You decide you want to go into medicine. Or maybe you’re on the fence. What are the requirements for medical school?
In this post, we’ll go over all the course requirements for medical school as well as other elements you need on your med school application.
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Medical School Course Requirements:
What classes do you need to take to get into medical school?
There are a few variations but here are some basics that almost every medical school requires.
– 2 Intro Biology Courses + Labs
– 2 Intro General Chemistry Courses + Labs
– 2 Organic Chemistry Courses + Labs (This class is often the death of most students)
– 2 Intro Physics Courses + Labs
– 2 English Courses (no lab thankfully)
– 1 Biochemistry Course (this is recommended but not required, yet, by most med schools)
These are the courses you need to have done to apply to medical school.
If you were doing the math this course requirement for medical school equates to about 40-50 hours of coursework (roughly 2 years).
In addition, almost every medical school will require you to have a bachelors or the hour equivalent (120 hours).
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MCAT To Get Into Medical School:
In addition to your coursework, you will have to take the dreaded MCAT as one of the requirements for medical school.
This is your entrance exam needed to apply to medical school. It helps the admission board differentiate you from the rest of the application. But don’t worry your MCAT isn’t the only thing that matters.
Most students take this exam during their junior year of college once they’ve completed the above-mentioned courses.
The average score on the MCAT is a 500 +/- 10 points. There are 4 sections which include bio, chem and physics, critical reading and reasoning, and psychology/sociology.
The test takes above 8 hours from start to finish. (I know it’s a grind).
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Last thing, what happens if you don’t do well on the MCAT?
Luckily you can take it more than once. Most schools will consider the higher of the two (hopefully this will be the more recent test). Check with each institution to understand how they take multiple MCAT tests into account.
Letter Of Recommendation:
Another one of the requirements for medical school is a letter of recommendation.
Most medical schools will require anywhere between 3-4 letters of recommendations.
Thus find professors whose class you really enjoyed. Do your best to go to their office hours with real questions.
Have them get to know you and keep in touch with them through email or occasional visits to help them write a stellar letter of recommendation.
One of my letters of recommendations came from a course I took my first year. We built a great relationship and I knew he was going to write a great letter (he did).
To help build this relationship I would email him once or twice a semester with updates.
The last main requirement for medical school is having a personal statement.
This one is self-explanatory so I won’t hit on it much. But I’ll go over in a separate post on how to create a great personal statement for medical school.
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