So You Want to Be a Doctor...

Do you know what the following people have in common?

    • A marathon runner

    • A Mt. Everest climber

    • A pre-medicine student/medical student

They are all willing to put their mind and body through exhausting conditions to attain a goal that the average person would consider  “crazy” and “not worth it”. And to add to the fun, the odds of failing greatly outweighs the chances of succeeding.

Not only is getting into medical school challenging, but the steps to get there are meticulous, difficult, and at times, confusing. You say you want to become a doctor but how do you become one? What courses do you need to take? How do you outsmart the MCAT? How do you…question after question after question. Regardless of where you are in your journey, if you want to become a doctor you’ll need to maximize your chances for the application process gets more competitive each year.

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The Reality of Applying to Medical School

Unfortunate truth #1: Medicine is one of the most competitive specialties to apply for and it gets more competitive each year.

 

To put things into perspective, here are some statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):

2006 – 2007 Application Year:

  • Average MCAT score: 27.4

  • Science GPA: 3.38

  • Non-science GPA: 3.61

  • GPA total: 3.48

2015-2016 Application Year:

  • Average MCAT score: 28.3

  • Science GPA: 3.45

  • Non-science GPA: 3.68

  • GPA total: 3.55

Unfortunate truth #2: The odds are against you.

In 2013, these were the numbers:

35,727

FIRST TIME applicants

(increased by 5.8% from 2012)

12,287

REPEAT applicants

48,014

TOTAL

(Record number as of 2013)

20,005

ACCEPTED applicants

That means 6 out of every 10 applicants were rejected.

Unfortunate truth #3: The number of applicants continues to increase reaching record numbers.

What does that mean to you?

More applicants = Even MORE competition

Unfortunate truth #4: Applying to medical school is expensive and many applicants apply more than once.

Here are some things to keep in mind: the average applicant applies to around 15 medical schools and it is common for an applicant to take the MCAT more than once. With that in mind, check this out:

MCAT Registration Fees

  • Gold Zone (schedule >1 month): $305

  • Silver Zone (schedule 3-4 weeks): $305

  • Bronze Zone (schedule 1-2 weeks): $355

  • If you need to change the date: $75 – 135

MCAT Review Materials:

  • Complete review book series: $100 – 200+

  • Live Instruction Prep courses: $1,899 – 9,499+

  • Online Prep courses: $500 – 1500+

  • One-on-one tutoring: Starting at $1,849

The average applicant takes the MCAT two times (without using ANY review materials) = $610

 Primary Application (via AMCAS):

  • Initial fee: $160 (covers first medical school)

  • Additional medical schools: $37 per school

Secondary application (additional application that completes the application):

  • $25 – $100+ (Average $60) per school you apply to

Approximate application fees (primary + secondary) if you apply to:

10 schools: $493 + 600 = $1,093

15 schools: $678 + $900 = $1,578

20 schools: $863 + $1,200 = $2,063

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The Ultimate Advice Platform for Medical School Applicants

You’re here for one of two reasons:

  1. You know that applying to medical school is difficult and you want to get in.

  2. You stumbled across this page and are curious.

If it were easy to get into medical school, there’d be no need for this website, and the big name review companies would go out of business. You wouldn’t have to work hard in college because there’d be no need to get the “perfect” GPA; you wouldn’t invest hundreds to thousands of dollars into review materials because the MCAT would become irrelevant; and your extracurriculars would involve beach time and all nighters (as in dance parties).

 

Unfortunately, applying to medical school isn’t at all a walk in the park. It’s more like trying to weather a hail storm with an umbrella full of holes; it’s brutal!

 

You could be the top of your class, volunteer weekly, and publish a research paper and STILL not get into medical school. Why? In order to put yourself in the best position to get into medical school, you need to be both a well-rounded and strategic applicant because there is always someone smarter, smoother, and better than you.

 

The Purpose of #DoctorGoals

Our mission is to provide you with the best tools, information, and proven strategies to help put you in the best position to get into medical school and make your #DoctorGoals a reality. How is it “proven”? Well, we got in! We’ve been in your exact shoes and figured out how to get in and we want to tell you how we did it.

Why We Are Unique

  • Every component of the pre-med experience is simplified.

  • You will hear from dozens of successful applicants that formed their own path up the “mountain”. They tell you how they did it and tell you what you can do right now to maximize your chances.

  • You will learn what the common denominator is among successful applicants.

  • You will learn the most common reasons why applicants fail and don’t get in.

  • You will learn what to do if you do not get in and how to make yourself more competitive the next time.

Who This Is For:

  • The high school student thinking of becoming a doctor

  • The undecided college student who wants to know more about the process

  • The college student already on the pre-med track and wants to learn the proven strategies to standout

  • The non-traditional student who decided to become a doctor later in life and is “starting over”

  • Anyone who wants to get into medical school!

What You'll Find at #DoctorGoals

Insider Advice

Designed to provide the information I wish I had when I was applying to medical school. I’ve found methods and strategies that have helped me succeed, and I want to share them with you.

Different Perspectives

Advice, tips, and strategies from dozens of successful applicants to provide different perspectives. Everyone has a different journey to medical school with unique tips and strategies.

Resource Guides Designed For You

Everything you need to know at your finger tips to provide the information I wish I had when I was applying to maximize your chances of  making your #DoctorGoals a reality.

Study Aids Created For You

I was lucky, I had a phenomenal tutor in college who created study aids that were “golden”. I and many of her other successful students have encouraged her to put them online to help pre-medicine students just like you. Want to hear about them? I’ll keep you informed.

DR. TROT'S BLOG

Dr. Trot’s Blog serves to address every aspect of the journey to and through medical school. And it’s not just Alana’s story. Successful applicants breakdown their journey in the Success Stories series and others serve as guest writers.

Contact Me

Applying to medical school is stressful, but you don’t have to figure this out on your own. This was designed to be interactive and personable. You are NOT just a number. You are unique, and I can’t wait to hear your story.  I’m here to help!

The Doctor Goals Podcast

Listen to my 1-on-1 interviews with successful applicants where I ask them how exactly they got into medical school, what they did to maximize their chances, their top 3 “must dos”, and much more!

The Ask Trot Podcast

Not everybody knows a medical student to use as a resource…so use me! Have a question? Confused? Need advice? Submit your question, and I’ll answer them on the podcast. Plus, you’ll gain access to all of the previously answered questions.

The Memorable Cases Podcast

From miracles to unexpected tragedies, medical students, residents, and physicians tell you their most memorable cases that they will never forget.

This student got in after scoring low on the MCAT FOUR times!

This applicant was relentless! Despite having below average MCAT scores, he found ways to strengthen other areas of his application and became very strategic. He was accepted on his third attempt.

To find out how this medical student overcame four below average MCAT scores, login and check out the resource guide:

How We Got Into Medical School.

 

Bottom Line:

If you truly want to be a doctor, and I mean deep down this is what you really want to do then you’ve come to the right place. Climbing “Mt. Everest” isn’t easy but with adequate training, mental toughness, and strategy you can defy the odds and turn an unlikely situation into a promising opportunity. If you’re ready, put on your boots, tie your laces and great ready to climb this “Mt. Everest” one step at a time.

Where to Next?

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