High School PrEmedS
So you want to be a doctor? Great! It will be a long but fulfilling journey. Your have 8 years of schooling to complete plus 3-5 years of residency and then fellowship if you select that route. But don't be too much in a hurry to get it over with. You have so much to discover in the next 10 years.
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Start by reading. Read. Read. Read. You need to increase your speed and accuracy while reading. This will help you keep up with the demands of college level work and also prepare you for the MCATs. This is something you can do right now!
Be open minded about where you will go to college. Find the best fit.
Volunteer in your community. When you apply to medical school, technically high school volunteer work is not part of your application, unless you continue doing it. Let's say you taught yoga at the senior center in high school and continue every summer when you come home from college. Then you can demonstrate longevity by starting " For the last 7 years I have been a volunteer at the Longwood Senior Center teaching yoga."
Volunteer in a healthcare setting to make sure this is the right path for you.
Practice your leadership skills while in high school then hone them in college. This will end up being an important part of your med school application.
Remember, you don't MAJOR in premed. Premed is just the assortment of classes you take that prepare you for the MCATs and medical school. Regardless of what you major in, it all starts with Chemistry and Biology. Please refer to the page COMMON PREMED PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK for more specifics.
Consider the joint BS/MD program option. This path has some distinct advantages but also many disadvantages so do some research to see if this is the right path for you.
Make sure the undergraduate college fits your needs.
Create a ranked list of your priorities considering location, cost, size, major offerings, advising, research opportunities, etc.
How does each school stack up?
Do you feel the school environment will support both your academic and personal goals?
What do you want to major in?
How strong is that department?
How easy is it to change your major or college?
Do the study abroad offerings interest you?
Is there an office for Premed/Prehealth advising?
Who is the contact person?
Review statistics of medical school acceptance data showing breakdown by GPA and MCAT.
Do they offer a committee letter or just a letter collection service or nothing?
Do they offer assistance in securing research or summer internships?
Do they advise on other health professions (e.g. dental, veterinary, PA, PT, OT, NP)
BS/BA-MD COMBINED PROGRAMS. You might want to consider a combined program where you would get guaranteed admission to a medical school without going through all the hoops of applying. There are pros and cons to this approach so do your research and weigh your options. Newport Premedical Consulting has chosen not to dedicate a lot of space on this website to BS/BA-MD combined programs but here are some resources for your reference:
AAMC List of BS/BA-MD Programs. For some reason the AAMC list of not up to date so please refer to the following sites: 1) The Perfect Premed.com website. They list 61 programs. 2) PrepScholar breaks down the options into programs you can apply to as a high school student and programs that you can apply to once you are enrolled in college.
What it’s Like to Participate in a BS/MD Program? from the AAMC.