Okay, so you want to go to med school. Let's talk! Last month at Med School 101, Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean of medical education, got serious with a group of aspiring medical professionals who all happen to be high-school students. (The annual event brought 140 teens from 10 local high schools to try on the role of med student for a day.)
In his session recorded in the video above, Prober discussed the wide range of possibilities a person with an MD can pursue, including patient care, research and education. He also described the many factors the School of Medicine's admissions team considers when selecting candidates – 7,500 applied for 90 spots last year – and described how MCAT scores are only part of the equation. "We look for the distance traveled," Prober said. And that distance can include non-medical interests: "We want to attract people into medicine who love history, English and computer science" as well as medicine, he explained.