What NOT to do in your personal statement for medical schools

Posted by Vera T. on 12/11/20 12:00 PM

“Millennial.”

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions

How to send a cold email for research or shadowing in 5 easy steps

Posted by James Zh. on 11/30/20 1:20 PM

It can be daunting to reach out to a professor or doctor you’ve never met and ask to work with them or shadow them in a clinic. In this post, I’ve outlined how I like to approach cold-emailing research and clinical faculty, usually to great success.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, career advice

Want to save hundreds of dollars and precious hours? Don’t retake the MCAT.

Posted by Samantha P. on 11/23/20 1:58 PM

Everything about the MCAT is stressful, from creating a study plan to fine-tuning your test strategies. And then there’s the day of reckoning when you take the exam. If that’s not enough, perhaps the most stressful day is score report day. After working so hard for so many months towards the exciting and honorable goal of attending medical school, it can be crushing to score lower than expected. If that’s the case, you may be asking yourself: “Is this enough? Should I take it again?”

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT, MD

Answering the question: “why medicine?”

Posted by Avani K. on 11/20/20 9:43 AM

Whether it is for a personal statement, medical school interviews, or networking events, you will undoubtedly be asked: “Why medicine?” Though a seemingly simple question, coming up with a unique and comprehensive answer can be challenging. In this post, I outline how I approached this question by breaking it down into specific components. Use these steps as a guide for brainstorming a personal answer to a very common question.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD

What is Anki and how it transforms your MCAT studying

Posted by Shelly T. on 11/16/20 2:07 PM

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably never taken a strong liking to flashcards. Sure, I used the occasional Quizlet, but it always felt mundane and ineffective. Then I heard about an application called Anki. And let me tell you, it has completely changed the efficacy of my studying. So here’s my guide for how you can use Anki to study for the MCAT.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Tips for crushing your MD/PhD interviews (written by an actual student interviewer!)

Posted by Alice CL on 11/6/20 8:52 AM

First, congratulations if you have received MD/PhD interview invitations! That’s huge. Be proud of yourself and get excited to visit your potential future school and colleagues. As a student interviewer of prospective applicants, here are my suggestions for acing your interviews:

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions

5 tips for authentic interviewing

Posted by Sarah W. on 11/4/20 8:48 AM

There’s something comical about reading articles that coach you on how to be yourself. If you Google “authentic interview tips,” you’ll find articles titled “How to Sound Authentic” and “How to Be Yourself,” which evoke truisms like Oscar Wilde’s “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” and Shakespeare’s “To thine own self be true.” But what does “being yourself” even mean? And how can you “be yourself” under the duress of an interview?

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Tags: college admissions, admissions coaching, medical school admissions, graduate admissions

Tips for success as a third-year medical student (MS3)

Posted by Amar S. on 10/19/20 8:51 AM

Clinical clerkships can be some of the most exciting times of medical school, but they can also be some of the most frustrating. Academic medicine can be very hierarchical, making it difficult for students to advocate for their own learning. Residents are often busy and stressed. Asking questions is often disincentivized – shouldn’t you just look it up on your own? Ultimately, every successful medical student learns how to navigate this quagmire over time. Here are some of the tips and tricks I used to be successful as a third-year medical student:

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD

How to approach the NBME shelf examinations

Posted by Amar S. on 10/16/20 9:16 AM

The NBME shelf examinations are certainly daunting: 110 complex questions in 165 minutes is a grueling test of your knowledge. But it’s not without significant benefits! These exams can actually be a fun challenge, allowing you to apply concepts you have mastered in novel ways. Here are some tips and tricks I used as a third-year medical student to maximize my success on these exams:

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Tags: medical school admissions, study skills

Choosing a research lab as a pre-medical student

Posted by Tarun K. on 9/25/20 8:32 AM

So you’re a pre-med student who is trying to choose their first research laboratory. You might have done your research on how to approach mentors, why research is important for your application, but how about how to choose a lab? Well, look no further – here are three important qualities to keep in mind when considering a number of different labs:

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Tags: medical school admissions