Attn Med Applicants: A Class Is Matriculated Every Single Year

Listen to the show!If you are a pre-med preparing to take the MCAT or a waitlisted 2014 applicant, you may have something in common: A nagging fear that you just may not make it to medical school.

Enter, Dr. Lina Mehta, Associate Dean for Admissions at Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine, with good news: You can get accepted to med school.

Listen to our advice-packed interview for important tips for applicants at all stages of the medical school admissions process, a word of encouragement, and an inside look at Case Western.

00:02:15 – How Dr. Mehta got involved in admissions and what her job entails.

00:04:16 – The New MCAT’s impact on med school admissions.

00:05:26 – The value (and definition) of “applying early.”

00:09:00 – Is it too late for a student taking the MCAT in July/August to realistically apply to med school this year?

00:11:33 – Whom the adcom is hoping to meet in a personal statement.

00:13:15 – Case Western’s 4 Themes and what they mean for applicants.

00:17:38 – Understanding the “leadership and civic professionalism” themes as Case Western School of Medicine.

00:19:27 – How secondary are secondary essays?

00:20:57 – The true goal of a med school interview.

00:22:30 – If only premeds would understand…. (about med school in general and Case Western Reserve specifically).

00:24:16 – Still on the waitlist: Should a student reapply or wait to hear back?

00:26:12 – Factors that could cause a competitive applicant to be rejected.

00:27:58 – Advice for freshman & sophomore premeds.

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UCLA Anderson Bags $100 Million Gift

Be sure to visit our UCLA Anderson Zone page! UCLA’s Anderson School of Business has announced a $100 million gift from philanthropist Marion Anderson, whose late husband John Anderson is the school’s namesake.

Sixty million dollars of the gift will go towards an endowment supporting student fellowships, faculty research, and innovative program development, while the remaining $40 million will go towards the construction of a new building.

Judy Olian, Dean of UCLA Anderson and the John E. Anderson Chair in Management, said, “From student fellowships to faculty recruitment and retention, to innovative research programs and the state-of-the-art facilities that will house them, Marion Anderson has enabled our future and empowered us with her confidence in the path we are taking.”

Marion Anderson, chair of Topa Equities, is an active member of both the UCLA and broader Los Angeles communities. She is a member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors executive committee and the Centennial Campaign for UCLA executive committee, as well as the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles board of trustees. An endowed professorship and a courtyard at UCLA Anderson are named in her honor.

This substantial gift (the largest in the school’s history) launches the Anderson School’s “Into the Next” campaign—a $300 million fundraising campaign that is part of UCLA’s broader $4.2 billion Centennial Campaign, set to culminate in 2019 with the university’s centennial. It brings the total donated by Marion Anderson and her late husband to $142 million.
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U.S. News Most Selective Med Schools

U.S. News has released its list of med schools with the smallest acceptance rates – the 10 schools on the list accepted an average of just 2.7 percent of their applicants.

Here’s this year’s list:

10 Most Selective Med Schools
*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of all medical and osteopathic schools

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An Interview With Our Own: Dr. Sheryl Neuman

Learn more on how Sheryl can help you get into med school!Curious about the life and times of our spectacular admissions consultants? Please enjoy our newest blog series in which we interview the fabulous people who make up the staff. Next up is…Sheryl Neuman.

Accepted: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? Do you hold any graduate degrees? Where do you currently live?

Sheryl: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I studied Biology at UCLA and went to medical school there as well. I did an internal medicine residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center followed by a combined General Medicine Fellowship/Preventive Medicine Residency at Cedars and at UCLA, which included getting an MPH at UCLA.

After my training, I worked at Cedars as the Associate Director and later the Director of the Employee Health Service. During that time I also headed the Med-Peds Residency program and was a faculty member in the Internal Medicine Department at Cedars.

Accepted: What’s your favorite book? 

Sheryl: Currently one of my favorite books is Einstein, by Walter Isaacson. I wish I had read this book during my year of physics in college. Isaacson’s talent as a writer got me much more excited about physics than my courses ever did!

Accepted: How have your experiences as a med school student, doctor, and admissions committee member contributed to your talent as an admissions consultant?

Sheryl: Having been through all aspects of the process, I know firsthand what is expected. There is nothing that beats personal experience. As a physician myself, I know what to look for in an applicant.

Accepted: Can you talk about the road that led you to becoming an admissions consultant for Accepted? 

Sheryl: I had not been doing clinical work for several years while raising my family, so when I was approached about the job, I thought it would be a great way to use my experience as a physician to help others applying to medical school. I found it to be very enjoyable.

Accepted: What’s your favorite thing about consulting?

Sheryl: I really enjoy taking a so-so personal statement and helping my clients turn it into something special. Our finished product tells a good story and showcases the applicant in the best possible way. Knowing that the applicant has a much better chance of having their application stand out makes me feel good. I also like helping with interview prep, especially since I have been on both sides of the interview before.

Accepted: What are your top 3 admissions tips?


1. Start early so that you can get your application in at the earliest possible date to maximize your chances of acceptance.

2. Spend the time to get your personal statement sounding crisp and clear, with an interesting opening and a good flow.

3. Take the time to practice interview questions so you will not be caught off guard during the interview.

Learn more about Sheryl and how she can help you get accepted!

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Business School Gender Balance Improving

Berkeley Haas

UC Berkeley Haas takes the lead with a 43% female student body.

Women now make up 60% of university graduates, but most business schools have lagged behind when it comes to gender balance—impacting not just women’s experience of b-school, but the composition of the workforce afterward. A new report from gender consulting firm 20-first looks at the numbers of women MBA students and faculty at top programs, and finds that while there has been some improvement in the last few years, we still have a ways to go before achieving gender balance.

Lesley Symons, one of the authors of the report, points out that this “balance” is not merely an issue of numbers—currently, the curriculum at most b-schools is defined and driven by male faculty, male-dominated case studies, etc. She suggests that a deeper issue of cultural change is at stake, in order to make business education “gender bilingual” and effectively train the next generation of business leaders.

The report found that gender balance among students at top programs is improving (with several top US programs near or over 40% representation for women), while faculty numbers are slower to budge.

Here are some of the report’s findings regarding female MBA students and faculty:

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