Complete specific educational requirements. As long as you finish the required courses (mostly in the sciences), you can select any major you want. For example, it’s required that you take classes in bio, chemistry, and physics to be prepared for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and satisfy most medical school prerequisites. Now, many pre-medical students major in one field of science. These days, medical schools are focusing on diversifying their educational programs, so more students are getting accepted although they have less conventional backgrounds.
Focus on your grades. It is very important that you have a high Grade Point Average in order to be a strong medical school candidate. Whatever major you choose, your grades in the classroom must be very high to be accepted by the best schools.
- Be a stellar student. Got to all of your class, make sure you schedule lots of time for studying and do not be shy about getting help from another classmate or a tutor once you realize you’re struggling to keep up.
- Focus on BCPM. BCPM stands for “biology, chemistry, physics, and math”;. These subjects are the core courses for a pre-med major because these csubjects are required by most medical school program.
- Your BCPM performance are so important that when you apply to med school, your scores in these subjects will be looked at separately from your GPA.
Find professors who connect with your personality or whose classes you particularly like. Make sure you get to know these teachers and find out if they are accessible to offer you extra guidance and answer questions. In a few of years, you will need critical letters of recommendation from people who know you and your work. One of your college professors might agree to write this letter on your behalf if he or she feels they’ve made a connection with you.
- Attend your department and informal functions because it will be easier to talk casually and openly with professors.
- Look for chances to meet past students who’ve gone on to medical school or those who are now doctors. You can learn a tremendous amount about what to expect in med school when talking to someone who has been there first.
Make sure your college experience is full and extensive. You should get involved in activities that are related and unrelated to your major. Try to look for on and off campus opportunities to develop personal connections and skills.
- Make sure you join health-career clubs that are on your campus. Try to get on the mailing list so that you will get notices about events and activities. Visit the campus health clinic to look for volunteer opportunities there. If your school has a research facility, look for chances to assist in any way possible.
- Go off campus to find ways to get connected to local community health centers. See if there’s a local school that might be looking for candidates to talk to kids about health care careers.
Make it a point to be a leader. Being a doctor means being in charge of a lot–things like: diagnosis, treatments, medications, and follow-ups. Improve your skills as a leader by leading a group or a committee and make sure to set and record your goals for your group.