Understanding the AAMC VITA Interview Although everybody has been affected by COVID-19, the medical school application cycle has been particularly disrupted. As a result, students who are seeking admission to medical school for the 2021 school year are facing unexpected changes. Recently, the AAMC announced that it would be offering a video interview for medical schools, the AAMC VITA tool. Although video interviewing is great from an infection-control standpoint, it is much different from a traditional in-person interview. Your ability to understand and adapt to this new format will increase your chances of success. What is the AAMC VITA? The [...]
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Top Personal Statement Mistakes (and how to avoid them) The personal statement is a vital part of the medical school application. It gives admissions committees vital information about your character, personal qualities, and values that are not found in any other part of the application. If you write a strong personal statement, you have a very good chance of earning an interview. Unfortunately, many applicants make mistakes on their personal statement that hurt their application. If you are aware of some of the most common medical school personal statement mistakes, you will have a better chance of avoiding them. [...]
Why Is Shadowing Important? Shadowing a physician is a vital experience for anyone who is interested in attending medical school. Shadowing will allow you to see what a physician's job entails and will allow you to observe the way in which the healthcare system works. In addition, it will help you decide if a career in medicine. Furthermore, medical schools will expect that serious applicants have significant clinical experience before they apply. Shadowing is a great opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience and make yourself a more attractive candidate for medical schools. What Constitutes a Shadowing Experience? Simply put, shadowing [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]