How to memorize the amino acids (and not have your brain explode while doing it)

Posted by Tania F. on 8/30/20 11:26 AM

There comes a time in the life of any pre-med when they realize that, yes, they will actually have to memorize all 20 amino acids. Whether it’s for your biochemistry course or the MCAT (absolutely mandatory for the MCAT!), memorizing the amino acids can seem like an impossible task.

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Ways to save time and stay organized while applying to medical school

Posted by Stephanie B. on 8/3/20 9:31 AM

The medical school application process can be a daunting and stressful experience. Gathering your letters of recommendation, requesting transcripts, all while writing your personal statement and preparing for secondaries – undoubtedly, there are a lot of balls in the air. Staying organized while also saving time is essential to the process (and, as an added bonus, can help you stay mentally healthy). Here are three important tips I recommend to anyone who is applying to medical school:

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Placed on the Medical School Waitlist. Now What?

Posted by Dylan C. on 7/17/20 10:00 AM

Getting waitlisted at one of your top choice medical schools can be disheartening. After making sacrifices as an undergraduate, acing the MCAT, and putting your best foot forward at the interview, a waitlist decision may leave you feeling like you fell just short. But, it is important to recognize that a waitlist is still an open door, and what you do in the days or weeks following your placement on the waitlist can make a major impact on whether you are ultimately admitted at the school of your choice.

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Applying to medical school as an engineering student

Posted by JC P. on 7/7/20 10:00 AM

You've made it through differential equations and crushed software development methods while taking organic chemistry "on the side.” Now what? If you're an engineering student interested in medicine, chances are you're wondering how to translate your academic experiences into a killer AMCAS application. Here are some ideas to get started:

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Three tips to connect with your MD/PhD interviewer

Posted by Humza Z. on 7/1/20 5:19 PM

So you’ve received an email inviting you for an MD/PhD interview. First of all – congratulations! You are one step closer to becoming a physician scientist.

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A Comprehensive Guide to AMCAS: Getting Started on the Primary Application

Posted by Archana P. on 6/25/20 11:10 AM

You’ve decided to apply to medical school. Congratulations- that’s a huge step! How do you organize everything you’ve done in the past few years into a couple hundred words on your primary application? My goal is for this post to serve as a comprehensive resource as you organize yourself for a writing marathon this cycle. Take a deep breath- you got this!!

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Acing the Medical School Interview: Confessions from your Interviewer

Posted by Jeremy J. on 6/23/20 10:07 AM

I have interviewed many applicants for admission to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I absolutely love it; I’m always so impressed by the applicants and what they have accomplished as well as the energy they bring to the medical school. For most interviewers, including me, the interview is simply a chance to get to know you better and match the person to the application. We aren’t trying to trick you or test your knowledge. While the interview is often the most anxiety provoking part of the application process, it should actually be the easiest! The topic of the interview is you. Who’s a better expert on you than, well, you?

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I just want to be a doctor, so does organic chemistry really matter?

Posted by George H. on 6/19/20 11:00 AM

Imagine. You’ve made it through your first semester or two of undergrad and weathered all the storms that come with this transition. And, now you find yourself facing a dreaded academic giant that has stricken fear in the hearts of scores of pre-medical students. A chemistry course unlike any other. If you are anything like most pre-medical students, you probably have or will find yourself asking: Do I really need to know any of this to be a doctor? What does learning about SN1 reactions, molecular orbitals, and Fischer projections have to do with me saving someone’s life!? For those still wondering, yes, the giant I speak of is none other than organic chemistry, otherwise known as orgo. In many respects, this course is considered the “gateway” to the medical profession. If you do well, you get into medical school; if you do poorly, you don’t. For many reason (to be explored in later blog posts) this sentiment is not true. But for a moment, let’s table that discussion.

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Finding research opportunities as a premedical student

Posted by Alice W. on 6/15/20 11:00 AM

Research is a fantastic way for premedical students to learn about and explore their prospective careers, and stand out as future applicants. However, finding research opportunities can be a daunting task. I have outlined the process based on my experience, and I hope these steps help you find research that interests you.

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A premed student’s perennial question: What is the point of all this?

Posted by Julia C. on 6/12/20 11:00 AM

If you are reading this post, you are probably a premed student either still in college or having already graduated. One of the biggest concerns in your life is getting into medical school, and you feel that you’ve worked too hard, sacrificed too much to not get into a good med school. At this point, you will probably do close to whatever it takes to get there, whether you’d like to admit it or not. Maybe you’ve already tried MCAT test prep, spent Saturday mornings volunteering at a hospital, talked to countless people who have “already gone through the process.” Whatever it is, you’re reading this blog because you’re trying to find someone who can help you maximize your chances at fulfilling your dreams.

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