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How to Get Into Medical School

Each month, nearly 11,000 college bound students search the internet asking the question, "How to Get Into Medical School." Fortunately, at Earlham College you can embark on a four-year journey of exploration and discovery that will prepare you extremely well for medical school or other graduate programs in the health sciences. In fact, our graduates have a medical acceptance rate of 86 percent — twice the national average.

How Hard is it to Get Into Medical School?

Medical school admissions are highly competitive. Every year, thousands of eligible applicants are turned away from medical schools and forced to try their luck the following year. With the fierce competition only rising, it is important to know everything you can do to increase your chances of getting into medical school. Earlham can help with that.

What Are My Chances of Getting Into Medical School?

Many medical schools have single-digit acceptance rates, but there is a a lot you can do to improve your chances of admission. Great grades and stellar test scores will help, but medical schools are increasingly  looking at applicants entire resumes, seeking well rounded students who have the skills, experiences and quality of mind to succeed in the medical profession. As you begin your college career, pre-med students should seek the advice of campus experts to make sure
Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare.

Think Beyond a Major

Although most Earlham pre-med students major in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or neuroscience, there is no single “correct” major for students who are planning careers in the health professions. Medical schools do want students with very strong backgrounds in science, but they love that fact that our graduates bring a broad based liberal arts background, which broadens their perspectives and sharpens their critical thinking and communication skills. Many students also benefit from classes that connect science to other disciplines through our Medical Humanities program.

Get Professional Experience

Medical schools look for candidates who offer more than just great grades and strong test scores. Earlham offers students many opportunities to gain real world experiences. Many students complete externships at local medical facilities. Others get experience interfacing with patients as part of our community health program. Many pre-med students at Earlham strengthen their applications through summer research experiences. Recent students have found recent placements biotechnology, biomedical, cardiovascular, clinical, pediatrics and public health.

Explore Beyond Campus

Medical school applicants can stand apart from the crowd by demonstrating wide ranging interests and experiences. Many pre-med students at Earlham are able to participate off-campus study programs like Global Health May Term programs in Costa Rica or Peru. Earlham also offers every student a funded internship or research experience called The EPIC Advantage, which many students use to year firsthand about health careers.

Listen to an Adviser

Advisers can give you expert advice about applying for medical school, preparing for M.C.A.T. , and even earning a scholarship from a top school. Because of Earlham’s size, every student can form close relationships with advisers who can help them find opportunities that match their talents and interests.

All students interested in a career in a health profession should talk to a member of the Health Careers Advisory Committee.

These are the members of the Health Careers Advisory Committee:

  • Michael Deibel — Co-Director of Center for Global Health and Professor of Chemistry
  • Peter Blair — Co-Director of the Center for Global Health  and Professor of Biology

Read more about Health Careers Advising

Take the beginning steps for preparing to attend medical school

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Richmond, Indiana
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