Unfortunately, many applicants know very little, if anything, about the medical schools they apply to. 


They enter the process blindly, and base their decisions on "common knowledge" or "school reputation." 

This is a naive way of planning your future. 

So before plunging into the actual logistics of the application process, lets review some methods of researching schools.
 

AMCAS vs. Non-AMCAS


First, we must make the important distinction between the 141 U.S. and Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and the remaining medical schools around the globe (foreign medical schools).

In general, we advise you not to apply to foreign medical schools. 


Aside from obvious barriers such as language and culture, the quality of instruction and resources available are often inferior. 

These schools can vary wildly in quality since they do not need to adhere to an accreditation standard. In addition, graduates of foreign medical schools have a harder time passing their licensing exams and getting into residency programs. 

You should probably not consider a foreign medical school until you have been rejected from a US or Canadian school at least once (if not twice). 

Then, you should speak to your premed advisor and do extensive research on the quality of the schools you are considering.

 

Admission Requirements


There are currently 122 LCME-accredited medical schools in the United States, 3 in Puerto Rico, and 16 in Canada.

 Medical School Admission Requirements, which is published every April by the Association of American Medical Colleges and affectionately called the "MSAR," provides comprehensive information on all these schools. 

This is the closest thing to a premed bible that exists. 

The information in this book comes from the schools themselves - no secondhand accounts or subjective student opinions here.