Additional Resources For Success
Preparing For Medical School
- There is no single way to prepare to become a physician. The links below provide guidance from a variety of sources.
- American Medical Student Association
Requirements for Becoming a Physician
Becoming a Doctor
- Expert Tips on Becoming a Physician
The Student Doctor Network
Preparing for the 2015 MCAT exam
Beyond the MCAT and GPA: Applications that Stand Out
- Financing Your Medical Education
- Brown: Financing Your Medical Education
Paying for Medical School
AAMC Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST)
Forums are frequently an excellent place to ask and answer questions. However, remember that information you read on forums is not necessarily true- you should independently verify information you read on these forums.
In the 21st century, the role of the physician will be one that undergoes significant change. Changes in compensation and the increase of non-MD primary care clinicians and assistants will have yet-unknown effects on the profession. Students are encouraged to pursue a career in medicine because of their strong interest in the practice of healing, and not for other reasons. Shadowing is an ideal way for students to determine if a career in medicine is right for them.
Is an M.D. right for you?
US News article "A Day in the Life of a Primary Care Physician"
Guardian article "Reality check: Being a doctor doesn't guarantee 'big bucks' anymore"
CNN article "Doctors Going Broke"
2015 MedScape Physician's Lifestyle Report
Why do people decide to become doctors anyway?
Applying to Medical School
Most medical schools use the AMCAS service to process your application. Applying to schools can be both costly and time-consuming. Ensure that you have budgeted appropriately, and review the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (below).
Writing Your Personal Statement
Princeton Review: Writing Your Personal Statement
Sample Medical School Personal Statements
Personal Statement failures
Vanderbilt: Examples of Successful Personal Statements
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