A Timeline To Assist Medical School Applicants

Medical school students have a lot on their plate. They need to apply and prepare for medical school, which includes enrolling in an MCAT preparatory program. They need to work on their applications, too, which will make them stand out among their peers in terms of knowledge and skills.  Furthermore, they need to strive to make a good score on all required courses and exams.

First Year

In the first year, medical students will take courses like general chemistry, calculus, biology, computer science, and English. You can choose between the options of introductory courses for your major requirements. 

Of course, it is advised that you perform your best in all of your academic courses. However, you should not dismiss your extracurriculars completely. To develop a medical-related skill set, look into different volunteering programs, internships, or jobs. 

Joining research societies are a plus for your time in your med school. Continue building a good, healthy relationship with your professors, mentors, counselors, and advisors, as they will help you through your time in med school.

Second Year

This year will probably require taking organic chemistry, social sciences courses, and an introductory course to your major. 

Learn from experiences in your first year by joining different societies and clubs. You can continue to do the same this year and engage in extracurricular activities. 

Third Year

During this year, you can look into different options and conclude if medical school is meant for you. You will likely take physics and biochemistry and begin your upper-level coursework for your major.  

This year is the best time to look into different options of medical schools you could apply for. Draft your personal statement by the beginning of the spring semester and request applications from non-AMCAS medical schools.

This is also a great time to start your MCAT preparation and see what areas you need to work on the most.

Fourth Year

In your last year, you will finish with all of your pre-requisites for your chosen medical school, and you will take specific graduate-level courses to give you an advantage at med school.

Prepare all your application essays and interviews. Also, it is advised that you look into the financial aid programs to see if you meet the criteria, and you can look into other loan or tuition assistance programs.

Concluding Thoughts

A timeline will do more than keep track of where you are at in your medical school journey. It will guide you through your MCAT preparation and will provide you with an overview of what courses you should choose and when.

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