15 03, 2022

AAMC’s Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students 

2022-02-28T14:53:59-05:00

Are you wondering if you have what it takes to “make it” in medical school? Great news! AAMC has outlined the fifteen core competencies for students entering medical school, and we’ll describe them below. Knowledge and appreciation for these competencies can give you valuable perspective for completing your medical school applications! If you know what a model medical school student looks like, you can shine in your application as that model medical student!  These competencies are officially endorsed by the AAMC Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Committee on Admissions (COA).   AAMC divides the skills into four main categories:  Interpersonal  Intrapersonal  [...]

AAMC’s Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students 2022-02-28T14:53:59-05:00
1 03, 2022

3 Questions Admissions Committees Ask When They Review Your Application 

2022-02-28T14:41:10-05:00

Medical School Admission is getting more and more competitive: 62,442 students applied to medical schools last year for a total of 22,666 spots. With applicants each applying to an average of 18 schools, admissions committees have nearly 1.1 MILLION applications to look at. As an applicant, the mystery lies in what those admissions officers want in an ideal candidate. At Code Blue Essays, we can unravel that mystery by revealing the three questions admissions committees ask when they review your application:  1) Can you make it through medical school and succeed?  The first question admissions committees have is whether a [...]

3 Questions Admissions Committees Ask When They Review Your Application 2022-02-28T14:41:10-05:00
18 01, 2022

Making the Most Out of Your Clinical Experience

2022-01-06T14:14:39-05:00

Clinical experience is one of the most scrutinized components of your medical school application. It can be easy to think of the clinical experience part of your pre-med career as a “box to check" or a stepping-stone to your medical school career. However, at Code Blue Essays, we see the bigger picture. Clinical experience – whether you will be shadowing a local family medicine doctor, working at a phlebotomy clinic, or volunteering at a hospital – is an opportunity, and not simply an obligation. Below, find some tips on how to make the most out of your clinical experiences!  Choose [...]

Making the Most Out of Your Clinical Experience2022-01-06T14:14:39-05:00
21 12, 2021

Looking Ahead: Assembling Your Medical School Application 

2021-12-01T14:38:56-05:00

Part 2: Other Application Preparation  Earlier this month, we spotlighted extracurricular activities that you might pursue to complete your medical school application. In this blog, we’ll discuss other ways you can get ahead in the application process now.   Get organized  To complete applications fully, you will need to know the specific requirements of the medical schools you choose. As such, you need to compile a list of your preferred medical schools. The AAMC reports that the average medical school student applied to 18 schools for the 2021-2022 cycle. Use this time to explore what factors are most important to you [...]

Looking Ahead: Assembling Your Medical School Application 2021-12-01T14:38:56-05:00
7 12, 2021

Looking Ahead: Assembling Your Medical School Application 

2021-12-01T14:30:34-05:00

Part 1: Extracurriculars For students looking to apply to medical school in 2022-2023, now is a perfect time to step back and think about how you’ll make sure your application is truly exceptional. One portion you should focus on fine-tuning during this time is how your application will reflect your body of volunteer experience as you have prepared for medical school.  Clinical Experience  Traditionally, medical school applicants should have between 100-150 hours of clinical experience. Recently, students have seen chances to obtain experience disappear because of COVID restrictions in facilities. Now, students need to make the most of the opportunities [...]

Looking Ahead: Assembling Your Medical School Application 2021-12-01T14:30:34-05:00
2 11, 2021

11 Ways to Answer the Most Overlooked Medical School Interview Question 

2021-11-02T12:33:38-04:00

Medical school interview season continues, which means we are back with another round of need-to-know information to help you make it through your interviews without a hitch. When preparing for an interview, medical school hopefuls spend a lot of time getting introspective. After all, interviewers will likely ask students all about themselves. They’ll ask about work experience, motivation, and classes. There’s one question, however, that you may have overlooked in all your preparation. The question? “Do you have any questions for us?” Good interviewees are prepared for this question, and after this blog post, you will be, too! Below, we [...]

11 Ways to Answer the Most Overlooked Medical School Interview Question 2021-11-02T12:33:38-04:00
21 09, 2021

Questions You Should Expect to Answer in a Medical School Interview 

2021-08-27T16:19:42-04:00

With interview season right around the corner, your time to prepare is here. Code Blue Essays is here for you when it comes to comprehensive interview prep! Interview Genius helps you build the skills for a flawless interview season. Going into your preparation, knowing your responses to certain question types can make all the difference! Your interviewers have already “seen” you on paper, but this is your chance to impress them in person, so start by mastering the following common questions:     The resume-based question   Medical School interviewers love to ask questions about your application package to dig a little deeper. For [...]

Questions You Should Expect to Answer in a Medical School Interview 2021-08-27T16:19:42-04:00
7 09, 2021

4 Reminders As You Prepare For Your Medical School Interviews  

2021-09-07T16:28:14-04:00

As we approach AAMC interview season, things still look a little different from previous years. Due to the circumstances, medical school interviews will all be virtual again for the 2021-2022 cycle. Going into your interview prepared is always a top priority, so here are four things you should remember as you prepare to face this phase of your application process.   They Already Like You   When a medical school grants you an interview, there is a good chance – around 50%, depending on the school – that they will offer you admission. During the interview, they want to know that you like them [...]

4 Reminders As You Prepare For Your Medical School Interviews  2021-09-07T16:28:14-04:00
6 07, 2021

6 Qualities that Will Get You Into Medical School 

2021-06-30T14:55:27-04:00

You’re applying to medical school after years of hard work and determination, but what version of “you” do you put forth? Medical school admissions committees are looking for certain qualities in a prospective student -- some expected, and some surprising. Here are six characteristics that medical schools typically look for in an ideal candidate:  Grit/determination Medical school is grueling. There is no doubt about it. Admissions officers want the students they select to succeed in the classroom and become a doctor. They want to know that a prospective student has what it takes to make it through all four years of school [...]

6 Qualities that Will Get You Into Medical School 2021-06-30T14:55:27-04:00
30 06, 2021

Medical School Application Timeline

2021-06-30T14:47:55-04:00

Every year, students across the country gain acceptance into medical school, fulfilling a dream that’s been in the works for years. Maybe you’ve been working toward that same dream but wonder – okay, but how do I actually apply, and succeed at doing so? And when? Read on to see a detailed timeline of what to do and when to do it so you can put yourself in the very best position to get into your dream medical school.   Phase Zero: Before Applications (prior to May application year)   If you’re serious about wanting to go to medical school, you’ve probably begun to take the steps necessary to build a transcript [...]

Medical School Application Timeline2021-06-30T14:47:55-04:00

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