You are attempting to enter one of the most competitive career fields on the planet, in the toughest applicant pool in decades, in a country with the best and most sought-after medical education in the world. You're going to need all the help you can get, which is probably why you're here. Even armed with all the information we can give you, and the help of a pre-health advisor, the application process is still going to be brutal. The good news, though, is that if you are persistent and have worked hard for the past several years to make yourself a competitive candidate, you have a decent chance at a certified letter and a career that will keep you challenged and fulfilled for the rest of your life.

How Competitive Is It?
Well, that's the $120,000 question (about what it will probably cost you to go to medical school after all the interest adds up). The average undergraduate GPA for 1994-95 medical school acceptances was 3.48. The average MCAT scores were a 9.6 verbal, 9.9 physical sciences, 10 biological sciences, and a P on the writing sample.
To be a competitive student in 1996, you needed about a 3.5 GPA and around a 30 combined score on the MCAT. You also probably needed to have some volunteer time, possibly some experience in scientific academic research, demonstrated leadership roles, an interesting extracurricular activities list, a well-written personal statement, excellent communication skills, and maybe a recommendation letter from the dean of the school.

You Can Do It
Keep in mind is that, despite the odds, there are always large numbers of sane people who didn't get straight As and haven't designed the health care system of a developing country who still manage to get into medical school. You can be one of them.

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