How medical school admissions will change in 2019
Preparing yourself for a career is never easy and it is especially difficult for medical students. From standardised tests to crazy application processes and waitlists, medical students are expected to perform perfectly always. Learn now how you can better prepare for your career by learning about costs, resumes, and research projects for the 2019 Medical School Admissions process.
Taking the MCAT
The Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, is a standardised test that is required for admission to medical schools in the U.S. and Canada and is administered by the AAMC. Students will be tested on topics such as Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, and finally, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior. There is a lot more info on MCAT preparation available online for free so spend so be sure to invest as much time as possible into research.
Application Process for Medical School
New guidelines have been approved by the AAMC in relation to the 2019 medical school admissions timeline and waitlist. The changes are due to take place April 30th, 2019. At that time students must have a first choice school selected. Be sure to consider any and all factors that go into deciding such as the location of the school, personal finances, personal learning style, and the school’s teaching style. Waitlists will not be as simple for school to manage as they have been in the past. Students who remain on waitlists after withdrawing from a school risk leaving openings on the waitlist that can’t be filled.
Applying to medical school is not a cheap process so be absolutely sure of the schools that you are applying to when making your decision. Pre admission costs include the AMCAS application service fee and the MCAT exam. Application fees are generally the largest expense and include costs for primary application fees ($170 for the first school and $39 for each additional school), secondary application fees that range from $0 to $200, and finally, small college service fees. Medical student can expect to pay an additional $315 which is the basic registration fee for the MCAT.
Medical Experience on Your Résumé
Your resume and medical experience are important so be sure to spend a lot of time prepping your resume and research ways to improve resumes for medical school applications. Add any and all contributing experience such as your education where you will include your degrees and academic accomplishments, professional and teaching experience, your licenses and certifications, as well as any awards, honors, publications and presentations. Do not forget to include any internship or physician shadowing you have completed. Your medical experience is crucial to your resume.
Research experience is not a requirement of any medical school admissions but it will give your application an advantage over others and doing so will prove that you have the qualities necessary to handle the challenges of medical school. Medical schools generally look for combinations of basic and social sciences, clinical, and humanities research. If you want to stand out from all the rest of the applicants, try working towards getting a years worth of research in a lab setting on your resume.
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