Once you submit your AMCAS primary application, you may feel a sense of relief! But remember, this is just step one of your application process.
Matching into a residency program can feel a little bit like “pin the tail on the donkey”-- you’re hoping for the best match but feeling a little blindfolded as the process is really out of your hands and within the hands of the matching algorithm. The residency application process is extensive and takes time to compile documents, write personal statements, and take tests. Sometimes it’s hard to prioritize what you should focus your energy on the most! In this blog post, we want to highlight how the match process works as well as what program directors rank most important in [...]
Getting offered an interview is often one of your first steps into the medical school application process. And those we are offered an invitation should understand that these are not given lightly. The opportunity to interview is only given to promising candidates, in fact, usually only 10-15% of applicants get an interview offer. This is the perfect chance for you to prove yourself and convince your school that you are a good fit for their program. So let’s take a look at how to prepare for your medical school interviews, what the timeline looks like, and the different types of [...]
Probably everyone’s biggest fear in a medical school interview is getting blindsided by a trick, or “trap” interview question. Nobody wants to be that person who freezes up when asked a weird or tricky question!
8 common medical school primary application errors
3 Reasons NOT to use AI to Write Your Personal Statement There is a lot of excitement and controversy around the new AI-based writing tool, ChatGPT. While it has the potential to help students write personal essays such as college essays or personal statements for dental school applications or medical school applications, it is important to remember that it is NOT a substitute for a student’s own writing and critical thinking skills. The science behind AI has been around since 1951, and we’ve most recently seen it in action by search engines, GPS navigation devices, self-driving cars and more. Today [...]
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… [...]
As a medical school student there is always so much to learn– some say it’s like getting fed information from a firehose! Fast, furious and so much information at one time! No college course can prepare you for the intense studying and learning you’ll have to do, and it’s common for many students to feel overwhelmed, anxious or even frustrated during the first year. Have you ever felt you are missing crucial information? Or that you might not be remembering everything you need to be? Luckily, there are many resources and books that can help you! And one of them [...]
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Last year there were more than 60,000 medical school applicants! In total, 23,711 were accepted, resulting in an acceptance rate of 38%! The medical school application process naturally weeds out applicants. After you submit your primary application, most schools will send out a secondary application, which includes a request for secondary essays. From here on out during the process, the applicants begin to narrow (and your chance of acceptance hopefully just increases). Secondary essays are crucial to getting through to an interview, so here are a few of our top strategies for writing your secondary [...]
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] The medical school interview is one of the most important steps of the application process. It’s essential that you understand what to expect, what to wear and how to prepare for the unexpected question that may (and probably will) come during at least one of your interviews. There are several different kinds of interviews including in-person one-on-one interviews, video interviews and multiple mini interviews (MMIs). Remember, while you’re being quizzed, it’s also a good opportunity for you to ask questions, tour the campus and learn more about the program. How to prepare for your interviews [...]