The Road Map to Medical School

The Courses.

There is no required major for admission to medical schools, but schools will  require you to have completed a number of math, science, and writing courses in order to be admitted. These courses are typically:

  • Two semesters of Biology with lab
  • Two semesters of Inorganic Chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of Calculus
  • Two semesters of Physics
  • Two semesters of English/humanities courses

See here for what that translates to at MIT.

The Four-year Academic Plan.

Here is an archive of Pre-med Four-Year Plans for majors across the institute. An * denotes plans that were actually used successfully by MIT students.

The Road Plan.

In order to get into medical school, you need to be able to show the schools why you would make a (not just good but) great doctor. You do that not just by getting a high GPA and/or scoring high on the MCAT, but also by involving yourself in activities that really help you develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to be a doctor. So, here’s what you should be during to make yourself competitive during your application cycle:

Freshman Year

  • shadow
  • do volunteer work, clinically related if possible
  • get some leadership (ex. join a committee, do LTI)
  • get to know your professors

Sophomore Year

  • shadow s’more
  • keep your GPA up
  • continue volunteer work, clinically related if possible
  • do research
  • really develop and demonstrate leadership (ex. join an eboard)
  • get to know more professors
  • start registering for Pre-health advising; they’ll handle the rest
  • take the MCAT during the summer

Junior Year

  • retake the MCAT, if needed
  • work hard to maintain or increase your GPA (if it’s not where you want it to be)
  • keep on shadowing
  • continue volunteer work
  • continue research (if you like it)
  • start talking to professors (that now know you well) about medical school
  • brainstorm what you want to talk about in your personal statement
  • register for Pre-health advising; they’ll handle the rest

Senior Year

  • submit those secondary applications! (it’ll all make sense once you register for Pre-health advising)
  • go on interviews
  • get those acceptance letters
  • make your decision!
  • GRADUATE

Gap Year (if you decide to take one or more)

  • if you decide to take a Gap Year, treat your senior year as junior year and your (final) gap year as your senior year
  • see Gap Year for more details and advice