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What do medical schools look for in potential students?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by niksem, Mar 15, 2002.

  1. niksem

    niksem Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2002
    I was wondering what do medical schools look for in potential students? Everyone knows that GPA, MCAT, research experience, volanteering are important but are there more important qualities?
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  3. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak
    Be an interesting person, and be able to convey it well, both in writing and during the interview. Have a life outside of trying to get into med school.
  4. Medic171

    Medic171 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Leadership and contact with diverse populations, maturity, and genuine desire to serve the community
  5. UCLA2000

    UCLA2000 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    the hospital
    1. Strong gpa and MCAT.
    2. Strong extracurricular activities (be original)
    3. Volunteer and Research in the medical setting to prove that the applicant knows what they're getting themselves into.
    4. Ability to communicate effectively in person and via writing.
    5. Personality! If you don't have one...find one!
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  7. rajneel1

    rajneel1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2001
    i think they are looking for interesting adults and collegues. interesting is key here.
    people who have worked with diverse populations. people who are worldly and have done stuff to the max. for example: if you do research, then present it at conferences, etc.
    people who are very nice and energetic!!
  8. gobears

    gobears Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    Interviewers are seeing if you're the type of person he/she would be comfortable having as a doctor.
  9. PelicanMan

    PelicanMan Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    i think that if you remember when the school was founded that your guaranteed an acceptance
    This is coming straight of the mouth of the head of admissions at Tufts.

    He told me that I was off by 2 years. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

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