Here's some great advice which I learned when it comes to applying to medical school. I will update this page as often as necessary to give you the latest information to help increase your chances of getting into medical school.
This is not to say if you are lacking your chances for are over, but there are some standards which will virtually guarantee your success.
Medical schools will acknowledge that an applicant with a MCAT score of 30+ and GPA of 3.5 or better should get an acceptance when applying to medical school barring any glaring deficiencies in other parts of their application.
Medical schools go through a checklist to see if you have volunteered, conducted research, have health care experience, etc. These activities do not have to be completed at the same time.
Therefore, if your grades are bad concentrate on getting them up and worry about your extracurricular activities later.
The admission committee will not flag your file and state, "this applicant only studied while in school, and did his activities at a different time." The goal is to have experience in all areas and the timing of them is not as important.
This is important because it shows you are serious about medicine and in the event you decide medicine is not for you, you still have an advanced degree which can enhance your job choices.
Getting into medical school is one of the most difficult challenges you will face and you need to do everything in your power to be successful the first time around. Remember, it is not a race, by taking the time to do things correctly the first time it will save you time, money and stress in the long run.
Overtime, I have learned location, facilities, faculty accessibility, and housing options are some of the most important criteria when making a decision beyond the academic reputation of the institution when applying to medical school.
Medical Schools go through a very rigorous accreditation process and you will find the curriculum is virtually the same between all allopathic institutions. As a medical student you want to pay more attention to Board scores and placement into residency programs.
As one physician has stated, "a MD is a MD wherever you go". If you are bent on rankings use them as a guideline and not the sole factor in choosing where to attend because there are a number of subjective criteria which must be considered.
Let the admissions office inform you that you did not get in and not yourself. You will be amazed at what individual schools are looking for when it comes to adding diversity to their class profile. However, when applying to medical schools don't over do it with your reach list (no more than three to five schools).