July 21, 2015
So, you didn’t quite get the MCAT score you wanted. Don’t worry, you still have a shot at medical school. Retaking the test can show significant improvement—but only if you redouble your efforts.
Retaking the test to hit your target
There are plenty of reasons why you may have underperformed on the MCAT. Perhaps you found yourself with less time to study than you initially anticipated, or perhaps you were struck by Test Day anxiety.
Whatever the reason, if you’re planning to retake the MCAT, you need to be prepared. Maintaining those old studying habits from the first time …...read more
July 17, 2015
The official starting date to submit your AMCAS applications for the 2016 medical school application cycle has passed us by. That means your applications are ideally on their way to being reviewed and evaluated to determine whether you’ll be sent a secondary application.
As the proactive applicant that you are, you’re already thinking ahead to your strategy for completing your secondaries. What exactly will the admissions committee be looking for this time around?
To help you prepare for the next step, we’re going to talk about some essentials to include in your updated secondary medical school application.…...read more
July 14, 2015
If you feel overwhelmed by the deluge of medical school admissions information that’s out there, you’re in good company. The internet comes in handy when applying to medical school—but it also makes it easy to lose precious hours tracking down the new MCAT scoring scale or finding out about the acceptance rate of your target program.
To help you cut through the noise and stay up to date on all the latest MCAT and medical school news, we’re taking a closer look this week at the value of social media. Check out our suggestions below for finding online resources that …...read more
July 10, 2015
The sun is shining and your first year as a pre-med student is over. In looking forward to your career in medicine, you may be wondering, “What can I do to beef up my medical school application this summer?” Well, taking a break might just be the answer.
You heard correctly. Rest up, relax, and spend time with friends and family doing things you enjoy. We promise it won’t ruin your shot at medical school.
Taking a summer break as a pre-med
It perhaps seems counterintuitive, but spending the summer relaxing may actually be better than driving yourself crazy …...read more
July 7, 2015
Let’s break it down, shall we?
What is the Early Decision Program?
As the name suggests, this program allows for those students who already have their heart set on one particular medical school to potentially gain acceptance earlier in the admissions cycle.
There are certain sets of criteria included as part of the program. Students who apply early must meet the application deadline, which in most …...read more
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