There’s a trend in the type of FAQs premed students like you have. Here’s my attempt at answering them and setting you on the correct path towards becoming a doctor.
Is DoctorPremed a University or Institution of Higher Learning?
No. DoctorPremed.com is an educational website with the goal of helping you get into medical school. I started this website in 2008 after serving as the President of the premedical society at Northwestern University where many of my friends would ask me what they needed to do to get into medical school.
DoctorPremed is NOT a college or university.
If I email You with a Personal Academic Issue Will You Advise Me for FREE?
No. I receive way too many emails asking for help. Besides, there is more than enough free information provided on the website to point you in the right direction.
If you need further assistance you can use my Advising Services where I will give your question the attention it deserves.
I’m Premed What College Should I Attend?
If you’re debating between two colleges based on what will give you your best chance of getting into medical school you’re headed in the wrong direction. If both schools are of equal caliber then attend the school where you will be happiest regardless of whether you plan to pursue medicine.
College is a time for exploration and to grow as a person. Don’t attend a school just because you believe it will help you get into medical school. What happens if you decide premed isn’t for you? Plus, a lot of people for many reasons do decide midway through their college careers that medicine is not what they want to do with their lives and this is perfectly ok.
At the end of the day where you attend college is totally up to you.
My best advice is to ask people whom you trust for their opinion then weigh all the pros and cons before deciding where to attend. Just remember to be selfish and choose the best option for YOU!
MCAT Test Date and Retakes
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is extremely important for getting into medical school and you only want to take this exam once.
If you’re not prepared, become ill or just don’t have the necessary scores on practice tests then do not take the MCAT. It is always better to postpone your exam than to take it just to say you did.
The best time to take the MCAT is in the Spring of the year you plan on applying to medical school. More specifically, I encourage you to take the MCAT in March or April.
What if you get your MCAT score back and it’s not what you expected?
You’ll have to sit down with someone to determine based on your GPA and MCAT score if you will be a competitive applicant for medical school. If the numbers aren’t in your favor then by all means retake the MCAT and improve your score. Only retake the after after determining where you went wrong so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes and kill any chance of ever getting into medical school.
There has to be a gut check too.
Many premeds know if their MCAT score is competitive or not. If you know your MCAT score isn’t good, then the medical schools know this too. Don’t apply with a bad MCAT score and expect for good things to happen because the odds are not in your favor. You’re only going to set yourself up for disappointment along with spending a lot of time and money on a losing battle with a bad test score.