Pre-Medical Studies

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Becoming a physician or surgeon remains one of the most well-recognized and popular career paths within the healthcare field. In addition to the fulfillment that comes with improving others' quality of life, the career outlook for medical doctors is strong; the profession is expected to grow 13% through 2026. After completing a bachelor's degree, prospective doctors attend four years of medical school and complete a residency before becoming fully licensed to practice medicine. 

Major Selection:

At the University of Michigan-Flint, multiple degrees offer designated Pre-Medical Tracks: 

It is important to note, there is no single major that is required to apply to medical school or a single major that will guarantee acceptance. It is important to select a major that you are interested in pursuing for your undergraduate career. No matter the major, all students applying will have to complete the required prerequisite courses, which can vary slightly from school to school.

Medical Schools in Michigan:

After a White Coat Ceremony at the UM-Ann Arbor Medical School.

There are currently seven medical schools and seven programs in Michigan. The programs are linked below, along with a guide comparing basic information about the seven programs. 

Access this quick comparison guide to admission requirements for medical schools in Michigan.

Preparing to Apply to Medical School

There is no single factor that will determine whether you will be accepted into medical school. Instead, a holistic or overall review of your GPA, MCAT score, research experience, clinical or volunteer experience and extracurricular activities. Below are a few key factors to keep in mind when preparing to apply to medical school. In general, medical schools are looking for well-rounded students with broad, liberal arts backgrounds.

  1. Maintain a stellar academic record.

    1. Most medical schools in Michigan require a minimum GPA of 3.0. However, the average GPA of accepted students is often in the 3.6-3.9 range.
    2. In addition to your overall GPA, pay special attention to your GPA in the required science and prerequisite courses as these are often evaluated separately, in addition to your overall GPA evaluation.
  2. Participate in academic research.
    1. Medical schools highly value research experience as medical school training is centered in “evidence-based practice."
    2. The project does not have to be related to health or medicine to be valuable to your application.
  3. Shadow a doctor.  
    1. It is important to shadow a doctor in order to understand the day-to-day activities of the job. This will help you to speak to why you want to be a doctor when it comes time to apply.
  4. Volunteer or gain clinical experience.
    1. Clinical experience refers to experiences where you are in direct contact with patients. This can often be accomplished by working as a CAN, EMT, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Scribe or Medical Assistant.
    2. There are multiple organizations looking for dedicated volunteers. Some examples in the local area include, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Carriage Town Ministries, Hurley Medical Center-Auxiliary and Hospice Advantage.

Applying to Medical School

Applications to medical school are available on a yearly basis. The majority of medical schools only admit students for the fall semester. This means that you will apply to medical school one year before you hope to begin your studies. For example, if you plan to start medical school in September 2021, you would need to submit your application in summer 2020. Medical schools operate on a rolling admissions process, so it is important to apply as early as possible. The AMCAS application usually opens June 1.

  1. Determine where you want to apply to medical school. 

    1. The recommended target is 5-7 schools.
  2. Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
    1. In order to apply to medical school, you need to take the MCAT. Read more about the test and how to register. 
    2. The website is also a great resource for practice exams and content review of key courses.
  3. Ask for Letters of Recommendation.
    1. Most schools require between 2 and 3 letters of recommendation. Check the requirements for each school in which you are interested.
    2. It is advisable that you ask for letters of recommendation a few months before you need them.
    3. Ask for letters of recommendation from:
      1. Faculty members that know you well
      2. Doctors that you have shadowed or worked for
      3. Research or Clinical Supervisors
  4. Request an Official Transcript Copy.
    1. Copies can be requested through SIS.
  5. Complete AMCAS or AACOMAS application.
    1. Medical schools utilize the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) if you plan to apply to a DO program. This is where you will complete and submit your application to all of the medical schools in which you are interested.