Getting into Medical School: What You Need to Know!
What is Most Important for Medical School Admission?
- Grades and MCAT scores
- Extracurricular activities
- Involvement in undergraduate research, internships
- Shadowing physicians and/or working/volunteering in a medical care setting
- Personal statement
- Personal interview - Schools are interested in assessing your character, motivation, perseverance and overall ability to complete a medical school program
- Many schools set preferences for in-state applicants over out-of-state applicants
- Most medical schools accept applications ONLY through AMCAS
- Please also see the AAMC - The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions
- Letters of Recommendation
- Some schools request letters from individual faculty members and/or physicians you have shadowed. Be sure to ask the recommender before submitting his/her name to AMCAS.
- Some schools may prefer a letter written by the Pre-medical advising committee. MOST Supplemental Letters are COMMITTEE letters.
- Instructions on obtaining a Committee Letter
Medical schools in Georgia
- Comparative requirements and admission information
- Georgia Regents University (formerly Medical College of Georgia)
- Mercer University
- Emory University
- Morehouse University
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pre-Medical Advising at Armstrong
You can be ANY major and obtain admission to medical school. The pre-medical prerequisites are the same, regardless of major. At Armstrong, the courses below will fit in your Core Area A (Math and English), Core Area D (sciences and statistics, depending on major), Core Area E (psychology and sociology) and your major program.
Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Physics are very common majors for Pre-medical students. Armstrong's new degree in Biochemistry is also an excellent choice for Pre-medicine majors.
- Freshmen and early Sophomores are advised through the CST Advising office
- Sophomore-Senior Biology Majors
- Sophomore-Senior Biochemistry/Chemistry/Physics Majors
- Sophomore-Senior Psychology Majors
General Requirements (based on the content of the MCAT 2015)
- 1 year of biology
- 1 year of general chemistry
- 1 year of organic chemistry
- 1 year of physics
- 1 year of English
- 1 year of mathematics (usually schools require calculus and/or statistics)
- 1 semester of Biochemistry* and/or 1 semester of cell/molecular biology
- 1 semester of general psychology* and 1 semester of physiological psychology*
- 1 semester of general sociology*
- 1 semester of a course in research methods, statistics and/or participation in a research project*
- Foreign language, especially Spanish as well as anatomy and physiology
Prior to 2015, items with an asterisk (*) are only recommended, but may be required by some schools. Beginning in 2015, information from these courses will appear on the MCAT exam
Armstrong Pre-Medical Student Association
An organization to provide information and support for members through peer networking and faculty advisement geared to the pursuit of a medical career
Chemistry and Physics
The Dr. Henry and Ann Brandt Family Scholarship
A scholarship for juniors and seniors planning to attend medical school.
- Must be a GA or SC resident
- Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
- Financial need is considered
Dr. David Robinson Scholarship
A scholarship for juniors or seniors planning to attend medical school
- Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
- Short essay required