To get into medical school, excellent grades and MCAT scores are necessary. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, at a minimum prospective students must take one year of biology, physics and English and two years of chemistry, both organic and inorganic.
A minimum overall GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required by most medical schools. To get into the medical school of your choice, think beyond grades and MCAT scores. Additional characteristics sought in applicants by medical schools include volunteerism, leadership skills and experience and altruism. Some ideas for volunteerism could include volunteering for the Red Cross, a local health care facility, a medical association or performing a medical mission to a third world country. To gain leadership skills and experience, join campus or community organizations and actively participate, ideally holding a leadership role.
An interview is a key component of the medical school admissions process. Communicate altruism and inner drive for caring for people's medical needs during the interview, as well as other relevant personal characteristics that may help in a career as a physician. Many factors that are evaluated, such as grades, test scores, volunteer experience and leadership experience, can be found in the medical school application or resume/CV. However, some things can only be communicated in a personal interview.