There is no pre-med major, so how do you determine the best schools to go to when you want to pursue a career in medicine? Here are a few schools to consider if you are thinking about a pre-med track.
Johns Hopkins has an excellent medical school and a top teaching hospital. An undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins can offer chances to participate in research and get hands on experience volunteering in clinical settings; two criteria that are significant when applying to medical school.
According to STEMJobs, Harvard offers support to pre-med students through organizations, counseling and job opportunities. An institution that can help you navigate a pre-med track and help you obtain the necessary experiences to achieve admittance into medical school is vital to your success as a pre-med student. As a result of their pre-med opportunities, Harvard boasts a high acceptance rate into medical school.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
According to College Magazine, 90 percent of UNC students who apply to medical school are accepted. This university offers significant support to pre-med students and even provides a 9-week summer program specifically for students who intend to apply to medical school.
Georgetown is one of several institutions that offers and Early Assurance Program. This means you can apply to that institution’s medical school before you take the MCAT. At Georgetown this application process is completed during your sophomore year. If you excel early on, you may secure a spot in med school without having to take the MCAT.
What to Look For
There are many other schools that offer excellent pre-med tracks. Ultimately, you want to look at schools that excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Whether or not you choose a STEM major, you will still need to take courses in these areas to meet medical school prerequisites and be prepared for the MCAT. Schools that offer special advising or formal organizations for pre-med students are also ideal. Look for institutions that provide experience in clinical settings and participation in research.
Getting into medical school is very challenging. You do not have to attend an especially prestigious school to get in, but you will need a school that offers support to students pursuing a pre-med track. Help, encouragement and hands-on opportunities will be essential to earning your place in medical school.
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