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Biomedical Engineering Student Shows Brainpower With MCAT Score in the 100th Percentile

Biomedical engineering student John Michel scored incredibly well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), ranking in the 100th percentile. The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice exam designed to assess the test taker’s problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as knowledge of natural, behavioral and social science concepts and principles that are prerequisites to the study of medicine.

Michel spent nearly five months diligently studying for the exam, using an assortment of guides and tools designed to prepare students for the MCAT. While studying played an important role, Michel credits the University of Miami (UM) as being crucial to his success. “UM has exposed me to a variety of opportunities, introduced me to different communities, and connected me with students and industry employees across the nation who served as my mentors,” he says.

Michel credits Dr. Herman Cheung, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UM, as being key to his MCAT preparation and his academic success in general. Cheung has been conducting research with Michel for three years at the Miami VA Medical Center. “Dr. Cheung has allowed me to pursue my own research projects, supported my pursuit of a career in academic medicine, and shown me how to be a successful researcher,” says Michel. The biomedical engineering (BME) program’s low student-to-faculty ratio enables students to be closely mentored. “We can be most proud of the quality of our CoE students and the mentoring that they have received from us,” says Cheung.

The BME program boasts a faculty of internationally renowned researchers who have all made valuable contributions to not only their field, but to medicine and society. “UM’s BME faculty of experts provided me with the technical knowledge I needed to learn while developing my critical-thinking abilities,” says Michel.

Michel has applied to a total of 15 MD/PhD programs and has already been accepted into Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is waiting on responses from other programs before making any final decisions.