Top Five Tips for Medical School Applications

Article written by first year medical student and aspiring surgeon, Hira. To learn more about Hira's journey and read her last blog post, click here

1. A personal statement takes time

When writing such an important piece for your applications, be aware that this is something medical schools hold as a way to look into your life aside from grades and test scores. As far as editing, certainly have others review it, but be open to criticism and only share with people whose opinions you truly trust.

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3. Submit the best application you can

Only submit an application that you feel is complete and reflects you to the best of your ability. If you are not 100% confident in you application, admission committees can see that. So weigh your options and submit what you feel will be received well

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2. Take breaks

Filling out, writing, and submitting an application takes time. It can be draining and exhausting so allow yourself to take breaks. Find different environments to work in because a change of scenery also helps refresh your mind.

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4. Be aware of every route to becoming a physician

There are three types of medical schools: Allopathic, Osteopathic, and Podiatric. All have separate applications for four year medical programs, and graduate physicians and surgeons in the US; who then complete residency in their specific speciality. Explore and do your research to find the best fit for you and your goals.

5. Submit as soon as possible

Lots of schools have rolling admission. Submitting late is already giving yourself a potential loss. Be prepared and have a calendar of all the deadlines for each school and application. Set reminders so you don’t miss a date.

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