1. Getting into medical school is a difficult journey. Find out in advance what you need to succeed and do not give up without a fight.
  2. Your grades are one of the most important components of the medical school application. Talk to friends, senior students, and mentors to optimize your program and course selection for premedical studies.
  3. Try to start meaningful volunteer activities early. They are beneficial to your community and are an excellent opportunity to experience altruism which will have a tremendous positive impact on your personal growth and character.
  4. Research experience helps tremendously with the medical school application as well as the development of non-academic skills. Learn how to choose an ideal research team. Set realistic expectations but work at your highest capacity.
  5. Most medical schools require completion of a standardized exam. Know the syllabus, practice exam questions, and stick to your study schedule.
  6. Learn to manage time between academics and extracurricular activities. It will be an invaluable skill in your future career as a physician and leader, and it takes a lifetime to master.
  7. Not all physicians pursue a traditional background during their premedical studies. Whatever your academic background, always reflect on the skills and life experiences you have learned which will benefit your medical career.
  8. Try to “be your-best-self” during the interviews. Practice can make it perfect because interviewing skills are very trainable.
  9. Obtaining a medical education opens many doors for career opportunities other than treating patients. Your career changes can be dynamic and you must be ready to adapt to new paths and environments.
  10. Learn how to network efficiently and collaboratively. This skill is crucial for your future medical career and beyond.

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