“What is medical school? How long does it take to become a doctor? What university courses do I need? What is the MCAT? What extra curriculars should I do? How do I apply for medical school?”
If you feel lost about the medical school process, don’t worry, you are not alone! Every year thousands of students think about becoming doctors but don’t know where to start. If this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place.
Welcome to Get Started – MedHopeful’s complete step-by-step guide to learning about Canadian medical schools and how to get in. Written by myself and a few of my classmates, we start off by explaining the most basic concepts and terms about the process, and then walk you through everything you need to know about applying.
So whether you are a high school student who has no idea what the MCAT is or a university student applying to medical school this fall, Get Started can help.
How to use Get Started
Get Started is divided into 5 main sections that walk you through the basics of the entire medical school application process. I suggest you read through all 5 parts in sequence, and frequently go back to it as a guide as you move further along in the process:
Read the rest of the Get Started series:
- Part 1: Premed basics: Learn the path to becoming a doctor and the basics of applying to medical school
- Part 2: University applications: An introduction to selecting your university program and courses
- Part 3: GPA, MCAT & ECs: Everything you need to know about GPA, the MCAT, and building a strong resume
- Part 4: Application process: Learn all about essays, reference letters and interviews.
- Part 5: Results: Accepted? Waitlisted? Rejected? Get some advice on what to do next
More in-depth discussion
Get Started is focused on the basics of the medical school admissions process. Once you have read through that, you should read the rest of my blog for more specific details and strategies around maximizing your chances of getting into. A good place to start would be the Best of MedHopeful.