THREE THINGS THAT GOT ME INTO HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

Posted by Baily N. on 5/11/20 3:00 PM

If you had asked me as a freshman in college where I was going to be in 4 years, I don't know what I would have said—but sitting in a medical school library (especially at Harvard) didn't even cross my mind. I was going to be a helicopter pilot. So, how did I ultimately end up in med school when everyone was saying that I had to be “perfect” in undergrad and could not lose focus for a second if I wanted to get into any medical school? Well, I can say I was most certainly not perfect. I made mistakes, I had fun, and Ididn't start shadowing till the end of sophomore year. But, I did focus on 3 big things:

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Applying to medical school with a low MCAT score

Posted by Erica B. on 5/8/20 2:09 PM

Pre-meds all over the world freak about the MCAT. It’s a long, overwhelming test that functions as a predictor for how well you might perform in medical school. For some schools, it’s the metric for whether or not you are offered an interview. So, pre-meds study hard, and some do well, while others are less than pleased with their scores. Low scores can send us into a downward spiral of self-deprecation, leading us to wonder whether or not we are cut out for medical school in the first place.

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Endurance—the “hidden” metric of the medical school application process

Posted by Hae-Min on 5/6/20 11:00 AM

Much of the conversation around the medical school admissions process focuses on quantitative metrics: your GPA, your MCAT score, the number of volunteer and research hours you have under your belt. But, while these metrics are certainly the foundations of a strong application, there is another critical metric which is unfortunately seldom explicitly mentioned, and that is endurance.

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Extracurricular activities for pre-med students: how to do it all and stay sane

Posted by Victor O. on 5/1/20 11:00 AM

You don’t have to be a superhero to go to medical school

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Premed during COVID-19? Here are a few ideas for how to put your time at home to good use

Posted by Saiesh on 4/28/20 10:28 AM

A common concern among undergraduate premed students these days is how COVID-19 may impact their application plans to medical school. Before offering some ideas for using this time productively, a gentle reminder: Most medical school committees are comprised of physicians, all of whom would much prefer that you practice social distancing and basic hygiene over attempting to finesse your application. Whatever you do, stay calm and prioritize your health and the health of your loved ones.

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How to choose the right medical school for you

Posted by Shruthi S. on 4/27/20 11:00 AM

The hard part is over. You got into med school! If you’re one of the lucky students who has multiple acceptances to choose from, you might be wondering how you’ll ever decide where to matriculate.

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Tips for creating your medical school application school list

Posted by Jessica W. on 4/24/20 11:00 AM

The process for applying to medical school is notoriously grueling and complex, and having been in medical school for six months now, I still believe the application process was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. One element of the process that can seem deceivingly simple is curating a school list. Here are some pieces of advice for how to tailor your school list to best optimize your success in finding the school that is right for you:

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How to make the most of COVID-19 as a premedical student

Posted by Denice A. on 4/21/20 11:00 AM

We are living in a time of uncertainty. No medical school or hospital was prepared for how much this pandemic would affect our world. As a premed student, it can be difficult to prepare for an application cycle when this is uncharted territory for us all. Add on the stress and anxiety of the medical school application process and it can all feel overwhelming.

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The-MCAT-subsection-that-must-not-be-named

Posted by Jamie Y. on 4/20/20 11:00 AM

When you’re talking about the MCAT, there’s one subsection whose name strikes fear into the hearts of science-oriented premeds: CARS. As someone who never took more than the bare minimum of required humanities classes and learned English as a second language, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.

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How to Stay Focused (And Off Social Media) While Studying for the MCAT

Posted by Jackson B. on 4/15/20 11:00 AM

There’s no question that studying for a test like the MCAT takes discipline—from making a study plan to reading prep materials and taking those dreaded 7-hour practice tests. When I prepared for the MCAT, I struggled to stay focused for long periods of time: after doing just a couple practice questions, I would find myself on Twitter or Facebook, then get frustrated at my own lack of willpower. I quickly realized that I would have to make a plan to avoid distractions and get the best score possible. Here are the strategies I found helpful for staying focused while studying for the MCAT, especially when it comes to staying off social media and the Internet.

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