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
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
4 01, 2022

Five Tips for Writing a Winning Personal Statement 

2021-12-30T14:58:11-05:00

The new year is here! If you plan to apply to medical school this fall, now is the time to think about writing your personal statement. Students consider personal statement writing one of the most challenging steps in the medical school application process, so there is no time to waste in starting to think about how you want to approach yours. As your experts for personal statement writing and other medical school application topics, we at Code Blue Essays would like to offer some basic tips and ways to avoid missteps in the personal statement writing process:    1) Get your [...]

Five Tips for Writing a Winning Personal Statement 2021-12-30T14:58:11-05:00
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

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