Applying to medical school can be a daunting task. There are so many pieces in the process—and so many resources to consult! Compiled here are the best resources on key topics so you don't have to spend time browsing the web. We also invite you to keep tabs on our blog, where we reflect on all of these topics, and more.
From the Association of American Colleges (AAMC)
- AAMC home page
- Here you will be able to walk through each step of the application process from admissions requirements to taking the MCAT to choosing a medical school.
- AAMC course requirements and suggested extracurricular activities
- Applying to medical school is about having completed premedical courses and also making time for extracurricular activities, such as research and volunteering in a clinical setting. The AAMC gives a nice overview of what is expected of applicants.
- Comprehensive listing of premedical post-baccalaureate programs
- Do you need to complete your premedical requirements after graduating from college? Do you need to boost your science grades to be a competitive applicant to medical schools? Check out this listing of programs to complete premedical course requirements or boost your GPA.
The New MCAT
- A New MCAT and a New Focus for Future Doctors
- This insightful Huffington Post article was written by Cambridge Coaching’s very own MCAT Director, Abdul El-Sayed.
- AMA: The New 2015 MCAT Testing Competencies
- From the Journal of the American Medical Association, this article is a the most in-depth examination available of the new competencies expected of test-takers, as well as the most important signals it sends to anyone considering medical school. Recommended reading for all MCAT takers.
- What Looming MCAT Changes Mean for Aspiring Doctors
- The US News & World Report explores changes to the test and how the test preparation and training process could impact the medical career.
- The New MCAT: Information and Updates
- From Hunter College of Medicine, this is a straightforward FAQ about the new test, and its implications for applicants.
- APA: New MCAT includes major sections on behavioral & social sciences
- From the American Psychological Association, this provides a clear overview of what will be tested on the new behavioral and social-science sections of the post-2015 MCAT.
- Home Page for the MCAT
- Register for the test, get practice materials and eventually obtain your score. Yes, it will end.
- The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam
- This book is published by the AAMC and has official practice questions not published elsewhere.
- Official AAMC Practice Tests
- When you're ready to start practicing, the eight practice tests released by the AAMC are your key to success on the MCAT. Space them out evenly over the course of your study time. Save the later tests (numbers 9, 10, 11) for closer to your exam date. These tests were released most recently and are the closest to what you will see on test day. Track and review your right and wrong answers fastidiously. They will tell you what content areas and question types you need to review.
- Examkrackers 1001 Questions
- Use the ExamKrackers 1001 question books and mini-MCATs to apply your knowledge to decent practice questions. For example, if you are not doing well in physics on the MCAT, you can try the ExamKrackers 1001 questions. We have some concerns about these books, but they can be useful on occasion. Talk to your tutor about whether they are the best option for you.
- Berkeley Review MCAT series
- Don’t be fooled by their throwback website, the Berkeley Review makes the best MCAT review series we have seen. We use these books with our students. Particularly excellent are the multitudes of review questions that accompany of section.
Choosing Medical Schools
- Buy the Medical School Admission Requirements handbook
- This handbook will give you an idea of what the requirements are for each medical school. It costs from $9.99 to $25 depending on what version of the handbook you purchase. It is money very well spent given that you will be informed about GPA and MCAT requirements, admissions statistics and much more about each school.
- Check out the U.S. News and World Report for school rankings
- Keep in mind that the most commonly used rankings are based on research funding. While this metric is important, you should always pay attention to other features of medical schools, such as location, class size, and curriculum. Check out the individual school websites and read all about them.
Here are the top 10 medical schools as ranked by research funding below.
Application & Interview Advice
- Johns Hopkins Premedical Advice
- This website is written by Johns Hopkins University. It gives the most comprehensive overview of what to expect during interview, waitlist, decision time.
- Practice Interview Questions
- The best way to prepare for your interviews is to do mock interviews. This page has excellent interview questions and answers. Make sure to actually practice saying your answers to these questions, or any others you think are important, out loud. It is the only way to be sure you have a crisp, intelligent response prepared.
- The Student Doctor Network (SDN)
- SDN has articles and other resources related to medical school admissions.
- SDN Pre-Medical School Forums
- If you have specific questions you need answered that are not available on AAMC or school websites, you should consult the SDN. The website has innumerable forums. If you have a question, odds are someone has already asked it and many people have responded. Warning: these are informational forums. Do not get too caught up in what individual students say about their essays, grades, interviews and acceptances. Just because you read it on SDN does not mean it is true. Use these forums with caution.
- SDN Interview Feedback
- You can see what questions are being asked at a given school as reported by other applicants. Additionally, you can look at whether these questions have been consistently asked at the school for the past few years. You can also learn about other students' experiences interviewing. Again, these questions will not necessarily be your questions, but they can be a useful reference for what to expect.
The Multiple Mini Interview
- Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Wiki
- An idiosyncratic but increasingly popular interview style now being used at Duke and Stanford, among other schools.
- Sample MMI questions
- Try going through these questions saying your answers out loud and analyzing your reasoning carefully.
- The New York Times on MMI
- The Huffington Post on MMI