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What Schools Look For On Your Medical School Application

What Schools Look For On Your Medical School Application
Posted By: Anica Oaks on April 19, 2022

If you have decided to pursue a medical career, you must be able to get accepted into a program at the school of your choice. Unfortunately, the competition for acceptance into such programs is fierce, meaning your application will need to stand out from the rest in as many ways as possible. To guarantee the admissions office looks over your application and cannot wait to extend you a letter of acceptance, here are the top things schools look for on medical school applications.

Good Grades


Like anything else when it comes to getting accepted into a medical program, good grades are often the most important factor taken into consideration by an admissions office. Having good grades, demonstrates you possess maturity, self-discipline, and a willingness to accept and conquer the toughest of challenges. If possible, try to have high grades in classes such as biology, chemistry, and others that will be important to your medical career.

Related Experience


Along with having good grades, schools also like to see that you have any experience that is directly related to the career you wish to pursue. In most cases, this will mean including not only any paid jobs you may have had along the way but also any internships or volunteer activities in which you have participated.



If you have this type of experience when applying for medical assistant programs, it shows you are serious about having a career in the medical field. This can also help you understand better what you should expect in the medical field so you can have a more educated decision when considering different medical fields.

Examples of Teamwork


No matter what type of medical career you have, you will be working with many other people as part of a healthcare team. If you can, include some examples of your teamwork skills and experience on your application. For example, if you were put in charge of an important project in a job or when working as a volunteer, always have this on your application. When you do, you'll have hard evidence that you are a great team player, which can help sway the decision of an admissions office.

Outside Interests


Finally, schools are always curious about the many outside interests you have when you are not studying. Whether you are into sports, crafts, reading mystery novels, cooking, or virtually anything else, including these on your application will show you are a person who has many diverse interests and is always willing to try something new.

When you view your medical school application as a chance to showcase your many strengths and talents, it becomes much easier to get accepted to the school you love and pursue the career you've dreamed of for many years.


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