October 14, 2014

Medical School Interview Tips and Tricks

Hello my excited interviewees! Medical school interview season is off to a great start and as you well know, a successful interview is the last step between you and acceptance to the med school of your choice.  I have written past blog posts about my own interview experiences and the best advice I’ve been given, but today I’d like to share with you medical school interview tips from an insider’s perspective!

One of the best experiences that I’ve had this year is getting to be a student interviewer for the University of Colorado. I think it’s great that …

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October 6, 2014

Fantasy Med School Draft: Finding Your Perfect Medical School

Hello my friendly fall readers! The leaves are changing and we can now expect a weekly dose of fantasy football related Facebook updates. For medical school applicants, however, fall means that you’re drafting your perfect list of medical school qualities instead of a great wide receiver. So, today let’s talk about which characteristics you should consider when drafting and finding your perfect medical school!

 

Size

Size is an important factor to examine when you’re picking a medical school. You want to examine not only the size of each class, but also the size of the entire school. Class size …

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August 20, 2014

The 3 Phases of Applying to Medical School

Intimidated by applying to medical school?

We get it; the medical school admissions process can be daunting. After all, the end result of becoming a doctor is something you’ve wanted for a long time—something that’s going to help you pursue your vision of the “good life.” So it’s only natural to want everything to be perfect when you submit your application.

Today, we will break down and simplify the application process to take the edge off.

 

3-phase process

Applying to medical school is both a three-phase process and a rolling one, meaning decisions at each stage are made on …

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October 25, 2013

Med School Interviews (The Nightmare Interview)

Hello my med school-hopefuls! I hope that you have gotten your secondary applications sent in and and receiving some invitations to interview. To those of you who are interviewing soon, good luck!

Today, I would like to share with you the story of one of my med school interviews that didn’t go as well as I had wanted it to. Hopefully you can take away some valuable lessons from my experience, and remember that no matter how dicey this interview was, my story has a happy ending. (For privacy’s sake, I’ve changed the name of the school to MedU)

My …

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January 17, 2013

Application Essentials VII: Interviews

We’ve all heard horror stories:  bizarre ethical dilemmas, not clicking with your interviewer, the old “window-being-nailed-shut” story.  But medical school interviews really aren’t that bad.  Perhaps the most misunderstood part of the application, these brief conversations hold the key in that final step of getting you from interviewee to medical student.

Why do pre-health schools do interviews?  What are they looking for?

The interview is all about your ability to communicate clearly and effectively with others.  Medicine is, at its core, a humanistic practice of care for one’s community.  To be a successful clinician, you will have to be able …

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Pre-Med Life
March 19, 2012

The Medical School Gap Year Part III: How to talk about it

In Part I of this series we explored the most common reasons for taking a gap year. While everyone has their own reasons for the choice, one of your biggest concerns is likely going to be how to explain such a decision to admissions committees. However, your time away from school can actually be a great conversation point during your medical school interviews, and can help distinguish you from other candidates. While in college, students do many of the same things (research, leadership, volunteering), and while it’s necessary to fulfill your premed requirements it can often result in cookie-cutter …

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Pre-Med Life
February 6, 2012

Getting into Medical School: Having well-rounded hobbies

Most medical school applicants tend to normalize towards a typical set of extracurricular activities; research, clinical experience, and volunteering activities are the standard and show up in abundance on applications. Applicants believe that a vital part of getting accepted is having these experiences, and that is largely true. Would it surprise you, though, to know that it was comic book collecting that was the one activity my medical school noticed most on my medical school application?

I had a strong background in research, significant clinical experiences, great community service, and lengthy periods of paid employment, but so did most …

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Applying to Med School
November 7, 2011

The Hardest Med School Interview Question

“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 usually starts with, “Well, …

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Your Future
September 8, 2011

Topics in Medicine: Mental Illness

by Lauren Poindexter, Kaplan Elite MCAT Instructor

As a future physician, it’s a sure thing that at some point in your career you will encounter patients with some form of mental illness. Psychological health is every bit as important as physiological health, and in many instances the two are hopelessly intertwined. Amid reports of celebrities dealing with mental afflictions – from NFL athlete Brandon Marshall’s recent declaration of his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, to actor Charlie Sheen’s suspicious descent into madness – you might have missed the announcement of a new challenge proposed to the global health community,

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