4. How do the medical school’s students match?
As a medical school applicant, you may not really know how the match system works. However, you do know that you want to go to a school in which the students match well. Schools give statistics about their match rates. Although they are somewhat biased, the match rate statistics are worth taking a look at. Also, if you want to do your residency in a certain city or state, take a look at each school’s match list and see if students match to those areas. If there is a specific specialty you want to go to, perhaps the medical school you want to apply to matches a lot of students into that specialty. You want to make sure that you are putting yourself into a position of getting into a residency that you want.
Since my school did not offer remedial English classes for immigrant students, I began studying with only the help of an English-Korean dictionary. Although I was focused and determined, streams of below average grades accompanied my first year in school. Nonetheless, by expending two to three times the effort of others, I started to notice signs of improvement. A well-timed vote of confidence came from my seventh-grade reading instructor, Mr. John Smith. In his class, the highest possible grade — a B — was given to only one student per school year. Aiming for that coveted prize, I managed to improve my grades from a D in the first semester to the B in the final semester. At the year-end award ceremony, Mr. Smith specifically commended my achievement in front of the student body. While I received many other academic accolades in later years, no one validated my efforts and boosted my self-confidence more than that short yet significant praise.