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Getting Into Medical School for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Planning the Premedical Years 9 Chapter 1: Turning Your Dream of Going to Medical School into a Reality 11 Chapter 2: Considering a Medical Career 23 Chapter 3: Mapping Out Your College Years 37 Chapter 4: Making the Most of Extracurricular Activities 51 Part II: Applying to Medical School 65 Chapter 5: Surveying the Application Process 67 Chapter 6: Tackling the MCAT 85 Chapter 7: Choosing Medical Schools 113 Chapter 8: Putting Together Primary Applications 125 Chapter 9: Looking at Letters of Recommendation and Secondary Applications 155 Chapter 10: Acing the Medical School Interview 177 Chapter 11: Hearing Back 207 Part III: Osteopathic Medical Schools, Dual-Degree Programs, and More 217 Chapter 12: Applying to Osteopathic (DO) Medical Schools 219 Chapter 13: Exploring Dual-Degree Programs 233 Chapter 14: Investigating International Medical Schools 249 Part IV: Nontraditional Applicants, Reapplicants, and Disadvantaged Applicants 261 Chapter 15: Doing Things Differently: Nontraditional Applicants 263 Chapter 16: Try, Try Again: Reapplicants 275 Chapter 17: Minority Applicants, Disadvantaged Applicants, and Applicants with Disabilities 287 Part V: You?re In! Getting Ready to Go 295 Chapter 18: Paying for Medical School 297 Chapter 19: Starting Medical School 309 Part VI: The Part of Tens 319 Chapter 20: Ten Things to Know about Medical School 321 Chapter 21: Ten Terms You Won?t Find in Your Medical School Textbooks 327 Index 331

About the Author

Carleen Eaton , MD, has used her expertise in admissions and test preparation, as well as her experiences as an applicant who received acceptances to top-ranked medical schools, to guide hundreds of applicants successfully through the medical school admissions process. She is the founder of, a medical school admissions consulting firm.

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