As a Caribbean medical school with a proud record of student achievement, we at UMHS know that the journey to our campus on St. Kitts begins with a dream of becoming a doctor, and then taking the steps to make that dream come true . All over the country, bright, capable students with this same dream, are preparing for the next step on that journey as registration for the MCAT opens today, February 13, 2013. As these prospective medical students look ahead to the exam that will play a part in shaping their future, we thought a few words of encouragement might be in order to help prepare for the big day:
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier
This quote is certainly apropos for the future medical student who will apply effort daily towards achieving the dream of becoming a physician. At UMHS, we know that while taking the MCAT may be an important step, it is still, just a step. The adventure and journey of a lifetime awaits you.
“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” ~ Jules Renard
If taking the MCAT is the next big action in front of you, register early and prepare. Medical school and becoming a doctor are dreams that you can make a reality.
“The best way to finish an unpleasant task is to get started.” ~ Anonymous
The best way to get started may be found by taking a few tips on preparing for the test:
1. Make a Plan: Set a study schedule and stick to it. Find study partners. Don’t wait to the last minute to prepare for what could be one of the most important moments of your life.
2. Practice May Not Make Perfect (but it will get you a lot closer): Take a look at your old class notes. Ask others for help and take advantage of available resources to bone up for the big day. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers for fee and free practice exams.
3. Think Ahead. Then Use Your Head: Find a day that’s best for you to take the exam (see full 2013 testing schedule here), and get into shape. It’s a long test so be prepared to go the distance – mentally, physically and emotionally.
And lastly, another quote that may be helpful:
“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” ~ Art Williams
Study hard and best of luck!
~ The Faculty and Staff of the University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Built in the tradition of the best US universities, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences focuses on individual student attention, maintaining small class sizes and recruiting high-quality faculty. We call this unique approach, “personalized medical education,” and it’s what has led to our unprecedented 96% student retention rate, and outstanding residency placements across the US and Canada. UMHS is challenging everything you thought you knew about Caribbean medical schools.