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Preparing for a Medical Career

Preparation for a medical career involves a combination of academic coursework and other experiences such as job shadowing and internships. Medical School preparation begins with the completion of an undergraduate degree (with required courses for medical school) and taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). After fulfilling these requirements, students will apply to medical schools; and if invited to do so, they will complete secondary applications, attend an interview, and complete additional exams if necessary. If they are successful in these steps, they will then be accepted.

Core Competencies 

The Core Competencies are area-specific skills, knowledge, and abilities that a successful medical school applicant will be able to demonstrate. There are 15 Core Competencies an applicant should be able to exhibit in their medical school application. Visit thisAAMC website to learn more about the Core Competencies. 


Pre-Professional Competencies  

  • Capacity for Improvement
  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others  
  • Oral Communication  
  • Reliability and Dependability 
  • Resilience and Adaptability   

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    You can also see more on the Pre-Med Pathway menu on this website.


  • Service Orientation  
  • Social Skills   
  • Teamwork  

Science Competencies 

  • Human Behavior  
  • Living Systems  

Thinking and Reasoning Competencies  

  • Critical Thinking  
  • Quantitative Reasoning  
  • Scientific Inquiry                                                                                              
  • Written Communication