Tips for Getting into Medical School

med schoolAre you interested in health professions? If you are considering going to medical school, then here are some tips that will help you as you prepare.

Research

Medical schools don’t “require” chemical research, but it can be a big advantage in getting accepted. Here in UMHB’s Chemistry Department the following exciting projects are possible – with prestigious Welch foundation scholarships!

  • Goat’s milk, cat’s milk, rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and more – viscosity studies with application to blood sugar management in diabetes patients.
  • Essential oils with application to crossing the blood brain barrier – viscosity studies and calculations of energies of activation.
  • Post-harvest yellowing of rice.  What is the pigment that ruins rice and can threaten the food supply of so many on our planet?
  • Ionic liquids!  How cool is that?  We’ve heard of ionic solids like NaCl, but at UMHB you could synthesize – in the lab – an ionic liquid!
  • Immunosensor development for the direct detection of antigens.
  • Studies of natural waters, energy drinks, cough syrups, and coordination compounds, and more!

Shadowing

Medical schools want good, solid proof that applicants can deal with being around sick people.  So, if you haven’t achieved such experience already, such as assisting with the care of someone in the family who suffered an illness, here are some opportunities to explore.  Please note: shadowing must be documented on letterhead from the facility and signed by the person in charge.  Medical schools cannot and will not take your word that you did this, e.g., shadowed at Mayo Clinic, so please do not forget documentation.

  • Volunteer at large hospitals such as Scott & White Hospital, McLane Children’s Hospital, or Olin Teague Veterans’ Hospital, all located in Temple, Texas
  • Physicians you are acquainted with
  • Nursing homes
  • Charitable facilities such as the Body of Christ Community Clinic in Belton, TX
  • Part-time jobs – such as ProScribe

Caution: do not let the shadowing interfere with your grades.

Strong Letters of Evaluation from your science professors

Never take these for granted!  The letters are written only by faculty who choose to do so.  Students should do more than just attend class and make good grades to get good Letters of Evaluation.  They need to:

  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in the material
  • Ask good questions
  • Be prompt in submitting assignments
  • Be generous with time in assisting classmates
  • Try to exceed expectations and do more than the minimum
  • Avoid negative question in class, such as the following:
    • I was absent yesterday.  Did I miss anything?
    • Is this going to be on the test?
    • Do we have to ….?

Wrapping Up

If you follow the summary below, you should have a strong application to medical school!

  • Research experience
  • GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Shadowing experience – documented!
  • High MCAT score – definitely above the average of 500
  • Strong Letters of Evaluation from faculty
  • Regular meetings with a pre-med advisor at your university
Interested in medical school? Let UMHB be a part of your journey! We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our Health Professionals program.
Dr. Ruth Ann Murphy

Dr. Ruth Ann Murphy

Dr. Murphy is a tenured Professor of Chemistry who joined the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1995. Prior teaching appointments were at Howard Payne University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Albuquerque and Southwestern University.
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Dr. Murphy is a tenured Professor of Chemistry who joined the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1995. Prior teaching appointments were at Howard Payne University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Albuquerque and Southwestern University.