Whether you are planning to go into undergraduate studies or post-graduate studies, you will probably have to complete and submit an application package for the admissions committee. The application package is more than just a requirement to get into schools, but it also serves as an introduction of yourself to the admissions committee of the schools that you apply to.
 For this reason, it is essential that you do a great job on your application package if you wish to take up undergraduate college or post-graduate studies, especially for popular fields such as medicine. This article will cover some of the basic differences between the college admissions process and the medical school admissions process.

The medical school admissions process vs. the college admission or university admission process

The admissions processes for medical schools and undergraduate schools differ in a number of ways. The most basic and obvious difference is that medical schools usually have more specific application requirements. Colleges, universities, and medical schools will all ask for your personal information and transcripts, but medical schools usually also require applicants to have taken up specific courses that are related to medicine. Sciences, such as Biology, Physics, and Chemistry are normally required for medical school admission. For US schools or international schools, students may be required to have taken up at least one year of English.

In truth, whether you are applying for college or medical school, the application requirements and admissions process will differ from school to school. Fortunately, programs such as the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) 3nd The Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission re making efforts to simplify the application process. Basically, the AMCAS and the Common Application provide a primary application process that allows applicants to complete and submit a common application form with the basic information that most medical schools, colleges, and universities require. The application forms are then sent to the schools that the applicant wants to apply to. The costs for either the AMCAS or the Common Application will depend on the number of schools being applied to. Applicants who have a chance of getting into the school applied for will be sent a secondary application form with more specific requirements, such as application essays.

Usual college admissions or university application requirements

  • Application fee
  • Personal information or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Recommendation letters
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Interview
  • Secondary application (if necessary)

Usual medical school requirements

  • Application fee
  • Personal information or resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Recommendation letters or evaluation letters
  • DAT, MCAT, or GRE scores
  • Admissions essays
  • Interview
  • Secondary application (if necessary)

Preparing for the medical school admissions process

As can be seen in the lists above, the requirements for medical school and undergraduate schools are quite similar. In most cases, however, medical schools are stricter when it comes to evaluating, assessing, and accepting students. For many schools, the number of slots they have available are far fewer than the number of applicants, which is why medical schools normally have high standards. To get ahead of the competition, try to follow some of the following tips for your medical school application:

Make sure to complete and compile all of the requirements in a neat and organized manner. Presentation surely isn’t everything, but a clean and neat application package is certainly more welcome than one that has a bunch of markings and crossed-out entries.

Make a schedule so you can keep track of submission deadlines and important meetings, such as interviews or meetings with those who are writing your evaluation and recommendation letters. Always submit before the deadline, but make sure that you have put in enough time and effort to make the best application package you can.

Try reading some sample medical school admissions essays to get an idea of the questions asked, topics written about, the overall format, and the tone of the essays. When writing your own essay, be sure to write more than just your achievements. Tell the story of how your achievements have changed you and helped you develop virtues and values that are essential for medical school and medicine practice in general.

Medical school interviews

One of the most important medical school requirements is the interview. If you make it to the interview stage of the admissions process, then you are probably on track to getting into the school. The fact that the school called you in for an interview means that you are actually worth their time and effort to interview. Here are some tips on how to do a great job on your medical school admission interview:

Try to get to know the school that you are applying to. Gather information on the history of the school, the courses offered at the school, and what makes it different from other schools. Take some time to read, understand and formulate answers to some of the commonly asked interview questions.


Finally, try to be confident, but not arrogant. If you know your goals and why you want to go to medical school, then you will probably do a great job on your interview. Just relax and have confidence in yourself.

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