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.