Last spring, I attended my son’s medical school graduation. As I proudly watched his class receive their M.D. degrees, I was reminded of all the years of preparation for that day. The academic requirements started early. A child who falls behind in grade school or high school will not become a doctor. Of all the ambitious new college freshmen that choose the “pre-med” track, the majority do not make it. The academic and financial demands through college, and the intense competition for medical school acceptance, insure that only the highest achievers will be successful.
The application process is incredibly challenging. There are only 130 medical schools in the United States. Six states do not even have a medical school. Nineteen states have only one. A successful applicant must graduate with a high GPA from a respected college or university. The required MCAT entrance exam is extremely difficult, and a low score almost always eliminates hope of acceptance. A high score, combined with a high GPA, improves the odds, but is no guarantee.
My son’s experience is typical. He attended a large private university with a reputation for a high rate of medical school acceptances. Approximately 25% of the students in his freshman class were pre-med. After four years, only 20% of these finished the pre-med track and applied to medical school. Then, approximately 60% of the applicants were actually accepted. Therefore, from the original class of ambitious pre-med freshmen, typically some of the best and brightest out of high school, approximately one out of ten were accepted into a medical school.
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Read More: By Richard Hailey, American Thinker