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How to Apply to a Medical School
You have to go through a comprehensive admission process if you want to apply to a medical school. You can maximize your chances of securing a seat in a medical school if you complete all the steps required for application carefully and thoroughly. Moreover, it’s better to prepare everything in advance. Here is a description of the general steps involved in the application process.

1.Take the MCAT:

MCAT is the medical college admission test which is a mandatory requirement for applying in a medical school. The test is composed of three sections: biological sciences, physical sciences, and verbal reasoning. It is a competitive test that requires time commitment and dedication. You have to study comprehensively for at least three months before the test to achieve higher scores. You need to decide wisely about when you should take the MCAT.

2.Make a List of Medical Schools:

Compile a list of medical schools by considering the rank, cost, location, curriculum, school type (public or private), and your likelihood of securing a seat there. The aim is to make a list of schools that you should apply to and to manage your application process so that you’ll not be over whelmed at the time of application. The list will help you get a good chance in the school that’s suitable for you.

3.Submit Primary Applications:

Most MD medical schools in the States use American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) while DO medical schools use AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service). Note the dates when these primary applications become available online. Also, it's better to submit your application earlier. These primary applications require the same basic information including your biographical/personal information, educational backgrounds such as college attended, subjects, grades, MCAT scores, honors/awards, and personal statement. You have to pay a fee for primary application depending on the number of schools to which you want to send your application.

4.Get Letters of Recommendation:

Letters of recommendation are also a part of your application. They need to be obtained from the faculty of your institution. Every medical school has different requirements for the type and number of recommendation letters. Therefore, carefully check with each school to make sure you obtain the right number and type of letters. Some premedical schools also offera committee letter compiling quotes from individual letters and discussing the credibility of the applicant for medical school.

5.Complete Secondary Application:

There is also a school specific secondary application required by most medical schools in addition to the primary application. Most secondary applications only consist of a short form and may require you to submit a fee. They may also include some essay questions asking you to elaborate on your goals, experiences, background, or why you’ve chosen this school, etc.

6.Interview with Schools:

Interviews are also conducted by medical schools typically from august to February or even last till April. This includes one to three interviews, meetings with admission officers or faculty, meet up with medical students, or campus tours. The interviewers can either be physicians, medical faculty, or medical students. There can be panel or one-on-one interviews.

7.Keep Track of Your Progress:

Keep track of your application status and know whether you are in, waitlisted, or out. If you get selected by a school, send the required documents and deposit the tuition to reserve your seat. Don’t give up if you are still in the waiting list and keep in touch with the school. In case if you are rejected, ask for the reason of rejection. It can help you when you plan to reapply.

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