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Admissions Overview

Medical school admissions begin after a student completes a pre-med program at a four-year university. To qualify, the applicant must have the proper grades, coursework, and an adequate score on the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) for the school of their choosing. 

Applicants should begin preparing to apply to medical school in the semester prior to graduating from a pre-med program. Depending on the application and where it’s sent, medical school admissions will determine not only what school an applicant goes to, but also what specialty they study in preparation for their medical residency.



Medical schools require the completion of a pre-med program with the appropriate coursework in subjects such as anatomy, biology, and chemistry. Medical schools also expect letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and in some cases, an interview process. 

Before applying, applicants must complete the MCAT in order to qualify for medical school.

How to Prepare for Medical School Admissions

Applicants should begin preparing for the admissions process by researching the schools they’re interested in and making a list of schools they want to apply to. Research should include current and past faculty members as well as the programs offered. 

Next, applicants should get in touch with faculty members and admissions staff to express interest in their program. This can be through a phone call, an email, or in person. Regardless of the form of communication, it’s important for applicants to have their relevant personal information on hand.

Afterward, applicants should schedule and take the MCAT. Once a satisfactory score has been obtained, the score can be sent along with transcripts to the schools of the applicant’s choice. Upon the submission of an application, applicants can reach out to schedule an interview with relevant faculty members.


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Medical School Admissions Interview Questions

  • What made you want to study medicine?

  • Is there any particular specialty you would like to study in the medical field?

  • Why did you choose to apply here?

  • What are your long-term career goals?

  • How do you handle high-stress situations?

  • What professional experience do you have in medicine as a non-physician?

  • What medical journals and publications do you read in your spare time?

  • What research would you like to do in your time here?

  • Is this your first choice for medical school?

  • What was your favorite course in your undergrad?

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