Emory Medical School Admissions: Tips for Getting Accepted

Emory Medical School - Get Accepted with the Cracking Med School Admissions Team


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This page serves as a high-yield resource for Emory Medical School Admissions. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from Emory Medical School acceptance rate data, the Emory University School of Medicine website, and most importantly, from Emory medical school students themselves! You will have facts such as admissions statistics, but you’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about Emory Medical School admissions, keep reading!

Emory Medical School Secondary Application:

In our team’s opinion, Emory has one of the hardest and longest secondary applications. Put aside ample time! There are 9 secondaries (some of them optional) and they are all 200-500 words long.

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Emory Med School Secondary Essay Prompts:

MD Applicants

Essay 1) List your entire curriculum plan for the current academic year. If you are not currently in school, please briefly describe your plans for the coming year. (Limit to 200 words)

Essay 2) Briefly describe your health-related experiences. Be sure to include important experiences that are in your AMCAS application, as well as any recent experiences.

Essay 3) Briefly describe your interest in Emory and the Emory degree program you have selected. (Limit to 200 words)

Essay 4) What do you consider to be the role of the physician in the community? (Limit to 200 words)

Essay 5) If you have any updates or new information to report since you have submitted your AMCAS primary application, please briefly describe below. (Limit to 200 words)

MD/PhD Applicants:

Essay 1) Please describe your interest in the research of THREE current Emory faculty. How does their research relate to your interests and goals as a physician scientist? (1000 characters)

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Emory Medical School Admissions – Interview Style:

Emory Medical School’s interview format is traditional one-on-one interview, open file. This means that the interviewer has already read your application prior to meeting with you.

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Read our 2 popular medical school interview blog posts here:

  1. How to Prepare for Medical School Interviews
  2. 4 Common Medical School Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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Emory Medical School Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate


Emory University School of Medicine Median GPA: 3.70

Emory University School of Medicine Median Old MCAT: 35 Total (12 Verbal / 11 Physical Science / 12 Biological Science)

Emory University School of Medicine New MCAT: 513 (128 chemical & physical / 128 critical analysis / 128 biological & biochemical / 129 psychological, social)


Your Emory Medical School  Admissions Advisers
Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on Emory Medical School Admissions

How to Get Into Emory Medical School – Know the Curriculum:


Overview: You spend 1.5 years doing pre-clinical courses and then study for USMLE Step 1. Then, during years 2.5 – 3.5, you do clinical rotations. You then have 1/2 a year to do whatever scholarly research or project you desire. Your project can be in creative writing, health policy, medical education, bench research, or community health.

Pre-Clinical Years:

As an Emory Medical School student, you do your pre-clinical years in 1.5 years. During your first week of medical school, you shadow doctors for a week. Then, you start learning clinical skills in small groups. Anatomy course is both dissection, but you get to follow along with an electronic dissection of the human body. After 1/2 of your first year, you start learning human pathophysiology and disease through organ systems.

Starting your first year, you start a longitudinal clinic where you spend one afternoon a week working with a doctor. You do this throughout all four years of medical school and you get to know a patient panel well and follow them through their disease courses.

You spend time studying for Step 1 after your pre-clinic year and then you start your clinical rotations.

Clinical Years:

During the 2nd year of medical school, students are in clinical rotations. You continue your Longitudinal clerkships.

The core clinical curriculum consists of:

  • Surgery
  • Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Radiology
  • Primary Care
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Palliative Care
  • Anesthesia

During your fourth year of medical school, you have several weeks of clinical electives, a requireed Emergency Medicine elective, a required 4-week sub-internship, and 4 weeks of critical care. Lastly, all students spend 4 weeks in a capstone course, which prepares them for residency.


To learn more about Emory’s innovative curriculum, click here.

Taking Time Off:

Emory Med School is flexible with taking time off but most students graduate in 4 years.

Why choose Emory Medical School?

The most common reasons we’ve heard:

  • Community based medicine and projects
  • Very nice community and extremely nice people
  • Cheaper cost of living
  • Excellent medical education
  • Faculty always receptive to feedback

What students are saying about Emory Med School

We were seeing patients from Day 1!

Emory does a very thoughtful job about giving students space to relax and enjoy learning medicine. I love the Discovery Phase 3rd year where people do a scholarly project after finishing 1 year of rotations.

Many students are active in giving back to the community and the school is very supportive!

We have partnerships with dozens of community-based organizations.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Start medical school with 1 week of shadowing doctors in the hospital
  • 1.5 years
  • Anatomy with an electronic curriculum
  • Many faculty have connections with the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
  • Pass/Fail
  • Organ-based
  • Start working with your Longitudinal Clinical preceptor and see patients in the community

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Continue with your Longitudinal Clinical preceptor throughout
  • 6 months to do a scholarly project in medicine
  • Several partnerships with community-based organizations
  • Required electives in Radiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Palliative Care, and Anesthesiology

Unique Degree Programs Offered at Emory University School of Medicine:

  • MD/PhD
  • MD/MPH
  • MD/MA
  • MD/MBA

Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Emory University Hospital
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Wesley Woods Center and Geriatric Care Hospital
  • Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • The Emory Clinic

What students are saying about clinical rotations at Emory Medical School

We have very close ties with the community and help patients connect with community resources.

I felt like the clinical curriculum - although more than other schools - made me a very skilled clinician.

I did rotations throughout different hospitals and I felt like I got a great breadth of experience with various healthcare systems.


Where do students live?

Most students live in apartments or rent houses close to Emory Medical School.


Getting around:

You will need a car when you attend Emory Medical School.


Financial Considerations:

  • Emory Medical School gives many grants, financial-aid and scholarships.
  • Full-time Tuition: ~ $50,000 + ~$25,000 room and board
  • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$163,000

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