Applying to medical school can be difficult even for American students, and it can be even harder for international students. If you have already made up your mind to go to the United States to study medicine, as an experienced (Chinese, American medical school students), the author also summarized the following points from their own experience for your reference.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), 77 medical schools nationwide accepted international students in 2012. However, some schools only accept international students with a bachelor's degree from their own school or from another institution in the United States, or even only Canadian students. Therefore, the first step in medical school application preparation is to subscribe to the medical school Application Guide published by the American Academy of Medical Colleges. Gather some basic questions about international applicants, and then create a list of application questions based on your own situation. In addition, if the school website has some ambiguous information for international applicants, you should also take the initiative to act.
Apply as much as you can. Leave yourself open to as many schools as you can. When applying for medical schools in the United States as an international student, I eventually applied to as many as 30 schools according to my specific situation; I interviewed with six schools and was accepted into three medical schools at the same time. At the same time, I suggest that you should not easily exclude schools because of other personal preferences such as geographical location before choosing a school, and then consider these issues after you have an offer and a choice.
As a rule of law, you can first boldly predict what concerns or doubts officials will have about international students, and prepare in advance to alleviate or completely dispel any concerns or doubts they may have. For international students, one of the most common questions that officials may consider is the applicant's communication skills. So it's important to double-check your application materials -- a spelling mistake or grammatical error might be dismissed by a local student as carelessness; For international students, they may think you have a problem with your language skills. If you've won any speaking or writing awards in the past, include them in your application. Another possible concern is the barriers posed by cultural differences. Because schools ultimately want their students to fit in and enjoy school. If the officer has doubts about whether you can adapt to life in the United States, then the chances of admitting you are even lower. Of course, this is not a big deal if you have had significant study experience in the US before. Therefore, it would be wise for international students to mention that they have lived or studied in the United States, or in other cultures, on their applications.
The purpose of your carefully prepared application materials is undoubtedly to let the officer see that you not only meet their criteria, but also that your participation will improve the level of the entire group. In this sense, your background as an international student is a double-edged sword - you are less likely to be admitted than a local student, but at the same time your background sets you apart. For those of you who have never been to the United States before, think about your purpose of going to school in the United States and why you want to study medicine. For those of you who have studied in the United States, think about how the different ideas you have experienced have interacted and influenced you, and what made you determined to pursue medicine? In my own case, as a Chinese, the traditional Chinese medicine I learned was at odds with the Western science education I received. But this difference inspired me to start a summer research project focusing on traditional Chinese medicine, and to learn more about the influence of a country's culture on its medicine.
It's also important to note that experiences that often seem trivial to you can have unique meaning in the eyes of others. I once helped a friend who was applying to business school brainstorm essays. In the casual conversation, she mentioned that she had just immigrated to the United States at the age of 12, and barely understood English, and had completed the sale of her family's first car entirely by herself, and got a very good price. This is a great example of someone who is smart, adaptable and business savvy, but it does not appear in her paperwork because she often has to help the family with many things, so in her own view, these are not important, not special. So, if you're in the middle of an application period, whether it's medical school or any other school, I recommend that you talk to your advisor or adviser before you start writing, tell them about your experience, and pick out stories that show you are unique.