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.
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:
FIRST TIME applicants
(increased by 5.8% from 2012)
(Record number as of 2013)
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:
You know that applying to medical school is difficult and you want to get in.
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
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:
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.
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