Personal History

To get into medical school you need things that make you stand out from all the other students applying with good grades and high MCAT scores.  You need to demonstrate that you have attributes that are needed in the medical profession:  a desire to work hard, an ability to learn quickly, a compassion for others, good interpersonal skills, time management skills, leadership, organization, and decision making skills, etc.  Applicants don’t need to demonstrate all these characteristics, but they should be able to demonstrate some of them.  How these features can be exhibited depends upon the student.  It could be in academic ventures (independent research, dual majors, special awards and fellowships), in extra-curricular activities (involvement with athletics, dramatics, campus volunteer work), or in extra-mural activities (summer employment or volunteer work). 

  • grades
  • Medically related experiences