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Any open-ended advice?
Be yourself. Enjoy life. Never stop learning.

Jennifer Hsu at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2018.
Pre-med: University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Management Info Systems degree. Answer posted 3/29/2014
My advice is to work hard, study daily, believe in yourself, stay disciplined, and the end is in sight.

Taylor Y Stauffer at Emory University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Edgewood College, Biology degree. Answer posted 3/25/2014
1. Believe in yourself: Don't wait for someone to tell you you can do it. The peole who don't make it to Med school are usually the ones who lack the confidence to believe in themselves. 2. Trust yourself: This goes right along with self confidence and believing in yourself. Don't be afraid to take risks. As long as you have trust in your judgment and your ability to succeed everything will be ok in the end. 3. Don't be afraid of failure: The most succesful people in this world have failed many times over. Use your past failures as learning experiences to continuously improve . My biggest strentgh is my ability to get knocked down and come back stronger every time. Remember to measure your sucess not by whether or not you have failed, but by whether or not you have learned from your failures. 4. Don't pay attention to the Nay-sayers: People will run mountains and hills just to tell you that you can't do it. They will tell you that you dream too big. Some will try to persuade you to do a profession which is less competitive. These nay-sayers may be your parents, your brothers, sisters, closests friends or partners, your pre-med advisor, classmates or even complete strangers. This is the part where you put your ear plugs on and run after your dream as if you were being chased with a gun. 5. Work hard: This is a requirement for success. I can honestly tell you that I am no where close to the guy who gets As without trying. In fact, I'm the exact opposite. Every A I have gotten has been through streneous work and I very often had to work my tail off for Bs. If there is anything I have learned as a pre-med, it is that hard work pays off in the end. Your hard work will help you perform well on finals, on the MCAT, and will help you get an acceptance into Med school. 6. Break the rules: You should not be afraid to change the rules. Realize that there are many means to an end. You do not have to follow the tradition, create your own path for others to follow, break the rules without breaking the law.

Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
Do everything as early and on time as you can.

Jessica Smith at Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) (DO), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Ohio University, Pre-Proffesional Biology degree. Answer posted 1/16/2009
Be yourself..It is far better to exhausted in success, than to be rested in failure.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
try your best on the mcat. take a class so you can be forced to practice and learn test-taking skills. it's true that if you have a high gpa-- it'll offset your lower mcat. but still-- most schools use an mcat cut-off point to offer interviews. and always submit your TMDSAS application in early june. work on it throughout may to have it ready. submit it early-- interviews are given first come first serve

Sarah Tran at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Houston Baptist University, BS degree. Answer posted 1/23/2008
just relax! it's going to be hard work and take some dedication and discipline, but don't be so focused on MED SCHOOL MED SCHOOL that you miss out on the fun times that college can offer. and try not to be "that kid" that annoys everyone for old tests and notes and don't brag to the whole world if a prof "helps" you out with grades at the end. be humble.

update: same advice, and also one more piece. don't be afraid to take a year off in between undergrad and med school. seriously, you won't realize how much your brain hurts until it's "too" late, and a year of your life to take it easy and possibly pursue something you've always wanted to try is not going to hold you back.


emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
Listen to your heart.

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
I think it should be mandatory for pre-meds to take at least two years off after college to start the med school process. That time off in the "real world" was invaluable for me, and certainly for others.

Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
My advice is to be true to yourself and understand what it is that you're getting into. Being a med student and a physician takes A LOT of sacrafice. The 2 biggest things to ask yourself are: Is this what I want (not mom, dad, spouse)? and Do I have a realistic idea of what the life of a physician is like (eg you've shadowed, worked/volunteered in a medical setting as opposed to diligently watching Grey's Anatomy)?

Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
Be careful about international medical schools. St. George's is definately the top of the list and a good option for those having difficulty being accpeted to US schools. The information about the Caribbean Schools on this website is a little outdated. I was surprised there wasn't more information on SGU. Here's their website:

George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
Show you care thru your actions, don't be generic. Play with medicine for at least a year or two to make sure it's right for you. Would you still be a doc if the salary and debt were erased?

Student DO DO at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton Campus (LECOM Brandenton) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: New England, Biology with chem minor degree. Answer posted 4/8/2007
For someone thinking about a career in medicine, I would neither encourage him or her nor discourage him or her. The path has its ups and downs and each individual needs to decide what is right for them. Things to consider are: Is the sacrifice worth the reward? Will this profession make you happy? Etc. Specific Advice. If you are undecided or are completing another degree program before committing to premed coursework, do forget to collect letters of recommendation. Most universities have a letter collection service that will hold your letters for you (because you will sign a waver stating that you will not view the letters). There are also fledgling online letter collection services available, but I am not familiar with them. If you are unsure about medical school, it is always easier to ask for a letter of recommendation while you’re taking a course than to return two years later hoping that the professor will remember you. If you have a non-science degree you will definitely want a letter of recommendation from a professor in that field. Also, if you work in healthcare with a doctor, have them write you a letter. A letter from a physician is always good and is sometimes required by D.O. schools. Don’t put the letters of recommendation off, they can be the hardest application component to obtain.

Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
YOU BETTER BE SURE YOU WANT THIS. Getting prepared takes a long time. The application phase itself is very stressful. There are times when I asked myself if I was good enough and I probably felt the lowest in my life during that one year. But keep your head up. If you want it, then you will do anything to get in. Keep in mind that the hardship doesn't end during the application. The real tough part comes when you get accepted. From your date of matriculation, starts a life-long process which will surely test every amount of intellect and character within yourself.

Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
Work hard in college, follow your dreams, take an MCAT review course.

Mike Benninghoff at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Muhlenberg College, BS - double major biology/natural sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2007
Pay attention in your core science classes. MCAT prep is so much easier if you know that material (i.e. gen chem, ochem, phsx, math). The one thing I would have done differently is taken a LOT of math, and taken it early. It is the language for all science. Also, balance your life. You are probably thinking, yeah yeah, you can say that. You are in! But if you don't have a good mix, you won't be happy and you won't do as well. (Trust me)

Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
Start gathering all info needed for applications early. If you can download secondary apps proir to receiving them in the mail do it and send them out ASAP. The faster you get everything done, the better chance you have of being accepted. Get all your LOR's well before applying. You don't want to keep your applications waiting to process due to a recommendation that hasn't arrived.

Joel Hallam at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus (GA-PCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Indiana State Univeristy, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
If you really want it stick with it and you can achieve it. This might mean retaking classes or the mcat and watching friends out in the work place making money, but if you really want it hardwork pays off and dreams do come true!

Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
Don't give up! And don't listen to advice you don't want to hear!!!

Julie Nicole at University of Vermont College of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Johnson State College and Universite Laval, BS Biology (2003), BA French Linguistics (1994) degree. Answer posted 11/19/2006
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Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
be honest, true and make sure you do what you want to.

Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
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tracy scott at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Pennslyvana, Texas Tech University degree. Answer posted 8/27/2006
don't aim too high when you're applying to schools or you'll end up just wasting a lot of money and then reapplying the following year.

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
If your whole academic career is focus on the light on the end of the tunnel you might be in for a long and tiring journey only to find that the light was a train. Enjoy the journey, not just because its a long one, but because its a fun process. Hoop jumping can be fun! So enjoy the journey and that will make the destination that much more satisfying.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
If you are sure you want to be a doctor, then congratulations. This is a wonderful, rewarding field. Study hard but don't get burned out. Have fun as well. The most important thing I have learned is that you need to stand out. Start EARLY ON (pref. freshman yr) volunteering, doing research, shadowing. Find something you enjoy that you think most others will not have on their application. Best of luck to all of you! Feel free to ask me any questions and I will gladly respond.

Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
Good luck!

Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
Apply EARLY! Take the MCAT in April not August. If you get a low MCAT score, don't be afraid to apply to DO schools. Take interviews SERIOUSLY! Get lots of clinical experience!

Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
Although physicians are paid well, do not be lured into medicine for the money. Medicare, for instance, is cutting physician reimbursements by 4-5% yearly for the next 5 years. Malpractice insurance is expensive. There are many stresses associated with the "high income".

Physicians will continue to make a good income, however, my advice is to: Do what you love and the money will be icing on the cake... do what you hate and the money becomes the shackle that binds you to the thing you despise.

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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
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Jonathan Taylor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Tennessee Temple University, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/2/2006
I cannot emphasize this point enough. Apply as early as you can and get the secondary applications back as soon as possible.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
Don't give up if this is your goal!!! Apply EARLY!

Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
Always set goals for yourself. And remember everything works out in the end.

Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
Just be yourself. On paper and in person. If you don't get in the first time. Med schools love persistance so try again. If you know what school you really want to go to apply for early admission. Your chances of getting in may be better if they see that you are committed only to them. For instance, at MCW if you apply for early admission I don't think you can apply anywhere else until the process is over. So by doing so you may be severely limiting yourself with other schools depending on when you hear back. It really is a double edged sword. A resident once told me if you apply to too many schools you appear needy and despirate. If you apply to only one or two (not in your area or for early admission) you may look cocky. I don't know if that is true or not, but 7-12 seems to be a nice magic number. Hope that helps. Good luck.

Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
Work and play hard, always have a goal to work towards, be happy, honest, thoughtful and enjoy the ride.

Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
Talk to current med students and get them to look over your application + APPLY EARLY!!!

Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
If you want to be a doc, its all or none...you're either balls to the wall or you're not...either you'll get in(no matter what) or you won't. Make up your mind and the go for it. If I can make it so can you.

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
I think that applying as early as possible is one of the biggest factors for getting interviews and ultimately getting in. Get your primary application ready the month before you are able to send it and then send it as soon as it becomes available. I would complete each secondary as soon as you receive them.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
Always have a backup plan...I had one and knowing that there something else I could do that I would find fulfilling if I were not accepted really took a lot of pressure off during the whole process. I thought all the practice exams were a heck of a lot harder than the MCAT. Apply to MCW! It's a great place!

Jeffrey Anderson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Bethel University, Biblical and Theological Studies degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
Don't lose yourself by trying to meet some other standards. Meet the general requirements, but beyond that, make standards for yourself. Learn to remain calm and accept failure and success equally. There's no point in getting worked up over something you can't change. Just learn to make the best of it. And don't give in to hate. That leads to the Dark Side.

Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
Be patient and have some faith in yourself. The entire application process is difficult and has a lot of ups and downs, but in the end if you want to go to medical school you will find a way to make it there.

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
SHADOW!! I was asked at every interview about shadowing and how I knew what a physician's job and life was like. Also, your volunteering doesn't have to be medically related if you have other clinical and/or research experience. Volunteer for something that you truly enjoy, not for thing that you think will "look good".

Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
No matter what, don't give up. If medicine is your dream, you can make it happen. The route may be longer than anticipated, and you may find that the process forces you to look at yourself and your accomplishments and truly evaluate your shortcomings, but it is worth it in the end.

Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
Don't give up; ever. If this is what you want to do with your life you will give it your BEST effort which means not giving up. Enjoy the process, as hellish as it may get at some points, and grow from it. Realize that this is all a lesson in being humble and serving your patients first.

Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
Apply early, the earlier you do...the better chance you'll get in at most schools. They take the largest pool in the first few months!!

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
Read as much as you can on this website and read many other people’s perspectives. The more you find out, the better. Also, meet with your pre-med advisor as soon as possible. Meet and speak with some successful applicants. Also, there are many things to complete outside of the classroom and many people have no clue. You need to get shadowing, research, etc. out of the way as soon as possible and you will want to take the April MCAT in your Junior year. Also, make sure you do everything in the application process early and in a timely manner – it really pays off! Good Luck!

Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005




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