The MCAT is a requirement for most medical schools

There is no question that the MCAT carries significant weight in the medical school admissions process. Administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the MCAT attempts to provide a relatively objective way for admissions committees to compare applicants. Most medical schools use MCAT scores, in conjunction with GPA, to do an initial screen of their applicant pool.

Health care experience is not a requirement for medical school admission, but is recommended

A recent survey of medical schools found that knowledge of health care issues and commitment to health care were one of the top five considerations in evaluating and admitting students to medical school (the other four, not necessariy in order of importance, were med school interview, GPA, MCAT scores, and letters of recommendation). This means that you should be active in health care activities as a pre-med - the more substantial the experience the better. Of course, these experiences will likely also help you articulate why you want to pursue a career in medicine in your medical school admissions essay and interviews .

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