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27 12, 2022

3 Ways to Stand Out During Your Medical School Interview

2022-12-27T16:37:44-05:00

Medical school interviews can be nerve-racking. There’s no denying that. And most applicants would agree that they feel this way about them– at least in the beginning when you are just starting out and have less experience doing them. Medical school interviews are a key part of the admissions process, and with thoughtful preparation and practice, they can really help you stand out from other applicants. Just like the other portions of the admissions process, your medical school interviews deserve time and preparation. (So, don’t overlook this step!) Here are three ways to stand out during your medical school interviews… [...]

3 Ways to Stand Out During Your Medical School Interview2022-12-27T16:37:44-05:00
18 10, 2022

5 Secondary Essay Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

2022-10-25T20:51:58-04:00

Sometimes the number of secondary applications you receive can be overwhelming, but it’s important to take them seriously and avoid taking short cuts or making mistakes because you are hastily trying to submit them.    Since secondary essays are such an important part of the application process, in this blog post we want to talk about 5 of the most common mistakes students make so you can avoid them.   Here are 5 secondary essay common mistakes…   1. Waiting for the request to start writing. If you’ve submitted your primary application and are waiting to get a request [...]

5 Secondary Essay Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them2022-10-25T20:51:58-04:00
5 10, 2022

How To Develop And Tell A Compelling Life Story Throughout Your Application And Interviews

2022-10-05T19:33:10-04:00

Your GPA, research, MCAT scores and extracurriculars can all help you stand out in medical school applications, but what’s the easiest way to stand out and be remembered?    It’s to tell your compelling life story.    A narrative-based approach to your medical school application will convince admissions committees to want to learn more about you. And not only are we talking about in your personal statement here– but your entire application can and should tell a cohesive story about who you are, how you got to where you are and why you want to become a doctor. Even [...]

How To Develop And Tell A Compelling Life Story Throughout Your Application And Interviews2022-10-05T19:33:10-04:00
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
7 06, 2022

The Early Bird Gets into Medical School: Why You Should Apply Early  

2022-06-06T11:11:21-04:00

Applying to medical school can be a stressful process! At Code Blue Essays, we know how lengthy and complicated it can get, especially if you are applying to multiple medical schools. Fortunately, we have the hacks you need to make your application season as streamlined and low-stress as it can be!  As a rule, medical school hopefuls should aim to complete their applications as soon as AMCAS allows. Code Blue Essays even has you covered with information regarding your application timeline and when you should prepare yourself for the application drop! Getting your primary applications in early ensures that you [...]

The Early Bird Gets into Medical School: Why You Should Apply Early  2022-06-06T11:11:21-04:00
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
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
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

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