med School. I know I can probably do an internet search and find out the answers, but I really want to get honest answers from people who have first hand experience in Med School.

What are the general requirements to get in? How competitive is it to get in? How hard are the classes? How expensive is it? It is better to go to Med Shcool in the US or outside? Generally what's the process once you get in? How long does it usually take? What is the MCAT and what kind of score do you need on it?

Any experiences and guidence would be much appreciated.

Originally Posted by Sonia_K /img/forum/go_quote.gif What are the general requirements to get in? How competitive is it to get in? How hard are the classes? How expensive is it? It is better to go to Med Shcool in the US or outside? Generally what's the process once you get in? How long does it usually take? What is the MCAT and what kind of score do you need on it?
Any experiences and guidence would be much appreciated.

Hey, heres some info, hope it helps
Requirements to get in are a decent gpa, the higher the better obviously, usually upper B range. It is pretty competitive, however I think it is possible to get into medical school in the states. If you have the option I would say go to school in the states, albeit a longer time period, its worth it in the end. Come time for residency you're not as restricted. Foreign medical students have somewhat of a stigma attached to them (unjustly so), even though a lot of them are brilliant. MCAT is the entrance exam you need to take to get into medical school. The test has english, biology, physics, and chem. You have to have taken these courses in undergrad in order to take the mcats. For mcats, again the higher the score the better. Ive been hearing minimum is 26 for most schools. Theres also osteopathic vs allopathic medical schools. Different philosophies, generally if a kid gets into an allo and an osteo school, the allo is almost always the preferred choice unless the person is passionate about osteopathy. It's been a really long time since I did all this stuff so some of the information might not be accurate for today, but for the most part it's right. Mcats before were given in august and april only, now I believe theyre given every month. Any ways if you have any questions feel free to pm

There are no set-in-stone requirements for every medical school. Many medical schools will make exceptions or emphasize different courses and topics in their admissions process. However, there is a basic set of courses and examinations that is commonly accepted as basic medical school requirements that will be considered by nearly every school.

Most often, an initial screen of applicants is done by computer to ensure that basic things like courses taken, GPA and MCAT scores meet a desired minimum. After that, it's all about the person and not the numbers. The medical school admissions process is a mix of science and art. To get an idea of how competitive your mcat scores and GPA are, try our Medical School Search tool.


The commonly accepted coursework requirements for medical school include a minimum of 1 year of:

* General biology

* Physics with lab

* General chemistry (inorganic chemistry) with lab

* Organic chemistry with lab

* Calculus

* English

If you are planning to do your premedical coursework after you get your undergraduate degree, you can take these courses at nearly any four-year college.


Medical school admissions are competitive, so you need to have a strong GPA. A GPA above 3.5 is preferrable. A GPA below 3.5 can somtimes raise a flag, especially if you attended a school famous for grade-inflation, like Harvard. While things might have changed a little at Harvard, there is still the impression that everyone gets a minimum 3.3, so the GPA cutoff might be more strictly enforced.


Your MCAT scores are important. They say little about you as a person, but they are given substantial weight by medical schools. The sections of the MCAT are similar to the required coursework: physical sciences (physics and inorganic chemistry), biological sciences (biology and organic chemistry), verbal, and a writing sample.

It has been estimated that 70-80% of all medical school applicants have taken an MCAT test prep course.

Baccalaureate Diploma

You need a college degree. BUT, it does not have to be in the sciences. In fact, for some schools a science degree is a negative - Johns Hopkins, for example. You need to show medical schools you are passionate about something. That you're willing to spend four years, study a topic you love, learn it, and be able to build on it. Selecting a college major should not be about getting into medical school, it should be about study what you love to think about or do.

Research - optional

If you do enjoy science, then research is one way to show you're serious about it. If you're going to do a research project as an undergrad, start early. Freshman year is not too early to start. That gives you a year or two to learn the ropes, then a year and a half of serious work before you get to present your work in your medical school interview. Choose a respected faculty member doing research that interests you. Work hard. Read. Understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. You should be able to explain and defend your work to an educated scientist who doesn't work in your field.

Physician shadowing - optional

I'm personally not a big fan of shadowing a physician. It doesn't show much committment, and suggests you're just interested in getting into medical school. If you're truly not sure you want to get into medicine, then shadow a physician and find out what it's like. Don't expect a "shadowing experience" do carry a lot of weight on your application.

Volunteer service - optional

The impact of volunteer service on your application will depend on the quality of the service, and your committment to it. Is this a one month, two-times a week thing organized by someone else, or is this a project you've involved in for several years and are taking a leadership role in. How does this project affect you, and how have you made a meaningful contribution to the project.

Remember, medical schools are looking for people who are willing to take the time and effort to make a serious contribution. That contribution can be in a volunteer program, an academic pursuit, research, or even sport. You just have to show that you are willing and capable of working hard enough to accomplish an important goal.

Medical School Requirements

Thanks for the information. And just for some backgrond as to why I'm asking, it's actually not for myself, it's for my brother. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and has taken one semester of classes to become a Physician's Assistant, but wants to go to Med School insted.

He is 27, and has wasted a few years of his college life taking classes and then dropping them because he lost interest and wasn't sure what he wanted to do in terms of a career.

I am trying to get this information about Med Shcool so that I can pass it on to him and help him decide if that's really what he wants to do, becuase I know it's a long commitment once you get into Med School and I don't think he can spare wasting more time (and money) on deciding if that's the right career for him.