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How to make my medical school application look impressive?

Currently I'm only a freshman, but I want to get into medical school with everything I have,but I know how extremely competative it is. I know that GPA and MCAT scores are important, but what are other things that would look good? What kind of jobs would look good? What kind of volunteering would look good? Which clubs/organizations would be impressive, and would it be good if I was an officer of them? What should I do during my summers to prepare? Any advice on what I can do now to help me in the future? I'm looking to go into orthopedic surgery

Asked By: Sage Cooper - 3/27/2010
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Tina's answers are a good start but the MCAT score needs to be much higher, a minimum of 35! Make sure you take as many advanced chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and molecular/cellular biology classes as possible. GPA isn't as much of a concern but it depends on your college. If you're in a rigorous college, GPA can... More
Answered By: Carole J - 3/27/2010
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I'll be a freshman in college next year, but on some of my college visits they explained some factors that would allow a person to be a competitive medical school applicant, so here are some tips that I just remember them mentioning... More
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Answered By: Tina - 3/27/2010
 
The answers to all of these questions is gain clinical experience, research experience and leadership experience. Work in a hospital (shadowing is a good start, but it shouldn't be your only experience). Do research in a science lab on campus and/or during the summer. Volunteer in a way that speaks to you (maybe you... More
Answered By: Arbitrary Person - 3/27/2010
 
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