Neco z magazinu EducationUSA Connections, Volume 2, Issue 3 - aktualniho vydani venovaneho prave studiu mediciny v USA (muzete procvicit svou anglictinu):
Ten Tips for Applying to Medical School in the U.S.
by Margaret Anyigbo, an EducationUSA Adviser in Lagos, Nigeria
Admission to medical education in the United States is competitive. So competitive, in fact, that many undergraduate institutions in the U.S. appoint a pre-med adviser whose job it is to help guide American students through the process of applying to medical school.
Medical school competition is even steeper for international students. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, of the 1,371 international students who applied tomedical school in 2007, only 164matriculated. Of the 129 medical schools in the United States, only 50 enroll international students.
The picture is a bit more encouraging for international students interested in enrolling in medical residency programs – in the 2008 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), 45 percent, or 4,650 of the 10,300 graduates of non-U.S. medical schools who applied,matched to a first year position. Still, the application process is arduous, and includes a series of written and practical exams in addition to the complicated NRMP.
Any international student who is determined to apply should keep the following tips in mind:
1. Doctors are not all science majors.
Medical school admissions officers are interested in diverse educational backgrounds and appreciate students with a variety of talents and interests. Regardless of your major, be sure to take the biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, math and English requirements and have a good GPA.
2. Take the process seriously.
The process is expensive and should not be taken casually. It requires total commitment, maturity and intellectual ability. You will be under a lot of pressure.
3. Consider where you have the best chance of enrolling.
Research and apply to schools that will be the best fit; however, be sure to investigate how many international students have been enrolled in the past. You will have a better chance getting into private medical schools. State schools favor U.S. citizens and state residents.
4. Take the MCAT once.
Some medical school admissions negatively view taking the MCAT multiple times. Students should aim for a minimum score of 10 in each of the three sections.
5. Perfect the personal statement.
Prove you pay attention to detail by submitting a polished piece. Do not be shy. This is your opportunity to market yourself; be sure to highlight your achievements, strengths and leadership qualities.
6. Prepare for the interview.
The interview is an elimination process. Interviewers are not looking for standard answers but rather responses that distinguish the applicant. They want to find out how well students can think on their feet.
7. Choose references carefully.
The evaluation should be written by someone who can attest to your ability, someone like a pre-med adviser, science department professor or member of the university pre-medical committee. Submit a profile to the recommendation-writer, providing information he or she might not already know, such as your involvement in extracurricular activities.
8. Find an internship.
Admissions officers highly regard students who have volunteered or interned in a healthcare-related setting. From observing the medical profession first hand, you will learn whether it is the right fit for you and what specialty you might want to pursue.
9. Have a financial plan.
Financing medical school may be your biggest challenge. If scholarship money is not available, students must prove they have the ability to pay $200,000 or get a co-signer.
10. Seek advice from others in the field.
Students should take advantage of their environment and discuss medical school plans with professors and classmates. Professors might have suggestions that guide students down the right path.Classmates and other pre-medical students going through the same admission process can share insight about the experience.
Pokud mate zajem seznamit se s celym vydanim EducationUSA Connections - Medical Education in the USA, kde krome vyse uvedenych textu najdete napr. take velmi informativni rozhovor s Huda M. Ayas, reditelkou Office of International Medicine Programs na The George Washington University, je k dispozici u nas v poradenskem centru nebo jej mohu texty zaslat i e-mailem. Napiste mi na firstname.lastname@example.org