May 22, 2015

Gaining Research Experience as a Pre-Med

It’s no secret that many pre-med students are interested in gaining research experience. Not only does it look good on a medical school application, but research can also help you stand out from other candidates, especially if you manage to publish.

The question is, how does an enterprising undergraduate pre-med student work for a research lab, and better yet, how can they be successful?


Who to ask about research experience

The availability of research jobs generally depends on the size of your college or university and its overall strengths. As a rule of thumb, larger, more research-focused, academically-oriented … more
May 20, 2015

Applications up at Medical Schools

Welcome to a new addition of The Med School Pulse: Your weekly roundup of all the most important, interesting, and unusual MD news. From the medical schools with the most applications to an Ebola survivor’s inspiring words for graduates—let’s dig into the latest headlines in medical education and admissions. And please leave your comments below.


Medical schools with the most applicants

Making MD news this month, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the organization that writes the MCAT, says the number of aspiring doctors submitting applications and enrolling in U.S. medical schools reached record levels in 2014.​ According … more
May 14, 2015

Explore the Different Types of Pre-Med Research Experience

Hello my investigative readers! One of the biggest activities that you can add to improve your medical school application and increase your chances of medical school acceptance is pre-med research experience. Now, when I say research, most people think bench research, you know, the nitty gritty, lab coats and petri dishes kind of research. If that’s not your jam, there are actually a couple of different kinds of research, which can benefit your medical school application. Today let’s explore the different types of research experience.


Clinical Research

Clinical research is just like it sounds! Normally you’re working on … more
May 14, 2015

Medical School Tuition Woes? Here’s How to Save.

One universal truth about becoming a doctor: it’s expensive.

Barring certain lucky scholarship recipients, the majority of students will be paying for medical school tuition and living expenses via loans or from their own savings. Most students will not have the opportunity to make payments until their residency years, and even then, likely won’t make full payments until they are out of training.

If you want to know how to avoid feeling the financial crunch in the future, follow our tips for how to save money and cut costs in medical school.


Weighing the cost of attendance

There are … more
May 13, 2015

How Important is Pre-Med Research Experience?

The reality is that pre-med research isn’t for everyone, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a component of a successful application. Of course, in many cases, bolstering a medical school application with a publication or two can be helpful, but that doesn’t mean you should sign up to do bench research if it’s not something you’re actually interested in.

We’ve covered the topic of gaining research experience numerous times on the MedSchoolPulse Blog, but what if pre-med research just isn’t for you? Read on to find out.


Is clinical research right for you?

Before throwing in the towel, … more
May 12, 2015

Primary vs. Secondary Medical School Applications

Hello my med school hopefuls! So, you’ve rocked the MCAT and you’re ready to take on the next challenge on your road to applying to medical school. Next up you’ve got to work on completing your primary and secondary applications. The focus for each application is slightly different and today I want to discuss how to make each application as strong as possible.


Primary Medical School Applications:

The personal statement on the primary application is your first chance to make a unique impression on your admissions committee. The rest of your application showcases your grades, extracurricular more
May 7, 2015

Get More from Your Pre-Med Research Experience

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who has managed to find a position in a lab or been accepted to a research internship, chances are your only exposure to lab work has been through your textbook or your pre-med classes.

Read on for advice on how to make the most of your pre-med research experience, survive the rigors of a real-world research setting, and become a scientific superstar.


Do your research

By the time you interview with the principal investigator, you should have an idea of his/her research and overall field of study.

Once you’re accepted … more

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