Every applicant who needs to write a personal statement for their high school, college, or graduate admissions struggles with structuring their personal statement. It is hard enough to muster the courage to brainstorm your most salient life experiences on paper; now, the most important part is structuring your personal statement with your thesis and topic sentences.Read More
When it comes to choosing a medical specialty, there is no magical sorting hat. Making this decision can involve a lot of soul-searching about the type of career you want. Here are a few reasons why I think this decision can be challenging:Read More
There’s a reason I wrote it all in capital letters: because it’s the greatest fear of all kinds of medical students. This test engenders a huge amount of anxiety, because of its importance for residency. To get to medical school, you’ve overcome a huge number of academic challenges -- the USMLE exam is no different. As a tutor, I’ve realized a key to success is adopting the proper mindset for the test and for test preparation.
I’m here to provide some perspective and tips from a student who has been through it to keep things sane. I hope that this blog post serves as a good mental base for you as we work through the next parts of your test preparation.Read More
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Picking MCAT test prep resources can feel a little bit like trying to pick one ice cream flavor at Coldstone (although perhaps significantly less fun…) – there are so many options, all of them seem to work, and you don’t want to miss out by picking the wrong ones. Unfortunately, MCAT students too often try to use too many resources and end up not being able to fully commit to any of them. This post can’t do justice to all of the well-developed test prep material out there (though some of our tutors can!), but hopefully it can point you in the right direction as you begin (or continue) your MCAT test prep journey. Here are a few things to consider as you decide how to study for the MCAT:
Applying for medical school can be a very intimidating process. There’s no hiding the fact that it is an incredibly competitive process. Your professors and advisors likely have strong feelings about exactly what your CV should look like, exactly what courses you should take and in what order, and what your MCAT score should be.Read More
Nearly all of the science pre-med requirements (intro bio, intro chem, org, physics, sometimes biochem) come with an associated lab class that counts either for a significant portion of your class grade or for an entirely separate grade listed on your transcript. Regardless, it is just as important to succeed in these sections as it is in the exam portion of the class. Unfortunately, many students who excel at learning and applying the challenging concepts seen in lecture struggle with the hands-on aspect of lab-work. Here are some tips to help you do your best in the lab sections of all of your medical school prerequisites.
This is your chance to shine!
Even though this seems like it should be a “gimme” question (after all, what do you know more about than yourself?), many applicants consider this to be one of the toughest questions on a medical school secondary. Aside from being very broad, many people just find it uncomfortable to sell themselves, recognizing that there’s a fine line between self-awareness and bragging. And yet, since this is one of the most common questions on both secondaries and interviews (not just in medicine), it’s important to offer a strong answer.
As a science-minded person who appreciates structure, I often find that tasks seem less daunting if I have a general framework within which to think about them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you start to answer this common question.Read More
It's time to get creative!
During college, you spent countless hours down in the newsroom as the managing editor of the student paper. You’ve got a black belt in karate. You’re a competitive Scrabble player. You’ve been a Sunday school teacher for nine years. You want to tell the medical school committee about these experiences because they’re such an integral part of your life, and they make you stand out from the crowd—but they’ve got nothing to do with hospitals and labs. How do you make your passions relevant, even if they seem totally unrelated to the skills you need to demonstrate?Read More
Oh, the things you'll do!Read More
At last, you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Last spring thousands of newly minted doctors all over the country graduated, marveling at the knowledge they had accumulated in 4 surprisingly short years. They also marveled, however, at the debt they had accumulated. With medical school debt levels increasing faster than inflation, the cost of attendance is becoming an important consideration for those applying to medical schools. While we're happy to offer MD admissions coaching options, let's make sure you are fully informed before you dive in.
If you find yourself in the position of considering medicine against other career options, here are some basic facts about the financial costs of medical school for you to mull over.Read More