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Advisory Resources

Advisory Resources

The information and advice below will assist you with planning and preparation for medical school.

Please visit the pages within our website to learn more about us and the application process. We also recommend you visit the AAMC’s Considering a Career in Medicine site to help you while preparing to apply to medical school.

We strongly encourage students to meet with their premedical advisor as they prepare to apply to medical school. Premedical advisors are familiar with the admissions requirements of most medical schools.

Hover over the flip cards below for more information about the advisory resources.

 

VCU SOM Overview

Our
Mission

The mission of the School of Medicine is to provide preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the School seeks to create and apply new knowledge, and to...
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Curriculum Overview


• Centered on The Needs of The Learner


• Clinically Driven


• Competency Based



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Holistic
Review

Holistic review is examining an applicant's full application to determine how the applicant might contribute to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and as a future physician. VCU SOM has adapted the AAMC Holistic Review Process E-A-M Model...

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Future
Applicant

• Holistic Review

• Self-Assessment

• Class Profile

•Admissions Requirements

• Admissions Process

• Admissions Timeline

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College Students

Choosing A
Medical Career

Medicine provides you with many career options - from clinical practice to biomedical research, from public health to medical education.

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Applying to
Medical School

Find resources and information to help you prepare for medical school.

• Preparing for Medical School
• Taking the MCAT Exam
• Understanding the process
• Applying to Medical Research Programs

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Attending
Medical School

Learn how to build relationships with mentors, make time to explore all career options, manage finances, and more:
• Choosing a Specialty
• Med School Survival Tips
• Electives and Make-up Courses
• Research and Training
• Applying for Residency

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Pre-Med
Timeline

Use this general guide to help prepare for the medical school application and admission process. Be sure to talk to your pre-health advisor to create a schedule that works best for you.

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High School Students

High School
Preparation

Information for high school students considering a career in medicine and tips for how you can start preparing now.

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Aspiring Docs
Fact Sheet

Download fact sheets to learn about the basics of medical school, how to get medical experience before applying, the application process, and what it's like to be a medical student.
• The Basics
• Get Experience
• Applying
• What Medical School is Like
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Admission
Requirements

The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) is an online database that enables you to browse, search, sort, and compare information about U.S. and Canadian medical schools and BS/MD programs, and more.

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Pre-College
Timeline

This is a general timeline for preparing to apply to medical school. Please consult with your pre-health advisor to establish your own personalized schedule.

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Additional Resources

Minorities in
Medicine

The AAMC is committed to a culturally competent, diverse, and prepared health and biomedical workforce that leads to improved health and health equity.

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Medical School
Official Guide

The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions can help you prepare to apply to medical school.

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Getting into
Medical School

AAMC Resources for Official Guidance and Information for Pre-Med Students.

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Taking
The MCAT

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), is a standardized, multiple-choice examination created to help medical school admissions offices assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social sciences concepts and principles...
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MMI Interview
Process

The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI), has proved by increasing the number of encounters for each interviewed applicant would lead to a more reliable assessment of the individual… Pioneered at McMaster in 2002, the MMI has been adopted at other schools across Canada, the United States...
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First Financial
Aid Fact Sheet

Read these short articles about common financial aid topics important to pre-med students, current students, and residents.

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Surviving
Medical School

Learn how to build relationships with mentors, make time to explore all your medical career options, manage your finances, take care of your physical and mental health, and more.


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Finding A
Mentor

A mentor is a cheerleader; a mentor is a facilitator; a mentor is a motivator, and sometimes even a nudge. But first and foremost, a mentor has your best interests at heart.

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