After the MCAT, What is the Next Step?

If you have taken the MCAT test, you might be feeling a little bit relieved, however, you have just crossed one hurdle out of many. There are still a lot of things that need to be done after the test is completed. But first, after you take the test, relax and take time to reflect. For the purpose of future tests, it is best to identify what strategies helped you and those that didn’t. As knowing the techniques that work will help you as you go along the way in your academic pursuits. It is very likely that you have limited the amount of fun tome and extracurricular activities you involved yourself in due to test preparation. Now is the time to get all those back. You know what they say about all work and no play. Treat yourself to something different, perhaps go camping with some friends or go on a trip to somewhere you really like. If this is way outside your comfort zone you can visit a beach around you. As a medical student, you’re probably hung up on a lot of academic work but now is the time to strike a balance, feel free to enjoy yourself.


Post-MCAT suggestions 


1. Identify the Institutions you want to apply to: Prior to writing the MCAT, you might have an idea of the schools you want to apply to and their required test scores. Well, all these are determined by the actual test score you get on the MCAT. After the scores are out, you should start a research on the competitiveness of your MCAT score and identify schools that you are eligible to apply for. You can also ask departmental advisers for suggestions based on your GPA, test score and other relevant criteria. 


2. Sought for Research Opportunities: You should check for available research in the schools you have chosen to apply for. To do this you can simply contact the professor who has an ongoing research and asks if you can be a part of it. If you have done previous research works or written journals on relevant topics, this will automatically up your chances of nailing a research opportunity. 


3. Gain some clinical experience: While you wait to further your medical education, consider working in a medical environment. Check for clinical experiences by asking your departmental professors and showing interest in your field. You can also inquire about opportunities in your institution's medical schools that may be open for you to apply.



If your MCAT scores are not impressive enough or adequate to get you into the medical institution of your choice, you should try not to let this bother you so much. Still, try to relax and reflect on what you want to do next. If you’re sure you want to get into med school as soon as possible, it is wise to brace up and face the challenge. Look for a different method of preparing for the test that will likely yield better results. Get good materials with enough practice questions to ensure you know what you are going up for. The good thing is, you have taken the test before so you have an idea of what to expect. Now, when you think you are ready, go ahead and register for the MCAT again.

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