So, you've cleared the MCAT, aced your undergraduate courses, developed your extracurricular résumé, and have accomplished everything you wanted to before taking the next step in your career — it's time to apply to medical school. Premedical students will have surely heard at one time or another that their application ought to have some kind of narrative, but what does that mean? In concrete terms, the narrative of your application is the story told by the sum total of your application materials (not just the personal statement) and attempts to answer two questions in the minds of the admissions committee: first, why does this applicant want to go to medical school and, more importantly, why should our medical school admit this particular applicant? This often-overlooked component of the application can, in my opinion, turn a merely good candidate into an excellent one.
This month, we interview Graham, who gives us a brief tour of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Graham is an MD MBA student at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard Business School in May 2018 and will be applying for a medical Residency this fall. Prior to his postgraduate studies, Graham graduated from MIT in 2012 as member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society (the Engineering Equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa) with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. While at MIT, Graham was selected to be a Burchard Scholar (30 MIT students who have demonstrated excellence in the humanities, arts, or social sciences) and worked in the lab of Professors Michael Cima and Robert Langer developing microelectromechanical systems for drug delivery. In addition to his time in the classroom and at the lab bench, Graham completed multiple internships with boutique investment banking firms, the United Bank of Switzerland (UBS), International Business Machines (IBM), and most recently McKinsey and Company.Read More
Almost every day during the medical school application process, I thought to myself ‘I wish I had considered X earlier’ or ‘It would have been nice if someone had told me to do Y beforehand’. The process can be long, exhausting, and can seem like a daunting prospect to future applicants. Below, I have listed 5 things that I believe can enhance and destress an application experience if executed possibly. Some things may seem obvious and others unconventional, but I think this (non-exhaustive) list will help you assemble an application the most fully represents your merits as a future physician.
Whether you knew you wanted to be a doctor since you were born, or you just sort of fell into medicine by chance, you have declared yourself a pre-med student. Welcome. You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. These next few years as a pre-med student will only be the beginning. The beginning of the road to becoming.
Now that you’ve committed to becoming a physician, below are some helpful tips to help your pre-med experience go smoothly.
I don’t deserve to be here. These people are actually smart.
If they really knew me, they’d know that I have no right to be here.
One of these days, people will realize that I’m a fraud.
The admissions committee must have made a mistake.
If you’ve had any of these thoughts since matriculating into medical school, congratulations. You are a normal human being.
So, you’re afraid of being “found out”. Nice! Did you know the Maya Angelou found herself feeling the same way? She once said, “I have written eleven books, but each time I think, 'uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.'”Read More
Unfortunately there is no easy answer on how to do this because it is an extremely personal answer that differs for everyone. Ultimately though, your personal statement must answer two essential questions:
- Why you?
- Why medicine?
It’s finally that time of your medical school career. The moment you’ve been anticipating since you matriculated. Upwards and onwards. The wards. Up until this point, you have been incubating in your safe and familiar classroom building, only dibbling and dabbling at patient care every now and again. Now you’ll be going through a year, the year, of clinical rotations.Read More
These are some of the things that I have found super useful in helping me excel in medical school. I hope you find them helpful in whatever area of life or field you are in right now.Read More
This month, we interview Jide, who lifts the curtain a little on NYU medical school. Babajide, or Jide as his friends call him, was born in Nigeria then raised Georgia. Jide earned his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2011 with high honors. He was introduced to scientific research through the CURO Honors Scholarship at UGA. Through his thesis work at UGA he earned the UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, as well as the nationally coveted UNCF-Merck Research Scholarship Award. Currently, he is pursuing a MD and a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine.Read More
Today, we'll be exploring behind the scenes at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with one of our incredible MD coaches, Dan.
Dan is currently a first-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Economics. After college, he worked for two years as a strategy consultant to healthcare companies. He then pursued a postbacc and spent a year conducting clinical research before starting medical school.Read More