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Your Application Profile: A Self Assessment

In a survey conducted by the American Association of Medical Colleges, it was found that the pre-admission variables accorded high importance by medical school admissions personnel included: (1) undergraduate grade point average, (2) MCAT scores, (3) quality of degree-granted undergraduate institution, (4) letters of evaluations, (5) involvement in health-related work experiences, (6) interview ratings, (7) personal comments on AMCAS or supplemental applications, and (8) involvement in extracurricular activities.

In light of these variables, it is important that you are able to step back and assess your developing profile as an applicant to health professions schools. What are the strengths of your developing application profile? What are areas in need of attention? What are ways you can improve your overall applications?

Consider the following self-inventory. Be honest with yourself as you -- confidentially -- rate yourself according to the following scale:

Ratings:    1 = needs considerable improvement
               2 = needs some improvement
               3 = OK
               4 = very good shape
               5 = outstanding

your involvement in health-related experiences........................
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your involvement in extra-curricular activities..........................12345
your ability to present yourself in person ...............................
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your ability to present yourself in writing................................12345
how well you relate to others...............................................12345
ways you exhibit independence/initiative/perseverance.............12345
ways you exhibit leadership skills...........................................12345
your sense of purpose and motivation....................................12345
your sense of intellectual curiosity.........................................12345
your common sense ...........................................................
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your ability to handle stressful situations................................12345
your interest in science and biomedical research......................12345
your breadth of interests.....................................................12345
how you have demonstrated commitment to service.................12345
your familiarity with current issues in health care.....................12345
how you will distinguish yourself as a candidate.......................12345
how well your professors and advisors know you......................12345
strength of your overall undergraduate/post-bac GPA................
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strength of your undergraduate/post-bac science GPA..............12345
strength of your standardized test scores...............................12345
The Advisor, page 56, March 2000/Vol. 20, No. 2