Endurance—the “hidden” metric of the medical school application process

Posted by Hae-Min on 5/6/20 11:00 AM

Much of the conversation around the medical school admissions process focuses on quantitative metrics: your GPA, your MCAT score, the number of volunteer and research hours you have under your belt. But, while these metrics are certainly the foundations of a strong application, there is another critical metric which is unfortunately seldom explicitly mentioned, and that is endurance.

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How to study for the MCAT when you haven’t completed all your science coursework

Posted by John C. on 5/4/20 11:00 AM

A lot of folks have asked me how to study MCAT material that they have never seen in class. It is a good and important question. Many of the topics covered on the MCAT—particularly on the Chem/Phys section—are covered in classes that students tend to take later in their college careers, such as second semester physics (E&M). In this brief post, I hope to share a bit of my own MCAT story, as I took the MCAT while I was in the midst of second semester organic chemistry and second semester physics.

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Tags: MCAT, covid-19

Extracurricular activities for pre-med students: how to do it all and stay sane

Posted by Victor O. on 5/1/20 11:00 AM

You don’t have to be a superhero to go to medical school

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How to find success on GRE Verbal Reasoning section without memorizing the dictionary

Posted by Brendon F. on 4/29/20 11:00 AM

One of the most daunting parts of early GRE prep planning is realizing how many seldom-used words can appear on the test. While a comprehensive plan to comb through the dictionary memorizing each word you don’t know may sound like the best plan of action, odds are you don’t have the time, energy, or patience to do this. Even if you were to (which would be quite impressive), it doesn’t guarantee a perfect score on the vocabulary portion of the test. I’d recommend using the below strategies (in no particular order) to develop a robust and effective study plan.

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Premed during COVID-19? Here are a few ideas for how to put your time at home to good use

Posted by Saiesh on 4/28/20 10:28 AM

A common concern among undergraduate premed students these days is how COVID-19 may impact their application plans to medical school. Before offering some ideas for using this time productively, a gentle reminder: Most medical school committees are comprised of physicians, all of whom would much prefer that you practice social distancing and basic hygiene over attempting to finesse your application. Whatever you do, stay calm and prioritize your health and the health of your loved ones.

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, covid-19

How to choose the right medical school for you

Posted by Shruthi S. on 4/27/20 11:00 AM

The hard part is over. You got into med school! If you’re one of the lucky students who has multiple acceptances to choose from, you might be wondering how you’ll ever decide where to matriculate.

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Tips for creating your medical school application school list

Posted by Jessica W. on 4/24/20 11:00 AM

The process for applying to medical school is notoriously grueling and complex, and having been in medical school for six months now, I still believe the application process was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. One element of the process that can seem deceivingly simple is curating a school list. Here are some pieces of advice for how to tailor your school list to best optimize your success in finding the school that is right for you:

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Studying for the DAT in the age of COVID-19

Posted by Madison H. on 4/22/20 11:36 AM

As many of us are finishing our fifth or sixth weeks of social distancing, the question becomes: what to do now? After getting into a more consistent at-home study schedule, I’ve realized that the key to a more productive mindset is thinking more along the lines of “what can I do with this time,” rather than “what am I missing out on with this time.” What better way to use our new abundance of time than to get ahead with studying for the Dental Admission Test?

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How to make the most of COVID-19 as a premedical student

Posted by Denice A. on 4/21/20 11:00 AM

We are living in a time of uncertainty. No medical school or hospital was prepared for how much this pandemic would affect our world. As a premed student, it can be difficult to prepare for an application cycle when this is uncharted territory for us all. Add on the stress and anxiety of the medical school application process and it can all feel overwhelming.

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The-MCAT-subsection-that-must-not-be-named

Posted by Jamie Y. on 4/20/20 11:00 AM

When you’re talking about the MCAT, there’s one subsection whose name strikes fear into the hearts of science-oriented premeds: CARS. As someone who never took more than the bare minimum of required humanities classes and learned English as a second language, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.

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