Your Pre-Med Advisor
Your pre-med advisor is instrumental in helping you decide if medical school is right for you and assessing your chances for admission. In addition, he or she will be particularly helpful in guiding you to the schools whose curricula and student profiles best match your qualifications and interests. Finally, your pre-med advisor will have specific data about medical school requirements, how students from your school fared in the admissions process, and where students with similar academic backgrounds and MCAT scores were accepted.
In many undergraduate institutions, the pre-med office handles the letters of recommendation. In some cases, they simply relay the letters to the medical schools. Yet in other cases, the pre-med advisor—or committee—writes a letter to the admissions offices on your behalf. It's imperative that you get to know your advisor and that they get to know you.
Going it Alone
An applicant to medical school often fails to acknowledge the importance of working with an institution's premed office. Going it alone means that the applicant won't benefit from networking contacts and relationships the premed office has with a number of admissions offices where the applicant has applied. Often admissions officers ask why an applicant has not used his/her premedical office's resources. So be very mindful to have the full support of your premedical office if such a resource is available to you.