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Your Application Profile: A Self Assessment


 

In a survey conducted by the American Association of Medical Colleges, it was found that the pre-admission variables accorded high importance by medical school admissions personnel included:

  1. undergraduate grade point average
  2. MCAT scores
  3. quality of degree-granted undergraduate institution
  4. letters of evaluation
  5. involvement in health-related work experiences
  6. interview ratings
  7. personal comments on AMCAS or supplemental applications
  8. involvement in extracurricular activities.

In light of these variables, it is important that you are able to step back and assess your developing profile as an applicant to health professions schools. What are the strengths of your developing application profile? What are areas in need of attention? What are ways you can improve your overall application?

Consider the following self-inventory

Be honest with yourself as you, confidentially, rate yourself according to the following scale:

Ratings:

1 = needs considerable improvement
2= needs some improvement
3= OK
4= very good shape
5= outstanding

Your involvement in health-related experiences

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Your involvement in extra-curricular activities

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Your ability to present yourself in person

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Your ability to present yourself in writing

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How well you relate to others

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Ways you exhibit independence or initiative or perseverance

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Ways you exhibit leadership skills

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Your sense of purpose and motivation

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Your sense of intellectual curiosity

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Your common sense

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Your ability to handle stressful situations

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Your interest in science and biomedical research

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Your breadth of interests

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How you have demonstrated commitment to service

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Your familiarity with current issues in health care

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How you will distinguish yourself as a candidate

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How well your professors and advisors know you

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Strength of your overall undergraudate or post-bac grade point average

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Strength of your standardized test scores

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Taken from "The Advisor" March 2000/Vol. 20, No.2 "Assessing Your Application Profile: A Workshop for Pre-Health Students" by David Verrier, Ph.D. and Gale Lang, MSW