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Applicant Credentials

What do medical schools look for when reviewing applicants?

Medical schools consider the following credentials when evaluating applicants for admission:

  • Academic record (both overall and science GPA)
  • MCAT scores
  • Letters of Evaluation (including faculty and physician letters)
  • Exposure to doctor-patient interaction ("shadowing")
  • Volunteering, as well as charitable/altruistic endeavors
  • Research experience
  • Leadership abilities
  • Interpersonal communication skills

Note: Medical schools may also require background checks of applicants before matriculation.