How to tackle multiple mini interviews

Posted by Dhruv P. on 2/24/21 12:00 PM

Multiple mini interviews, commonly referred to as MMIs, are a major interview component in the MD admissions process. According to the AAMC, “the MMI is designed to measure competencies like oral communication, social and non-verbal skills, and teamwork that are important indicators of how an applicant will interact with patients and colleagues as a physician.” The format of MMIs ensures that no single interviewer’s opinions about an applicant are over-emphasized. Additionally, these interviews are usually closed file, meaning that the interviewers have not read applicant primary or secondary applications prior to the interview. The interview itself consists of a variety of stations, each with its own prompt and evaluator. Schools test everything from critical thinking, to knowledge about the current healthcare system, to having applicants role-play complex situations with professional actors. Regardless of the specific topic, it’s best to prepare for a variety of stations. 

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions

Implications of the Electoral College for democratic equality

Posted by Gabrielle M. on 2/22/21 12:00 PM

In my previous posts, I’ve described the rules of the Electoral College, the origins of these rules, and some limitations that EC rules present for universal democratic rights. I talked briefly about the worry that the EC disadvantages non-swing state voters and voters in urban areas. Critics also charge, more broadly, that the EC rules disadvantage Democrats relative to Republicans because Democrats are concentrated in urban areas. The two most recent instances where the popular vote winner lost the election – 2000 when Bush narrowly defeated Gore, and 2016 when Hillary Clinton lost the election despite winning the popular vote by 3 million votes – supports this assertion. 

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Tags: history, AP exams, political science

The origins of the Electoral College

Posted by Gabrielle M. on 2/19/21 12:00 PM

Today, we’re taking a step back to examine the history of the Electoral College. Why do we have it, what is the logic behind its design, and what does this mean for our understanding of political representation in the US? 

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Tags: history, AP exams, political science

The limitations of the Electoral College

Posted by Gabrielle M. on 2/17/21 12:00 PM

In my previous post I provided a quick explainer of the Electoral College (EC from here onward). In the wake of the 2020 election, the system was once again in the spotlight and, as is the case nearly every election cycle, subject of ample criticism. In this post, I will highlight the primary critiques of the EC and the implications of these limitations for democratic rights.

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Tags: history, AP exams, political science

Learn Spanish with podcasts!

Posted by Kristina J. on 2/15/21 12:00 PM

Podcasts are a great way to learn a language. Listening to them requires aural comprehension, but they can also help you study grammar and vocabulary. 

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Tags: Spanish, language learning

How to simplify pronouns in Spanish

Posted by Kristina J. on 2/12/21 12:00 PM

Direct and indirect object pronouns often trip up students of Spanish. But identifying objects and using pronouns can be simple, if you know how to break down a sentence. Let’s look at this through an example!

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Tags: Spanish, language learning

Why do you need an MD and a PhD?

Posted by Elliot on 2/10/21 12:00 PM

Applying to MD-PhD programs is always about striking a balance.  As an aspiring physician-scientist, you are in a unique situation that is necessarily distinct from straight MD and straight PhD applicants.  Being able to tactfully and thoughtfully navigate this balance is fundamental to being a successful MD-PhD applicant, particularly during the interview phase of the application process.

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Tags: MD/PhD admissions

Constitutional Law: Could the 9th Amendment save us from tyranny or is it a slippery slope to tyranny itself?

Posted by Zekariah on 2/8/21 12:00 PM

Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965), was a formative case for the Supreme Court jurisprudence regarding the Fourteenth Amendment. But it’s the discussion regarding the Ninth Amendment among several of the opinions that is irresistibly intriguing, spurring the imagination as to what the Amendment could do. Six justices felt moved to speak on the Due Process Clause. Of the six, four commented on the role of the Ninth Amendment, and the other two were likely influenced by it. 

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Tags: law school, political science

Proof by contradiction: how to be so wrong you end up being right

Posted by Roel R. on 2/5/21 12:00 PM

Mathematical proofs are what make math objective: while you could find a few examples that "prove" a mathematical statement, it is often more important to write a rigorous proof that holds true in all cases. Mathematicians have a few methods in their toolkit to tackle different proofs. In this post, we will learn how to write a proof by contradiction.

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Tags: SAT, math

How to learn enzyme inhibition without memorizing facts

Posted by Jacob M. on 2/3/21 12:30 PM

The MCAT contains LOTS of material that can often feel quite overwhelming. With this mountain before you, it can feel like the best thing to do is to memorize as many facts as possible to simply regurgitate on test day. I’m here to tell you: this isn’t your only option!

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Tags: MD/PhD admissions, MCAT