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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
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
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
15 02, 2022

Your Personal Statement: Where To Start?

2022-01-31T22:39:03-05:00

If you are planning to apply to medical school, you probably know that your personal statement is one of the core components of your application. Along with the unique experiences on your CV, your personal statement makes you an individual during the admissions process. With more than 60,000 applicants in 2021-2022, and even more expected for the 2022-2023 application cycle, your personal statement is prime real estate for you to sell yourself. It’s the one place where you can speak directly to admissions officers.   Simple, right? At Code Blue Essays, we think it can be simple to write a great [...]

Your Personal Statement: Where To Start?2022-01-31T22:39:03-05:00
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

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