Medical School Success reveals…

How to Get in, How to Survive,
and How to Pay for Medical School

… and much more time-tested advice and tips from a medical student!

Welcome to Medical School Success!

This is a free website in which I will show you what I have done to conquer anything related to medical school. I will show you:

  • what a medical education is like
  • what schools to apply to
  • how to apply
  • how to get in
  • how to do better than average in class (from 1st year to 4th year)
  • how to pay for school
  • how to make free time to stay sane in the sea of medical information
  • and much, much more

I Never Dreamed of Becoming a Doctor; I Did NOT Prepare for Medicine All of My Life

Who I am? Why should you listen to me? My name is Alex and I am currently where you want to be — in medical school, doing better than average, and have enough free time for a balanced life style.

For most of my life, I never thought of becoming a doctor. When I was little, I wanted to be a police officer or a soldier. When I was applying for colleges, I had no interest in pre-med. Instead, I envisioned myself as a rising, hotshot banker. After college, I joined a public accounting firm. After a few years of working, I decided to change fields and go into medicine.

And now, here I am! I somehow stumbled into being a doctor. I have almost no background in science. I did not get a master’s degree, unlike many of my classmates. And yet, not only am I surviving, I am thriving. Some would consider this an act of God. I sure do.

If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

My school has a helpful program called Big Brother, Big Sister which I am part of. I first joined the program as a first-year and received substantial help from my “big brother” adjusting to my new environment.

Now, as I am more experienced, I am a “big brother” to a first-year student. I pay-it-forward by showing him the ropes — telling him what to expect in classes, how to prepare for them, and what to do if he has any problems.

Just like how I help my “little,” I am also going to help you. I am going to break down the steps of getting in and staying in. I am going to give you success tips so you too may be where I am today. So, let’s get started.

medical school success - Mr. Onionhead and Seal

Mr. Onionhead and Seal (in the pocket) will accompany and accommodate you as you explore the site.

You Must First Get In

If you are not yet in medical school, you should visit the how to get in section. It does not matter if you are currently a high school student, college student, graduate student, or out of school, this section will help you get in.

The first thing you should do is to learn as much as you can about medical training and being a doctor. Being a doctor is not for everyone. In fact, it is not right for most people. If you’ve already made up your mind to be a doctor, you may skip the introduction. But if you are on the fence, I would strongly advise you to start with the introduction.

Also, if you are serious about getting into medical school, do not miss the articles written by professional medical school coaches! The latest article they wrote is 9 Things to Say in a Medical School Interview (and Kiss Your Acceptance Goodbye). Check it out!

In addition, if you want an advantage over the other applicants…

Although I share a lot about getting in and succeeding in medical school, I have special information that is only reserved for those who are truly serious about medicine. If you are a player (and not just another wanna-be), head over to my premium advantage section and get the information that will:

  • get you into medical school, no matter your background
  • save you $50,000
  • get you better grades with less rote memorization

Seriously, there are countless of pre-medical students who will never become doctors. Don’t become one of them.

You Must Then Survive

Once you are in medical school, you cannot relax yet. Rather, you will study the hardest you have ever studied in your life. Make sure you do not fall behind, or else you could fail out. This is no joke. Make sure you visit the how to survive section for tips on making through the four years of medical school.

Be sure to check out the medical books section for books that you will truly need (instead of some lame 50-pound textbooks that you will never open in your life). I guarantee you that you will save money by listening to my advice.

Also, before you become a licensed physician, you must first pass all your national licensing exams. If you are in an osteopathic medical school, you will take the COMLEX. Read up on that section for advice on how to prepare for Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3.

You Must Finally Make Money

Once you make it out of medical school alive, the hardest part of becoming a doctor is over. But now, you are part of the real world. You must work, just like everyone else. You are not guaranteed success and riches just because you have a medical education. You will quickly find out that making a lot of money in medicine is a bit trickier than memorizing books and preparing for multiple-choice exams. If you choose to work for someone else, keep in mind you will not get rich. But if you are brave enough to seek out your own destiny, the money in medicine section would definitely apply to you.

And you better start making money very quickly. Most likely than not, you have accumulated a huge amount of medical school loans. At a 7% annual interest rate, you better start paying back the loans quickly or else you would be in deep financial trouble.

Could you make it and become a doctor? Or would you fall in one of the many pitfalls and see all your hard work go down the drain?


  1. Kate Gallagher says:

    I’ve found this website extremely useful and really enjoyable and easy to understand. You’ve given us a very realistic approach to applying to med school which is really helpful and honest. (I met you in Chels/Westminster in the Doctor’s Mess the other day, I’m the potential med student Kate) I’ll definitely be keeping this page saved! Thank you 🙂

  2. Hello There,

    I am trying to find any info related to mature students with no science background getting in to med school. I am 33 years old with a career as a performing artist and at this point absolutely fanatical about studying medicine. I have a masters degree in music with 4.0 gpa tons and tons of work related to benefit hospitals and work experience as a surgical assistant and transplant tech at a hair transplant clinic for a few years. That is ALL that I have. I never took a science course in my life and spent most of my time playing recitals , competing internationally , teaching and practicing piano. Also a mother of two. If anyone knows of any programs that would consider an applicant such as myself or have any ideas on how to prepare for MCAT in my case please let me know Any info would be helpful. If you think I may be delusional , would be helpful to know that as well. 🙂

  3. Hey Alex. I stumbled across your blog last night and found it quite interesting. When I was younger, I always wanted to go into the med field and become a doctor, but instead went to business school, got my masters, now at a steady job making 65K annually. Lately I’ve been feeling as if I went into the wrong field, and am wanting to go back to finish up. I’ve been told I am great at what I am currently doing, but I am not getting the feeling of accomplishment that I am seeking. I love to help people and have a compassion for for this. Is it worth it? I’ve considered these 2 routes: CRNA, go back to school, get my RN, work 2 years, get into CRNA school. OR go finish up my bio degree, and go to med school…What are your advice?

    • Hey Pham,

      You have a good job, making good money. Is it worth it to go back to school and go into medicine?

      In your case, no. I’ve written an article about that which you can see here:

      A RN makes about the same amount of money you make. So you’re not moving up financially, you’re moving laterally.

      If you feel that medicine will give more meaning to your life, or if you’re just dying to try it out, then go for it.

      After all, life is for experimenting, not just making money.

  4. I am working in public accounting big 4 for 1 year out of school. I am really not liking it and am really considering going to medical school. I know you were in this position a while back. Would you of done it again? Are there any other careers you would of consider in the medical profession transitioning out of accounting? thanks

    • Hey John,

      Understand that if you go into medicine, it is very tough to get out. So make sure it is what you really want.

      If I went back in time, I’ll put all my extra efforts into starting my own business. I now know that there are very few jobs that I love. I desire freedom.

      If you can’t envision yourself doing your own thing, then work for good people. A good career isn’t just about what you do, but also those around you, above you, and under you. It may make more sense trying to find a good boss and good co-workers.

  5. hi, i totally agree wd u, i love to be a doctor, it was my dream. i tried but i am failed in class 10th in two subjects, giving supplementary exams, i have lost my confident, i shy in front of other people that i am failed, i am so alone now.. i hve many frnds bUt they r not close, i need someone to talk and to share my feelings, i feel lonely
    If u dnt mind, could u please contact meh frm my email.. at Plz

  6. Thank u soo much!!

  7. so i’m wondering because im in middle school i want to become a docter so wondering i should take academic or ib programme with Average of 87 % so is taking medical that hard like if i do become a docter what do u you do also what average do you need to become a docter

  8. Alex. Almost 22 years ago I was in a DO school. In my sophomore year I suffered some personal lost. Currently I am a computer engineer and real estate developer. Even at the age of 56, I still have this desire to return and complete or start over my medical career. I have my own funding. Am I too old to get I into medical school? Should I consider foreign medical schools, do I have to retake the MCAT, etc? I know medicine is not the most glamorous career or the best way to make money. That isn’t my motivation. I believe I now possess the emotional maturity necessary to endure this challenge. If I may ask, what career or business are you involved with now? Great blog. Thanks.

    • Alex Ding says:

      Hey Brad,

      I’m gonna be blunt. You’re to old. By the time you can practice on your own, you’ll be 66. How much longer can you work? Can you survive residency?

      And if you try and don’t make it, you’ll be financially devastated. (Unless you have a spare $200,000 – $300,000 lying around.)

      You’re gonna have to start all over from the beginning. You may have to retake your science classes. You’ll have to retake the MCAT and jump through all the hoops. You’ll have to volunteer and get letters.

  9. I’m medical student at second year trying to continue my studies I’d even restudy the first two years if necessary I’m looking for any university in any European country or canada , Australia or usa but I couldn’t find any scholarship and I can’t afford to study and I can’t continue at my country because I’m syrian from aleppo and my country is destroyed my average at baccalaureate was 98% my average at first year of medicine was 89% would please help me I’m losing hope 🙁

  10. Hi, I’m Sahar, 27 year old girl. My language is not English and i hope read my messages. I’m MSc veterinary medicine, but I’m not satisfied with my condition i think it’s always Medicine. I want to be a doctor. I’m in a developing country and need money to go to other countries and to go to medical school, my parents can help me a little, but the number of scholarships for foreign students is low and i have no information and the ability to get a scholarship and the admission of universities. I am studious and diligent Please tell me Someone help me?? Thanks

  11. hello

    I am 32years old lady from Nigeria, west Africa.i have B.Sc in biochemistry.i had worked in hospital as pharmacy technician .I always wanted to study medicine since when I was a child..i am seeking for scholarship to study outside my country.please advise me, because it looks like it is not possible to get scholarship to study medicine

  12. Dylan Lukato says:

    Hey Alex,
    I’ve been following your blog since I was a junior in college. Now I’m a 1st year med student at an MD school in the States. I was so thrilled to read every blog of yours as you navigated through medical school. I was just wondering how you’re doing now and where are you. Are you doing your residency? Post something new so we your fans out there are updated about your post-med school life. Wish you all the best

    • Hey Dylan,

      My life is better now than before. More money, more women (which I am focusing on one), and better relationship with God. I plan on posting one of my final posts later down the road, showing my readers where I ended up. But that may be a year or two down the road.

  13. Skylar Pollack says:

    I have been looking at your site for quite some time and stumbled upon the fact that you went to BCC for your courses. I am currently doing the same, I have a BA in Business Management and I am trying to get into med school. Do you have a trial on the e-book you created? Any tips specifically for BCC and applying to med schools in NJ? Please reach out, I would love your insight on the topic.

    Thank you very much.

  14. Ben Torres says:

    Hey Alex, first off I want to say your blog is excellent and I’ve enjoyed looking through the various subjects you have on here. My name is Ben Torres currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas in San Antonio, however, I am contemplating switching majors to Biomedical Engineering due to my interest in the field. Lets say I do switch majors and graduate with a Biomedical Bachelors degree, do you think I would have a fair chance in getting into a Med School?

  15. langelihle says:

    Ive always had a passion in being a doctor helping those in need and socialism with all kind of nations

  16. Feather Metatawabin says:


    I want to become a doctor too and found this website from a YouTube video: What you need to know about becoming a doctor. I loved the video and the website. It is inspiring and helpful.

    2 years ago, I joined a fitness gym to lose weight and become healthier. Ever since then, my perspective on life and health changed. Being healthier made me more kind hearted and I felt the need to help others, especially those who were over-weight or had health issues. Health plays a big role in my everyday life and I want to help others with this passion that I have. Losing weight made me a happier person and I gained a more positive view in life. Now, I want to put my wisdom in health to good use by helping others and becoming a doctor. Not everyone may have and interest in the field of health like I do but it really affected me and I plan to get into med school in a couple of years.

    So, lastly I just want to say thank you for this website. It feels good to know I am not alone in dealing with med or health.

  17. I’m a young boy, I have no helper and my dream was to become a doctor. I am crying for help.

  18. Hello Alex,

    I really need help. I went into university in 2008 for Chemistry as premed with family pressure. My interest was business. I started and ended with a low gpa. I added a business minor and graduated in summer 2015.. I worked random sales and did a business with a partner that just wasted my time.. I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for 2 weeks in my uncles partners clinic in Florida for 2 weeks in July and didn’t see a future, but I saw the respect of a doctor.. On a trip to visit my gramma in Istanbul I told an agent to apply for med school and I got in, it’s a 6month program straight out of school and a new faculty (2yrs old).. I wanted to see if it’s for me so I’ve been here 2.5 months (haven’t paid fees), not sure if I’d be happy in medicine after 6 yrs +3-6 years res/fellowship + I need an excellent USMLE as an IMG.. I’m looking at a 10-13 years. I can take mcat this yr and apply to Caribbean while doing med here and be ok with staying here till 2022 or I can do Business Analysis through a training course and agency to pursue business consulting and try to make my own business along the way.. I really need advice.. If you had a low gpa would you go to another country for a 6 yr med school?

  19. nibraz munaz says:

    Hey… i am from srilanka and i really wanna talk to u… can u please give some contact detail of urs
    thank you

  20. nilabranjbar says:

    Hi I want to use from your programms, how I can ?

  21. Hey Alex, I have recently contemplating becoming a emergency physician or possible some sort of neurosurgeon. I have a major interest in how the human body functions. Neurology and Cardiovascular physician/surgeon is my biggest interest as far as what I want to specialize in. However my first few major hurtles are shadowing a physician to see if this is really the career I want to partake in, also considering I did not graduate high school anywhere close to the top of my class, how can I go about stabilizing my foundation in order to be accepted in med school as far knowledge and experience?

    Thankou for your time, Tad
    P.S. I recently viewed a video via youtube of you being interviewed on how you made it thru med school which led me to this blog page and me attempting to contact you

  22. Great blog I must say Alex…
    my name is chuks. I have gotten. A first degree .but still have the passion for medicine and surgery. I am 26years of age and I intend going back. Do you think it’s too late for me?? Is my passion worth it??
    waiting for a swift response.. God bless you.

  23. Tanciongco Ailyn says:

    can i ask? where can i get a loan to be a hopeless i want to be a doctor but everything seems to be in my way…i dont have a money,nor smart enougth to get a scholarship?pls help me…my dream is to be a doctor..

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