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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
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
2 02, 2022

How To Use Code Blue Essays’ Clinical Experience Journal To Level-Up Your Clinical Experience!

2022-01-31T22:26:27-05:00

Imagine the following scenario: An anxious pre-med student walks into her first day shadowing a family practice physician. Immediately, she thinks, “This is what I want my future to look like!” She spends 3 hours meeting clinic staff and interacting with patients. Today is her first experience in a clinic, and it’s a little overwhelming. It's also enthralling! She leaves knowing that her decision to pursue a pre-med degree is validated, and she is excited to return for her next shift. As time passes, her clinical experience whizzes by, and she can look back on it as a success. She [...]

How To Use Code Blue Essays’ Clinical Experience Journal To Level-Up Your Clinical Experience!2022-01-31T22:26:27-05:00
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
9 05, 2019

Identifying Shadowing Opportunities for Medical School

2020-05-12T10:29:42-04:00

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 [...]

Identifying Shadowing Opportunities for Medical School2020-05-12T10:29:42-04:00
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

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