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Saturday, April 27, 2013

How to be Pre-Med Book Talk: Georgetown Pre-Med Society

Hoya Saxa! Thank you to the Georgetown Pre-Med Society for the engaging How to be Pre-Med book talk this past Wednesday night. Though I was very impressed by the myriad questions, one stood out in particular that I would like to discuss here: "Should I turn in my AMCAS application in June if I am taking a June MCAT?"

Wow is this a hard question. And my answer will certainly create controversy, but it stems from over a decade of helping pre-meds get into medical school. My answer is NO! Do not turn in your application until you know the quality of every part of it. In other words, what if you bomb the MCAT? You don't want to hit the apply button and then learn you earned a subpar MCAT score. This can tank your application. Hitting the AMCAS submit button, regardless of whether the MCAT score is in, "counts" as an application. The last thing you want to do is be categorized as a re-applicant - it's a red flag to medical schools. Let's say you bomb the MCAT and then retake it is August and do better. By then, it will be September and many medical schools will already have thrown your application into the rejection pile.

So you have two choices if you are taking a June MCAT:
1. Wait until July to see your MCAT score then hit submit
2. Apply next cycle

My only exception to this rule is for pre-meds who are excellent test takers and are 100% sure they will do extremely well on the MCAT. But this will be <1 br="" nbsp="" of="" out="" pre-meds="" the="" there.="">

Thank you to Bryan Crutchfield for making this Georgetown book talk happen!

--Dr. Miller
Suzanne M. Miller, MD, FACEP Emergency Physician
CEO of MDadmit: Medical Admissions Consulting and Essay Editing, 415.939.5251

Author of:
How to be Pre-Med
The Medical School Admissions Guide
How To Get Into Medical School with a Low GPA

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