Medical school is typically thought of as an unattainable facade that only the most brilliant and privileged can reach. However, in my experience that is not even close to the case. Medical school is not for the smart and privileged, it is for the passionate and dedicated. The people who are willing to put in extra work in order to make a difference in the lives of others.
Many people assume that medical school only requires an impeccable GPA. Unfortunately, being able to regurgitate facts in an exam will only get you so far. You have to show that you are a well rounded person, someone who can handle stress and all types of people. After all, you never know who is going to walk into your practice and what their circumstances might be.
Most medical schools require the following:
- One year of general biology with lab
- One year of general chemistry with lab
- One year of organic chemistry with lab
- One year of general physics with lab
Although it may not be required, I suggest taking the following in order to give you an outside edge:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Terminology
Aside from academics, most medical schools will look for the following:
- Shadowing medical professionals
- Volunteer experience
- Research experience
- Leadership skills
- Healthy habits
- Mind broadening/life altering experiences
All in all, what ever you put in is what you’re going to get out, and not everyone’s path is the “standard” four year plan. There are many options; such as a 5+ year plan, post-baccalaureate programs, or vocational schools. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it is a good thing to be different, and it is YOUR journey to success. You are human, you will make mistakes, but maintain desire and enjoy the hardships. The road to medical school is not a sunny interstate, it is a winding backroad that has black ice and unplowed spots in the depth of a frigid winter. That being said, it is important to remember that winter is not forever, spring and summer are always just around the bend.