July 1, 2015
It’s the first day of July, which traditionally means that new interns, residents, and fellows at teaching hospitals will be getting ready for their first day on the job.
Interns especially always tend to feel a bit overwhelmed around this time. Going from medical school, a safe and nurturing learning environment, to working as an official MD and being solely responsible for your patients is a big transition. It can be a terrifying first step into your medical career, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to gain perspective on the path you’ve chosen.Medical career reflections
In two short years, …...read more
June 26, 2015
It’s the time of year when the AMCAS cycle opens and thousands of aspiring doctors submit their applications in hopes of being one of the lucky few to matriculate into medical school. You may be wondering, “Where does that medical school application actually go after it’s submitted?”
Today, we’re going to talk a bit about the overall review process used by the admissions committee and shed some light on the mystery of your medical school application, post-submission.
The primary review process
Once you turn in your medical school application, it goes through a preliminary review process. Some schools …...read more
June 25, 2015
In part 1 of this series, we explored the resources you have available when trying to decide which medical schools you should apply to. We know, however, that the medical school admissions process can feel daunting—even with the right resources.
So today we’re going to help you narrow your search even further by focusing on how to research specific interests.
Primary care emphasis
If working with patients in an outpatient setting really floats your boat, then maybe primary care is right for you. Primary care physicians serve as the gatekeepers to specialty care and help patients in substantial ways every …...read more
June 23, 2015
So, you want to apply to medical school, but there are more than 100 to choose from—not to mention the fact you’re competing with thousands of other qualified applicants, each of them likewise trying to find the perfect program. How do you know which ones are worth your time?
Figuring out how to research medical school options and deciding which programs are a good fit can feel overwhelming, especially for a first-time applicant. Let’s talk today about what resources are available to guide you.
Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) website
The MSAR website is one of the most definitive places …...read more
June 29, 2015
Hello, future doctors! With the AMCAS application ahead of you, you’ve no doubt had nothing but medical school admissions on the brain… but have you given enough thought to what happens once you actually get into the medical school of your dreams?
You’ll invest a lot of money attending medical school for four years, from tuition and fees to textbooks—not to mention what you’ll have already spent on primary and secondary applications. The cost of medical school adds up quickly. So, just how much can you expect to pay?
Calculating the true cost of medical school
According to the AAMC, …...read more
June 9, 2015
Hello, summertime readers! So, you’re a freshman or sophomore and you’ve just finished your finals. You’re not doing research and—unlike many upperclassmen who are studying for the MCAT or filling out their AMCAS application—your summer schedule is looking pretty empty.
What can you do this summer that will help you in the long run as a prospective medical school applicant?
Add summer job experience to your application
In addition to earning a little extra spending money, there are other perks to working for a few months during your summer break from college. For pre-med students, a summer job can …...read more
May 14, 2015
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 is just like it sounds! Normally you’re working on …...read more
May 12, 2015
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: ...read more
May 12, 2015
When studying for the MCAT, there comes a time when you might feel the urge to rage about how unfair the exa, is. Taking the MCAT can’t possibly prepare me to be a better doctor! you might think. Then you take the test and you think, Whew! I’m glad I never have to do that again—especially, perhaps, now that the test has increased by a couple of hours.
Well, there’s good and bad news. The good news is, you’re right: once you’re done with the MCAT, you never have to take it again.
The bad news is that the …...read more
April 27, 2015
It’s officially Spring! The changing of the seasons heralds what can be the craziest time of year for any student who is simultaneously applying to medical school while taking the MCAT in April, May, or June. Our pre-med guide will help you navigate this time, while maintaining a healthy level of sanity.
Other times of the year, studying for the MCAT has the potential to be stressful, but in May that stress can reach an impressively high level. In the next month and a half most students will have hurdles such as finals, graduation, moving, asking professors for letters of …...read more