Interested in Medical School?
The road to medicine is a long but rewarding journey. As an undergraduate, it is hard to imagine what your life will be like 4 years from now, much less what life will be like as a physician. In medicine, we must constantly look ahead 10 or so years into the future to determine what steps we need to complete now to reach our goals because medicine is a journey of years - not days, weeks, or months. Luckily, you've already off to a good start! You have chosen a fantastic school with highly qualified and caring people that provide all the resources you will need to become a formidable applicant to the medical school of your choice. AED hopes to offer something others cannot - an environment of current students that have taken the same classes and MCAT, participated in the same clubs, filled out the same application, and have been accepted to medical school.
We all know that med schools want to see good grades, but just what is a "good" grade or GPA? This factor largely depends on which medical school you are desiring to attend.
Don't think of these as a check list. You really should desire to find and learn about medicine and all of its specialties. Here, quality is better than quantity. Quality experiences consist of hands-on interactions with patients - not just observation. Of course any experience is better than none, but find those where you can talk and help patients.
If you just cringed when you read those four letters, do not worry. With the right resources, you can succeed! The MCAT is meant to test not only your knowledge of subjects, but also your ability to apply these subjects. While intimidating at first glance, the MCAT can be dealt with by knowing what to expect and preparing adequately.
This seems far off - especially for freshmen and sophomores - but take a few minutes now to understand what characteristics and statistics admissions committees are looking for.