Planning to apply to medical school this summer? If so, then you’d better get busy! It’s just around the corner, but there are concrete steps you can take NOW that will smooth the application process later on.
Here are 5 immediate to-do’s:
1. Decide when to take the MCAT. If you haven’t already registered to take a prep course and the exam, do so ASAP. You want to give yourself enough time to take the MCAT and then retake the exam if you receive a less-than-desirable score. If you already have your score or will have it shortly, congrats!
2. Seek out recommenders. Again, you may think you have time to ask professors or employers to write you a letter of rec, but a) the sooner you ask, the better your chances are that they won’t be late, and b) you want your recommender to have her experience with you fresh in her mind – like if she is a professor from last semester, you don’t want to wait until summer, when she hasn’t heard from you in months, to approach her.
3. Check your transcripts. It’s your job to make sure that your transcripts are error-free. Just take a look to make sure everything is there so that if there’s a mistake, you’ll be able to file the paperwork and speak to the right people and get it in tip-top condition.
4. Research med schools. You’ll want to acquaint yourself with different approaches to medical education and focus on those schools that provide the approach that appeals to you
5. Plan to send in your AMCAS application well before the deadlines – as soon after June 1 as possible. Don’t compromise the quality of your education by rushing it, but the earlier the better!
Sounds like a lot? No one ever said applying to medical school was easy. But still, don’t stress – completing these to-do’s puts you five steps ahead in the med school application process!
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