Choosing to become a health professional is a big decision that requires a lot of commitment and many years of training. On this page, we’ll share how to discover whether a health field is right for you and make yourself a strong candidate.
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Join the prehealth email list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Please add me to the [year] prehealth email list.” Use the year you plan to enter medical school, not the year you graduate from MIT.
So you’re interested in pursuing a career in health. Here are your next steps:
Gain medical exposure
Wondering if a health field is really the right choice for you? Take the time to explore while at MIT or beyond. To get a realistic sense of health profession careers, do research, shadow, and find hands-on opportunities to learn. Start early, ideally, you can do some of these activities as soon as your first year and continue throughout your time at MIT.
Gain skills for medical school
You know that managing your coursework, getting good grades, and doing well on the MCAT are important. Medical schools also want to see that you have non-academic qualities. The AAMC includes these personal qualities in their list of core competencies.
The MIT Committee on Prehealth Advising has provided the following information to guide MIT students on how to fulfill the academic requirements for admission to most U.S. medical schools. Since specific requirements may vary for particular schools, this resource also provides advice on how to find a school’s guidelines.
Prepare for standardized testing
If you apply to medical school, you will have to take a standardized test, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). If you are a predental student, you will take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). These standardized tests measure your knowledge and critical reasoning skills. They provide an objective score for medical schools to use along with your GPA.
Emily Brown graduated from MIT in June 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering and Biology. She spent the year after graduation doing clinical work in a private dermatology practice in Boston and started medical school in the …