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Med School Letters of Recommendation, Part 2

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It’s a well known fact that med school letters of recommendation (LORs) are an important part of your application. In my last article, I provided some tips and guidelines to consider when choosing who to pick as your letter writers. Now that you know who you’ll be asking for letters, today we’ll pick things up by discussing how to request your letters and make sure you get them.

 

Set Expectations for your Letter Writers

As soon as possible, and in person, ask each of your potential writers if they are willing to submit a …

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Med School Requirements: Letters of Recommendation, Part I

Tuesday, September 16, 2014Identifying Your Recommenders

As an MCAT instructor, I routinely field questions about the med school application process, especially concerning credentials and Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

Your med school application’s LORs carry the potential to pull admissions committees over to your side by showing them your many diverse attributes and personal qualities. To highlight these, you’ll want to submit excellent recommendations from professionals who can paint a flattering picture of you by way of vivid descriptions and sincere commendation.

Requirements for your Letters of Recommendation

Each medical school has its own set of standards and formats for …

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Who Should Write Your Medical School Letter of Recommendation?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Our next Kaplan Pulse event is this Tuesday October 15th at 8pm EST! Register now!

A review of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us as they discuss what you need to know about medical school admissions and the MCAT.

In this clip we will talk about getting your medical school letters of recommendation. What exactly do admissions officers look for in a letter of recommendation? And who are the best people to get a medical school recommendation from? Listen in now!

For more great videos, check Kaplan’s MCAT YouTube Channel!

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“The Applicant” – A Medical School Admissions Drama

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Here is a must share from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University of Canada. The medical school admissions video was for Interview Weekend 2013 created by the Class of 2016.

The film titled: ‘The Applicant’ is a bizzare comedy that follows a prospective medical school student the day of his interview. The film pokes fun at typical pre-med and medical stereotypes. My Oscar nomination for Medical School Movies of 2013!

For more information on Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University of Canada:

http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/
http://www.uwomeds.com/prospective/

Contact the students at: student.admissions@schulich.uwo.ca

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Medical School Insider: A Chance for Your Questions to be Answered

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Navigating the waters of medical school admissions can be rough; from the personal statement, to the interview, admissions can seem daunting and confusing before one even begins to apply.  

While many people have opinions about the best way to gain admission, in the end, the only opinions that really matter are those of the admissions committees; after all, they’re the ones that decide whether you’ll be accepted or not. Unfortunately, opportunities to pick the brain of a Dean of Admissions are few and far between. In an effort to shed some light on what admissions committees …

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Application Essentials VI: Letters of Recommendation

Thursday, January 17, 2013

When you need advice on something, who do you turn to?  Your friends, of course!

Medical schools don’t have “friends,” per se, so the professional equivalent is the Letter of Recommendation.  In other words, the letters you aggregate become the medical school’s “squad,” each highlighting different attributes of what would make you a great candidate for their medical school.  Luckily, they’re actually serving as mutual friends:  since they know you, they can represent you honestly and in the best possible way.

Here are some of the commonly-asked questions about Letters of Recommendation:

What’s a committee …

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Medical School Applications: A Plan for Success

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Many of you undoubtedly have high aspirations for the coming year, and if you’re reading this then it’s likely that “Get into medical school” is at the top of your list. However, just as with any other resolution, getting it done is going to take a fair amount of dedication, a lack of tolerance for excuses, and perhaps most importantly, a concrete plan to take you from today to your goal. Now is the time to create that plan and put it into action, before you get distracted by classes, research, and the myriad other …

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The Hardest Med School Interview Question

Monday, August 20, 2012

“So tell me about yourself.”

It’s not even a question.  It’s a request, and in the opening moments of your medical school interview, it may sound more like a hostile command.   But it is perhaps one of the most common ways in which your med school interviewers may invite you to join in conversation with them.  How would you respond to this non-question question?  It doesn’t seem easy, as I’m sure you’re well aware.  Because it’s so open-ended, we tend to hem-and-haw and sputter out the first thing that comes to mind, and our response …

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