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20 09, 2022

Preparing For The Unexpected In Your Medical School Interview

2022-09-06T20:53:05-04:00

The medical school interview is one of the most important steps of the application process. It’s essential that you understand what to expect, what to wear and how to prepare for the unexpected question that may (and probably will) come during at least one of your interviews.   There are several different kinds of interviews including in-person one-on-one interviews, video interviews and multiple mini interviews (MMIs). Remember, while you’re being quizzed, it’s also a good opportunity for you to ask questions, tour the campus and learn more about the program.   How to prepare for your interviews   First [...]

Preparing For The Unexpected In Your Medical School Interview2022-09-06T20:53:05-04:00
8 09, 2022

3 Of The Most Common Secondary Essay Questions And How To Answer Them

2022-09-06T20:51:46-04:00

Filling out and submitting all of your primary medical school applications is quite the accomplishment, however don’t let out that giant sigh of relief too early because you will have even more essays to write!   Medical school secondary essays are usually required and are meant to provide the schools with more specific information about you and whether you’re a good fit for their program. The questions are generally geared towards the specific mission, requirements and goals of the program.   Each school will have their own secondary requirements– some asking for one or two essays and others asking [...]

3 Of The Most Common Secondary Essay Questions And How To Answer Them2022-09-06T20:51:46-04:00
16 08, 2022

Mentally Preparing Yourself for Med School Interviews

2022-08-12T14:23:04-04:00

Once you reach the interview stage of medical school admissions, you can concentrate your efforts on making sure you nail them. After all, you’ve completed your MCAT, essays, and volunteering. You’re well on your way to finishing your senior year pre-med. Now, the only thing standing between you and that acceptance letter is your interview Your medical school interviews determine what the rest of your life looks like, and preparation is everything. Even though interviews don’t start until later this fall and go into the winter, beginning your preparations months in advance can make the difference between being offered placement [...]

Mentally Preparing Yourself for Med School Interviews2022-08-12T14:23:04-04:00
12 08, 2022

How to Juggle Application Season with a Full Course Load

2022-08-12T14:19:04-04:00

As a pre-med student going into a school year after submitting medical school applications, your schedule should be smooth-sailing, right? You have beaten the MCAT; you conquered your personal statement; you hit “submit” on your official application to medical school. You have accomplished so much! Most of your work is complete, but you are not finished. At Code Blue Essays, we’ve got the advice you need to seal the deal on the application to the medical school of your dreams and end your senior year seamlessly. Keep reading for tips you need to dominate this fall.   Waiting productively As [...]

How to Juggle Application Season with a Full Course Load2022-08-12T14:19:04-04:00
26 07, 2022

Secondary Essays for the 2022-2023 Season: What To Expect

2022-07-13T11:41:25-04:00

At Code Blue Essays, it's our job to prepare you for everything the application season sends your way. Now that it’s July, we turn our focus squarely to the secondary essays you must complete for your medical school applications in the coming weeks. In terms of relative importance, secondaries are no more or less “important” than your primary applications, but getting a secondary application shows that a school wants to get to know you a little bit better and decide whether you are a good fit for their programs.  Secondaries are unique because due dates vary – some are not [...]

Secondary Essays for the 2022-2023 Season: What To Expect2022-07-13T11:41:25-04:00
13 07, 2022

Staying Organized During Application Season

2022-07-13T11:27:45-04:00

When you are a pre-med student, you likely understand how difficult it is to juggle many different aspects of your life all at the same time. You’ve been pursuing academic excellence, clinical experience, and a way to retain your sanity by the time you reach the summer of medical school applications. It takes impeccable organization to make the pieces of your life “fit,” and this organization is even more important once you reach the moment when it’s time to apply to medical school.  Well, for many of you, application season has arrived, and you are poised to put all of [...]

Staying Organized During Application Season2022-07-13T11:27:45-04:00
20 06, 2022

Using Your Gap Year to Give You an Extra Edge

2022-06-06T11:18:42-04:00

Traditionally, medical school students matriculate into medical school directly after their final year of undergraduate training. However, more and more, students are deciding to take their time when they apply to medical school. Instead of racing to apply during the summer after earning their Bachelor’s degree, they choose to take a year off – or a “gap year” between undergraduate and medical school.   Many students have reservations about taking a gap year. They think that somehow, they’ll be at a disadvantage and be “left behind.” After all, students applying to medical school likely have been taking classes with other pre-med [...]

Using Your Gap Year to Give You an Extra Edge2022-06-06T11:18:42-04:00
17 05, 2022

Are You Showing Admissions Committees the Best Version of You?

2022-05-05T12:40:10-04:00

At Code Blue Essays, we have watched as medical admissions have become more competitive than ever. We know that as it gets tougher to gain admission to medical school, candidates have to submit an application showing admissions committees their best. We have been helping students do just that since 2014. Keep reading for ways you can transform your application from “good” to great!  Choosing Clinical Experiences  Good: Getting the required 100 hours of clinical experience in one summer shadowing a family friend who is a physician, and then turning your attention to maintaining your grades and focusing on the MCAT.  [...]

Are You Showing Admissions Committees the Best Version of You?2022-05-05T12:40:10-04:00
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

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