Michael Bautista, Staff Writer
Thinking of becoming a doctor? Well so are a handful of others in the school. Remember that the world of medicine is extremely competitive, demanding not only top GPAs, but also well rounded personalities. What can you do to ensure you have an edge on the selection pool?
- The grades. You don’t need to score 100s on everything of course, but ensure that your marks are the best they can be.
- Prerequisites. It’s a myth that one has to enter into a science degree at post-secondary level to go into medicine. They don’t care what degree program you’re in! As long as you take the courses necessary to cover the MCAT, it won’t matter if you’re biology major or a music major, which brings me to…
- The dreaded MCAT. Note that there is a new updated version of the MCAT for 2015 onwards. Do your research and make sure you know exactly what subject areas you are being tested on. It’s not all sciences!
- Volunteer. Who cares if you have a 4.0 GPA and scored well over the national mean on the MCAT if you don’t show your compassion for community through volunteerism? Hospitals are a common place, but try branching out to other places such as food banks, homeless shelters, and retirement homes.
- It’s okay to fail, as long as you get back up again. The world of medicine tests not only the intelligence and compassion of its candidates, but also their perseverance. It’s definitely not an easy journey, but find something in the field of medicine that motivates you and use that to propel you towards success.