June 29, 2008

Is there a best pre-med school?

HalfMD responds to a reader's question:
Is there a best pre-med school?

Abstract: No! Your academic dedication (GPA, Letters of Rec), your ability to perform (MCAT), your compassion (volunteering), and your familiarity with the health field (shadowing, personal statement) strengthen your application.

However, you might want to consider one of the "Big Five" if you need someone to hold your hand for the application process (the reader's parent submitted the question....)
  1. University of California at Los Angeles
  2. University of California at Berkeley
  3. University of Texas at Austin
  4. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  5. University of Florida

I mean no offense by that, by the way. I was completely clueless about what it took to apply for medical school and quite honestly, my first application was a complete BOMB even though I had enough of the right stuff. It would have been really nice to have a pre-med advisor. The closest thing we had was the Pre-Med Association... but really... would you expect your fellow classmates (i.e. your "competitors") to give you the best advice and review your application? That's why I'm really thankful that I had the support of a more objective and reliable group: the Medical Student Mentorship Program.

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