High grades and MCAT scores are not enough for medical school admission if you do not also invest time outside of the classroom learning about patients, physicians, medicine in general, and… yourself! Thus, it is important that you spend time in various health care settings to explore and confirm your interest in the medical profession. Beyond fullfilling certain course requirements and developing specific academic competencies, schools expect candidates to have a general understanding of the medical profession as well as a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of what is involved in the medical field.
The following activities can be valuable in enhancing your exploration and knowledge of the health field:
- Volunteering in clinical settings throughout the academic year
- Shadowing health professionals
- Conducting informational interviews with practitioners
- Keeping a journal of your experiences
- Conducting research
- Reading relevant literature
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