How to Get Into Wake Forest University School of Medicine: The Definitive Guide | International Medical Aid (2023)

Part 1: Introduction

Wake Forest University School of Medicine was founded in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in 1902 as a two-year institution. The medical school slowly grew until it was gifted a $750,000 grant in 1939. With this grant in hand, Wake Forest relocated to Salem-Winston and became a four-year medical school. Since then, Wake Forest University School of Medicine has become a leader in teaching medical students to provide the highest possible quality of care to every patient with whom they cross paths.

As far as rankings go,U.S. Newsplaces Wake Forest at #52 for Best Medical Schools in its Research category and #68 for its Primary Care category.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees to prospective students who want to make an impact in the medical community. If you think Wake Forest is where you want to attend school, then this is the perfect guide for you to read.

Here atInternational Medical Aid, we provide useful resources to help you on your medical school application journey. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate the application system, and we want to alleviate as much of your stress as possible. That’s why we offer definitive guides to get into different medical schools. In this guide, we’re going to show you the programs that Wake Forest University School of Medicine offers; the grades and test scores you’ll need to be considered; secondary essay questions with sample answers; and an overview of the interview process. By the end of this guide, you should have a good idea of whether Wake Forest University School of Medicine is right for you.

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Part 2: Programs at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Wake Forest University School of Medicine offers several different programs for prospective medical students.

  • MD Program
  • MD/PhD
  • MD/Master of Science in Clinical Population and Translational Science
  • MD/Master of Art in Bioethics
  • Physician Assistant (PA) Program

MD Program

A medical student’s experience at Wake Forest is split between theBowman Gray Center for Medical Educationand theWake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The MD program focuses on:

  • Utilizing trainings and interactive settings to develop new skills
  • Working in small groups and solving problems together as part of an engaging curriculum
  • Engaging with faculty, advisors and mentors as you work towards becoming a doctor
  • Working hand-in-hand with students from the PA and CRNA programs, as well as graduate students, to develop the skills you’ll use in clinical settings
  • Learning how to be sympathetic, kind and caring in your leadership role as a doctor

On the Wake Forest University School of Medicine website, the school’s goal is clearly stated: outstanding doctors who are ready for residency and who will kindly and effectively treat patients.

MD/PhD Dual Degree Program

TheMD/PhD dual degree programhas students split their time between the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as they train to become physician-scientists. The MD/PhD program combines the knowledge of a medical doctor with that of a researcher, enabling these doctors to provide unique insights for medical treatment.

The program takes about seven years to complete. Some of the work that students complete in the MD program also satisfy PhD requirements, meaning that their degree won’t takequiteas long. This is great news for prospective students who don’t want to spend a full decade in medical school!

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MD/Master of Science in Clinical Population and Translational Science

TheMD/Master of Science in Clinical Population and Translation Scienceprogram began in 2008. These students become doctors who are aware of populations, public health and how to work with science to create cures for diseases. Science and medicine go hand-in-hand to improve the quality of life. Wake Forest University School of Medicine is one of the few programs in the United States offering this program, making it highly competitive and selective.

MD/Master of Art in Bioethics

TheMD/Master of Art in Bioethicsprogram pairs medicine with the ethics behind it. This degree will prepare you to confidently help patients make tough choices. A bioethics degree would be useful for a doctor working with terminally ill patients.

Physician Assistant (PA) Program

One of the main differences between the MD and PA programs at Wake Forest University is the amount of training required. If you want to treat patients under supervision without the extensive medical training and residency that doctors go through, the Physician Assistant program might be perfect for you.

You’ll graduate in two years and earn your Master of Medical Sciences degree. The PA program at Wake Forest University began in 1969 and has become one of the best PA programs in the country for its commitment to patient care. PAs are trained to give each patient the same level of care, even if their ability to treat and diagnose isn’t as broad as that of a doctor. Class sizes are ideal with a total of 88 students in the program each year.

As you can see, Wake Forest University School of Medicine has quite a few options for prospective students who want to enter the medical field. Read on to find out how much it costs to attend Wake Forest University School of Medicine.


Tuition at Wake Forest University School of Medicine costs students $30,600 per semester or $61,200 per year. When you add in books, other university fees, housing and transportation, you’re looking at a little under $90,000 per year. While this is pricey, it’s not as expensive as some of the top-rated Ivy League schools, and Wake Forest University offers scholarships and financial aid. Additionally, almost 80% of students receive some form of help.

Part 3: The Grades, Numbers and Statistics: Getting into Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Class Statistics

Class of 2024

  • 9,248 applicants
  • 476 invitations to interview
  • 288 accepted
  • 145 new students

This puts Wake Forest University School of Medicine at a 3.1 percent acceptance rate, making it very difficult to be accepted.

Required Grades and Test Scores

The average student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine has anaverage GPA of 3.71and anaverage MCAT score of 512. Students must score502 or aboveon the MCAT to be considered. The test may only be taken twice. Students must also have anundergraduate science GPA of 3.2. Applying to Wake Forest University School of Medicine without these minimum scores will result in not being considered for any of the MD programs. In addition to the GPA and MCAT score requirements, prospective students must also take theCASPer test. Developed by McMaster University, this exam measures a student’s interpersonal and professional abilities. It analyzes how well they would work in a healthcare setting.

Application Timeline

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll think we sound like a broken record when we say this: apply as quickly as possible! There are a few reasons for this.

  1. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll know if you’re in, thanks to early admission programs and rolling admissions systems.
  2. If the class fills up before the application deadline, there might not be room for you.
  3. You’ll have more time to prepare to begin. Even if you already plan to start medical school, each school has a different matriculation process.

The next round of American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) applications opens up onMay 4, 2021, and closes onOctober 15, 2021. This gives you plenty of time to submit a shining application. For medical school, two applications are submitted: primary and secondary. Your AMCAS application is your one and only primary application. While you’ll want to submit your AMCAS application as quickly as possible, don’t rush it. This is the application that every medical school will seebeforethey look at your secondary essays. We recommend starting your AMCAS immediately after it opens and submitting it in early June.

The application you’ll submit directly to Wake Forest University School of Medicine is your secondary application. You’ll submit a secondary application to each medical school to which you’re applying. We recommend submitting your application to Wake Forest University by late July. That way, you’ll be in the first round of applicants who are considered for an interview.

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If this confuses you, or if you have any questions, pleasereach out to us. We offer consulting services to guide you through your application process. We understand how daunting medical school applications can be!

Part 4: Secondary Essay Prompts with Examples

Secondary essays are important for every medical school application. The beauty is that you can recycle essays by changing up the details and tailoring them to each university. This is especially helpful when you have to submitsevenessays. Wake Forest University School of Medicine asks prospective students a lot of questions to get to know them.

Question #1
We want our students to become doctors who are able to treat patients from a variety of backgrounds. This could include a patient who has very different world views from you. Share an experience that increased your ability to work with patients in this type of setting. (200 words)

There are a few things to note here.

  1. This isn’t your standard diversity essay. Instead of asking about your background, Wake Forest University School of Medicine is looking for an experience you’ve had. It’s diverse with a unique twist.
  2. Don’t focus on what the differing backgrounds were. Focus on the situation that happened and how you responded to it. Then, describe what you learned.
  3. Don’t worry about a situation that embarrassed you. Showing your growth through what you learned is exactly what Wake Forest University wants.

Here’s an example:
I’ve worked as a CNA at a pediatric office since I was 19. One day I was filling in at the front desk because our receptionist was out sick, and we were slow. A woman brought her daughter, Stella, in for an exam so that she could play soccer. Her mother worked full-time and thought the exam was unnecessary because “Stella clearly looked healthy.” Stella wanted to get through the exam so she could enjoy playing soccer with her friends. While her mother allowed her to (after all, she did bring her!), she started yelling very loudly. She was so loud that she could be heard in the waiting room. Imagine being in a doctor’s office with a mother practically screaming about her child’s care. I could see that the patients in our waiting room were uncomfortable, so I went to talk with the mother. My goal wasn’t to change how she felt, but rather to get her to lower her voice so that she wasn’t disturbing the rest of the office. I was never able to calm her down as much as I wanted to, but the provider told me that I helped.

Two hundred words isn’t a lot of space to describe what happened, which is part of the point. Wake Forest University School of Medicine wants to know how you handled the situation. They don’t need a lot of details to know that. This essay makes the cut at 194 words.

The essay appropriately answers the question without getting personal. This applicant’s goal wasn’t to change how the mother felt, but rather to control the overall setting of the office for the sake of their other patients. She wasn’t able to completely calm the mother down, but she was able to de-escalate the situation enough that the provider appreciated her efforts. Sometimes, the goal in medicine is to de-escalate a situation without proving any points.

Question #2
Outside of academic settings, tell us about a difficult situation you overcame. (200 words)

Again, you only have 200 words to explain what happened. We recommend finding a situation that challenged you. Then, very briefly describe what happened and how you responded to it. Steer clear of anything school-related to show that you understand how to follow directions.

Here’s an example:

For as long as I can remember, I’d shared a bedroom with my sisters. I have twin sisters, and we grew up in a two-bedroom apartment with our single mother. Even when we moved, there were still only two bedrooms for four people. I desperately wanted my own bedroom because there’s a six-year age gap between me and my sisters. When I turned 16, I “made” my own room. At first, I wanted to use the pantry as my room, but my mother said it was too small to fit my bed. So, I put up a curtain in our room. When the curtain was open, my sisters knew they could play with me. When the curtain was closed, they knew that I was working on homework, chatting with my friends or needing personal space. It wasn’t a perfect solution, but it gave me enough personal space to not lose my mind before I graduated from high school.

This response works because it’s a personal story about a very real problem that she worked through. Any teenager would want their personal space, but not every family living situation works in that favor. Her solution wasn’t perfect, but it was enough to get her through the situation until she moved out. This essay is 158 words, so it’s well within the 200-word limit.

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Question #3
Review your answers from the “most meaningful experiences” on your AMCAS application. Pick the one that made you want to become a doctor, and explain why it positively affected you the way it did. (200 words)

While it’s great to be able to pull from your AMCAS application, make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Don’t plagiarize yourself. Don’t just repeat what you wrote on your AMCAS application.
  2. Elaborate on your experience. Put emotion and passion into it. Show the admission committeewhythis experience was so meaningful for you.

Here’s an example:

During my time volunteering as a CNA at the free clinic in my neighborhood, I met a woman who had broken her arm doing yard work. She was in excruciating pain, so much so that she couldn’t even answer the questions the doctor was asking her. He ultimately instructed me to give her an injection of pain-relieving medication so that he could properly treat her. While I’d given shots before, this woman was in so much pain that I was afraid of somehow making it worse. But after I administered the shot, I witnessed her calm down. Eventually, the tears stopped, and she explained what had happened. She thanked me for the shot and told me she had been in so much pain that she thought she would die. I knew the medication was working! This experience was meaningful to me because it taught me that I could make a difference long before I become a doctor. It gave me the passion I needed to be the best volunteer CNA I could be and to continue working toward medical school. It’s something I will never forget.

This response comes in at 185 words. With 15 words to spare, this student shared how an early experience taught him that he could make an impact sooner than he thought he could. It meets all the requirements and is heartwarming to read.

Question #4
Tell us why you’re applying to Wake Forest University School of Medicine. (200 words)

This is the classic “why us?” question that many college applications have. We can’t express this enough: tailor your essay to Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Look at theschool’s history. Pay attention to their values as a school and their goals for their students, and incorporate those elements into your essay.

Here’s an example:

I was fifteen years old when my grandfather passed away from cancer. The hardest part was seeing the agony my mother went through deciding to turn off the machines. Even though Grandpa had been fighting for the cancer for several years, he had never been able to decide whether he wanted to be kept alive. He said that he wanted to be here for as long as he could to watch his grandchildren grow up, but he didn’t know if God would approve of that. He’d never put his decision in a legal document.

I want to be an oncologist, so I can help cancer patients like my grandpa. I want to enroll in your MD/MA in Bioethics program so that I can help guide others through the impossible decisions they must make when a loved one can no longer make decisions for themselves. Being a student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine would provide me with the opportunity to reach this goal in an environment where I’ll be pushed to become my best while caring for terminally ill patients. I firmly believe that Wake Forest University School of Medicine can give me this opportunity.

This essay response comes in at 197 words and is basically split in half. The first half details the personal experience that inspired this student’s desire to become a cancer doctor. The second half explains why they want to study at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Question #5
Pretend we’re playing a “get to know each other” type of game. Pick a random fact about yourself that you think would surprise others. (50 words)

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We recommend sharing something personal without being vulnerable. Show the fun side of yourself without taking the admissions committee to the bar. Here are a few examples.

  1. When I learned how to do my own laundry, my little sister threw a red hair tie in with my clothes to turn them pink.
  2. I can spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the famous adjective from Mary Poppins.
  3. Both of my parents are chefs. My dad is from Italy while my mom is from Germany. I grew up eatinglotsof different kinds of foods.

Question #6
If you have received a gradebelowa C+, please tell us why. (200 words, optional)

If you haven’t received a grade below a C+, you can skip this question. However, if you did, this question is mandatory. We know it can be tough to answer because it shows how human you are, but the admissions committee already knows that. A solid answer will result in them respecting your circumstances.

Here’s an example:

I decided to take a summer biology course after I graduated high school. I wanted a head start. The course lasted for five weeks and was mostly spent in the lab, which is my favorite place to be. When we reached our third week of classes, I had a solid B. For how fast-paced the course was, I was happy with my grade. But on June 18, 2019, my second cousin passed away in a car crash. Even though a second cousin is a more distant relation, we were very close, and this was a loss I had not been expecting. I did my best to finish the five-week course, but my grade slipped down to a C-. I attended my cousin’s funeral and simply could not concentrate on school work. Unfortunately, it wasafter the course was overwhen I found out that I could have withdrawn from the class because of a family death and automatically have received an A. In the biology courses I have taken since then, I have earned B+ and higher grades. This gives me the confidence to state that this bad grade was due to bad timing with a family situation.

This essay answers the question in 199 words. It thoroughly explains what happened and what the student learned. They didn’t know they could withdraw from the class, but they have done much better in more recent classes, so they’re confident that their poor grade was a result of personal circumstances. That is a valid essay response that the admissions committee shouldn’t question. Remember, they know you’re human! Near perfection is required to get into some medical schools, but even the brightest student has a personal life that can affect them scholastically.

Question #7
Please describe any part of your medical school journey that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only include relevant information, and do not repeat information already shared in any other place on your application. (200 words, optional)

You only need to answer this question if COVID-19 has impacted youandyou want the admissions committee to consider this as part of your application. Don’t talk about earning less-than-perfect grades because all classes were held virtually. Focus on having outdated test scores because testing centers weren’t open or not being able to submit your application on time because you relied on library WiFi. Genuine problems like that will be taken into consideration because they were not your fault, nor was there anything you could do about them.

Part 5: Interviewing at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Being interviewed at Wake Forest University School of Medicine means that you’re doing everything right. Your grades and test scores are where they need to be, and you wrote great essays. You just have to get through the interview.

Interviewing at Wake Forest University School of Medicine looks a little different right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of going to the university for an in-person interview, you’ll talk with the admissions committee virtually. This means that the traditionalMultiple Mini Interview (MMI) Formatis temporarily being replaced by theVideo Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA).

To help prepare students for the unique circumstances we face today, Wake Forest University School of Medicine recommends taking the following steps.

  1. Make sure your technology works.
    – Whether you’re participating in the interview via your phone, tablet or computer, make sure that your camera and microphone are working.
    – Familiarize yourself with the platform being used for your interview. Find the mute and unmute buttons for your microphone.
  2. Find a good place to set up for your interview.
    – Find a quiet place to interview. You don’t want unnecessary background noise.
    – Pick an appropriate background setting. Don’t interview with a messy background.
    – Have good lighting.
  3. Properly position your camera.
    – If your camera is detachable, we recommend placing it at the rim of your monitor.
    – Place your laptop slightly to the left or right for a more natural look.
  4. Dress like you would for an in-person interview.
    – As tempting as it can be, we don’t recommend dressing in a professional top with pajama bottoms. Dress exactly the same way as you would for an in-person interview. This will help it feel like you’renotinterviewing in the middle of a pandemic.
  5. Be yourself.
    – Engage with your interviewer like you would if you were sitting across from them. Sit up straight, make eye contact and remain aware of your body language.

These five steps will ensure that the technology you use for your interview won’t negatively affect you.

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Wake Forest University School of Medicine is an ideal medical school for students who want to focus on individualized patient care and community service. Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s rigorous curriculum will challenge you and prepare you to practice medicine.

As you apply to Wake Forest University School of Medicine, we recommend submitting applications to other medical schools, likeGeorgetown University School of Medicine,UCLA Medical School,NYU Medical School,Johns Hopkins School of MedicineandBrown Medical School. Our list of guides is growing, so be sure to check our blog regularly for more advice on getting into different medical schools.

We wish you the best as you apply to medical school. Remember that we also offer consulting services. Should you find yourself needing someone to go over your applications or practice interviewing with you, head over to ourwebsiteto schedule a time to meet with us. Your success is our #1 goal here at International Medical Aid. Good luck!


Is it hard to get into Wake Forest School of Medicine? ›

The Wake Forest Medical School acceptance rate is just 2.4 percent. Let's take a closer look at the admissions statistics for the class of 2026: Applicants: 11,066. Interviews: 492.

Is it harder for international students to get into med school? ›

Medical school applications are hard enough, but on top of that, only a subset of America's medical colleges accepts international students. Plus, most require international applicants to meet certain additional criteria, like coursework at an American-accredited university or demonstrated proficiency in English.

Is it easier to get into international medical school? ›

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Is it easier for minorities to get into medical school? ›

For example, a black applicant with an MCAT score of 31 (the median for all individuals accepted to medical school) and a GPA of 3.7 (the median for all individuals accepted to medical school) had, on average, a 30.7 percent higher chance of getting into medical school than a white applicant with a similar MCAT score ...

What is the easiest do medical school to get into? ›

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  • American University School of Medicine Aruba. ...
  • University of Mississippi School of Medicine. ...
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. ...
  • Central Michigan University College of Medicine. ...
  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

What is the lowest GPA a medical school will accept? ›

Most medical schools set a cap at a 3.0 GPA. Generally, a low GPA is less than a school's 75th or 80th percentile. You can also review your chosen school's average GPA for accepted students. If your GPA is more than 0.3 points below that average, you can assume the school will consider it low.

Why do most med school applicants get rejected? ›

Many application are rejected from medical school because of their grades. Some schools (such as the University of California system's medical schools) screen applicants based on minimum GPA and MCAT scores during the primary application, before secondary applications are ever sent.

What percentage of people flunk out of med school? ›

Those entering medical schools who are committed to completing the program are 81.6 percent to 84.3 percent. So, what is the dropout rate for medical school? In a standard, single four-year program, that would put the medical school dropout rate at between 15.7 percent and 18.4 percent, confirms the AAMC.

Do most people get rejected from med school? ›

More than 50% of applicants are in the same boat as you are. If you are thinking about applying to medical school for the first time, you must make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. The applicants who were accepted were chosen for a reason. If you are not prepared, don't expect to get lucky.

What can I do to increase my chances of getting into medical school? ›

10 Tips on Getting Into Med School
  1. Get Some Medical Experience on Your Résumé ...
  2. Do Research Projects. ...
  3. Put in Time Serving Others. ...
  4. Choose a Major You Will Excel In. ...
  5. Apply to Multiple Schools. ...
  6. Study Early and Often for the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. ...
  7. Learn Another Language. ...
  8. Don't Skimp on Extracurricular Activities.

What is the hardest medical program to get into? ›

Top 10 Hardest Medical Schools To Get Into
  • Harvard Medical School. ...
  • Wake Forest School Of Medicine. ...
  • George Washington School Of Medicine And Health Sciences. ...
  • Warren Alpert Medical School Of Brown University. ...
  • Howard University College Of Medicine. ...
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Where is the easiest place to get into med school? ›

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine

The Kansas City School of Medicine is one of the most accepting programs in the country with a rate of 20%. Students who hope to enter the program must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 500 MCAT score to be considered.

What is the least competitive med school? ›

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Here are the best global universities for clinical medicine
  • Harvard University.
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • University of California San Francisco.
  • University of Toronto.
  • Stanford University.
  • University of Washington Seattle.
  • University of Pennsylvania.
  • University of Oxford.

Is a 3.4 GPA too low for medical school? ›

While you can still get into medical school with a low GPA, it's a lot more difficult, and all other areas of your application need to really stand out. If your GPA falls between 3.4-3.6, you can still get accepted, but in these cases, a good MCAT score can improve your chances of acceptance.

What is the easiest med school to get into in the USA? ›

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SchoolMedian MCATAcceptance rate
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Which medical doctor is the easiest? ›

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Is a do easier than an MD? ›

Is it easier to get in? DO programs are slightly less competitive. Firstly, the GPA and MCAT scores for DO admissions are much lower. While the medical school acceptance rates for both DO and MD are around 40-41%, the number candidates for the MD programs is much higher and therefore there is more competition.

What science GPA is too low for med school? ›

What is a low GPA for medical school? Different medical schools have different GPA targets for applicants, but anything below 3.7 is usually considered low.

What happens if your GPA isn't high enough for medical school? ›

How to get into medical school with a low GPA: Do a postbac to show an upward trend in grades. Get a high MCAT score to show academic competency. Have consistent, meaningful clinical experience.

How many medical schools should I apply to with low GPA? ›

Tip: We advise students to apply to ~35 schools when they are re-applicants or are worried about the strength of their medical school applications, including a low GPA, low number of clinical experiences, and a low MCAT score.

Does reapplying to med school hurt your chances? ›

In other words, being a reapplicant does not “look bad.” In fact, reapplying to medical school offers the chance to bolster your candidacy and application which might offer more opportunities than you would have had otherwise.

What percentage of Waitlisted med students get accepted? ›

How many applicants get accepted off the waitlist depends on the school and varies widely, but some schools admit up to 50% of their class from the waitlist. Therefore, if you are on the waitlist at one or multiple medical schools, you may have a very good chance of getting an acceptance.

What do I do if I don't get accepted into medical school? ›

  1. First, it's important to remember that you can try again – in fact, most schools recommend applying at least once or twice more. Take a close look at your application and see what you can improve. ...
  2. Attend Medical School Abroad.
  3. Get a Science Degree.
  4. Stay in General Medicine.
  5. Go into Research.
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How often do medical students fail? ›

Around 82% to 84% of all four-year students will graduate. But almost 96% of six-year medical students graduate. The variation of people who fail out is large. It's between 7% and 35% based on yearly graduation rates.

How many people quit premed? ›

Only 16.5% of students who intended to major in pre-med graduate college with the required coursework for medical schools. Attrition rates are highest initially but drop as students take more advanced courses.

Is Med School exhausting? ›

Medical school training promotes self-sacrifice over self-care. Nearly half of medical students experience burnout and, before their professional education even begins, start to experience deleterious effects of stress, which continue and are amplified during medical school.

How many people get rejected from med school each year? ›

Every year, over 50,000 students apply to medical school, but 60% are rejected.

Do med schools notify rejection? ›

Yes. Applicants who have not received an interview invitation may send updates through the application system. Those who have already interviewed may send “letters of intent.”

Does a 4.0 GPA guarantee med school? ›

"However...they don't need to have a 4.0.” While perfect grades are not required for medical school admission, premeds "would want to be in the mid-3.0 range and higher to feel relatively competitive," Grabowski says. Still, it is possible to get into med school with a mediocre or low GPA.

Is 35 too late for medical school? ›

There is no age limit for medical school. You can become a doctor in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s. In the end, medical schools want students who will make good physicians. Age is not a factor.

What is the most important factor to get into medical school? ›

Without a doubt, the two most important factors are GPA (science and overall) and MCAT score. Many medical schools do not even consider applicants whose GPA and MCAT scores fall well below their averages.

Is 30 too late for medical school? ›

Yes, medical schools do accept older students. According to medical school admissions specialists, it is certainly possible for someone age 30 or over to be accepted into med school.

What is the hardest medical school to get into in the US? ›

What are the hardest medical schools to get into?
School NameAcceptance rate
New York University (Grossman) New York, NY2.1%
University of California--Riverside Riverside, CA2.1%
University of California--Davis Sacramento, CA2.2%
University of California--Los Angeles (Geffen) Los Angeles, CA2.2%
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Is med school the hardest degree? ›

Medicine is rightfully touted as one of the hardest degrees ever, but did you know that Biomedical Science shares a lot of content with Medicine? In fact, Biomedical Science students have to understand the science of medicine in more detail than most doctors!

Which medical school has the highest acceptance rate? ›

However, some state medical schools have the highest medical school acceptance rates.
The overall allopathic medical school acceptance rate this year was 41.15%.
Medical SchoolCornell University (Weill)
Median GPA3.88
Median MCAT515
Medical School Acceptance Rate5.1%
Total Applicants6385
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What is the shortest year to become a doctor? ›

In the U.S., the fastest way to becoming a doctor is to choose a short residency after completing your eight combined years of medical school and an undergraduate degree. Read on to find out the shortest residency programs that take only three to four years.

What medical school has the lowest acceptance rate? ›

10 Med Schools With the Lowest Acceptance Rates
New York University (Grossman)9,2432.2%
Stanford University (CA)6,8002.3%
University of Arizona—Tucson9,5632.3%
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine4,2992.3%
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What med school has the lowest MCAT score? ›

University of Nevada (508) University of North Dakota (505) University of Mississippi Medical Center (504) University of Tennessee Health Science Center (510)

What is the easiest doctor to become with high salary? ›

The 10 Least Competitive Specialties in Medicine
  • Psychiatry.
  • Emergency Medicine.
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Neurology.
  • Child Neurology.
  • Pathology.
  • Internal Medicine.
  • Anesthesiology.
10 Sept 2022

What is the hardest residency to get into? ›

What are the Most Competitive Residencies?
  • Plastic Surgery.
  • Dermatology.
  • Neurosurgery.
  • Orthopedic Surgery.
  • ENT/Otolaryngology.
  • Interventional Radiology.
  • Vascular surgery.
  • Thoracic surgery.
7 Aug 2022

What is the least popular medical specialty? ›

Below are some of the rarest doctors you've probably never even heard of:
  • Geriatric Medicine Specialists. These doctors specialize on caring for the elderly. ...
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialists. ...
  • Physiatrists. ...
  • Podiatrists. ...
  • Sleep Medicine Specialists. ...
  • Hyperbaric Physicians. ...
  • Neonatologists. ...
  • Perinatologists.
21 Sept 2018

Who are the happiest doctors? ›


And as of the 2022 Medscape study, these head and neck specialists are the most likely to report happy marriages. According to the CMA, otolaryngologists work relatively stable working hours (at around 60 hours per week) and earn around $318,950 a year after overhead.

Which country has the best doctors in the world? ›

Even though it is widely assumed that the best doctors in the world are in the United States, there are plenty of other countries that have great doctors as well. For example, Japan and South Korea are known for having strong medical systems.

How many B's can I get for med school? ›

In some courses, a third to a half of students will get a grade below B. An overall average of 3.6 is competitive for med school applications. Sometimes, a lower average works but only with some extra strengths.

Can I be a doctor with a 3.1 GPA? ›

It's difficult but not impossible to get into a top medical school with a GPA of 3.0 or lower if the med school has no GPA requirement. Data from the AAMC shows that acing the MCAT ( a score above 517) and having a GPA between 2.8 and 2.99 results in a 46.7% chance of admission.

What college has the best pre-med? ›

#1: Harvard

Harvard College offers a peer pre-med advising program in which students are assigned a pre-med tutor sophomore through senior year. Harvard University houses the #1 ranked medical school in the US and also boasts extremely strong biological sciences departments.

What is the acceptance rate at Wake Forest Medical School? ›

Is Wake Forest Medical School prestigious? ›

Wake Forest University 2023 Rankings

Wake Forest University is ranked No. 47 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 68 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

What is the most difficult medical school to get into? ›

Top 10 Hardest Medical Schools To Get Into
  • Harvard Medical School. ...
  • Wake Forest School Of Medicine. ...
  • George Washington School Of Medicine And Health Sciences. ...
  • Warren Alpert Medical School Of Brown University. ...
  • Howard University College Of Medicine. ...
  • New York University (NYU) Grossman School Of Medicine.

Does Wake Forest have a good medical school? ›

Wake Forest University School of Medicine has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its academic medicine programs. The 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools ranked the School of Medicine #48 in research, up from #52 last year. The School of Medicine was also ranked in a number of other categories.

What is the least competitive medical school? ›

15 Least Competitive Medical (MD)or Easiest Schools Based on Median Accepted GPA
SchoolMedian GPAMCAT
Meharry Medical College, TN3.46503
Morehouse School of Medicine, GA3.68506
New York Medical College, NY3.70514
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center, IL3.70511
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Is Wake Forest a Tier 1 school? ›

Tier 2 schools include: USC, Washington University in St Louis, Tufts, Tulane, NYU, Boston University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Notre Dame, Emory, University of Virginia, Wake Forest, UT Austin College of Natural Sciences, Boston College, Georgia Tech, William and Mary, UCLA, UC Berkeley, ...

Can I get into med school with a 3.6 GPA? ›

People with GPAs in the 3.0-3.6 region do get into medical school but they're less likely to get in on their first try and it may take a complete overhaul to make up the time. All of the extracurricular activities in the world won't grant you access to medical school if your grades are not up to snuff.

What is the number 1 med school in the world? ›

Here are the best global universities for clinical medicine
  • Harvard University.
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • University of California San Francisco.
  • University of Toronto.
  • Stanford University.
  • University of Washington Seattle.
  • University of Pennsylvania.
  • University of Oxford.

What is the #1 medical school in the US? ›

Harvard Medical School

What is the most respected medical specialty? ›

The Top Most Competitive Specialties in Medicine
  • Dermatology.
  • Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Neurosurgery.
  • Thoracic Surgery.
  • Urology.
  • Vascular Surgery.
  • Interventional Radiology.
  • Diagnostic Radiology.
11 Sept 2022

What Major has the highest acceptance rate to medical school? ›

Medical school acceptance rates by major are as follows:
  • Biological Sciences - 41.5%
  • Humanities - 47.9%
  • Math and Statistics - 45.6%
  • Other - 39.8%
  • Physical Sciences - 47.9%
  • Social Sciences - 41.4%
  • Specialized Health Sciences - 38.9%
26 Oct 2022

What is the average age of med school students? ›

Most med students are around 24 years old when heading into their first year. The average graduating age is 28, but it's never too late to go to med school. Non-traditional applicants often fear it may be too late to attend medical school. It's important to know there is no age limit to attending medical school.

What med school has the lowest acceptance rate? ›

10 Med Schools With the Lowest Acceptance Rates
New York University (Grossman)9,2432.2%
Stanford University (CA)6,8002.3%
University of Arizona—Tucson9,5632.3%
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine4,2992.3%
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Why is Wake Forest so prestigious? ›

Wake Forest is ranked #28 by U.S. News – the school has a positive reputation because 94.5% of its graduates secure employment or enrollment in graduate school within a year of matriculating. Students gravitate to a school like Wake Forest for its interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Is Wake Forest considered an elite school? ›

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and originally founded back in 1834, Wake Forest is a private research university that is proud to be part of the Southern Ivy League, a group of private schools in the southern United States that are amongst the most prestigious n the country.

Is Wake Forest a wealthy school? ›

Wake Forest University. The median family income of a student from Wake Forest is $221,500, and 71% come from the top 20 percent. Less than 1% of students at Wake Forest came from a poor family but became a rich adult.


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