Anatomy of an Applicant

Medical schools consider more than your grades and scores. There are 15 Core Competencies, including teamwork and capacity for improvement, that demonstrate your preparedness for medical school. To show how successful applicants have demonstrated these competencies in many different ways, we interviewed real medical students, their pre-health advisors, and the admission officers who accepted them.

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The Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

Successful medical school applicants are able to demonstrate skills, knowledge, and abilities in these areas.
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Real Stories Demonstrating Core Competencies

We interviewed medical students, their pre-health advisors, and the admissions officers who accepted them to learn how they demonstrated the Core Comptencies for Entering Medical Students.
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The Parts of Your Medical School Application

Learn what the parts of the application are, why medical schools ask for them, and what each piece says about your qualifications as an applicant.
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Self-Assessment Guide

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Anatomy of an Applicant resources and self-assessment guide for medical school applicants.

Getting Into Medical School: AAMC Resources for PreMed Students

The AAMC offers trusted resources and services to help you navigate the journey from pre-med to residency and beyond.

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