Compiling a medical school list is as much of a strategy as studying for the MCAT. After months of research, studying, and comparing requirements, I have a tentative list of medical schools to apply to for the upcoming cycle. The AAMC application opens on May 1, 2019. Though I don’t have my MCAT score, I have a general idea of my personal stats.
Applying to these schools is expensive, so I’m limiting myself to 13-15 schools for this cycle. I’m still debating on whether I want to apply to the Texas Application System.
Factors I Considered:
- Accept All Types of Credits (online, AP, community college)
- Global Health Component
- School’s Preference for In-state/Out-of-State Students
- Team-Based Care
- Problem-Based Learning
Factors I Did Not Consider:
- School Rankings
- Residency Matching
- Underprivileged Students Programs (I don’t qualify)
I looked for schools where I have support systems and where I felt I could live without too much “culture shock”, if you will. This means many of my schools are located around the Southwest. Being located in the Southwest does not guarantee admission of course. A school in Utah stated that they basically left only 8 slots for out-of-state students. I’m not applying there with such slim chances.
Being a non-trad also changes my profile. My classes come from a variety of backgrounds, which some schools do not accept as pre-requisites. I took time going through MSAR (AAMC’s cheap service with all of the AAMC school statistics) eliminating schools that didn’t accept my credits. For example, Johns Hopkins expresses a strong preference for traditional applicants (in addition to high GPA and MCAT preferences). They do not accept online courses, so I can’t apply there. (Their admissions team was rude to me anyway.)
Here’s the List:
- University of Arizona Phoenix
- University of Arizona Tucson
- Chicago Med- Rosalind Franklin College of Medicine
- University of Colorado
- University of Southern California
- University of California San Diego
- Baylor University
- University of Kentucky
- Wake Forest University
- Tufts University
- Thomas Jefferson University
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Duke University
Schools 10-13 might be considered “reach” schools, but I have reasons for choosing them. There’s always a chance that I score high enough on my MCAT to make it past the admissions filters.
I’ve got 2 Texas schools as well, which I don’t think makes it worth it to apply to the separate Texas application service… Of course, the list might change once I get my MCAT scores, but we’ll have to wait until June before I know anything.
What do you think of my school list? Are you applying to any of the same schools? Share your lists with me!!