Medical School & Gap Year

Medical School Overview

From the American Association of Medical Colleges' Deciding on a Career in Medicine.

Should I become a doctor?

Think about what kind of future appeals to you. Do you like challenges? Are you interested in science and how the body works? Do you care deeply about other people, their problems, and their pain? Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy learning? Are you intrigued by the ways medicine can be used to improve life?

If you answered “Yes” to most of these questions, chances are you have the right personality for a career in medicine. Talk to career counselor or pre-health advisor to learn more about if this is the right choice for you.

What is a doctor’s job like?

Read more about becoming a doctor at the AAMC website. 

Georgetown Resources for Pre-Med Students 

Pre-health studies at Georgetown University
Pre-health resources for undergraduate students
Early Assurance Program (EAP) with Georgetown University School of Medicine
Post-baccalaureate pre-medical certificate program
Preparing yourself for medical or dental school    
Pre-Health recommendation committee
Who is my pre-med advisor?
Georgetown University Pre-Medical Society
Georgetown University Pre-Dental Society
Pre-Health Studies Blog

Preparing for Medical School

Is medical school right for me? - AAMC's basics for aspiring doctors.
What experience is needed to apply to medical schools?
Timeline for applying to medical school (PDF)
Khan Academy MCAT test preparation videos

2014 MCAT Examination

MCAT essentials for 2014 & January 2015 (PDF)
Preparing for the 2014 MCAT examination
What’s on the MCAT exam?

2015 MCAT 

Medical Minority Application Registry (MAR)
2015 AMCAS Application (Youtube video)
2016 AMCAS Instruction Manual (PDF)
AAMC fee assistance program

Helpful Webinars

Bill Higgins, National Institutes of Health (NIH): “Applying to Medical School” (2 hours)
“Writing Personals Statements for Professional School” – Bill Higgins, NIH
“Preparing for your Interview for Professional School” – Bill Higgins, NIH
AMCAS essays for acceptance

Post-Baccalaureate and Pre-Medical Programs

AAMC post-baccalaureate program directory
AAMC summer enrichment programs
AAMC summer undergraduate research programs
Summer medical and dental education program

Dental School Application and the Dental School Admission Test (DAT)

Tips for preparing for the DAT (Powerpoint)
Dental School Admission Test (DAT) Program Guide 2014

Top Medical School Programs

U.S. News and World Report's Top Medical Schools

Medical School Fairs

AAMC sponsored fairs

Professional Associations and Relevant Organizations

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
AMCAS – American Medical College Application Service
American Medical Association
American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Pharmacists Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges