Preparing for Medical School

What You Should Do When...

First-Year:

  • Keep your grades up!
  • Make sure your name is on the HPAG's Blackboard list.
  • Check out the Roanoke College's HPAG web site.
  • Join Students Interested in Health Careers.
  • Attend health-related programs on campus (including the Hylton Lecture) and visits from representatives of health professions schools.
  • Explore the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Considering a Career in Medicine web site.
  • Identify medical schools that you might like to attend. Check out the web site for each of these schools and note specific requirements.
  • Investigate summer paid or voluntary medically-related experiences.

Second-Year:

  • Keep your grades up!
  • Make sure your name is on the HPAG's Blackboard list.
  • Participate in Students Interested in Health Careers.
  • Attend health-related programs on campus (including the Hylton Lecture) and visits from representatives of health professions schools.
  • Investigate shadowing opportunities with physicians. Investigate summer paid or voluntary medically-related experiences.

Third-Year:

  • Keep your grades up!
  • Make sure your name is on the HPAG's Blackboard list.
  • Participate in Students Interested in Health Careers.
  • Attend health-related programs on campus (including the Hylton Lecture) and visits from representatives of health professions schools.
  • Investigate shadowing opportunities, placements, and internships with physicians.
  • Explore the following AAMC web sites: "Applying to Medical School," "Medical Schools in the U.S. and Canada," "Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT," "AAMC Fee Assistance Program," and "Minorities in Medicine."
  • Prepare to take the Medical College Admissions Test. Consider taking a preparatory course for it.
  • Take the MCAT in spring semester.
  • Complete the online application form through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) web site and/or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) web site. Submit on the first day possible.
  • Conduct a practice interview with members of HPAG.

Fourth-Year:

  • Keep your grades up!
  • Make sure your name is on the HPAG's Blackboard list.
  • Participate in Students Interested in Health Careers.
  • Attend health-related programs on campus (including the Hylton Lecture) and visits from representatives of health professions schools.
  • Investigate shadowing opportunities, placements, and internships with physicians.

What If You Don't Get In? Try Again!

  • Contact schools and ask an admissions counselor what your weak areas are and how you can strengthen your application in the next round.
  • Apply again.