MD/PhD interview tips: 3 essential questions to nail down before you walk into an interview

Posted by Joan on 10/30/19 11:00 AM

Congrats on making it to interview season! It’s been a long journey with the pre-med courses, long hours in the lab, grueling MCAT prep, and seemingly endless AMCAS and supplemental essays. You’re almost there. I found the interview portion really fun - I traveled to places I’d never been, got wined and dined by students and faculty, and talked about research with people who were equally passionate about it!

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Don’t make the MCAT CARS section harder than it needs to be! Build on your existing reading skills.

Posted by Tyler S. on 10/28/19 10:24 AM

As an MCAT tutor and former test taker, I have often encountered a subset of students who struggle with the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section (CARS) of the test. It can become a significant source of frustration during studying, and there are many students who may even have to re-take as a result of a poor CARS performance.

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Preparing for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Posted by Chris K. on 10/14/19 12:05 PM

Here are some helpful tips that can make you stand out from other interviewing applicants:

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, MD

5 Questions Pre-Meds Should Ask Before Committing to Medicine

Posted by Christine X. on 9/27/19 2:17 PM

So, you want to be a doctor. Maybe you remember playing with your plastic doctor’s kit when you were little, examining all your stuffed animals’ fuzzy ears. Maybe someone in your family works in a healthcare profession, and you always admired what they could do. Or, maybe in school, you realized that you excelled at science and enjoyed learning about the intricate mechanisms of the human body, but also wanted a career where you could help people in dimensions of both the body and mind.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, MCAT

Maximizing the gap years between college and medical school

Posted by Will on 9/11/19 11:00 AM

If you’re a college student planning to wait 1-3 years after graduating before attending medical school, I was very recently like you. Yay, we were the same! Although you or the people around you may have doubts about prolonging your training or entering the nebula of a life unstructured, I think the time you spend during your gap years can have a profound impact on your personal development and life trajectory.

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions

A comprehensive guide to MCAT resources

Posted by Weike on 8/26/19 11:00 AM

The purpose of this post is to update a previous I had written about MCAT practice tests. Since that post, my recommendation for practice tests has remained the same. AAMC tests (sample test, practice 1-3, in total 4 tests, practice 1-3 are scored) are still your best resource. After that, the next best thing would be the Examkracker tests for the c/p, b/b and psych/soc sections but not necessarily for the CARS. Generally, if I have a student take an EK test, I tell them to skip the CARS.

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Politics and patient care: how to translate an interest in activism and civic engagement into your medical school application

Posted by Mugdha on 8/12/19 11:00 AM

“Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale.” Rudolph Virchow, the father of modern pathology, devoted an equally large portion of his life (when he wasn’t classifying thrombosis risk factors into a triad) to social medicine. Medical history is filled with countless examples of physicians serving as activists, and much of the advances made in public health are through the political advocacy of healthcare professionals that noticed a problem in their community.

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How to Apply to American Medical Schools While Travelling Abroad (no matter how remote!)

Posted by Henry A on 6/17/19 9:59 AM

Applying to medical school while abroad can be a wonderful and challenging experience, and will take careful planning to be completed correctly. There are many important factors, but two of the most important factors will be successfully filling out your AMCAS application and navigating interviews. Outlined below are some important features to consider for each. 

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

How to Choose a Medical School Personal Statement Topic

Posted by Daniel Fr on 2/22/19 3:15 PM

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: 

  1. Why you?
  2. Why medicine? 
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10 Essential Tips to Being a Superstar in Medical School (without losing your mind!)

Posted by Jide on 2/11/19 8:30 PM

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.

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