Are You Ready to Nail the MCAT Test?

Register for our second presentation of The Results Are In: Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam for actionable, confidence-boosting MCAT strategies that will provide you with an outstanding MCAT game plan! (We’ll provide instructions for registering for the test after you register for the webinar so you can sign up for both right away.)

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There will be new MCAT problems discussed, so even if you attended the last webinar, it will be worthwhile to drop by for this one as well.

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Date: March 24, 2015

Time: 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST

Extras: During the webinar, two more lucky attendees will win a set of Next Step strategy and practice MCAT books or a three-practice test bundle for the 2015 MCAT. Don’t miss out!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

An Inside Look at the Medical School Journey

Listen to the podcast!If you are in med school now, or will be one day, there is someone we’d like you to meet.

Listen to the full recording of our talk with Dr. Andrew Colucci – BU’s School of Medicine grad, radiology resident, teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School, and an Accepted medical school admissions consultant – for an inside look at med school and the med school admissions process.

00:01:19 – Featured Applicant Question: What should I do while waiting to hear answers from the medical schools I applied to?

00:04:09 – Introducing Dr. Colucci.

00:04:43 – The most difficult aspect of the med school admissions process. (And some solutions.)

00:09:46 – How many medical schools it makes sense to apply to.

00:11:47 – Personal statement, experiences section, personal comments section…  Which experiences should go where?

00:13:22 – The biggest surprise in store for M1s.

00:15:05 – A word about the Boston University School of Medicine and what makes it unique.

00:16:42 – The view of med school education from Google Earth.

00:19:22 – A transitional year between medical school and residency: what and why.

00:21:27 – Interview advice for preparing and day-of.

00:24:32 – Advice for M3s thinking about next year’s Residency Match.

00:26:51 – Drew’s med school experience and accidental stumble into radiation.

00:29:25 – How does a med student drinking from the fire-hose have time to seek out the clinical opportunities?

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!*Theme music is courtesy of

Related Resources:

Drew’s Bio
9 Keys to Postbac Acceptance in 2015
Navigating the Med School Maze
Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success
A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of  Applying to Postbac Programs
The Definitive Guide to Pre-Medical Postbaccalaureate Programs

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• All Things Postbac
Medical School Admissions 2015-2016: A Dean’s Perspective
Getting Into Medical School: Advice from a Pro
• MCAT Scores, MCAT Prep, and #MCAT2015

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Who Needs a Postbac Program and Who Doesn’t

Want more postbac info? Listen to this podcast!

Which Postbac route will lead you to your med school acceptance?

There are several critical areas of the application that you as an applicant have the power to improve.  If you want to become a more competitive applicant to medical school, there are many different types of postbac programs that can help you.  It’s simply a matter of determining where you need support and identifying the types of programs that will enable you to move forward in your education.

1. Low GPA – If you have a GPA that is below a 3.0, you may consider single focus postbac programs that will allow you to take a full course load of upper division science courses.  These programs often have an academic advisor who will help you select classes and determine the strongest course combinations.  Some programs even have test banks.  The main focus of these programs is improving your GPA.

2. Low GPA and Weak Activities – When reviewing your CV/resume, how many activities do you have listed?  Have you covered the critical areas of:

• Clinical experience

• Community Service


• Research (optional for most medical schools)

If you do not have any long term activities or have not covered the critical areas mentioned above, then dual focus programs may be a way for you to improve your GPA while strengthening the activities section of your application.  Some of these programs have established volunteer or research programs.  You will not have to waste any time submitting applications or looking for experience in these areas once you are accepted into their program.  They will help you get impressive experience, often while providing academic support in your coursework.  Multi-tasking in a program like this can prove to selection committees that you are indeed ready to take on the responsibilities of medical school.

3. Low GPA and Low MCAT (below a 25) – If you need to improve these areas, a multi-focus program could be your best option.  They often offer a summer program or support in preparing for the MCAT.  Many of these programs encourage students to focus only on academics during the school year but encourage participation in volunteer work or research during the breaks and may even offer direct connections to opportunities on their undergraduate and/or medical school campus.  They provide the most comprehensive support in all areas of the application—before and during the process of applying.

If you are having issues in the area of the MCAT, activities or application essays, there is no need to apply to postbac programs.

Most people have difficulty taking the MCAT when they are working full time, involved in other activities and/or taking classes.  Use a test prep program and clear your schedule.  If you need to bolster your activities, look for meaningful activities that you can put a lot of time into to demonstrate your interest and improve your total number of hours.  For assistance with application materials or essays, consider working with professional editors and consultants like those of us at to submit exceptional applications.

Register for the webinar!

Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.

Related Resources:

• A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs
• Admissions Straight Talk: All Things Postbac
• Five Tips to Help You Get Accepted into a Postbac Program

Can You Keep a Secret?

Postbac CoverTune in for our upcoming webinar to get the keys that will unlock the secrets to postbac admissions success.

During the webinar, 9 Keys to Postbac Acceptance in 2015, Accepted consultant Alicia McNease Nimonkar will discuss…

• How a postbaccalaureate program can launch your medical career.

• Tips for identifying and selecting the best postbac program for you.

• Advice on how to strengthen your candidacy and submit a solid postbac application.

Alicia will also leave time at the end of the webinar to answer your questions.

The webinar will air live on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST. Register now to reserve your spot!

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Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

3 Tips for Parents of Grad School Applicants

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Make sure your child’s in the driver’s seat

I’ve been working in graduate admissions for almost 20 years so I have witnessed this trend firsthand: Parents are playing a much larger role in the application process these days than they used to.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – parents can provide a lot of much-needed support (financial, practical, emotional) for their kids during the admissions process; but I cringe when I see parents overstepping their bounds, attempting to control their children’s actions and outcomes.

How much involvement is TOO MUCH involvement for parents of applicants? Check out these 3 tips:

• Make Sure Your Child’s in the Driver’s Seat. – When you take the lead in the admissions process, you’re essentially telling your child: “I don’t think you have what it takes to manage this process yourself.” And what you’re telling the school is: “My kid isn’t competent or ambitious enough to apply to school himself.” You can help your child apply, surely, but make sure that’s what you’re doing – helping them, and not the other way around.

• Your Child’s Voice Should be the Sole Voice of this Operation. – All communication with the school should be between your child – not you, the parent – and the school. Likewise, the voice your child uses to write her application essays should be her voice – and not yours. And it should go without saying that this advice relates to interviews as well. Help, guide, coach, and edit, but please never speak for your child.

• Help Your Child Deal with Disappointment. – Be it a rejection or a poor score, a parent needs to understand the role they play here. First, your child is the one experiencing this distress, not you. By showing your disappointment, you will only make your child feel worse, not to mention potentially preventing your child from continuing to move forward. Instead, allow your child time to express disappointment, provide the appropriate amount of comfort (you know your child best), and then encourage your child to persevere.  Suggest that your applicant explore alternatives and examine the factors he or she can change to improve the outcome in the future. Play the role of the motivational coach; don’t play the blame game.

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Linda AbrahamBy Linda Abraham, president and founder of and co-author of the definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

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• The Biggest Application Essay Mistake
•  Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF!