Applying to Med School
September 16, 2014

Med School Requirements: Letters of Recommendation, Part I

Identifying 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 the LOR, so …

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Applying to Med School
January 9, 2012

Medical School Applications: A Plan for Success

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 diversions that the school …

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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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Pre-Med Life
October 3, 2011

Pre-Med Advisors: Your very best friends

The Most Important Pre-Med Resource

If you’re like most pre-medical students, you’ve felt lost at some point on your path towards becoming a physician. Whether it’s been when choosing your courses for the next two years, putting together a plan for the MCAT, or figuring out how to get letters of recommendation, the path to medical school is filled with twists and turns that can easily be frustrating if you don’t understand how the system works. In their frustration, many students turn to peers, to friends who have already been accepted, and to online forums like the Student

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Med School Experience
September 26, 2011

Topics in Medicine: Medical Resident Work Hour Regulations

The path to becoming a physician is, to say the least, quite long. Four years of medical school is followed immediately by a minimum of three years of residency – only once that’s completed can you start practice as an attending physician. It’s important, therefore, to know as much as possible about residency rules and regulations ahead of time so you don’t end up surprised by what’s awaiting you after medical school.

In 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) made substantial changes to medical resident work hour regulations. For the first time ever, a limit …

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