Navigating the Admissions Process
Whether your interest is clinical medicine, academic medicine or research, Jefferson can meet your academic needs. As a pre-medical student, I am sure that you have many questions concerning the medical school admissions process and your personal academic portfolio. Throughout my visits nation-wide with pre-meds, I have found that the same questions are asked repeatedly. I have compiled some tips that should help you to navigate the admissions process with comfort and ease. Good luck to you!!
- Select a personally challenging major.
- Complete required pre-medical courses and take additional advanced coursework in areas of special interest.
- Master course content and academic skills.
- Proper sequencing of courses is important.
- Establish an on-going relationship with you pre-med/pre-health advisor.
- Access information on admissions to medical schools early on in the process to make an informed decision on which schools to apply to and what is required of you as an applicant.
- Participate in extra-curricular activities.
- Find and participate in summer enrichment programs, research opportunities and volunteer or paid experiences.
- Record and create a file that includes all of your healthcare and community service experiences; academic honors; leadership positions held; membership in external organizations; volunteer and/or paid employment; and, clinical and/or research experiences.
- Prepare for standardized test-MCAT; never take the MCAT on a "trial" basis.
- Get acquainted with the Dean from the Office of Multicultural Affairs or the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs at each medical school that you are applying to.
- Arrange for letters of recommendations from faculty who know you well.
- Take your time writing your personal statement and review your AMCAS application carefully before submission.
- Apply EARLY!!!
- Once your application has been submitted, if you haven't heard from a school, contact them immediately to make sure that your application was received and your file is "complete."
- Last, but not least, prepare adequately for the interview. Dress appropriately, watch your body language at all times and speak clearly and concise.