In addition to continuing to fulfill your requirements for graduation, you will need to spend your
junior year making sure that you are prepared to apply to medical school. This is your last
opportunity to make yourself the best-looking candidate that you can be, so be sure to complete
everything on this list by the end of your junior year:
Finish your required courses. Remember that the medical schools will be making a decision
based on the grades from the classes that you have completed by the end of this year, so make
sure that all of your required courses (science, math and English) are done. Itís also a good idea
to have biochemistry and human physiology done by this time, so that youíll have some
background in these subjects before you take the MCAT.
Make sure your volunteer and research experiences are in place. Although you should have
done both of these by now, if you have not had a chance to volunteer or have not tried a
research experience, this is your last opportunity to do these things before applying.
Prepare for and take the MCAT. The MCAT is only offered twice each year: in April and in
August. Weíll talk more about the MCAT later, but preparing for this test is very important
and should take up a significant amount of your time and energy this year.
Meet with the Health Professions Consultant. Even if youíve done so already, itís a good idea
to meet with the Health Professions Consultant during this year, just to make sure that youíve
finished everything that you need to have done. Itís helpful to get some feedback about how
you are stacking up against other candidates and about the timeline for the application process.
You will also need to see the Health Professions Consultant to get the application materials for
the Pre-professional Health Committee.
Gather your materials for the Pre-professional Health Committee. Again, weíll talk more
about this in a later section, but you will need to apply for review by the Pre-professional
Health Committee during this year. Because all materials are due by the middle of May, youíll
need to spend time during your junior year making sure that your Committee application is
Making sure that all of the items above are finished by the end of your junior year will help to
ensure that you wonít encounter any surprises during your review by the Pre-professional Health
Committee or during the actual medical school application process.