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Get Into Medical School! A Guide for the PerplexedGet Into Medical School! A Guide for the Perplexed REVISED

Get the Facts About a Medical Career

Get Into Medical School! A Guide for the Perplexed
REVISED

Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D.
1-883620-31-7
493 pages, bibliography, index
©Galen Press, Ltd. 1996-2004
$36.95 paper

THE PREMED CHECKLIST

High School
[] Get good grades
[] Get college/university information
[] Take biology (1-year minimum)
[] Take chemistry (1-year minimum)
[] Take advanced science course (1-year minimum)
[] Take physics (1-year minimum)
[] Take a foreign language (3-year minimum)
[] Take mathematics (4 years)
[] Take English (4 years)
[] Take computer science
[] Take speech
[] Take psychology/sociology
[] Do volunteer community service
[] Shadow a physician
[] Do MustlWant Analysis for colleges you consider
[] Apply to colleges
[] Get medical school Accelerated Program information
[] Take SAT or ACT exam
[] Apply to Accelerated Program (if you want to)
[] Participate in premed club

COLLEGE: FRESHMAN YEAR
[] Meet with premed adviser/learn premed requirements
[] Think about a major and minor courses of study
[] Plan a tentative schedule for the next 3 '/2 years
[] Develop study skills
[] Maintain excellent GPA
[] Begin extracurricular activities and participate in premed club
[] Get AAMC's MCAT Student Manual for subject outlines
[] Work/volunteer in medical area
[] Subscribe to medical student journals (see Bibliography)
[] Read interesting books about medicine (see Bibliography)
[] Review medical school admission requirements
[] Develop a premed course of study
[] Consider what you will do this summer
[] Apply to Accelerated Program (if desired)
[] Apply to MMEP (minorities only)
[] Talk to premed upperclassmen to get a reality check
[] Contact senior medical students or residents and ask to "shadow" them for a 24- or 36-hour shift

COLLEGE: SOPHOMORE YEAR
[] Work/volunteer in medical area
[] Meet with premed adviser to discuss your program
[] Select your major and minor courses of study
[] Fine-tune your college schedule
[] Read interesting books on medicine
[] Maintain excellent GPA
[] Check medical schools' entry requirements
[] Consider participating in research
[] Consider what you will do this summer
[] Apply to MMEP (minorities only)
[] Study for MCAT (summer before junior year if you will take the MCAT early)
[] Apply for MCAT (if you will take it early)
[] Plan for any special junior-year program (e.g., junior year abroad)

COLLEGE: JUNIOR YEAR
[] Study for MCAT (if not yet taken)
[] Apply for MCAT (if not yet taken)
[] Take MCAT:
1. August before junior year
2. April of junior year
3. August after junior year
[] Meet with premed adviser
[] Meet with minority premed adviser, if applicable
[] Maintain the best GPA you can
[] Gather information about medical schools
[] Complete Must/Want Analysis forms for schools in which you are interested
[] Get AMCAS/AACOMAS/other applications
[] Begin preparing AMCAS/AACOMAS essay
[] Work/volunteer in medical area
[] Meet with premed cornn1ittee
[] Request reference letters
[] Obtain/send/review transcripts
[] Complete AMCAS/AACOMAS/Texas/ & other applications
[] Visit nearby school in which you are interested
[] Apply for Early Acceptance Program (optional)
[] Consider what you will do this summer

COLLEGE: SENIOR YEAR
[] Work/volunteer in medical area
[] Take MCAT in August to improve scores or if not yet taken
[] Confirm that schools have received your application materials & letters
[] Maintain the best GPA you can
[] Complete secondary medical school applications
[] Interview at medical schools
[] Revise Must/Want Analyses for schools visited
[] Complete GAPSFAS financial aid form
[] If wait-listed, send letter confirming interest
[] Consider what you will do this summer (keep options open
[] ACCEPT OFFER (By May 15)
[] Accept additional offers if higher on your Must/Want Analysis list; withdraw previous acceptances
[] Write to thank references and tell them of your success
[] Thank premed adviser .for all of his/her help


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