If you're planning on attending medical school, your efforts in high school will greatly affect success at med school. Make sure you give yourself the best chance of succeeding as a doctor by preparing yourself early on in your education. Prepare for medical school while still in high school by following these tips.
Meet with your guidance counselor. Your first step toward preparing for medical school should be to schedule a meeting with the guidance counselor at your high school. Talk to her about the admissions requirements to the med schools you're interested in. Find out what courses you need in order to apply to the universities of your choice. And make sure that you aware of the GPA requirements for medical school. Your guidance counselor will be a wealth of knowledge when it comes to medical school so be sure to get informed by talking to her at least a year before you graduate.
Take the right courses. You can also prepare for medical school by ensuring you take the right classes in highs school. To get into university, you will need to have the prerequisite classes for your pre-med program. Your acceptance into that program depends on the classes you take in high school, so make sure you are on the right track. Your best bet of getting accepted into medical school is to take science courses in high school like biology, chemistry and physics. You'll benefit from taking advanced math courses as well. (Check with your guidance counselor to make sure you've got everything covered.)
Maintain your GPA. Now, you don't have to maintain a 4.0 GPA, but it's worth aiming for if you're hoping to get into medical school. Most medical schools require you to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in order to be accepted. Medical schools look at your GPA to determine if you have what it takes to become a doctor. Show that you've got what it takes by keeping your average up.
Work on your reading skills. As a medical school student, your reading skills will need to be top notch. You will have so many text books to go through during your years at med school. So during high school, you can start preparing for the heavy reading requirements of medical school by learning to read faster and smarter. Focus on retaining what you read and work on study skills while you're reading. All of these skills will help you prepare for medical school.
Be a leader. The admissions departments at medical schools also want evidence that you have leadership skills. Prove this by getting in some volunteer experience while you're still in high school. Try to volunteer your time at medical facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. Any health-related experience is going to improve your medical school application, as it will show your commitment to and interest in the medical field. (And make sure you get letters of references from any professional that work with while you're volunteering. You'll need these for your medical school applications.)
Prepare for the MCAT early. Medical schools require that you score well (a 32 or better) on the MCAT to get into medical school. This isn't something that you're going to be able to accomplish overnight. Doing well on the MCAT requires a lot of preparation. Start studying in high school if you can. Purchase study guides and do sample tests so that the style of the exam becomes familiar to you. You can also enroll in study programs or hire a tutor that will help you to pass the MCAT. (And when it comes time to apply to medical school, plan to take the MCAT in early spring so that you can submit your medical school application during the summer. Writing the MCAT early ensures that you have enough time to prepare your application properly.)
Stay informed. One final way to prepare yourself for medical school while you are still in high school is to stay informed on current health news. When it comes time to take your admissions interview, you will have a wealth of knowledge about the health field that will set you apart from other less-informed applicants. Read up on health news in journals and trade magazines. Your campus career office will have information on preparing for an admissions interview as well, so be sure to look into this once you get into your pre-med program.
Preparing yourself for medical school while you're still in high school is the best way to ensure that you'll find success in your education and your career. Do yourself a favor and start the medical school preparation process early so that you won't feel the crunch later on.