Use social media for MCAT help and to get into medical school

How many students enter college and immediately proclaim that they are  “pre-med?”  Often this declaration is accompanied with an already well thought-out choice for his or her future specialty. This incredible ability to see into the future must be hereditary, as I have had 3 or 4 different parents tell me about how their kids are going to have to choose between medical school A and B, and/or how Johnny Premed “will probably end up in cardiology.” As a senior at my university, I have seen and known plenty of students who applied and got into medical school. However, what I find to be so surprising is the sheer number of pre-meds who never make it to the Promised Land due to the Medical College Admission Test or MCAT.

A bunch of undergraduates discover that following through with mom and dad’s dream for them to be a doctor is just not in the cards. Others get caught up in the whole “college experience” and never academically recover. But, in my opinion, too many pre-meds simply never look ahead to the MCAT. I don’t think it is a lack of desire, hard-work, or natural intellectual ability that holds back most hopeful college students. Rather, it is not knowing exactly what they are up against.

To be honest, up until sophomore year of college I couldn’t have told you the difference between a 25 and a 45 on the exam; much less the various subjects tested. At my school this information is not common knowledge, and professors rarely talk about the all-important medical school admissions test. However, every question I had was answered once I stumbled across the Student Doctor Network (SDN).

Imagine how much valuable information can be found from over a decade of posts from thousands of pre-health students who have gone down this path before me. I quickly found myself registering a username and using this amazing resource nearly everyday. I soon knew which test preparation books to purchase, and how long I needed to give myself to practice for the MCAT. My eyes were opened and I was truly motivated to one day post my own recommendations in the sacred “30+ MCAT Study Habits.”

I think the majority of students never realize how helpful social media can be for their future career. I have had friends blow thousands of dollars on MCAT test-prep classes and private tutors, only study for a week before they take the exam, or take the MCAT so late that their application is already behind others. Why do these things happen? It is because a lot of pre-meds never know up from down when it comes to issues with the MCAT, until it is too late. The interactive dialogue of SDN was basically a free tutor and pre-med counselor for me.  The information put me ahead and introduced me to a community of current and future health professionals. Online forums, blogs, and even Twitter can fill in so many answers for pre-med students and help them plan ahead. Now …what’s Step 1 all about?

This anonymous pre-medical student will be attending medical school in the fall, and blogs at The Hero Complex

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  • The Hero Complex

    I’m the author of this post, and would love to hear thoughts about it!

  • TonyG21

    I’ve visited this site often, it’s a great read and very informative. It’s extremely relatable for any college/high school student interested in pursuing a career in medicine. I recommend visiting it for anyone interested in medical school

  • Emilie Rosset

    Great post!  This article could not be more true, I think sometimes people forget about how useful their peers can be, even if they are virtual aids.  Also, love your site herocomplex!  It has great information in a useful and concise format.  I recommend it for all pre-meds!

  • Alexander Ernest Lewis

    Great post, I too wish I would have known how the whole game played out. After my masters I am still trying for medical school and just wish I would have had guidance instead of playing college football.

    • The Hero Complex

      College football is a pretty unique and great extracurricular, I am sure everything will work out with medical school 

  • Minnesota AHEC

    Great social media use for students, thanks for sharing!

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