APPLYING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL
FROM FOOTHILL COLLEGE
Note: There are many, many excellent resources that cover the medical school application
process, selection factors, as well as some of the realistic career-related aspects of medicine. I’ve
written information that is specific for Foothill College and the Bay Area. Both Stanford and
Berkeley have pre-med offices staffed by friendly, knowledgeable individuals. I should also note
that much of this information can be adapted towards Dentistry, but there are some differences as
well. Getting into medical school is very tough, but I firmly believe that if you really want to go
to med school, you will be able to. There’s a certain game that you have to play, and you have to
position yourself well. Most people don’t get into med school the first time they apply. It is
absolutely essential to learn everything you can about medical school that you can.
Note to advisors: I was at FH from 1993-1997. Please change course numbers, etc., if courses,
etc that I refer to are outdated.
OVERVIEW OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Your preparation for medical school will start two years before you wish to start medical school.
This means that even Freshmen should be thinking about their future career. Briefly, med
students starting in Fall 2004 have taken the medical college admissions test (MCAT) in April
2003. They will submit a common application (AMCAS) for medical school in June 2003. After
this time, some schools request additional information (e.g., updated transcripts, essays, etc).
Interviews would typically run from October 2003 all the way to March or April (sometimes
even later) of 2004. At most schools, admissions are on a rolling basis. You could hear about
your admissions status as early as December 2003, but many people often don’t hear back until
the early summer of 2004. This is a very brief overview, but read some of the references at the
end for more information.
COURSEWORK AT FH
All medical schools require 1 year of Biology, 1 year of General Chemistry, 1 year of Organi