No Invitations to Interview? This time of the year is very exciting for medical school applicants. Social media is buzzing with people discussing the schools where they have interviewed or will soon be visiting. In addition, many applicants are joyously celebrating being accepted to medical school. Unfortunately not everybody who has applied is enjoying a similar experience. Like the people on social media, you too have spent the better part of a year completing primary applications, writing your personal statement, tracking transcripts and letters of recommendation, and completing seemingly endless secondary application questions. Then you wait. And wait. No schools [...]
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Get Access to the Webinar * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Tips for Applying to Medical School If you are planning on applying to medical school in the near future, you will need to have a solid plan. Each year, many qualified candidates are turned away from medical school due to avoidable errors that they made while applying. The medical school application process is long. In addition, the process is sometimes confusing. It is helpful to plan for your application well in advance. Fortunately we have put together a high-yield webinar to guide you through the [...]
Successful Medical School Applicants Are Not Perfect A common misconception among students who aspire to go to medical school is that successful medical school applicants have impeccable grades. Although there are certainly many medical students who had an illustrious undergraduate career, many more struggled with one or more classes. While they may not readily admit it, many medical students received a C or lower in at least one undergraduate class. Therefore, if you are having difficulty with an undergraduate course, do not give up hope of attending medical school. If you have a plan, you can mitigate the damage of [...]
If you are interested in attending medical school or pursuing a career in healthcare, it is a great idea to attend a pre-medical conference. Many conferences are offered at various times around the country. Attendees gain many benefits from their participation. What is a Pre-medical Conference? Pre-medical conferences are events geared towards disseminating information to students who are interested in a healthcare career. These conferences typically include presentations on a variety of admissions topics. For example, many conferences have discussions on MCAT preparation, strategies for being a successful medical student, and interview skills. In addition, conference attendees also have the [...]
What is a Standardized Patient Standardized patient interviews are an important aspect of your medical training. A standardized patient (or SP) is trained to simulate real patients with a variety of illnesses. During medical school, these interactions are used to measure your ability to apply your knowledge clinically as well as your communication skills. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind when you interact with standardized patients: Tip #1 Take Them Seriously Even though you know the standardized patient is an actor playing out a made-up scenario, treat them the way you would an actual patient. The goal of these [...]
The Med School Secondary Application The second step in the medical school application process is completing the secondary application. Medical schools vary widely in their protocol for secondary applications. Some send a med school secondary application to every person who applies. In contrast, other medical schools conduct a preliminary screening process and only send secondaries to select applicants. Most schools require an additional fee to be submitted with the secondary application. Therefore, if your budget is limited, you may wish to carefully evaluate your chances of admission before completing the secondary essays for a particular school. Purpose of the Med [...]
Med School Application: Take Your Time Before you hit the send button on your med school application, make sure that it is perfect. Although there is a definite advantage to submitting your application early, it is even more important to avoid errors. Therefore, take the time to ensure you are truly ready to submit your medical school application before you do so. Be Accurate Once you submit your med school application, you will not be able to make many changes. The program will only allow you to make changes to the following information: -Name -ID numbers -Contact information -Date of [...]
Medical School Application Errors The medical school application season has begun. If you hope to enroll as a medical student next fall, you will need to ensure that you submit an excellent medical school application. Most applicants think that an excellent application means a high gpa and mcat score. While it is true that these are certainly components of a strong medical school application, more is required to ensure admission. Even students with strong scores will have difficulty gaining admission if they make errors on their application. This article will discuss some of the most common medical school application errors. [...]
Increasingly, medical schools are using the multiple mini interview (MMI) to evaluate potential students. Although many medical school applicants are apprehensive about this format, the multiple mini interview is not difficult. In fact, many student report that the process is sometimes fun. Although you will not need any specific knowledge to perform well on the MMI, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process in order to give your best performance. What is the Multiple Mini Interview? The multiple mini interview is an interview format that is based on short activities. Typically, an applicant will cycle through [...]
Make a Good First Impression Many medical school applicants struggle with writing their AMCAS essay for their medical school application. The majority of these people lament that they have no idea what they should write about. Others complain that they do not know how to start their personal statement. Although it is true that there is a technique for starting a medical school personal statement, it is not difficult. AMCAS Essay Format Although AMCAS does not give any format requirements, there is definitely a correct format for writing a personal statement. A good quality personal statement should have an introductory [...]