Most medical schools have similar admission application, such as a bachelors degree (any subject), prerequisite courses, MCAT exam, CASPer exam, references and a personal statement. There is also an expectation of significant experience in medical settings. Typical backgrounds for successful students are the Medical College of Georgia are detailed on their Fact Sheet.
Each school may have slightly different requirements. Consult your target school for more details: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, and Emory School of Medicine.
"Given the highly competitive nature of the applicant pool, applicants with GPAs less than 3.0, or MCAT scores less than 496, are not considered competitive for interview."
In addition to medical schools, osteopathic medicine is relatively new in the South although a well-established version of medical practice in the North. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) take all the same licensure exams as medical doctors and have all the same privileges including: prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury.
It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of treatment known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. Schools commonly targeted by AU students include: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).
Most medical schools use some type of on-line application service. Student must complete their application in the summer (or EARLY) fall the year before they plan to start medical school. For example, to start medical school in August 2021 the application must be complete by Fall 2020. Most application services open in May and close in December. Earlier application submission is STRONGLY recommended.
Most medical schools in the US use this application service. Application requirements include:
- personal (identifying) information
- personal statements
- medical, leadership and volunteer experiences
- test scores (MCAT & Casper)
- reference letters
It also conducts a criminal background check, verifies transcripts, and calculates GPAs to its standards.
This application service serves the public medical schools in Texas and collects essentially the same information as AMCAS.
Application materials are similar to those in AMCAS and it is recommended that you have shadowed a DO.
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required by all medical schools. It is a standardized, multiple-choice 7.5 hour exam (with breaks). It consists of 4, equally weighted sections:
1) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems:
2) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems;
3) Psychological, Social and Biochemical Foundations of behavior; and
4) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
Scores range from 118 to 132 for each section which are then added together so that the entire exam is scored from 472 – 528. A score of 500 or over is considered competitive for medical school; for most schools the average is about 510.
*NOTE: Due to COVID-19 many MCAT Testing dates have been canceled, but more will be added later in the year. All change fees for 2020 have been waived so that students can adjust to the new (and changing) testing schedule. Double check with your testing center to be sure it is open and giving a test on your scheduled date.
Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) is required by many medical schools including the Medical College of Georgia. This test is designed to assess your people skills in a fair and reliable manner. These sorts of assessments are designed to be immune to studying.