Top 5 ways medical school applicants spend their gap years

Posted by Adrian C. on 5/7/21 12:00 PM

Did you know that 56.7 percent of matriculating medical students this year decided by the time they finished high school that they were already set on pursuing a career in medicine? 22.8 percent of students knew a career in medicine was right for them even before they started high school. If you tack on the students who catch the pre-med bug during their first two years of college, then a whopping 78.6 percent of students in the 2020 entering class were already dead set on applying to medical school before their junior year of college..

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Pearls of knowledge: what my older pre-med mentors taught me

Posted by Marine-Ayan on 3/24/21 12:00 PM

As I suddenly realize that I am halfway through my gap year and that 2020 has been swallowed by the gaping maws of that-which-shall-not-be-named, I find myself with more time than usual to sit still. To be quiet and reflect on the years that have led me to the point at which I find myself. 

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“Tell me about your research”

Posted by Vera T. on 3/17/21 12:15 PM

If you did any research work at all before applying to medical school, you are likely to encounter this question. And if you apply to MD/PhD, you will encounter it multiple times at every institution. So it’s especially worth your while to be prepared.

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“If you had to choose a career outside of medicine, what would it be?”

Posted by David M. on 3/15/21 12:00 PM

It’s interview season. You’ve spent at least the past six months writing, writing, writing to convince admissions committees that medicine is the only possible career for you, the one that will allow you to fulfill your personal and professional goals, the one your passions have driven you towards. So what should you make of this common interview question?

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"How would you contribute diversity to our medical school?"

Posted by Connie Z. on 3/8/21 12:00 PM

During the MD admissions process, this question is often dreaded, as applicants reminisce on the mundaneness of premed requirements and volunteer experiences. As with questions of, "What are your strengths?", "Why should we accept you?", and "What makes you unique?", applicants may fear coming off too arrogant and self-promoting. In all these questions, the interviewer is trying to get a sense of how you would add to the medical school class and what unique perspectives you can bring. Instead of dreading this question, take this as an opportunity to highlight something that may not be apparent in your application or to emphasize what drives you and all that you've accomplished!

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How to tackle multiple mini interviews

Posted by Dhruv P. on 2/24/21 12:00 PM

Multiple mini interviews, commonly referred to as MMIs, are a major interview component in the MD admissions process. According to the AAMC, “the MMI is designed to measure competencies like oral communication, social and non-verbal skills, and teamwork that are important indicators of how an applicant will interact with patients and colleagues as a physician.” The format of MMIs ensures that no single interviewer’s opinions about an applicant are over-emphasized. Additionally, these interviews are usually closed file, meaning that the interviewers have not read applicant primary or secondary applications prior to the interview. The interview itself consists of a variety of stations, each with its own prompt and evaluator. Schools test everything from critical thinking, to knowledge about the current healthcare system, to having applicants role-play complex situations with professional actors. Regardless of the specific topic, it’s best to prepare for a variety of stations. 

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions

Apply to med school this year? Start your journey here.

Posted by Julia F. on 1/29/21 12:00 PM

Even though the application portal isn’t open for enrollment until the end of May, it is time to start preparing for medical school admissions!

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What to do if you’re a non-traditional medical school applicant

Posted by Phoebe M. on 1/5/21 10:30 AM

Let’s face it: applying to medical school is grueling. 

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

Three tips to make you a “prepared” medical school interviewee

Posted by Joseph P. on 12/30/20 12:00 PM

Applying to medical school can be stressful, and many pre-med students worry about interview day in particular. But one of the most common interview mistakes occurs well before the questioning begins: a lack of preparation. Here are some tips to help you hone the content and message that you want to communicate on your interview day so that you are ready for anything!

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Three essential medical school interview tips

Posted by Stephanie E. on 12/14/20 12:00 PM

1. What do I talk about?

Think through life experiences that have been meaningful to you; think about what emotions you felt during and after those experiences, what you learned, and how it impacted your perspective for the future.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions