Components of the Application

The following is a list from the Texas A&M University Career Center on what medical schools consider when looking at your application:

  • MCAT Score

    • A strong MCAT score is beneficial, as it is one of the bigger factors that medical schools will look at when viewing your application​

  • GPA

    • Having a good GPA, especially a strong science GPA, is important as it is a large factor of your medical school application

  • Shadowing

    • Following around a doctor/observing surgeries

    • This is a good way to build a relationship with a doctor that can possibly lead to a letter of recommendation

    • Try to get several different experiences in shadowing: a hospital is different from a private practice; a cardiologist is different from a pediatrician. A wide range of experience shows that you are open to all aspects of medicine.

  • Volunteering (medical and non-medical)

    • Quality over quantity. Volunteering with one organization (ex: Boys& Girls club, soup kitchen, carpool for a period of several semesters looks better than a long list of one-day or one-time service projects. Try volunteering once a month with a local charity over the course of several semesters. A long-standing relationship looks good and the time commitment is not oppressive.

    • Volunteering at a local hospital (St. Joseph’s, the Med, Scott & White) or a clinic (Health for All, Brazos Prenatal Clinic)

  • Leadership

    • Look to hold an officer position in one of your organizations by the end of your junior year

    • You don’t need to be president of the pre-med society. You can be secretary of the Ballroom Dancing club. Any position where you are in charge of and responsible for other people.

  • Letters of recommendation

    • Three letters of recommendation are recommended

      • 1 from science professor​

      • 1 from non-science professor

      • 1 can be from anyone that can speak on your abilities, character, work ethic, etc.

    • Solid, positive evaluations from the professors and doctors you choose to write your letters can speak volumes to your strength as an applicant. Letters of recommendation are incredibly important, so be sure to take the time to build relationships with your professors so that you feel comfortable asking them for a letter.