6 05, 2022

4 Rules for Choosing the Experiences to Highlight on Your Application  

2022-05-05T12:51:57-04:00

Preparing to apply to medical school is rigorous. Every medical school hopeful spends their undergraduate career preparing for the application process. If you are applying to medical school this cycle, here are just a few things you have been working toward:  Earning top grades: The average matriculant to medical school last year had a 3.74 GPA (3.67 Science; 3.83 Non-Science).   Studying for the MCAT in hopes of scoring in the top percentile of test-takers: AAMC recommends that students spend 300 hours studying for the MCAT. The average MCAT score for matriculants in 2022 is 511.9, or around the 84th percentile.   [...]

4 Rules for Choosing the Experiences to Highlight on Your Application  2022-05-05T12:51:57-04:00
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
16 11, 2021

The Dental School Supplemental Application: What you need to know 

2021-11-02T12:41:58-04:00

If you’re applying to dental school right now, you may be one of the many pre-dental students tasked with writing secondary essays (secondaries) for a supplemental application. Dental schools vary in how they administer the supplemental application (if they do at all). A little over half of all dental schools require students to complete supplemental applications, so you may not be completing secondaries for all of the schools where you apply. Additionally, supplemental applications may be provided immediately to students for completion alongside their primary application. One example is Texas A&M College of Dentistry, which requires applicants to submit both [...]

The Dental School Supplemental Application: What you need to know 2021-11-02T12:41:58-04:00
17 08, 2020

Understanding the AAMC VITA Interview

2020-08-17T21:44:12-04:00

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 [...]

Understanding the AAMC VITA Interview2020-08-17T21:44:12-04:00
1 06, 2018

Is Your Med School Application Ready to Submit?

2018-06-01T20:11:57-04:00

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 [...]

Is Your Med School Application Ready to Submit?2018-06-01T20:11:57-04:00
15 03, 2018

Medical School Personal Statement Example & Help

2018-04-03T12:53:20-04:00

Learning From a Medical School Personal Statement Example Each spring, students hopeful for a chance at attending medical school begin preparing their applications. Many applicants rank the personal statement the most difficult of all the portions of the medical school application. The difficulty of writing a personal statement is often  due to multiple factors. These include weak writing skills, lack of time, and discomfort with promoting oneself.  However, the most common reason is that most medical school applicants simply do not know what to write about. Looking at a medical school personal statement example can be very helpful in this [...]

Medical School Personal Statement Example & Help2018-04-03T12:53:20-04:00
11 03, 2018

Clinical Experience Tips for Busy Premeds

2018-04-03T23:06:21-04:00

The Importance of Clinical Experience The majority of medical schools expect that applicants will have clinical experience before they apply. Medical training is highly competitive. Medical schools do not want to invest time training students who will not go on to become physicians. Therefore, it is important that medical school applicants understand what a physician's job entails. Clinical exposure allows prospective medical students the opportunity to closely observe physicians and determine if they want to pursue a career in medicine. In addition, an applicant with extensive experience in a clinical setting demonstrates that they have the dedication, compassion, and interpersonal [...]

Clinical Experience Tips for Busy Premeds2018-04-03T23:06:21-04:00
4 03, 2018

Essential Tips for Conquering the MCAT CARS

2018-03-04T16:27:18-05:00

What is MCAT CARS? Many future medical students have difficulty with the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) portion of the MCAT. This is because it requires a different set of skills than the rest of the test. The MCAT CARS consists of short passages followed by questions. It is designed to measure your reading comprehension and ability to draw conclusions from written material.   Begin Preparing Early Although none of the MCAT sections are conducive to cramming, it is especially important to allot adequate time for MCAT CARS review. This is because CARS requires you to learn and develop new [...]

Essential Tips for Conquering the MCAT CARS2018-03-04T16:27:18-05:00
8 09, 2017

Medical School Interview Preparation

2018-01-11T18:07:07-05:00

Interview Preparation Tips Medical school admission season is well underway. Many applicants are now beginning their medical school interview preparation. The medical school interview is usually the final step of the application process. If you perform well on your interview day, your chances of admission are very good. For this reason, it is very important to be prepared for your interview. Interviewing is a skill. Like most skills, it takes practice. Therefore, you should begin your interview preparation well in advance of your first interview. Interview Preparation Tip 1: Read Your Application The medical school interview is an opportunity for [...]

Medical School Interview Preparation2018-01-11T18:07:07-05:00

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