Tag Archives: extracurriculars

Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered-Part 1

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Emily’s most recent study abroad experience was learning medical Spanish in Costa Rica.

Hello my travel-hungry readers! Today I’d like to start a two-part series on the importance of studying abroad as a pre-med. One of the big questions with regards to the changes made on the 2015 MCAT is, how will students be able to fit in the new required coursework? Many students are worried that they’ll have to sacrifice important learning opportunities such as studying abroad or extracurriculars in their journey to become a physician.

This article will tackle the pre-med study abroad questions …

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Application Essentials V: Non-Medical Extracurriculars and Experience

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It’s that time of year again — as we look into the future and make New Years resolutions, what are you planning to do with 2013?  We hope that taking that next step to becoming an excellent physician is part of that plan, whether it’s taking names on  the MCAT (with the new MCAT 2015 unscored trial section of Psychology, Sociology and Biochemistry questions!), nailing a 4.0 both semesters, or writing a killer personal statement for that AMCAS application opening in less than five months!

And then there are just fun resolutions:  I’m …

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Application Essentials IV: Medical Extracurriculars and Experience

Pre-Med ExtracurricularsThe life of a pre-med student is busy, between the challenging pre-med courses you’re taking, preparing for the MCAT, and keeping up with your extracurriculars. Today, we turn our focus to that last category: what medically-oriented extracurriculars should you be doing before medical school?

Why are medical extracurriculars important?

In addition to the obvious (that this is what you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life), the significance of medical extracurriculars is the demonstration that you have explored medicine as a field — and you still love it!  Many students come into …

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Application Essentials I: The Holistic Review Process

Earlier this month, I had the great fortune of attending the 2012 AAMC Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.  This meeting represents one of the largest gatherings of medical educators, premedical advisors, admissions officers, practicing physicians and students in the country, all with one common goal:  your education.  This is the group that writes the MCAT, runs the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and creates informative resources like Careers in Medicine to help you plan your future medical career.

One of the “hot topics” in medical admissions these days is holistic review.  While a …

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