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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Tags: MD/PhD admissions, MCAT, MD

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

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

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

An Inside Look Into Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Posted by Martha C. on 11/26/18 4:31 PM


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.

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Tags: MD/PhD admissions, MD

An Inside Look Into Harvard Medical School

Posted by Morgan on 11/5/18 6:31 PM


We'll be taking a peek behind the curtain at Harvard Medical School with Morgan, one of our incredible medical school admissions coaches. 

Morgan is originally from Southern New Jersey, spent the past four years in Williamsburg, VA studying at the College of William & Mary, and is now in Boston as a first year medical student at Harvard. As an undergraduate, Morgan majored in Hispanic Studies and minored in Biology (inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, winning the distinction of most outstanding 2017 inductee of the Alpha Chapter at William & Mary).  Her time was equally divided between research projects in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities - which brings a unique interdisciplinary nature to her approach.

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The Top 3 Medical Schools in the US for Research

Posted by Martha C. on 10/29/18 4:02 PM

So you're beginning work on your MD applications, and you're trying to bucket your school list.  If you have competitive numbers, you've probably set your sights on the top three medical schools for research (according to US News).  If you're wondering about what it entails to commit to one of these institutions, read this 2018 at-a-glance guide.

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A Quick Introduction to Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Programs

Posted by Aki on 10/15/18 7:06 PM

In the competitive world of medicine and medical schools, you should know that there are two types of medicine: allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO). Fundamentally, the two tracks are the same. Both MD and DO students will take the same medical classes, they'll undergo the same training, and their exams will cover the same information. At the end of four years, these students will become medical doctors with the same foundational education and abilities to treat patients. With that in mind, you must be wondering what makes osteopathic medicine different from allopathic medicine.

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Tags: MD/PhD admissions, MD, DO