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Highschool [Aug. 17th, 2007|07:46 pm]
Surviving the MCAT
I am a high school student who is aspiring to become a doctor. I know that hard work, motivation, and intelligence is mandatory just to get into med school. However, I was wondering if any of you students regret not doing something or pursuing something in high school which may have helped you right now, as you are preparing for the mcat. If there is any advice that you can give a grade 12 student in terms of preparation for what awaits, I would greatly appreciate it.

[User Picture]From: maribella_ella
2007-08-18 03:26 pm (UTC)
The thing I wish I'd done in high school is look into programs that let you apply as a freshman undergraduate and guarantee admission in to Medical school if you maintain a certain GPA. I'm not sure how common this type of program is, but my state school (University of Wisconsin-Madison) has the Medical Scholars Program, which allows High Schoolers to pretty much get themselves all set for medical school early in the game if they are sure of their career path. I was still uncertain about my career goals in high school, so I didn't take advantage of this. I wish I had, since it would have saved me the hassle of taking the MCAT, filling out miles of applications, etc. If you're sure Med School is where you want to end up, look into this sort of thing at schools that you're thinking about.

I wouldn't worry too much about the MCAT at your stage. Just make sure that when you get to college you take the required prereqs before you plan to take the MCAT, but not too much before that you forget it all. Your pre-med advisor should help you; you still have plenty of time.
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