Mini Medical School Experiences student handout 2012.pdf

Dr. Rubin is providing here a list of pointers to help you succeed in gaining admission to a medical, dental, optometric or podiatric school.

1. Get the best G.P.A. you can at school.  Schools really want to graduate every student enrolled and a high G.P.A. is associated with a higher chance of completing medical school and succeeding.  In 2015, average G.P.A. of entering medical students is around 3.70 .

2. Get research experience in a lab or clinical setting.  Best to do this over your summers when you generally have more time.  During the academic year concentrate on your class work and getting the best grades possible.  I recommend doing research over your summers. Rochester Institute of Technology keeps a really good list of summer programs.

Here are the links:

Try to do your research in the summer when you have no pressure from school work.

3. Get the best standardize admission test scores possible.  To do this you need to prepare for these tests.  I do not recommend taking an exam without a review course and practicing. If you are in high school take an ACT or SAT prep class.  If you are in college take an MCAT class. You can take the class online or in a classroom.  If that is not possible buy a review book and practice on your own. Practice will improve your score.

4. Get clinical exposure to show you know enough about your chosen field.  You can do this by either contacting your local  hospital  and volunteering, or contacting your own physician and asking if you can shadow for a day.  Some college premed organizations provide these opportunities.  If you have trouble, volunteer in a helping field like a nursing home or shelter.

5. When the time comes to apply to a school make sure your essay is perfect both in content and grammar.  Show your essay to friends and family or get a professional to help you.  If you are interested in seeking a educational specialist for BS/MD programs or college applications I endorse Mrs. Roberta Zarchy.  She can be reached at C.A.R.E. 1–847-438-3536 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. To learn more, click on this.

6. After you apply, almost all medical programs require an interview before an acceptance is offered.  Interviews must be granted by the school or program.  Often there are several interviews.  There are 3 types of interviews.  The most common are a one on one interview. There are some schools which have a committee which jointly interview students.  Around 10 percent of schools are now running a multiple mini interview  process - 8 to 10 short 10 minute interviews.  Interviews are only offered to serious applicants. A good interview results in a good response letter.  Many college premed organizations offer mock interviews. You can contact me at if you are interested in seeking my help for BS/MD programs or med school interviews.

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