Beyond Academics

Developing the interpersonal, social and intellectual attributes critical to success in the medical profession may well be the most challenging aspect of the preparation process. In addition to proving yourself academically, take advantage of the opportunities for campus leadership, internships, community service, and other rewarding life experience. While developing your plan for preparing for medical school, be certain to address the following questions:

  • How will you demonstrate to the admissions committees a passion for lifelong learning across disciplines?
  • How will you convince the admissions committees you have made a well-informed decision to spend the rest of your life working with people who are ill and in crisis?
  • How will you demonstrate your ability to work effectively as a member of the health care team?
  • How will you demonstrate your understanding of the power of cultural and social issues in the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease?