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Forum Name: Becoming a Medical Student

Question: Tips

MUSChopeful - Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:18 am

Does anyone have any helpful tips on getting into a Medical School or recommendations on whether I should go for a Medical School or a teaching hospital. I'd like to eventually become an orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Dec 29, 2006 8:57 pm

There are many tips on getting in to medical school. Several books have been written on the topic that can be helpful. The basic needs are:

1) to do well in your undergraduate course work-especially in the sciences (but keep in mind that you do not need to be a science major to apply to medical school-major in what you like and be sure to take the science prerecs.)

2) Study and do well on the MCAT. Double digit scores in each category are generally considered competitive.

3) Get some good volunteer experience in the medical field.

4) If you can, do some research.

5) Look into the schools your interested in to see if they have any specific requirements or "preferences" for their applicants.

Above all, look into the medical field some and see if that is really what you want to do. Medicine is an extremely rewarding and fun field-but not if you don't really like the medical field. Those who go into medicine "for the money" or some other type of reason tend to find themselves unhappy in the end, but those who really love medicine go on to have very fulfilling careers.

Regarding a medical school vs. a teaching hospital, all medical schools need to be affiliated with a hospital somehow to be able to let their medical students have a place for their clinical years. Really, the two are inseparable.

Best of luck. Medicine is a challenging and fascinating career. Let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

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