Applicants tell us that building a school list can be immensely challenging and we agree! Here is a helpful tool.
In many, many ways, medical schools are more similar than they are different-the liver is the liver is the liver-and it’s very hard to get a sense for what makes a school unique by reading its’ mission statement and perusing a school’s website. Additionally, students are being tasked to select schools primarily on the basis of their metrics (GPA and MCATS), when in fact the admissions process is a holistic review.
A few years ago, a medical school applicant developed a comprehensive algorithm that takes into account many of the factors that go into building a successful application. The algorithm helps applicants get a very rough sense for schools where they might garner interview invitations. The algorithm also helps students understand why they might be unlikely to get an interview at a school where the average MCAT and GPA are well below their metrics as medical schools have to be very strategic in extending invitations to interview. If historically their data demonstrates that students with certain metrics do not enroll after interview and acceptance, it doesn’t make sense for them to extend an invitation at the outset.
So with the caveat that this is simply one single tool of many (MSAR, speaking with a Health Professions Advisor, reaching out to alumni, etc,…) take some time to play around with the WARS Calculator (we found this via a the Student Doctor Network.) You can learn more about WedgeDawg’s Applicant Rating System here.
We’d love your feedback
as to whether you find the tool helpful or a noisy distraction.