In just a few months, the next application cycle for medical school will open. In early May, thousands and thousands of students across the country will be embarking on their journey to becoming a doctor! One of the most important tips I got from my mentors about being successful in the application cycle is timing. Below I have listed tips that helped me during my application cycle!
- Finish your MCAT before July at the latest. Having a good MCAT score is important. I know life happens, thus if you have to push your MCAT back that is understandable. BUT, be aware that it will take at least a month for schools to receive your MCAT score. For example, if you took your MCAT in July, then schools will not receive the score until August. Plan accordingly.
- Have your personal statement ready by May. This a very early deadline, but I think this will allow you to start brainstorming a few months before. The personal statement is a pivotal part of your application, thus make sure it is well thought out and is an accurate representation of who you are.
- Carefully put in your grades. I know this sounds obvious, but when putting in your transcript make sure you are accurately putting in the grades and double checking them before you submit. This will allow you to avoid delays in your application.
- Submit on the first day you can. This will allow you to hear back from schools earlier and receive interviews earlier. With that being said you will definitely still get interviews and hear back from schools if you submit on a day after the first day.
Good luck on your journey to becoming a doctor! Please feel free to comment questions or advice below!