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20 09, 2022

Preparing For The Unexpected In Your Medical School Interview

2022-09-06T20:53:05-04:00

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   First [...]

Preparing For The Unexpected In Your Medical School Interview2022-09-06T20:53:05-04:00
16 08, 2022

Mentally Preparing Yourself for Med School Interviews

2022-08-12T14:23:04-04:00

Once you reach the interview stage of medical school admissions, you can concentrate your efforts on making sure you nail them. After all, you’ve completed your MCAT, essays, and volunteering. You’re well on your way to finishing your senior year pre-med. Now, the only thing standing between you and that acceptance letter is your interview Your medical school interviews determine what the rest of your life looks like, and preparation is everything. Even though interviews don’t start until later this fall and go into the winter, beginning your preparations months in advance can make the difference between being offered placement [...]

Mentally Preparing Yourself for Med School Interviews2022-08-12T14:23:04-04:00
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
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
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
19 10, 2021

Waiting for Interview Invites? We’ve got you covered. 

2021-09-23T13:34:31-04:00

Waiting for Interview Invites? We’ve got you covered.  It’s late October, and many medical school hopefuls are on pins and needles waiting for the coveted invitation to interview. If you submitted secondary applications at the earliest possible opportunity, it is likely that you have been waiting months at this point for an interview invitation. The uncertainty can be nerve-wracking! After sending out secondary applications, waiting on an interview invite leaves applicants feeling anxious, but more importantly - powerless. There is nothing left to do but wait. Or is there? Here are three things you should have on your to-do list [...]

Waiting for Interview Invites? We’ve got you covered. 2021-09-23T13:34:31-04:00

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