Getting into top medical schools can be very difficult. Applicants need to have good MCAT and GPA scores, and other admission factors may include research experience, volunteer work, and letters of recommendation.

There are several medical school application services, such as:
- AAMC Curriculum Directory
- American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
- Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)

List of top medical schools and their application information:

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine:
- All applicants must apply through the AMCAS. When reviewing an applicant's academic profile, the Admissions Committee looks at the most recent eligible MCAT along with science and non-science GPA. They will also consider such factors as universities/colleges attended, courses taken, course loads, GPA trends, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the academic experience.
- OHSU is ranked No. 3 in the US News Medical School Ranking 2011 ("Primary Care Rankings").

University of Washington:
- Applying to medical school is a year-long process. The actual application steps are: (1) Take the MCAT, (2) Submit the AAMCAS or AACOMAS Primary Application, (3) Submit secondary applications, (4) Interview, (5) Accept your admissions.
- University of Washington is rated top in the USNWR 2011 Medical School Ranking: "Primary Care".

Johns Hopkins University
- Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) prior to matriculation. The MCAT is required for acceptance, and it must be taken no later than September in the year the application is submitted.
- Applicants for admission must fulfill the following six prerequisites: Mathematics; Chemistry - General and Organic; Biology; Physics; Humanities and Social Sciences; Computer Literacy.
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has retained its top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s edition on the best graduate schools in the nation. In the 2011 report, the school is ranked 3rd among U.S. medical schools.

University of Pennsylvania:
- The School of Medicine encourages students to obtain a broad education in the liberal arts, while undertaking preparation in the sciences that is appropriately rigorous. Science courses should include laboratory experience.
- Applicants for admission must complete a course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university prior to matriculation. Each applicant must take the MCAT, which is authorized by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has been ranked #2 among the nation’s research-oriented medical schools (USNWR 2011), and it is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $367.2 million awarded in the 2008 fiscal year.

* Suggested Reading: Pre-Med Requirements

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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