The MSAR is the “premed bible”, which contains important information on medical schools.
Use the “American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine” for important information on D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, different from M.D.) schools.
There are 2 course sequences you can take as a premed, one for majors and another the other is for non majors. For example, when deciding to complete a year of physics to fill a premed requirement, you can choose the course sequence that physics majors usually take or the course sequence that is more oriented towards nonphysics majors. Although it might be better to take the sequence for majors (medical schools prefer that you take a more rigorous course), make sure you can retain a high GPA while doing so.
Medical Schools look for
- Intelligence (GPA, MCAT, etc.)
- Service to society (community service, etc.)
*It is very important to have clinical experience. A good choice for clinical experience is to volunteer at a hospital. Avoid volunteering at an emergency room (the fast pace increases your chances of running menial errands). Instead, a better choice would be to volunteer at a place which treats the chronically ill (you can have a long term relationship with your patient and their family and you are also more likely to work as a “team” with medical professionals). Make sure to get a letter of recommendation from your clinical experience.*
On your medical school application, be sure to mention why you are applying to that particular medical school. Mention any student organizations in that particular school that you are interested in. Find the values of the college and mention that you are interested in them (ex. If you look onto a college’s website and they seem to emphasize primary care, be sure to mention that you are interested in becoming a primary care phycisian.).
Medical admission’s committees look for the applicant’s interest in the world around them.