Medical schools look for students that display six basic core competencies:
1. The diligence and intellectual capacity to succeed in an intense medical school curriculum and board examinations.
2. An understanding of the physician’s role in healthcare and physician-patient relationship.
3. The ability to communicate effectively and compassionately.
4. Good moral character.
5. An understanding of hypothesis-driven research.
6. Ability to lead and innovate.
These competencies are recorded from the US News & World Report Medical School Research rankings. The first four competencies are almost always required for medical school admissions, while numbers five and six are sought after by schools that place a high emphasis on research and leadership.