Issues relevant to medical school admissions were some of the most read stories published by the AMA this year.
Here’s a look at the AMA’s top insights on the medical school admissions process.
In the U.S., there are two types of degrees with which physicians can practice medicine: MDs, a doctor of medicine, or a DO, a doctor of osteopathic medicine. The two degrees reflect different types of medical school training. MDs attend allopathic medical schools, while DOs attend osteopathic medical schools.
- Learn about key differences between MD and DO medical school programs, and what role degree type should play in your medical school choice.
The primary function of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is to determine how a prospective medical student will perform in medical school. In that way, it doesn’t differ significantly from standardized tests, such as the American College Test (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), that high school students take as part of their college admission portfolio. Learn why the MCAT is a totally different animal.
- Matriculants entering medical school in the 2018–2019 admissions cycle registered a 3.72 mean grade-point average (GPA) in their undergraduate coursework, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Still, if you underperformed in undergrad but dream of working as a physician, you have options.
Medical school admissions interviews vary in format by school. You may speak to one person or a number of people. They may be students, alumni, community members, professors, deans or some combination thereof. Still, while the audience and venues for these interviews may change, one question is likely to remain constant: Why do you want to go into medicine?
- Medical students and faculty involved in medical school admissions chimed in on the best ways to answer that question. Find out what they had to say.