|Facts for Pre-Meds|
As a Pre-medical student it is vital to be informed of the current and past figures about applicants to medical schools.
What makes a successful applicant? It is a combination of many things, including a strong academic record and MCAT score, service to the others, and understanding of the medical field. However, there are many factors that play into the equation. You have to evaluate yourself constantly and figure out what makes you unique as an applicant. Not only should you focus on the numbers but take a look at the direction you are taking your undergraduate career. Do you see yourself as a superb clinician, a physician scientist, or both? Note your clinical and academic interests to guide your search.
Embrace the field by being informed and actively participating in it through volunteering and research activities. Remember to always harness your intellectual curiosity to improve upon what you have learned. Volunteer in areas of interest to you. Also consider emergency departments, operating rooms, hospices, clinics, shelters, and international experiences. There are many things you can get involved in to make a difference and demonstrate your commitment to your future patients and medicine.
You must work closely with your academic/pre-med adviser to guide you on your path to becoming a physician.
The data below can be found on the Association of American Medical College (AAMC) website.
Hispanic matriculants to medical school from 2005-2008
AAMC – Hispanics (Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Other Hispanic, Multiple Hispanic)
2008 – All Matriculants
Total GPA: 3.66 (stdev: 0.26)
Science GPA: 3.60 (stdev: 0.33)
Non-Science GPA: 3.73 (stdev: 0.25)
VR: 9.9 (stdev: 1.8)
2008 – All Applicants
Total GPA: 3.50 (stdev: 0.35)
Science GPA: 3.40 (stdev: 0.44)
Non-Science GPA: 3.63 (stdev: 0.31)
VR: 9.0 (stdev: 2.2)
AAMC – Table 19: MCAT Scores and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. Medical Schools by Race and Ethnicity, 2008
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