Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog » Medical School Admissions http://blog.accepted.com Admissions consulting and application advice Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:54:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 A Med Student/Foodie Extraordinaire at Baylor College of Medicine http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/30/a-med-studentfoodie-extraordinaire-at-baylor-college-of-medicine/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/30/a-med-studentfoodie-extraordinaire-at-baylor-college-of-medicine/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:26:51 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29828 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Natalie Uy… Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as […]

The post A Med Student/Foodie Extraordinaire at Baylor College of Medicine appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more med school student interviews!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Natalie Uy…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

Natalie: Howdy! I was born in New York but grew up most of my life in San Antonio, Texas. I went to Stanford University in California (the best college ever in my humble opinion) where I got a dual degree with a BS in Biology and a BA in Art Practice, graduating in the c/o 2012.

Accepted: Where are you currently in med school? What year?

Natalie: I am currently a 3rd year at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Accepted: If you could change one thing about med school, what would it be?

Natalie: There isn’t really anything that I’d change honestly. I really like how my medical education has been structured – here we have 1.5 years of pre-clinics and 2.5 years of clinical rotations.

My least favorite part is studying for boards. I know it’s a rite of passage, but Step 1 is something I’d rather not endure again!

Accepted: What’s been your favorite rotation so far? Do you think this is what you’ll eventually specialize in? 

Natalie: It’s been surprisingly hard to say. I started off with psychiatry thinking I wouldn’t like it, but it was a great experience. My first clinical experience as a young MS2 was interviewing a psychotic patient in the county hospital ER – nothing teaches you the DSMV criteria for schizophrenia better than the patient himself. Similarly, I thought I wouldn’t like surgery but seriously considered it after I had particularly exceptional teachers in vascular and ENT.

I’ve decided to go into Internal Medicine – not because of my specific rotation per se, but because of what I felt was the best fit for me. I think when choosing a specialty it’s important to look at the specialty itself and filter out biases like the hospitals, the attendings, the residents, etc. I knew I needed a lot of interaction with patients and decided to stay with the cerebral side of medicine. I liked the variety of diseases in IM and although I enjoyed a pediatrics a lot, I liked being able to directly converse with my adult patients. I also knew I want to have a family in the future and be involved with raising my kids, so it was also a flexible choice. I will probably further subspecialize in IM, but exactly when remains to be seen.

Accepted: Did you go straight from college to med school? How would you advise others who are deciding between taking a gap year or not?

Natalie: Although many people from Stanford take a gap year, I went straight. I knew exactly what I wanted to do – be a doctor! – so I was ready to start medical school, and I don’t regret not having a gap year.

Taking a gap year is always a personal decision of course. My friends who took gap years did it because they were burnt out from school or wanted to strengthen their applications with research or boost their GPA or have other life experiences first. I don’t know anyone who regretted taking a gap year, so I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea. The only thing to consider is that the longer you wait, the harder it may be in getting back into the habit of classes and exams, as some of my older classmates were 5-10 years out from college.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your food blog? Is there any connection to your passion for medicine in your blog? Can you direct us to your three favorite posts?

Natalie: Oh yes – to take time off from studying, I run a food blog called Obsessive Cooking Disorder (fondly known as OCD). I started it just prior to medical school to document recipes I tried and liked, but it’s definitely grown; all the photography and writing is done by me. The art of food photography – styling to make the food look amazing is always a fun artistic challenge. I’ll write about a variety of topics – history and tips on a particular food, funny conversations with friends and family, and often, stories on my medical journal.

It’s also nice because I can share with other fellow students what life is like – good days and bad – as well as document how I felt on a given rotation. Medical school goes by in a flash, and I want to remember every moment of it – from preclinicals and clinics to studying for boards to Match Day!

Natali - MED IV

Here are a few recipes about my medical journey.
• Crostini
• Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte)
• Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia
• Cinnamon Craisin Walnut Sourdough
• All American Brownies
Mocha Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream

Accepted: Looking back at the med school admissions process, what would you say was your greatest challenge? What steps did you take to overcome that challenge? 

Natalie: The most difficult part was doing everything while I was currently a college student. Because I didn’t take a gap year, I didn’t have as much time to get things like research publications on my resume or study as much for my MCAT. I had to study for my MCAT in the midst of applying for research grants, getting my honors thesis proposal ready, and taking an enormous load of courses because of my dual degree (I completed 5 years of courses in 4 years). Time management was definitely key, but it prepared me very well for medical school.

Accepted: Do you have any tips for incoming first year students? What do you wish you would’ve known before starting med school to make your transition easier?

Natalie: The most difficult part of adjusting to med school is realizing that not only is everyone incredibly smart, everyone is also so hard working. Don’t stress if you’re not in the top of your class anymore – just strive to be the best doctor you can be. I encourage people not to see fellow medical students as competition, but as future colleagues and co-workers. After all, you’d want to refer your grandmother to the best doctors in the future – your classmates!

Definitely the most important thing is to have a work-life balance. I make a point to exercise daily, cook/bake with my blog and make artwork. Also remember to have fun and socialize – I could not have made it without my significant other, friends, and family. Medicine is a journey, not a destination!

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can follow Natalie’s med school adventure by checking out her blog, Obsessive Cooking Disorder. Thank you Natalie for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

Download your free copy of 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Med School Application Essays!
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

Navigating the Med School Maze
• Insights of an M3 at the UNC School of Medicine
Residency Admissions: What if I Didn’t Match

Tags: , ,

The post A Med Student/Foodie Extraordinaire at Baylor College of Medicine appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/30/a-med-studentfoodie-extraordinaire-at-baylor-college-of-medicine/feed/ 0
Medical Minority Applicant Registry: Who, How, & Why? http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/29/medical-minority-applicant-registry-who-how-why/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/29/medical-minority-applicant-registry-who-how-why/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:01:39 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29793 AAMC’s Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR) is specifically designed to improve admissions opportunities for students from groups underrepresented in the medical field or who have an economically disadvantaged background. Who: Med-MAR is for U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Visa holders who identify as economically disadvantaged or who come from the following historically underrepresented ethnic or […]

The post Medical Minority Applicant Registry: Who, How, & Why? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Check out our med 101 page for more info

Being a minority can be a major advantage.

AAMC’s Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR) is specifically designed to improve admissions opportunities for students from groups underrepresented in the medical field or who have an economically disadvantaged background.

Who: Med-MAR is for U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Visa holders who identify as economically disadvantaged or who come from the following historically underrepresented ethnic or racial groups in medicine: African-American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

How: Such applicants may opt into the Med-MAR program by either accepting or rejecting participation during MCAT registration.

Why: Med schools use the registry to help them find applicants that will enrich the diversity of their student body. Disclaimer from the AAMC website: “Med-MAR serves only as a means of identifying and communicating the availability of applicants from groups who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine and/or as economically disadvantaged. No attempt is made by Med-MAR to advise students where to apply or to influence any admissions decisions.”

Note: Participating in AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP) does not automatically put applicants on the Med-MAR registry.

Download your free special report: Navigate the Med School Maze!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

How to Write the Statement of Disadvantage
• The Story of an Aspiring Minority Doctor
The AAMC Fee Assistance Program: How & Who Should Apply

Tags: ,

The post Medical Minority Applicant Registry: Who, How, & Why? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/29/medical-minority-applicant-registry-who-how-why/feed/ 0
We Found Your Keys… http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/27/we-found-your-keys/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/27/we-found-your-keys/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:32:24 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29061 …that is, the keys that will help you unlock the secrets to postbac application success! Once you view the recording of 9 Keys to Postbac Acceptance in 2015, you’ll significantly improve your chances of choosing the right postbac program, identifying the best recommenders, and applying successfully to the postbac program that will launch your future […]

The post We Found Your Keys… appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
…that is, the keys that will help you unlock the secrets to postbac application success! Once you view the recording of 9 Keys to Postbac Acceptance in 2015, you’ll significantly improve your chances of choosing the right postbac program, identifying the best recommenders, and applying successfully to the postbac program that will launch your future as a physician.

View the webinar!

You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers. Discover the keys to admission when you view 9 Keys to Postbac Acceptance in 2015 now!

View the download!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Tags: , ,

The post We Found Your Keys… appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/27/we-found-your-keys/feed/ 0
Presenting Yourself to Medical Schools: Your Primary Application http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/26/presenting-yourself-to-medical-schools-your-primary-application-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/26/presenting-yourself-to-medical-schools-your-primary-application-2/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:49:12 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29385 In Part 1 of our Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success series we talked about taking a step back and reevaluating your desire to go to med school, as well as your qualifications and skill. Today we’ll move on to assessing your application to determine what went wrong. The second part of your assessment […]

The post Presenting Yourself to Medical Schools: Your Primary Application appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here to read the full series.

Did your application portray you the way you intended?

In Part 1 of our Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success series we talked about taking a step back and reevaluating your desire to go to med school, as well as your qualifications and skill. Today we’ll move on to assessing your application to determine what went wrong.

The second part of your assessment will examine how you presented yourself to the admissions committees. Keep in mind that these aspects of your application are necessarily subjective – there are often no right or wrong answers – but they should be subjected to the same rigorous critique as the previous section. Unlike your MCAT scores or grades, however, applicants have a lot of control over the elements in this section. Did you take full advantage of this to show yourself in the best light? This question is especially relevant when we look at the written portion of your application.

I find the accuracy of an assessment improves when it’s distinct from the remedies. This kind of critical review is not for the faint of heart. Chances are, you poured your hopes and dreams into your application the first time around. Figuring out where you went wrong is painful. For this reason, we’re not going to examine how to address your weaknesses just yet. That will come in future sections. For now, let’s focus on how the admissions committee saw you, based on your interactions.

Personal Statement: There’s no doubt that personal statements are highly subjective – what works for one reader might not work for the next. Nonetheless, it’s important to ask whether, in your honest opinion, you’ve presented the strongest possible personal statement.

• Was it enjoyable and interesting to read? If you were reading this about another person, would they come across strong? Would this be someone you might want as your physician?

• Did your essay begin with a strong lead paragraph that inspired the reader to continue?

• Did it tell a compelling story and describe your experiences instead of just listing what you’d done? Did you support claims about your abilities with anecdotal evidence?

• Did the essay focus on you rather than your projects or mentors?

• Did your stories demonstrate the key qualities desired in medical students: commitment, compassion, leadership, curiosity, critical thinking, maturity, etc.?

• Were there any typos or grammatical errors?

• Did you have anyone else review it for content and style before submission?

Whether you’re a first-rate candidate or a borderline student, your personal statement will make an impression on the med school admissions committee. If you can’t answer “yes” to all the above questions, that impression might not be the one you want.

Experiences: The experiences you choose to include in this section must reflect that you are a multi-dimensional person – one with the passion, curiosity, and integrity to excel in medical school. The experiences section is your chance to include any aspects of your background where you made an impact and showed your commitment.

• Did the activities you described reflect a breadth of activities and intellectual pursuits?

• Did you focus on your responsibilities rather than just describing the experience?

• Did you identify what impact you had on each organization/project?

• Did you identify why each experience affected your commitment to enter medicine?

• How did you justify the choice of your most meaningful experiences? Were your longer essays personal and authentic?

• When writing about the experiences in your primary essay, did you provide additional details rather than repeating information?

The AMCAS application only allows 700 characters to describe each activity, while the AACOM allows 750 characters. Cramming relevant, compelling information into these shorter essays can be awfully challenging. In your review, you need to examine whether you made each character count.

Letters of Recommendation: Although not technically how you represent yourself, recommendation letters are an extremely important part of the application process and your challenge is to find faculty members who can write a compelling letter.

• Did you select recommenders who know you well, preferably beyond the classroom?

• Did your chosen recommenders represent different areas of your life to reflect your diverse pursuits?

• Did you supply them with your CV or a list of activities so they have a better idea of your pursuits?

• Did you advise them of any areas that you specifically wanted them to address to balance the rest of your application?

• If you were asked to write your own recommendation, did you do so in a timely manner so they would have time for edits?

• Did you provide each recommender with clear instructions about submitting them to either the AMCAS Letters service or for the AACOM?

You might be feeling a bit fragile after such a critical review. If so, you’re doing it right. This exercise demands that you be ruthless and identify every potential flaw. Your ego might not like it, but you will when you have a clear roadmap to address your weaknesses.

Next post looks at the next hurdles in the admissions process, and how well you cleared them.

If you feel like you need another pair of eyes on your application, take advantage of Accepted.com’s review service to get a tailored assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.

Download Medical School Reapplicant Tips for Succcess

Cydney Foote By , Accepted consultant and author of Write Your Way to Medical School, who has helped future physicians craft winning applications since 2001.

 

Related Resources:

• Applying to Medical School with Low Stats: What You Need to Know
Med School Kicks Off: Ten Tips to Get You Through The Season
• Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016, a free webinar

Tags: ,

The post Presenting Yourself to Medical Schools: Your Primary Application appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/26/presenting-yourself-to-medical-schools-your-primary-application-2/feed/ 0
March Madness and Story Time http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/25/march-madness-and-story-time/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/25/march-madness-and-story-time/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:38:36 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29749 Is your bracket busted yet? (Probably.) One of the things that draws even casual sports fans to March Madness is the storylines—the last-minute excitement, the players’ personal stories, the upsets, the Cinderella runs deep into the tournament. And during the tournament, absolutely everything becomes a story. As I write, one of the top stories on […]

The post March Madness and Story Time appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Can your application tell a story?Is your bracket busted yet? (Probably.)

One of the things that draws even casual sports fans to March Madness is the storylines—the last-minute excitement, the players’ personal stories, the upsets, the Cinderella runs deep into the tournament.

And during the tournament, absolutely everything becomes a story. As I write, one of the top stories on Yahoo Sports is about the chair that GA State coach Ron Hunter fell out of in excitement when his son hit a game winning shot. Yes—the chair, which is now a treasured object of superstitious reverence. Of course! But another great story (and one of the enduring images of this year’s tournament, even after GA State was eliminated in the next round).

Stories make the game more exciting by giving us a personal connection to it. That’s how we tend to relate to the world around us. And I think it’s a useful thing to remember when you’re writing application essays: stories matter.

Your personal experiences add depth and interest to your application essays, helping you stand out and illustrating the qualities and goals you’re explaining. As you prepare to write, think about the stories you want to tell. It can be helpful to do some prewriting—think through some of the experiences you want to write about and what you learned from them, as well as how they relate to what you want to do in the future. This will give you some good material to draw on in your essay(s).

And…Go Bruins! (If they’re eliminated by the time you read this—better luck next year.)

Learn how to use sample essays to create an exemplary essay of your own!

 

Rebecca BlusteinBy Dr. Rebecca BlusteinAccepted.com consultant since 2008, former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of the ebook, Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Dr. Blustein, who earned her Ph.D. at UCLA, assists our clients applying to MS, MA, and Ph.D. programs. She is happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

Related Resources: 

• 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Application Essays
• Telling Your Story in Your Application Essay
• MBA Application Essays: All You Need is a Story

Tags: , , , , , ,

The post March Madness and Story Time appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/25/march-madness-and-story-time/feed/ 0
Yale to Offer New Online Master of Medical Science Degree http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/24/yale-to-offer-new-online-master-of-medical-science-degree/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/24/yale-to-offer-new-online-master-of-medical-science-degree/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:15:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29663 There’s big news in the Ivy League-online world: Yale University is creating a new online master of medical science degree for physician assistants, reports a recent Wall Street Journal article. Yale’s program for aspiring PAs has been around for decades, but each class only has room for about 40 students a year, with more than […]

The post Yale to Offer New Online Master of Medical Science Degree appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Get Your Game On: Prepping for your Grad School Application.  Download here!

Your classroom at Yale may be the one you are in right now.

There’s big news in the Ivy League-online world: Yale University is creating a new online master of medical science degree for physician assistants, reports a recent Wall Street Journal article.

Yale’s program for aspiring PAs has been around for decades, but each class only has room for about 40 students a year, with more than 1000 applicants vying for those spots. With the introduction of the web-based course, there’s potential to accept up to 360 students (across the on-campus and web versions of the degree program). Next January, for the first online class, there will only be 12 students, but that number is expected to grow over the course of the next five years.

The price of the on-campus and online programs will be the same. Currently the 28-month course costs $83,162. The majority of the course work for online students will be done via live, interactive online classes; students will also visit various clinical field sites, participate in clinical rotations (students will be placed at medical facilities near them), and meet on-campus at Yale three times.

grad 5 Fatal Flaws

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

Five Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Statement of Purpose
• Is it Worth it for Women to Become Doctors?
The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes

Tags: , , ,

The post Yale to Offer New Online Master of Medical Science Degree appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/24/yale-to-offer-new-online-master-of-medical-science-degree/feed/ 0
Interview with Eniola: Medical Resident, Novelist, Child of God http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/23/interview-with-eniola-medical-resident-novelist-child-of-god/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/23/interview-with-eniola-medical-resident-novelist-child-of-god/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:44:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29696 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Eniola Prentice… Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you […]

The post Interview with Eniola: Medical Resident, Novelist, Child of God appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
click here for more medical student interviews!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Eniola Prentice…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? And can you tell us about your book?

Eniola: I am originally from Nigeria and moved to the States when I was 17. I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I hate answering the question about who I am. The answer usually depends on the time of the day and my mood. I do know a few things about my life. I am sure of the following. I know I am a child of God. I know I want God to use my life as He pleases to help others through my novel. I finished my novel still when I was in the fourth year of medical school. I started writing it in my third year of school. It was definitely one of the most challenging times of my life but I believe God brought out the best in me and connected me with people that are my lifelong friends. It is based on my experiences, friendships and connections in med school. I also used some of my own painful and joyful life experiences. I feel that writing still allowed me to be vulnerable. It’s a lesson I am still learning, allowing myself to be open and let other young women learn from my experiences.

Accepted: Where did you go to med school? What was your favorite thing about that school? And if you could change one thing about the program, what would it be?

Eniola: I went to Howard University in Washington DC. My favorite thing about Howard was the camaraderie and the family atmosphere. I truly had a group of friends that truly supported and loved one another. A lot of my book is based on my true life experiences with my groups of friends. We called ourselves the 210 group because we always studied in room 210. LOL. We still call ourselves that. I would probably change how struggling students were handled.

Accepted: Where are you doing your residency?

Eniola: I am doing my residency in INOVA Fairfax hospital in Virginia.

Accepted: Why did you choose that program?

Eniola: I choose it because of proximity and familiarity. Washington was just 45 minutes away and I had quite a support system nearby. I think that’s one thing that no one really gives you advice on when choosing a residency. Everyone wants to go to the most competitive program or the big name program but fails to realize that residency is demanding. The days can get dark and very lonely. You want to at least enjoy the people you are working with or have a trusted group of friends/family to vent to.

Accepted: Does your family still live in Nigeria? Do you plan on returning home once you’ve completed your studies?

Eniola: Most of my family is here. I don’t think returning to settle down is in my future. However you never know where God leads you.

Accepted: How does religion play into your passion to be a physician?

Eniola: It played a big part in my early years of deciding to study medicine. It took holding on to my faith in God and believing what He said rather than how my situation looked or what I felt or what everyone was telling. Everyone told me no but God told me yes. I listened to God and I am where I am today. Now my Christian religion pushes me to be an excellent resident, and then physician. I always remember the word of God that says “I should do my works to please God and not men.”

Accepted: What are your top 3 tips for residency applicants?

Eniola:

1. Location, location, location. Until you apply you don’t realize how big a factor this is. Then you realize that most of the big city programs have the most applicants and are most competitive. You should research any potential residency interview location keeping in mind that the location will be your home for the next few years and potentially more if you choose fellowship.

2. Ask the residents currently in the program what life is really like. Email them. Notice everything. Does the residency program allow you to talk to a few select residents or you talked to all. Do the residents look genuinely happy? Observe, observe, observe.

3. Support system. Yes you are going to this big name program but will it be a place everyone puts you down instead of building you up? Do they put a spot light on your weakness. It gets very hard in residency and if you don’t have that support system it makes a difficult situation unbearable. I think in medical school and with the competition of residency, you lose sight of the most important things. Find a residency that will encourage you to grow past your weakness and find a support group there. Pray for one. It’s so important.

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can follow Eniola’s residency adventure by checking out her blog, Eniola Prentice: Apprentice of God, Half baked Medical doctor, Aspiring Writer. Thank you Eniola for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

Avoid the 5 fatal flaws to your residency personal statement

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

• Residency Applications: How to Match
• Your Residency Match Application: Start to Finish
• An Inside Look at the Medical School Journey

Tags: , ,

The post Interview with Eniola: Medical Resident, Novelist, Child of God appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/23/interview-with-eniola-medical-resident-novelist-child-of-god/feed/ 0
Residency Admissions: What if I Didn’t Match http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/23/residency-admissions-what-if-i-didnt-match-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/23/residency-admissions-what-if-i-didnt-match-2/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:42:42 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29677 Participation in the residency match process has risen steadily for the last several years, with record high application rates in each of the last few years [nrmp.org]. But what’s next if you didn’t match? Think about why you may not have matched, so you can strengthen your candidacy. Did you apply to too few programs? […]

The post Residency Admissions: What if I Didn’t Match appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for residency essay tips

You didn’t match. Now what?

Participation in the residency match process has risen steadily for the last several years, with record high application rates in each of the last few years [nrmp.org].

But what’s next if you didn’t match?

Think about why you may not have matched, so you can strengthen your candidacy. Did you apply to too few programs? To the wrong programs? Were there gaps or weaknesses in your application? Do an honest assessment of your candidacy.

Next, think about what you might want to do in the coming year:

• Do you want to do a year of research?

• Is delaying med school graduation an option? (This would allow you to pursue more rotations and reapply during next year’s Match. The viability of this option depends on your school.)

• You could register with the AAMC’s “find a resident” service to search for available positions.

• Are you interested in pursuing a different degree, such as an MPH or MBA, and then reapplying for the Match when you finish?

Whatever you decide, don’t be discouraged—and good luck!

An experienced consultant can help you make your residency application shine.   Find out more about how we can help you. >>

Rebecca Blustein

By Dr. Rebecca BlusteinAccepted.com consultant since 2008, former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of the ebook, Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Dr. Blustein, who earned her Ph.D. at UCLA, assists our clients applying to MS, MA, and Ph.D. programs. She is happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

Related Resources:

• Elliptical, Meet Med School: Interview with Andrea Tooley
What Med School Applicants Need to Know About Residency Match
• 4 Must-Haves in Residency Personal Statements

Tags:

The post Residency Admissions: What if I Didn’t Match appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/23/residency-admissions-what-if-i-didnt-match-2/feed/ 0
Reminder: MCAT Prep Webinar on Tues! http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/22/reminder-mcat-prep-webinar-on-tues/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/22/reminder-mcat-prep-webinar-on-tues/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:15:34 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29558 Attention future MCAT test-takers. Don’t forget to reserve your spot for our upcoming webinar, The Results Are In: Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam!   Get tips on how to approach and complete MCAT problems, review actual questions from Next Step Test Prep’s diagnostic exam, and more. Tags: Medical School Admissions

The post Reminder: MCAT Prep Webinar on Tues! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Attention future MCAT test-takers. Don’t forget to reserve your spot for our upcoming webinar, The Results Are In: Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam!

MCAT Diagnostic Exam Webinar: Tuesday, March 24 2015 at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST

 

Get tips on how to approach and complete MCAT problems, review actual questions from Next Step Test Prep’s diagnostic exam, and more.

Click here to reserve your spot for the webinar!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Tags:

The post Reminder: MCAT Prep Webinar on Tues! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/22/reminder-mcat-prep-webinar-on-tues/feed/ 0
Reapplying to Med School: Evaluating Your Medical School Profile http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/19/reapplying-to-med-school-evaluating-your-medical-school-profile/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/19/reapplying-to-med-school-evaluating-your-medical-school-profile/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:39:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29434 This is the first blog post in our series, Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success.  Hopefully by now, you have your acceptance in hand and are gearing up for Fall. If so, then congratulations and good luck! But what if all you’ve received are rejections? To start with, know you’re not alone. Last year, […]

The post Reapplying to Med School: Evaluating Your Medical School Profile appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>

Time to reevaluate your commitment to being a doctor.

This is the first blog post in our series, Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success

Hopefully by now, you have your acceptance in hand and are gearing up for Fall. If so, then congratulations and good luck!

But what if all you’ve received are rejections?

To start with, know you’re not alone. Last year, only 20,343 applicants made the cut, out of 49480 applicants – that’s about 41%. And although the number of available allopathic places has increased slightly, it hasn’t matched the pace of applications, which have steadily increased since 2011.

So what’s your next step, now that you won’t be starting med school?

Next Step

Use this time to reevaluate your commitment to being a doctor. The ache of rejection might cloud your immediate judgment, but do your best to project yourself into the future. Do you still envision yourself as a doctor? Have any of your reasons for pursuing medicine changed? If so, then how? Are there other paths that appeal to you – do you think you could find happiness and fulfillment in another profession?

For many people, the process of applying for medical school is the first time they have critically examined their desire to be a doctor. Sometimes the answer is surprising. There’s no shame in deciding that medicine might not be right for you – there is a myriad of other options, either in healthcare or other fields. But it is vital that you know whether getting rejected is merely a setback or a watershed.

Evaluate Your Application

Assuming that your commitment remains strong, it’s time to take a good, hard look at your application. It would be misleading to say this process is an easy one. But what I’d like to do, in this guide, is break it down into manageable parts that will help you identify your weaknesses and strengthen your next application. In future sections, we’ll look at how your profile appeared to the admissions committee and the concrete steps you can take to address your weaknesses. But first, we’ll take a look at your fundamental profile and see how it stacks up against successful applicants.

Academic record and GPA: Is your GPA competitive? Does your transcript reflect a breadth of interests (humanities, social science and foreign language classes as well as sciences)? And if you had difficulties, were they early in your college career – did your grades show an upward trend?

Time and again, medical schools say that students should not be obsessed with perfect grades. This statement is hard to swallow when applicants’ GPAs keep rising. In 2014, the mean GPA for applicants was 3.55; for matriculants, it was 3.69. Of course, not everyone who got in had these grades – there’s always a range above and below. However, it does suggest that the applicant pool is getting more competitive. If your GPA doesn’t fall within .2-.3 points, you should consider ways to improve your grades.

Mistakes linger and it’s hard to fix your GPA after the fact, but there are some concrete steps you can take – more on that in the third chapter.

MCAT: In 2014, the mean MCAT score for all allopathic applicants was 28.6; for matriculants, it was 31.4. Obviously there is a spread of scores on both sides of these numbers, but if you’re more than a couple of points below, this could be a problem in your profile.

If you scored lower than expected, you should also assess what went wrong. Were you unprepared for the questions that were asked? Did any particular areas give you trouble? If so, you should question your study practices and take additional steps to prepare. On the other hand, if you scored significantly higher on practice tests or ran out of time, it could signal test anxiety – a not-uncommon affliction. It’s not unusual to be nervous the first time you sit the exam, it’s an unusual situation after all, but if you feel that your nervousness was extreme and impaired your performance, it’s likely to be something you should address.

Keep in mind that a good MCAT score can help mitigate a lower GPA, and vice versa, but a significant discrepancy between the two can signal a problem. A 33 with a 3.5 is better than a 25 with a 4.0 or a 37 with a 2.8.

Clinical experience: Medical schools look for a working knowledge of the health professions as demonstrated through volunteering or shadowing. Too many applicants present an impressive list of accomplishments, but lack any serious engagement in the healthcare field. You’ve got to demonstrate that you understand the realities of the profession, that you are service-minded, and that you’re committed to practicing medicine.

But all positions are not equal. Commitment and quality, exhibited through substantive, longer term experiences, hold more value than a series of short-term shadowing opportunities. At least two substantive experiences are recommended to demonstrate commitment and interest. If you have less, this is definitely an area that you can improve.

Research experience: Some medical schools value research more than others; clinical volunteer work and community service are enough for others. But as the applicant pool grows more selective, research has gone from being a way to distinguish applicants to a more basic part of a well-rounded application. If you left this section blank on the AMCAS, it’s worth revisiting, perhaps through a master’s degree.

Leadership and public service: As important as grades are, the successful med school candidate needs to balance good grades with leadership and service positions outside the classroom. The range of acceptable activities is endless, so it’s important to seek out something that you enjoy. Together, these experiences demonstrate a commitment to serving others and an appreciation of human connections – one that ultimately reflects the human dimension of medicine.

Medical schools have always been competitive, but as they become ever more selective, it’s critical that you present the strongest application you can. Honestly assessing your application is your first step to improving your chances next year.

Next up: a look at the second part of your application – how you present your experiences to the admissions committee.
MedReapplicantGuide

Cydney Foote By , Accepted consultant and author of Write Your Way to Medical School, who has helped future physicians craft winning applications since 2001.

 

Related Resources:

• A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs
7 Reasons Medical School Applicants are Rejected
Preparing to Reapply to Medical School: IV with MedSchoolApplicant

Tags: , , ,

The post Reapplying to Med School: Evaluating Your Medical School Profile appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/19/reapplying-to-med-school-evaluating-your-medical-school-profile/feed/ 0
Elliptical, Meet Med School: Interview with Andrea Tooley http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/18/elliptical-meet-med-school-interview-with-andrea-tooley/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/18/elliptical-meet-med-school-interview-with-andrea-tooley/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:42:30 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29639 It’s not easy being a med school applicant. Or a med student. Or a resident. Meet a woman who manages to pull it off in style. Andrea Tooley is an Ophthalmology resident at the Mayo Clinic, avid blogger and youtuber, and a fitness and nutrition buff. And she sleeps. Want some inspiration? Listen to the […]

The post Elliptical, Meet Med School: Interview with Andrea Tooley appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here to listen to our talk with Andrea Tooley!It’s not easy being a med school applicant. Or a med student. Or a resident. Meet a woman who manages to pull it off in style.

Andrea Tooley is an Ophthalmology resident at the Mayo Clinic, avid blogger and youtuber, and a fitness and nutrition buff. And she sleeps.

Want some inspiration? Listen to the recording of our great conversation with Andrea and find out the secret of her med school success.

00:02:04 – What motivated a busy med student to start a blog and youtube channel.

00:03:52 – A scientist’s view of the plethora of contradictory health and nutrition trends.

00:05:52 – Andrea’s advice for applicants at the beginning of the application journey. [Music to Linda’s ears!]

00:07:57 – Maintaining perspective and energy during the daunting med admissions process.

00:09:10 – Early Decision: who should apply ED and who should not.

00:11:52 – The best and worst things about med school.

00:14:24 – How was a student so committed to ophthalmology able to be open-minded about the future?

00:17:04 – Take it from a busy person: how to fit it all in (and sleep, too!).

00:21:19 – Handling the very serious challenge med school poses to a relationship.

00:24:40 – 23 residency interview offers! How did she manage that?

Click here to listen to the show!*Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com.

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Links:

• A Doctor in the House AKA www.andreatooley.com
• Andrea’s YouTube Channel
• Med School Blogger Interview: Andrea’s Journey
• Getting Ready for Residency: IV with a Med Student on the Way to Mayo

Related Shows:

• An Inside Look at the Medical School Journey
• 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

Avoid the 5 fatal flaws to your residency personal statement

Tags: , , , ,

The post Elliptical, Meet Med School: Interview with Andrea Tooley appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/18/elliptical-meet-med-school-interview-with-andrea-tooley/feed/ 0
Reminder: Actionable Postbac Tips Webinar on Wednesday! http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/17/reminder-actionable-postbac-tips-webinar-tomorrow/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/17/reminder-actionable-postbac-tips-webinar-tomorrow/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:17:42 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29056 If you haven’t yet registered for Wednesday’s webinar, 9 Keys to Postbac Acceptance in 2015, then please take a moment to do so now (it literally will take you a few seconds). The tips that you will learn in this webinar will be instrumental to helping you choose wisely and then apply successfully to the BEST […]

The post Reminder: Actionable Postbac Tips Webinar on Wednesday! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
If you haven’t yet registered for Wednesday’s webinar, 9 Keys to Postbac Acceptance in 2015, then please take a moment to do so now (it literally will take you a few seconds). The tips that you will learn in this webinar will be instrumental to helping you choose wisely and then apply successfully to the BEST postbac program for you.

Postbac CoverRemember, acceptance to a postbac program could make or break your future as a physician. Don’t miss out – this webinar is for you!

Details:
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST

Click Here to Save Your Spot! Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Tags: ,

The post Reminder: Actionable Postbac Tips Webinar on Wednesday! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/17/reminder-actionable-postbac-tips-webinar-tomorrow/feed/ 0
3 Ways to Make Your Own Student Loan Luck http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/17/3-ways-to-make-your-own-student-loan-luck/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/17/3-ways-to-make-your-own-student-loan-luck/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:47:38 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25942 “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”  – Benjamin Franklin If you’re one of the 37 million Americans with student loans, you know it’s going to take a lot more than a few four-leaf clovers to make your debt disappear. You wouldn’t rely on winning the lottery in order to pay your loans, would you?  […]

The post 3 Ways to Make Your Own Student Loan Luck appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Not sure how to fund your MBA? Listen to this podcast for pointers.

Luck can’t pay off student loans, but YOU can!

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”  – Benjamin Franklin

If you’re one of the 37 million Americans with student loans, you know it’s going to take a lot more than a few four-leaf clovers to make your debt disappear. You wouldn’t rely on winning the lottery in order to pay your loans, would you?  Unfortunately, neglecting to understand the various loan repayment options can be just as foolish, because you may be missing out on opportunities to reduce or even eliminate your debt burden. Essentially, leaving your loans to chance could mean leaving money on the table.

Rather than wait around for good fortune to find you, take a proactive approach by seeing if one of these three options apply to you:

1.  Spend money to save money
. All education loans, whether federal or private, allow for penalty-free prepayment, which means that you can pay more than the monthly minimum or make extra payments without incurring a fee. Prepaying may sound painful, but the benefits can be huge. The more you do it, the sooner you’re done with your loans – and the less interest you spend over the life of the loan.

Let’s say you have a $100,000 student loan balance at a 6.8% interest rate and 10-year term. If you increased your monthly payment by just $100, you’d save about $5,600 in total interest and pay off your loans about a year early. Or perhaps you pay down an extra $2,000 per year using your annual bonus, saving yourself about $7,400 in interest and paying off your loans about 1.5 years early. Every borrower’s situation is different, but you can do the math on your own loans with a calculator like this.

One thing to note – prepaying is most effective when the extra cash is applied directly to your principal, rather than being earmarked for future payments.  It’s best to check with your loan servicer to see what their policy is before increasing or adding extra payments.

How to get lucky: Commit to increasing your monthly student loan payment each time you get a raise and/or putting a percentage of every bonus toward your loan balance.

2.  Recalibrate your rate
. One of the fastest ways to slash your student loan burden is to lower the interest rate on your loans, which can only be accomplished through the act of refinancing. In addition to reducing the amount of interest you pay on your loan over time, refinancing can allow you to make lower monthly payments or shorten your payment term (so that you can be done with your loans sooner).

Student loan refinancing is still a relatively new option, so many borrowers who could be eligible to refinance aren’t even aware the opportunity exists. Which is unfortunate, because the savings can be significant.  For example, the average SoFi borrower saves $9,400 when they refinance with us.*  In addition, some private lenders offer additional benefits to borrowers when they refinance, such as complimentary career coaching and entrepreneurial support.

How to get lucky: When shopping around for a refinance lender, be sure to compare interest rates as well as other potential benefits.

3.  Ask for forgiveness. What borrower hasn’t fantasized about winning the lottery and paying off their loans in one fell swoop?  Unfortunately, you’re more likely to get hit by an asteroid than win a seven figure jackpot. So what’s the next best thing? How about making your student loan balance magically disappear.

It sounds too good to be true, but this is the basic idea behind student loan forgiveness. Surprisingly, there are quite a few ways to get your loan slate wiped clean, but the most well-known one (and the one that applies to the most people) is the government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Under the program, borrowers who work full-time for a qualifying public service organization may be eligible to have federal loans forgiven after 10 years of on-time monthly payments.

Before you skim over this section and assume that PSLF won’t apply to you, consider this: The CFPB estimates that about one in four working Americans has a job that meets the definition of “public service”, and yet they believe a “substantial sum” is left on the table by borrowers who don’t take advantage. This may be because the definition is broader than what most people would expect – for example, soldiers, doctors at non-profit hospitals and public defenders are all examples of professions that may qualify a borrower for PSLF.

How to get lucky: Find out if you qualify for PSLF or other forgiveness programs by contacting your student loan servicer.  

*SoFi average borrower savings assumes 10-year student loan refinancing with a weighted average rate of 7.67% and a loan balance of $86,000, compared to SoFi’s median 10-year rates of 5.875% (with AutoPay).

This post is by Anna Wolf and originally appeared on the SoFi Blog. SoFi connects alumni borrowers and investors to refinance private and federal student loans.

Learn how to use sample essays to create an exemplary essay of your own!

Accepted.com: Helping You Write Your Best

Related Resources:

• SoFi: Alumni Funded Student Loans
Tips for Financing Your MBA
• PayScale: How Much You Can Earn, and How to Earn It

Tags: , , , , , ,

The post 3 Ways to Make Your Own Student Loan Luck appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/17/3-ways-to-make-your-own-student-loan-luck/feed/ 0
U.S. News 2016 Best Medical Schools – Research & Primary Care http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/16/u-s-news-2016-best-medical-schools-research-primary-care/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/16/u-s-news-2016-best-medical-schools-research-primary-care/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:18:35 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29595 U.S. News released its graduate school rankings Tuesday. 130 med schools and 26 schools of osteopathic medicine (all fully accredited) were surveyed in late 2014 and early 2015. Of these schools, 116 provided adequate data for creating these rankings. Let’s take a look at the top 25 med schools in research and primary care… 2016 […]

The post U.S. News 2016 Best Medical Schools – Research & Primary Care appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
U.S. News released its graduate school rankings Tuesday. 130 med schools and 26 schools of osteopathic medicine (all fully accredited) were surveyed in late 2014 and early 2015. Of these schools, 116 provided adequate data for creating these rankings.

Let’s take a look at the top 25 med schools in research and primary care…

2016 Best Med Schools – Research

Make sure you are using the rankings correctly!1. Harvard University

2. Stanford University

3. Johns Hopkins University (tie)

3.  UC San Francisco (tie)

5. UPenn Perelman

6. Washington University – St. Louis

7. Yale University

8. Columbia University (tie)

8. Duke University (tie)

10. Chicago Pritzker (tie)

10. Michigan – Ann arbor (tie)

10. University of Washington (tie)

13. UCLA Geffen

14. NYU (tie)

14. Vanderbilt University (tie)

16. University of Pittsburgh

17. UC San Diego

18. Cornell Weill

19. Northwestern Feinberg

20. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

21. Baylor College of Medicine

22. UNC Chapel Hill

23. Emory University

24. Case Western Reserve University

25. University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

2016 Best Med Schools – Primary Care

1. University of Washington

2. UNC Chapel Hill

3. UC San Francisco

4. University of Nebraska Medical Center

5. Oregon Health and Science University (tie)

5. Michigan – Ann Arbor (tie)

7. UCLA Geffen

8. University of Colorado

9. University of Wisconsin – Madison

10. University of Minnesota

11. Baylor College of Medicine

12. Harvard University (tie)

12. MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (tie)

12. UMass Worcester (tie)

12. UPenn Perelman (tie)

16. University of Iowa – Carver

17. University of Alabama – Birmingham (tie)

17. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (tie)

19. UC Davis (tie)

19. UC San Diego (tie)

19. Chicago Pritzker (tie)

19. University of Hawaii – Manoa – Burns (tie)

19. University of Pittsburgh (tie)

19. Washington University – St. Louis (tie)

25. East Carolina University – Brody

You can read about U.S. News’ med school ranking methodology here.

For perspective on the significance of these rankings, please see “Medical School Rankings: What Are They Worth?

Are you misusing the med school rankings? Click here to find out!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

• Navigating the Med School Maze
• Medical School Admissions 2015-2016: A Dean’s Perspective
• 5 Questions to Help You Decide Where To Apply To Medical School

Tags: , , , ,

The post U.S. News 2016 Best Medical Schools – Research & Primary Care appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/16/u-s-news-2016-best-medical-schools-research-primary-care/feed/ 0
The Med School Journey of a “Professional Procrastinator” http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/16/the-med-school-journey-of-a-professional-procrastinator/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/16/the-med-school-journey-of-a-professional-procrastinator/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:23:54 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29471 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Kendra Williams… Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you […]

The post The Med School Journey of a “Professional Procrastinator” appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more med student intervierwsThis interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Kendra Williams…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What’s your favorite flavor ice cream?

Kendra: I’m from Hamlin, TX. I studied at McMurry University. I majored in BioMedical Science and minored in Biochemistry. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Vanilla Bluebell. I love to make coke floats!

Accepted: Where are you in med school? What year? 

Kendra: I am a first year medical student at UT Houston Medical School.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about UT Houston so far? Which other med schools did you consider? Why did you choose UT Houston?

Kendra: I love the sense of community that we have at our school. Even though we are one of the biggest classes in the US, we are able to embody one another as family. Other than UT Houston, I considered UTMB in Galveston. I chose UT Houston because the things that I stated above, set them apart from other schools.

Accepted: If you could change one thing about the program, what would it be? 

Kendra: I don’t think I would change anything! Some people have suggested a curriculum change, as we do use block scheduling, but in my opinion, when you come to medical school, you have to adapt to a certain system of study.

Accepted: In your blog you call yourself a professional procrastinator — how did you deal with this as a med school applicant and now as a busy medical student?

Kendra: Obviously it played out in my favor, but I told myself as an applicant, I would never do that again. Procrastinating so much caused me so much headache that definitely could be avoided. Because I’m so used to procrastinating but still being able to succeed and get tasks done in a concise and efficient manner, I thought that that would translate over into medical school. It didn’t. First semester, I had such a hard time with trying to learn how to manage time, learning what study method worked for me, and all the while trying to keep up with material. It was not fun at all and procrastination finally caught up with me.

Over Christmas break, I had to revamp how to approach studying, test-taking, and time management habits. I literally had to flip my life upside down to finally get it right.

Accepted: Can you talk about your experience with taking an MCAT test prep course?

Kendra: I used Kaplan as an online MCAT test prep course. I really didn’t know that much about it, but it was the only thing that I was ever advised to use. It didn’t work that well for me because I learn by actually sitting in a classroom and having structure to my studies. For others, it works great but for me it was a total waste because I knew before I paid all the money for it that online work didn’t work best for me.

Accepted: Can you share some advice to incoming first year students, to help make their adjustment to med school easier?

Kendra: There is no way that you can 100% prepare for medical school but there are a few things that you can do that will make things a lot easier.

1. Learn what study habits work best for you.

When I came to medical school, I had no idea what worked best for me. I have since learned that pre-reading, as well as attending class, work best for me to reinforce and actually learn the material instead of just regurgitating information that has been thrown at me.

2. Make reading an integral part of your life.

There are some things that just don’t come to you as easy as they do for other people. When a professor decides to move on and you still don’t understand a concept, it is up to you to go back and read resources to make the material a little more familiar. You have to be able to read AND comprehend your material.

3. Learn to not get so down on yourself early.

This was one of my biggest problems in my first semester. I had a lot of trouble early on. Because people understood some information faster than I did, I automatically thought that I was behind. I was so used to doing great on everything in high school and college that it was a big shock that I didn’t make 90s and 100s on every, single thing. I became a little depressed and developed very heavy test anxiety (something that had never happened before). You have to realize when you come to medical school that you are part of a small group of people that are all the best of the best and the material is not always easy or fun. After I started having problems, everything went down from there because it was very hard for me to work at it. When I changed everything during winter break, I had to make an attitude change as well.

4. When you do get stressed out, find ways to de-stress!!

Whether it’s just taking a night off from studying to binge watch Netflix, having a glass of wine with friends, volunteering, or just sleeping in one day, you’ll be thankful for it in the end. I personally like to volunteer every now and again to remind myself of why I got into medicine in the first place. With everything in just Gross Anatomy & Biochemistry, it is very easy to lose sight of why you’re here.

Coming to medical school was a big change for me and it hasn’t always been easy, but these are some of the best years of your life so make the best of it and when you can, make it just a little bit easier.

Accepted: Did you go straight from college to med school? Or did you take time off?

Kendra: I graduated a semester early so I was able to have about 6 months off before the beginning of my entry year. During this time, I just spent time with family and worked to save a little bit of money before I had to completely stop working.

Accepted: Looking back, what was the most challenging aspect of the med school admissions process? How did you approach that challenge and overcome it?

Kendra: The most challenging part about the application process is that it takes a long time to get everything together and it’s very easy to give up on that. I realized this early on so I tried to keep accounts of things like volunteer experience, methods in the laboratory I learned, and extracurricular activities. I sort of kept a written account so I wouldn’t have to try to recount years of information to compile on one application. It helped a ton!!

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog and Twitter?

Kendra: Although, these are both my personal accounts, I use them to show the more humorous side of medical school and medicine as well as give some advice. I’m not the conventional med student so I like to show students aspiring to follow this pathway that everyone does not follow it the exact same way. I hope it is inspirational, motivational, and helpful to people and I’m always open to answer questions about the application process, medical school, and medical school life.

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can follow Kendra’s med school adventure by checking out her blog, Paging Student Dr. Kendra or by following her on Twitter (@studentdrkendra). Thank you Kendra for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

Download your free copy of 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Med School Application Essays!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

Navigate the Med School Maze, a free guide
Your MCAT Score and GPA
Work Hard and Stay Positive: Interview with a 2nd Year Med Student

Tags: , ,

The post The Med School Journey of a “Professional Procrastinator” appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/16/the-med-school-journey-of-a-professional-procrastinator/feed/ 0
The Woman’s Guide To Dress For Med School Interview Success http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/15/womans-guide-dress-med-school-interview-success/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/15/womans-guide-dress-med-school-interview-success/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:40:09 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29419 In a medical school interview, a first impression is often the only impression you get to make.  With just a handshake your aim is to come across as professional, confident, and trustworthy.  After all the hard work you have put in to your pre-med journey, this is your moment to shine as the outstanding applicant […]

The post The Woman’s Guide To Dress For Med School Interview Success appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Be fully prepared for your interview

Aim for an outfit that is both professional and comfortable.

In a medical school interview, a first impression is often the only impression you get to make.  With just a handshake your aim is to come across as professional, confident, and trustworthy.  After all the hard work you have put in to your pre-med journey, this is your moment to shine as the outstanding applicant you are.  Follow these simple steps to not only make the best impression, but to feel confident on your interview day.

In an interview situation, it is important that your interviewer get a sense of who you are from you, not from your clothes.  Even if you are not trying to make a statement, your top knot and hoop earrings might be more memorable than your three years of research or volunteer work.  If your attire raises an eyebrow, your interviewer could spend the rest of the short interview distracted by your appearance and not get a sense of the true you.

To dress for success, we have broken down the interview outfit from head to toe. But first, let’s start with the key piece, the suit.

Suits – Business suits come in a myriad of colors and styles.  For a medical school interview, chose a classic cut in black, navy blue, or gray.  Skirt suits and pant suits are both acceptable, so pick whichever makes you feel most comfortable.  Make sure to remove all tags, stickers, and pins before your interview.  Cut the loose stitching inside pockets or along a skirt slit before you leave the house.  If you are wearing an older suit, get it professionally cleaned and steamed.  Don’t forget a quick run of the lint roller before you leave!

Shirts – Nothing low cut.  Go for a simple oxford button up, or a nice blouse that does not wrinkle too easily.  Stay away from loud patterns or colors.  Remember that the men will be wearing shirts and ties with their suits, so you want to look just as professional as they do.

Always, always, always tuck your shirt in.

Belts – For men, belts are a necessity.  But for women, you can take them or leave them.  If you have a nice belt you like to wear with your suit, go for it.  Otherwise, an unbelted look is fine.

Skirts – If you are going to wear a skirt suit, sit down and make sure the skirt does not ride up too high.  Do not wear a skirt that is too tight.  And, always wear panty hose.

Pants – Get your pants hemmed to fit the heels you wear most.  Make sure to iron your pants or have them pressed before you wear them.

Shoes – Closed toe, low heel is the way to go.  Too high a heel and you will be uncomfortable all day.  Open toe and you risk looking unprofessional.

Bag – A medium size purse that will fit your portfolio folder (with extra copies of your resume and application) and any papers or handouts you receive that day.

Makeup – Simple simple simple.  If you wear concealer or powder, go lightly.  A little blush looks nice.  Mascara helps you look awake.  Avoid heavy eyeliner.  If you want to use eye shadow, pick neutral colors and go lightly.  If you chose lipstick or lip-gloss, pick subtle colors.

Jewelry – Small stud earrings, nothing dangling.  Small chain necklaces or a single strand of pearls. It is okay to wear a necklace with a religious symbol like a cross, but make sure it is understated.  Bracelets can be distracting if they make noise when you move.  You will most likely be wearing long sleeves, so you probably don’t need a bracelet.

Hair – Make sure your hair is neat.  You can always stick a brush in your purse and run it through your hair a few times before your interview.   If you chose to wear it up in a pony, bun, or half-up, make sure it is secure and not falling out.  Keep your hair out of your face and try not to touch it during an interview.

If you follow this list of do’s and don’ts, you will surely be dressed for success.  

DON’T:

1. Don’t be trendy- you are not interviewing with Vogue and now is not the time to channel your inner fashionista.

2. Along the trendy lines, don’t try any fancy new hairstyles.  Keep it simply down, half up, or in a low bun or ponytail.  A simple headband can work as well.

3. Don’t wear anything with big logos.  It is distracting and labels you as much as it labels the clothing item.

4. Don’t wear open toe shoes.  You do not want your interviewer gazing down at your hot pink toe nail polish.  Keep it conservative and wear closed toed shoes.

- Another shoe tip: Aim for a 1-2 inch heel.  On some interviews, you will be doing a lot of walking and if you come in with 5 inch Louboutins, you will be left in the dust.

5. Don’t wear anything too short.  Practice sitting down if you opt to wear a skirt.  Aim for it to hit just above the knee when sitting.  If it is higher than that, skip it.

6. Don’t wear anything too low cut or revealing.  Practice bending over and make sure your shirt does not gape open.  What if you drop your pen?

7. Don’t be messy or sloppy (obviously).

DO:

1. Do wear clothes that fit.  Find a tailor you like and have them hem pants and sleeves.

2. Do keep your clothes wrinkle free.  If you are traveling, use the hotel iron or hang your clothes in the bathroom to stream when you take a shower.

3. Do wear pantyhose.  Especially if you wear a skirt.  Black tights are fine too.

4. Do wear makeup.  Studies have shown that a small amount of makeup makes you come across as more professional.  Just keep it neutral and simple.  No sparkles and no red lip.

5. Do wear simple jewelry.  Small stud earrings and small necklaces can compliment a professional look.  A single strand of pearls always looks classy.

After all that, what is the most important thing to wear to a medical school interview?  A smile.  A big smile and eye contact are more memorable than any fancy suit.  

InterviewingWithImpactRecording

Andrea Tooley, MD is a resident physician in Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic.  She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2014.  Andrea shares stories from her days in medical school and residency, healthy recipes, and workouts on her blog, AndreaTooley.com.  
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success, a free guide
How to Ace Your Medical School Interview,  a free webinar
• The Men’s Guide to Dress for Medical School Success

Tags: ,

The post The Woman’s Guide To Dress For Med School Interview Success appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/15/womans-guide-dress-med-school-interview-success/feed/ 1
7 Reasons Medical School Applicants are Rejected http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/12/7-reasons-medical-school-applicants-are-rejected/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/12/7-reasons-medical-school-applicants-are-rejected/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:07:31 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29537 Each medical school receives thousands of applications every year and most schools have less than a hundred spots available. With ten years of experience in medical school admissions, I have seen several patterns emerge in rejected applications. In learning from these applicants’ mistakes—what not to do—you can put together a stronger application. The most common […]

The post 7 Reasons Medical School Applicants are Rejected appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for the five fatal flaws to avoid

Before you reapply, analyze where you went wrong

Each medical school receives thousands of applications every year and most schools have less than a hundred spots available. With ten years of experience in medical school admissions, I have seen several patterns emerge in rejected applications. In learning from these applicants’ mistakes—what not to do—you can put together a stronger application.

The most common mistakes I have seen include:

Low GPA with a decreasing trend: In some cases, it would be better to complete postbaccalaureate coursework before submitting the application. Having a decreasing trend with a borderline GPA is an easy way to earn a rejection. It is essential to apply with an increasing trend in your GPA.

• Low MCAT: If you do not have a high GPA to compensate for a low MCAT score, it may be best to retake the MCAT before applying. I don’t recommend applying before you receive your score because it can help you decide which schools to apply to. A MCAT score below a 24 can be considered dangerously low.

Weak Letters of Recommendation: Submitting old letters of recommendation (letters that are a year or older) or not submitting strong letters can substantially hurt your application. These letters are quoted and discussed at great length during selection committee meetings. They matter. Take the time to attend office hours and to form strong bonds with your mentors so that you can rest confident that you will have strong letters to support your application.

ON THE APPLICATION:

• Incorrect information: By accidentally listing the wrong country of your birth or wrong state for permanent residence, you can cause your application to be red flagged or to be automatically rejected by schools that only interview or accept residents. Double check all of the contact information, personal details and family information to make sure that it is correct. A simple but easy place to make a major mistake!

• Not Using Every Space Available: Many applicants do not list everything that they have done or do not use all 15 activity descriptions. Use every character allowed and complete each description requested, even if it is optional. Demonstrating that you have put the time and effort into the application to help them gain a stronger idea of who you are as an individual will make all the difference.

• Misrepresenting Your Activities: Don’t lie about what you haven’t done. If you do not have significant clinical, volunteer, leadership or research experience, sign up for some immediately! The strongest applications have a balance of activities that represent all three or four of these categories. (Research is optional for many medical schools.) Using an app, like MDTracker, can be helpful in keeping a big picture perspective of the distribution of your activities.

• Sloppy Primary and Secondary Essays: The essays that raise more questions than they provide answers often confuse and frustrate their readers. If your essay is challenging to read, most application reviewers will not read it all the way through. Take the time to create outlines and thoughtfully approach your writing. You can use these essays as a rare opportunity in your life for deep assessment and reflection. The more you know about yourself and how you approach life, the more gracefully you will be able to transition into medical school to take on the responsibilities of a healer.

• Weak Interview: Taking the time to submit an excellent application that earns you an interview, but neglecting to prepare for the interview with mocks can seriously jeopardize your spot in the entering class! Mock interviews can help you develop the skills required to give a strong interview. Most people struggle with public speaking and interviewing. The difference between those who interview well and those who do not is practice.

While it may be impossible to avoid all of these issues, you can navigate them more gracefully by adapting a strategy that will highlight your strengths so that your weakness will not be viewed so harshly. Working with a professional consultant or editor can make a dramatic difference. I wish you all success!

Med Reapplicant Guide

Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted.com 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 to Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs
• Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success
• Boost your GPA for Med School Acceptance

Tags: ,

The post 7 Reasons Medical School Applicants are Rejected appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/12/7-reasons-medical-school-applicants-are-rejected/feed/ 0
Three Topics to Discuss in Waitlist Letters http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/12/three-topics-discuss-waitlist-letters/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/12/three-topics-discuss-waitlist-letters/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:44:35 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29324 If you are on a waitlist, Linda Abraham has something to tell you: Related Resources: • College Applicants: Waitlisted or Rejected? • Help! I’ve Been Waitlisted! • How to Write Waitlist Update Letters Tags: College Admissions, College Video Tips, Grad School Admissions, Grad Video Tips, Law School Admissions, Law Video Tips, MBA Admissions, MBA Video Tips, […]

The post Three Topics to Discuss in Waitlist Letters appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
If you are on a waitlist, Linda Abraham has something to tell you:

Get off that waitlist! Listen how Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• College Applicants: Waitlisted or Rejected?
Help! I’ve Been Waitlisted!
How to Write Waitlist Update Letters

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The post Three Topics to Discuss in Waitlist Letters appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/12/three-topics-discuss-waitlist-letters/feed/ 0
Researching Postbac Programs http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/10/researching-postbac-programs/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/10/researching-postbac-programs/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:35:17 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29364 Some postbac programs have their own websites and application systems.  Other programs may be harder to find since they are small programs connected to a medical school, or they may be conditional acceptance programs that operate by invitation only. There are several ways to approach the task of finding programs that may interest you: • The […]

The post Researching Postbac Programs appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Learn more about Postbac programs

The perfect postbac program may be hard to find.

Some postbac programs have their own websites and application systems.  Other programs may be harder to find since they are small programs connected to a medical school, or they may be conditional acceptance programs that operate by invitation only.

There are several ways to approach the task of finding programs that may interest you:

• The Definitive Guide to Premedical Postbaccalaureate Programs – Start with the published literature on the topic!  For this book, I researched all of the premedical programs available in the U.S.  The index of the book includes a comprehensive list of all of the programs that exist.  Inside the book, there are interviews with programs directors and students who have successfully matriculated into medical school after completing a postbac program.  The book is now available on accepted.com and amazon.com.

• AAMC Postbac Database: – On the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) website they actually have a search database dedicated solely to listing the website and contact information for the postbac programs that register with them.  The benefit of this database is that it has the contact information for program directors and coordinators.  The only problem with using this site is that sometimes the information is no longer current or active.

• AACOM Information Book - The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Information Book includes information each year on the postbac programs available to pursue this field.  Most of the programs listed are SMP’s (special master degree programs).  If you know that you want to become a DO, I recommend focusing on applying to these programs to become a more competitive applicant. *Note: If you need to improve your undergraduate GPA a SMP will not improve your undergraduate GPA since it calculates into your graduate GPA.*

• Student Doctor Network Forums - Since users create anonymous screen names, using this site is similar to attending a Halloween party in that things can get out of hand when there is no accountability.  However, at times, you can glean useful information about postbac programs and the application process here.  If you have specific questions, you can create a conversation and hope that you receive some serious and useful responses.

• Individual school websites - If you live near a particular school and want to find out if they have a postbac program, check out the school’s website and/or contact their pre-health advisors.  They should be able to help you locate the nearest postbac programs.  Or if you’d like to take informal postbac coursework, you can enroll as a second bacc student on their campus and take classes on your own.  If possible, work with an advisor or consultant to make sure that you’re taking the right classes and course combinations!

• Premed Clubs and Conferences - Get connected to the premed club in your area, even if you have already graduated.  Attend all conferences at the local medical schools.  Networking with faculty, medical students and other premed students will help you locate more resources and programs. Many students matriculating into medical school have completed some form of postbaccalaureate coursework these days. Talking to them about their academic backgrounds can guide you in the right direction.

Hopefully, these strategies will help you find the program you are looking for.  Often, it’s a matter of leaving no stone unturned and considering every possible resource.  It’s difficult to ask for help, but doing so may lead you directly to what you are seeking – and save you tons of time.

Download A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs!

is an Accepted.com 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 to Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs
Admissions Straight Talk: All Things Postbac
Who Needs a Postbac Program and Who Doesn’t

Tags: ,

The post Researching Postbac Programs appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/10/researching-postbac-programs/feed/ 0
4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/06/4-ways-show-youll-contribute-future/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/06/4-ways-show-youll-contribute-future/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:33:41 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29350 Schools want to see that the applicants will actively participate in and contribute to their student bodies and alumni communities, not to mention the greater community and society. Yet grandiose, declarative statements and promises to be a superlative do-gooder are unpersuasive. So how is an applicant to show what he or she will do in […]

The post 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here to learn how to demonstrate leadership in your application

Will your past allow the adcom a peak into your future?

Schools want to see that the applicants will actively participate in and contribute to their student bodies and alumni communities, not to mention the greater community and society. Yet grandiose, declarative statements and promises to be a superlative do-gooder are unpersuasive.

So how is an applicant to show what he or she will do in the future? Point to the past. Most admission committees are firm believers that past behavior reveals abilities and interests and is a good predictor of the future.

Here are four tips to help you relay the message that you plan on achieving greatness by contributing to your school/community/world-at-large, by highlighting your impressive past.

1. Share the story of past achievements and quantify if possible the impact you had. – By showing how you’ve already contributed, you demonstrate that you have the initiative, people skills, and organizational talent to make an impact in the future.

2. Discuss skills you’ve developed that will aid to future contributions. – You can show the adcoms that you’re prepared to give back by proving that you’ve got the skills and the tools needed. Use evidence to support your skill development by talking about how you’ve worked to build your skill set, i.e. by taking a course or through work experience, etc. Analyze your success and failures (when asked for the latter) to reveal that you are a thinking, growing, dynamic individual. And when asked about failures or setbacks, discuss what you learned from the tough times. Demonstrate a growth mindset.

3. Show how your skills are transferable. – To contribute to your classmates or school, you’ll need to show how your unique talents or experiences can be shared with your classmates, professors, or work colleagues. Talk about how your skills, understanding, and ethics can impact those around you.

4. Mention how your target school will help. – Now the adcom readers know that you’ve got skills and that you’re ready to share them. Next, you need to reinforce the idea that their school is THE PLACE to accelerate your upward trajectory.

A good essay on your contributions will cover each of the above topics – what you’ve done in the past, how you’ve developed your skills, how you plan on sharing that knowledge, and how your target school will help you effect change. Remember, the past reveals much about the future, so share the story of what you’ve done and how you’ve reached this point and you’ll be well on your way to proving that you’ve got what it takes to contribute in the future.

The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes: Get your free copy!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

Leadership in Admissions
How to Prove Character Traits in Essays
Does Extracurricular Equal Extra Credit?

Tags: , , , ,

The post 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/06/4-ways-show-youll-contribute-future/feed/ 0
Are You Ready to Nail the MCAT Test? http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/05/ready-nail-mcat-test-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/05/ready-nail-mcat-test-2/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:21:49 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29336 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.) There will be new […]

The post Are You Ready to Nail the MCAT Test? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
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.)

Click here to register for the webinar!

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.

Click here to reserve your spot for the webinar!

Details:

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

Tags:

The post Are You Ready to Nail the MCAT Test? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/05/ready-nail-mcat-test-2/feed/ 0
An Inside Look at the Medical School Journey http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/04/inside-look-medical-school-journey/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/04/inside-look-medical-school-journey/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:16:10 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29316 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 […]

The post An Inside Look at the Medical School Journey appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
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 podcastthemes.com.

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

 Related Shows:

• 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

Leave a Review for Admissions Straight Talk:

Check Out Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes! Check Out Admissions Straight Talk in Stitcher!

Download your free special report: Navigate the Med School Maze!

Tags: , , ,

The post An Inside Look at the Medical School Journey appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/04/inside-look-medical-school-journey/feed/ 0
Who Needs a Postbac Program and Who Doesn’t http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/03/needs-postbac-program-doesnt/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/03/needs-postbac-program-doesnt/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:17:43 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29142 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 […]

The post Who Needs a Postbac Program and Who Doesn’t appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
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

Leadership

• 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 accepted.com to submit exceptional applications.

Download A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs!

Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted.com 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

Tags: ,

The post Who Needs a Postbac Program and Who Doesn’t appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/03/needs-postbac-program-doesnt/feed/ 0
Can You Keep a Secret? http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/02/can-keep-secret/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/02/can-keep-secret/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:28:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29051 Tune 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 […]

The post Can You Keep a Secret? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
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!

Click Here to Save Your Spot!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Tags:

The post Can You Keep a Secret? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/02/can-keep-secret/feed/ 0
3 Tips for Parents of Grad School Applicants http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/01/3-tips-parents-grad-school-applicants/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/01/3-tips-parents-grad-school-applicants/#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:22:41 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28344 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 […]

The post 3 Tips for Parents of Grad School Applicants appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Download Get Your Game on Special Report

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.

Not sure you can effectively guide your child through the grad school admissions process (in a balanced, non-pushy way of course)? Browse our catalog of services to access professional guidance today!

Get Your Game On: Free Special Report

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

Related Resources:

5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid on Your Grad School Statement of Purpose
• The Biggest Application Essay Mistake
•  Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF!

Tags: , , , , ,

The post 3 Tips for Parents of Grad School Applicants appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/03/01/3-tips-parents-grad-school-applicants/feed/ 0
Moving Forward After Medical School Rejection http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/26/move-forward-receiving-rejections-med-schools/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/26/move-forward-receiving-rejections-med-schools/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:21 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29037 It is devastating to receive a rejection.  We actually experience physical pain.  The same parts of the brain that are activated when we are kicked or punched light up when we experience rejection.  Given the very real physical and emotional pain of rejection, as anyone who has been through it before can attest, there are […]

The post Moving Forward After Medical School Rejection appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here to download the 6 Tips For Success for the Medical School Reapplicant!

Don’t let that rejection letter crumple your dreams of becoming a doctor!

It is devastating to receive a rejection.  We actually experience physical pain.  The same parts of the brain that are activated when we are kicked or punched light up when we experience rejection.  Given the very real physical and emotional pain of rejection, as anyone who has been through it before can attest, there are some steps that you can take to come out of the experience with greater insight and a stronger strategy:

1. Recognize that everyone experiences rejection in the same way. You are not alone. Thousands of people are rejected from medical school every year. We all experience rejection the same way. What differentiates us is how each person reacts to it. Repressing your feelings or avoiding addressing the impact can have the most negative consequences. Using the experience to observe your emotions and learn from them can be powerful and constructive. You can gain valuable insight on what you need to do to process the feelings in actively deciding to move forward, when you are ready.

2. Take some time to grieve. Be gentle with yourself. Take some personal time by taking a break or participating in the activities that will allow you to engage in some self reflection.  By learning what works for you, in the future, you can more quickly recover from similar set-backs because they are inevitable in life. For some people, a meditation retreat will allow them to recharge and for others a mission trip to another country will help them refocus. For some, maybe all you’ll need is a good walk followed by a cup of tea.

Consider all the options and the level of introspection that will suit your preferences. Try one and then another, until you find what works best for you. Essentially, you are grieving the loss of an opportunity. You may experience the full spectrum of emotions that are associated with the grieving process. It can be useful to ask for help or even consider professional counseling if you are getting stuck in any one particular stage.

3. Decide what is important to you. After you’ve had time to grieve—the amount of time required will vary from person to person—you can sit down and journal or make a list of your goals.  After reassessing what is important to you, you can let go of any of the negative emotions attached to the experience of rejection and actively decide to move on—taking with you any useful information that you learned about yourself and the process of applying. Enormous wisdom can be gained from these kinds of destabilizing events. You get the chance to consciously rebuild by integrating the experience into your identity and deciding the best way to move forward.

4. Select a strategy in moving forward. You have lots and lots of options, if you allow yourself to be open to the myriad of possibilities that exist. Be strategic and thorough in your examination of the pathways open to you. Talk to other people about your experience and ask about theirs. Do not leave any stone unturned. If the experience only makes you more determined to go into medicine, get feedback on your application. Talk to pre-health advisors. Contact professional admissions consultants; we here at Accepted are available to help you. Critically evaluate your application and how to improve as much as you can before reapplying. Or if you are not ready to reapply, begin exploring the multitude of careers in healthcare that do not require a medical degree or take a gap year or two. You have the power to mediate your experience and to make it as exciting as you want it to be!

Download Medical School Reapplicant Tips for Succcess

Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted.com 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:

• Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success
Help, I Was Rejected by All the Medical Schools I Applied To!
• The Dreaded Med School Rejection: What now?

Tags: ,

The post Moving Forward After Medical School Rejection appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/26/move-forward-receiving-rejections-med-schools/feed/ 0
4 Things Your Medical School Application Needs to Reveal http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/24/4-things-medical-school-application-needs-reveal/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/24/4-things-medical-school-application-needs-reveal/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:15:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28769 Your med school application is your sales pitch. If after reading your app, the adcom isn’t interested in hearing more from you, then you haven’t done an adequate job selling yourself. There are FOUR things you need to reveal in your application if you want to convince the admissions committee that you’re worth investing in. […]

The post 4 Things Your Medical School Application Needs to Reveal appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more med school tips

Will your application grab the adcom’s attention?

Your med school application is your sales pitch. If after reading your app, the adcom isn’t interested in hearing more from you, then you haven’t done an adequate job selling yourself.

There are FOUR things you need to reveal in your application if you want to convince the admissions committee that you’re worth investing in.

Your medical school application MUST:

1. Show you can do the work: High test scores, a solid transcript, and a good sampling of clinical work/research will prove to the adcom that you’ve got the brains and the know-how to succeed.

2. Share mission of the school: You must show your commitment to diversity, to working in undeserved communities, to holistic healing, to osteopathy, etc. – if your target school focuses on any of the above (or other areas), then it would do your application good to indicate that those factors are important to you as well.

3. Will make a good physician: Your letters of recommendation will come into play here. You need strong voices to vouch for your abilities and passion to become a physician. The more experience you have in the field here, the better.

4. Will contribute to your school community and medical profession: A foundation of admissions is the belief that “Past behavior predicts future behavior.” Schools want to admit students who will be active participants in their community, and alumni who will make them proud. Show that you have been active in the past and that you have revealed the qualities medical schools value to persuade them you have what they seek.

If you’ve been involved in extracurriculars, contributed to your school or local community, and/or volunteered, then you’ll want to include this information in your application. Similarly, if you’ve participated in important medical research and can show that you’re passionate about continuing to contribute to medical advancements, then this should be explained in your app as well.

If your pitch is weak in even ONE of the above four areas, then it’s likely that the adcom readers will turn you down and move on to the next applicant on their list.

Do you need help strengthening your pitch? Check out our medical school admissions services here.
Download your free copy of 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Med School Application Essays!
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• Med School Rankings & Numbers: What You Must Know
5 Reasons Why Med Applicants Should Volunteer
Med School Student Interviews

Tags:

The post 4 Things Your Medical School Application Needs to Reveal appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/24/4-things-medical-school-application-needs-reveal/feed/ 0
Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanities & Spiritual Care [Admitted Student IV] http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/23/narrative-medicine-medical-humanities-spiritual-care-admitted-student-iv/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/23/narrative-medicine-medical-humanities-spiritual-care-admitted-student-iv/#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:16:56 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=29007 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Vaidehi Mujumdar… Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you […]

The post Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanities & Spiritual Care [Admitted Student IV] appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more med school applicant interviews

Vaidehi Mujumdar (Photo credit: Hebah Khan – hebankhan.com)

This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Vaidehi Mujumdar…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What’s your favorite non-school book?

Vaidehi: I’m currently living in New York City, but I was born in India, moved to Southern California at age three and then moved to Northern Virginia, where I spent most of my childhood. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a double major in Biology and Anthropology modified with Ethics.

I love/hate this question because I have a long list of books and quotes I keep in a notebook to share with people. Just to list some titles I really love: Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things; The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; The Red Tent by Anita Diamant; Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC by husband and wife virus hunters Joseph B. McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch; The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman; and Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Recently, I have loved reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and Atul Gawande’s newest book, Being Mortal.

Accepted: Congratulations on your multiple acceptances to med school! Where will you be attending this Fall?

Vaidehi: I am actually still deciding between a few schools and it’s actually a lot harder than I thought it would be to make a decision. I think going to re-visit weekends and getting a better sense of the community, location, and fit will be really important for me. I am grateful that I have until April to figure it out and some part of me knows that it will end up being one of those decisions that starts with a large pro/con list but then ends up being made based on “feeling” – where I feel I can be successful and happy to pursue interdisciplinary interests in medicine.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your experience at the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN)? What do you do there? How will this experience play into your future as a physician?

Vaidehi: Dartmouth has a Post-Graduate Fellowship Program for students interested in working in the non-profit sector. My fellowship was at an organization called HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, an organization that provides compassionate spiritual care to healthcare organizations and individuals through research, education, and clinical services. Spiritual care is interesting in that it is not religion or specific to a denomination. We all need spiritual care as patients and as healthcare providers to make meaning of lived experiences.

One of my main responsibilities at HCCN was to co-managing two hospital pilot programs based in Harlem and Queens. These programs utilized chaplains in providing spiritual care interventions to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions for Medicare patients 65+. There was a lot of great quantitative and ethnographic data gathered from this study and I know the model we used can be built upon in the future. I really believe that integrating chaplains in the healthcare team can help improve patient outcomes. Having seen the difference chaplain and spiritual care has on patient satisfaction and health outcomes, I know I will be mindful as a physician in utilizing spiritual care as a possible tool a health care organization can provide for a patient.

Accepted: Why did you decide to take this time off after graduating college? Do you think you made the right decision?

Vaidehi: I grappled a lot in college if I was going to take time off and actually decided to do it so that I could double major, go abroad to do my anthropology thesis research, and actually also devote time to write a thesis. I absolutely believe I made the right decision. Initially, my plans to take a gap year(s) was very practical and had to do with timing in my undergraduate studies, taking the MCAT, and wanting to do all of those things well.

However, at the end of my first gap year, I realized how important it was for personal growth and just being able to have the time to explore myself, my passion for writing and journalism, and working full-time in one of the craziest city’s I have ever lived in. I really believe having this time will make me a better student in medical school.

I found on the interview trail that the people who were a couple years out of undergraduate were usually the ones who had a story to tell and an enthusiasm for getting back into school. I also feel like managing work-life balance and priorities is extremely important and it’s not something that I really considered so much in undergrad. If I could back and tell my younger self circa my sophomore year of college when I was struggling with how I could fit in everything I wanted to do academically and personally, I would definitely say, “Stop stressing about fitting it all in a set number of years just because that’s what you expected the plan to be.” Plans change. Flexibility and adaptability are important, and taking the time during gap years to enrich yourself is invaluable.

Through my 2 gap years, I have had the opportunity to pursue journalism and writing in New York City as well as health advocacy work and I feel like I have a better grasp of what I want to do in the medical field as a physician.

What MCAT Score Will Get You Into Med School?Accepted: Can you talk about your interest in medical humanities and spiritual care research? 

Vaidehi: My interest in the medical humanities I believe really started my junior/senior year of college when I wrote a thesis in socio-cultural anthropology and ramped up a lot during my gaps years when I started freelance writing for several platforms focused on self-care, trauma, women’s health in minority communities, and exploring narrative medicine.

I believe the medical humanities and spiritual care provide us with a holistic look at both individual and population levels that can help in creating effective solutions. For example, I am interested in conducting research on chronic endocrine and reproductive diseases in women. Narrative medicine as a subset of the medical humanities allows me to gather illness stories told by women about their lived experiences with these chronic problems. To me, medicine is about stories and through my experiences working in this realm, I have also realized how powerful stories are to healing.

On the other hand, spiritual care research, through the use of mindfulness based stress reduction, can help me provide data on if these techniques are useful in improving overall well-being and health. Along with allopathic medical training and an interest and understanding of medical humanities and spiritual care, I believe I am better equipped to be a physician who practices patient-centered care.

Accepted: Looking back, what was the most challenging aspect of the med school admissions process? How did you approach that challenge and overcome it?

Vaidehi: The most challenging part of this process is keeping a positive attitude through what is a long process. At first, the process seems like a bunch of steps that if you do correctly, you’ll be fine. So you do the pre-reqs, the MCAT prep, the application writing, filling out secondaries, the interviewing, and then you wait. And for someone who works on patience everyday, waiting was my biggest challenge and you can drive yourself bonkers if you keep focusing on dates, interviews, and who’s doing what.

At some point you just have to let go and say you put everything you could out there in the best way you could and now the rest is not in your hands. Giving up that control will surprise you and it will definitely help with the waiting process.

The other challenging aspect of the process for me was coming up with a school list. Now almost done with the process, I have to say it is really important to come up with a list that is thoughtful and broad. I picked a range of schools based on statistics, but also focused on fit depending on their strengths/weakness. I believe it made a big difference in when and how many interviews I received.

Accepted: Do you have any additional tips for our med school applicants?

Vaidehi: Apply early. Everyone says this, but you have no idea how much of difference it makes when you’ve interviewed early in the cycle and have acceptances in the Fall. It sets you up for a less stressful cycle and the ability to relax as much as you can while waiting to hear back from other places.

Have multiple people read your personal statement and even some of the secondary essays that you may reuse for schools. It’s really important to get different viewpoints, while also remembering that at the end of the day it’s your story. I went through many drafts of my statement and through the revising process I was able to see how others reading my ideas were understanding and reacting to them. That’s important because admissions committees are made up of different people and therefore you want to create a personal narrative, while making it accessible and clear for anyone to read. Anyone reading your essay(s) without reading anything else in your application should know who you are, what experiences have brought you to choosing medicine, and why you are a good fit for this profession. I can’t stress how important I feel the personal narrative and the writing you do for your AMCAS and secondaries is in setting you apart from all the other qualified applicants.

I know people say this a lot, but be yourself at interviews. Be professional, but don’t try to fit yourself into what you think the interviewer wants or what you think the school is looking for. Wield your differences, because we all have them, as positives and use them to connect with your interviewer. The school has already read your AMCAS and believes that you have portrayed yourself effectively in your written communication to them. The interview is all about making an authentic human connection, which is not only important for medical school but in that long journey of pursuing medicine.

Early on in the cycle, I went to an interview where I took what I later thought was a pretty controversial stance on a topic I had experience with through work and research. After the interview, I mentally kicked myself, thinking I had ruined my chances. I was later not only accepted to that school, but my interviewer wrote me a note saying, “We need more people like you in medicine to talk about the issues we shy away from.” That was one of the biggest affirmation I got from a physician and in a process that often fills you with doubt. I know that particular interview experience helped me act more confidently and stay as true to myself as I could for future interviews

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can follow Vaidehi’s adventure by checking out her blog, http://vaidehimujumdar.weebly.com/ and/or following her on Twitter (@VeeMuj). Thank you Vaidehi for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

Download a free Med School Secondary Essay Handbook for the tips you need to write successful secondariness!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success
Choosing the Perfect Medical School: Multiple Acceptances a Reality
Who Should Take a Gap Year

Tags: ,

The post Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanities & Spiritual Care [Admitted Student IV] appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/23/narrative-medicine-medical-humanities-spiritual-care-admitted-student-iv/feed/ 0
The AAMC Fee Assistance Program: How & Who Should Apply http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/19/aamc-fee-assistance-program-apply/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/19/aamc-fee-assistance-program-apply/#respond Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:55:35 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28646 Applying to med school isn’t cheap (see our breakdown of costs here), and the AAMC understands that not all applicants will be able to cover these costs. AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program was created with the conviction that application fees shouldn’t prevent serious aspiring doctors from pursuing their dreams because of financial obstacles. Let’s take a […]

The post The AAMC Fee Assistance Program: How & Who Should Apply appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more tips and advice for medical school!

Application fees shouldn’t prevent aspiring doctors from pursuing their dreams.

Applying to med school isn’t cheap (see our breakdown of costs here), and the AAMC understands that not all applicants will be able to cover these costs.

AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program was created with the conviction that application fees shouldn’t prevent serious aspiring doctors from pursuing their dreams because of financial obstacles.

Let’s take a look at some of the program details…

Subscribing to the Fee Assistance Program

To apply for financial assistance, applicants must fill out the Fee Assistance Program application BEFORE they register for the MCAT, submit the AMCAS application, and subscribe to Pivio.

Note: The award from this program MAY NOT be used retroactively. If applicants already paid for certain application components, they will not be reimbursed.

You can use the application guide to help you with your Fee Assistance Program application.

You will receive an answer from AAMC within 15 business days after submitting your application.

Fee Assistance Program Eligibility

To be eligible for assistance from the AAMC, you must:

• Be a United States citizen, U.S. National, a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S (“Green Card” holder), or have been granted refugee/asylum or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. government.

• Have a reported household income 300% or less than the 2014 national poverty level for the equivalent family size.

• Submit parental financial information and supporting tax documentation.

• Not have already been awarded fee assistance five times (the lifetime maximum).

 Note: Awards expire December 31st of the calendar year after you were granted assistance (for example, if your application is approved January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, then your fee assistance will expire on December 31, 2016). If you reapply for benefits the following year, your current award will expire as soon as you’re new award is granted.

2015 Fee Assistance Program Benefits

MCAT benefits you will receive include:

• Reduced registration fees from $300 to $115 in MCAT testing year 2015 (for exams taken through December 31, 2016).

• Copies of The Official Guide to the MCAT® (MCAT2015) Exam and other official MCAT practice products ($125 value).

• Up to $500 towards the psycho-educational or medical evaluation (sometimes required for your MCAT accommodations application).

Medical school admission benefits include:

• Free access to the Medical School Admission Requirements website through December 31, 2016.

• Waiver of AMCAS application fees (for one application with up to 15 med schools). Must be submitted by December 31, 2016.

Pivio benefits include:

• $25 yearly subscription to Pivio for up to two years ($100 value).

Download your free special report: Navigate the Med School Maze!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• The New MCAT: What’s Hype, What’s Real and What You Can Do Today
• How Much Does Applying to Med School Cost?
How to Write the Statement of Disadvantage

Tags: , ,

The post The AAMC Fee Assistance Program: How & Who Should Apply appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/19/aamc-fee-assistance-program-apply/feed/ 0
An Anthropologist, Theologian and Runner at Med School http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/16/anthropologist-theologian-runner-med-school/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/16/anthropologist-theologian-runner-med-school/#respond Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:07:20 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28813 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Joshua Niforatos… Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you […]

The post An Anthropologist, Theologian and Runner at Med School appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Want to read more med student interviews? Click here!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Joshua Niforatos…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? Do you hold other degrees?

Joshua: I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago where I was born and raised. In grade school and throughout high school, I wanted to study archaeology in the Southwest and Latin/South America. Two aspects of the archaeological record fascinate me: (1) how ancient cultures interpreted the night sky, and (2) how people in antiquity conceptualized diseases. So, the best place to study Southwestern and Latin/South American archaeology is University of New Mexico, and that’s where I decided to go to for undergraduate studies.

I became a bit disenchanted with the necessary, though onerous, politics of archaeological excavation, and decided to focus on cultural anthropology, biology, and humanities. After studying cultural anthropology for a bit, I once again became disenchanted by what seemed to be the chronicling aspect of suffering rather than the amelioration of suffering within the discipline.

To make a long story very short, it was around this time period that I decided to pursue medicine. I graduated with a B.A. in anthropology (Ethnology/Linguistics), and then decided to stick around for two more years and earn another B.A. (biology major, chemistry minor).

During my second B.A., I realized I lacked a coherent philosophical system by which to base my desire to engage in social justice. One thing led to another, and I found myself at Boston University School of Theology where I studied anthropology, ritual, and theologies of liberation. I earned a Master of Theological Studies from Boston University.

Accepted: What year are you at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine? 

Joshua: I’m currently a first year at CCLCM, and I’ve been in the program for about 7 months now.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about the program so far? And if you could change one thing about the program, what would it be? 

Joshua: I really like having no tests/exams and no grades, not even pass/fail. Yep, you read that correctly! But more importantly, I appreciate the family-like atmosphere of the program. On interview day, Dr. Franco, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, was showing us some of the classrooms and I was very impressed by the fact that every student we passed she knew (1) their names, (2) where they went to college, (3) what field of medicine they want to pursue, and (4) what research they’re interested in. How cool is that!?

Also, the faculty at CCLCM and Cleveland Clinic are incredibly kind. There are almost too many opportunities for research and shadowing at CCLCM and the Cleveland Clinic!

If I could change one thing about the program I would probably rely less on Medical Physiology by Boron and Boulpaep as our primary normal physiology textbook during first year. It is a bit too dense, and it’s sometimes difficult to know what is really necessary from the reading.

Accepted: Can you share some advice to incoming first year students, to help make their adjustment to med school easier?

Joshua: In terms of coursework, I think it’s really helpful to have some physiology and biochemistry in your repertoire before starting medical school. But to be completely honest, medical school is not conceptually difficult; it’s not like quantum mechanics or theoretical math. The concepts in medicine, so far, are pretty basic, but there’s a LOT of concepts. It’s the volume of information that makes medical school challenging.

Other than that, take courses that you enjoy during college so that you don’t feel burnt out by the time you start medical school. And make sure that you do nothing but relax during the summer before you start class!

Accepted: Can you talk more about your unique route to med school? What inspired you to pursue a degree in medicine after completing your Master’s in Theological Studies? 

Joshua: I’m interested in health advocacy and social justice, and you don’t learn enough about these topics as a science major or medical student. You just don’t. There’s too much literature out there to read, too many seminars, lectures, and conferences to attend, and too many on-the-ground experiences to “experience” in order to understand the unique perspectives of those who are marginalized in society.

Medical/cultural anthropology gave me the theory by which to understand how ideologies and social structures become embodied as sickness, and theology gave me the ability to both hear and understand the voices of those who are marginalized in society. All of these readings became concrete when I did a 1.5 year public health project working with immigrants at risk for Type II diabetes.

Ultimately, I’ll probably get another master’s degree (a 1 year degree), either in medical anthropology or advanced theology since I need more formal education in LGBTQIA, feminist, black, and womanist studies.

Anyway, I wanted to pursue medicine before completing my Master in Theological Studies. I took the MCAT before I started seminary. Theology and medicine go hand-in-hand: physicians are healers of the body, while seminarians are healers of society and the soul.

Accepted: Do you have any foresight into the residency application process? What do you plan on specializing in?

Joshua: The residency process is about 3-4 years away for me right now since the CCLCM curriculum takes 5 years, so I cannot really comment on this. Currently, I’m interested in infectious disease medicine or psychiatry, but that might change in the future. Infectious disease medicine interests me from a public health standpoint, and psychiatry interests me from an anthropological standpoint.

Accepted: Looking back, what was the most challenging aspect of the med school admissions process? How did you approach that challenge and overcome it?

Joshua: The most challenging aspect of the medical school admissions process is waiting to hear back. After you submit your primary and secondary applications, it’s a waiting game. If you get an interview, it can often be weeks to months before you hear back. Waiting is difficult, and patience is something I need to continually work on. I’ll be honest: I’m not someone to emulate when it comes to advice concerning how to practice patience. I made sure I was extremely busy during the 6-7 months of waiting, so between graduate school, working a part-time job, running, and working on my master’s thesis, there wasn’t a lot of free time to worry about acceptances or rejections. Though I’d imagine my housemates in Boston would beg to differ. ☺

Accepted: Can you tell us about Vagabond Running?

Joshua: I started Vagabond Running Blog in 2012 as way for me to write on a passion of mine. I started running frequently when I moved to New Mexico, and I primarily ran in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. I am really fascinated by the biomechanics of running, as well as the running shoe market. So, I decided to start blogging about running! I was sponsored by the outdoor company Merrell summer 2012 to represent them at the Outdoor Nation 2012 Summit in Boston, and since then companies ranging from The North Face and Arc’teryx to Mizuno and Skechers periodically send me running shoes and gear to review for my blog. We’ll see how long I keep the blog going, but it’s been a great outlet so far. My most popular post, interestingly enough, is How Running Improved My MCAT Score. Pre-meds, check it out!

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can follow Joshua’s adventure by checking out his blog, Vagabond Running. Thank you Joshua for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

Click here to read Med School admissions Q & A

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• Navigating the Med School Maze
Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016, a free webinar.
Medical School Student Interviews

Tags: , ,

The post An Anthropologist, Theologian and Runner at Med School appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/16/anthropologist-theologian-runner-med-school/feed/ 0
How Much Does Applying to Med School Cost? http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/15/much-applying-med-school-cost/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/15/much-applying-med-school-cost/#respond Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:22:55 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28828 Before you even think about the $100,000+ of actually attending medical school, you’ll need to start pricing out the costs of applying to med school. Let’s take a look at how much the different application components cost: 1. MCAT exam – Expect to pay $275 to cover the basic MCAT registration fee and the cost […]

The post How Much Does Applying to Med School Cost? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Applying to medical school? Check out our Medical School Admissions 101 pages!

TIme to start pricing out the costs of applying to med school.

Before you even think about the $100,000+ of actually attending medical school, you’ll need to start pricing out the costs of applying to med school. Let’s take a look at how much the different application components cost:

1. MCAT exam – Expect to pay $275 to cover the basic MCAT registration fee and the cost of distributing your score to the med schools on your list. Be aware: Additional fees will be charged if you register late, change your registration details, or if you are taking the test at an international test site. (See payment details on the MCAT website.)

2. Primary application – To use the AMCAS primary application (which is what most med schools require), you’ll need to cough up $160 for the first school you apply to and $36 for each subsequent school. (If the med schools you’re applying to don’t accept the AMCAS app, you’ll need to pay their individual application fees.)

3. Secondary application – Most med schools require a secondary application. This will run you anywhere from $25 to $100 each. Applicants may apply to AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program – if you qualify, the secondary application fee may be waived.

4. College registrar services – This will vary based on where you went to college, as some schools charge a fee for transmitting your transcript and/or letter of recommendation, and some don’t. Check with your school for details.

Other expenses – Other expenses may include MCAT study materials, MCAT courses, travel for med school interviews, and admissions consulting and application services (you can talk to us more about that!).

Download your free special report: Navigate the Med School Maze!
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

• Med School Rankings & Numbers: What You Must Know
• Medical School Funding
• Your MCAT Score and GPA

Tags:

The post How Much Does Applying to Med School Cost? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/15/much-applying-med-school-cost/feed/ 0
Introducing Accepted! http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/13/introducing-accepted/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/13/introducing-accepted/#respond Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:40:06 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28867 The Accepted team is super excited to welcome all of our new blog readers! For those of you who don’t know much about Accepted, here is a little bit about who we are and what we do best: We look forward to getting to know you better too – so keep up the great conversations in […]

The post Introducing Accepted! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
The Accepted team is super excited to welcome all of our new blog readers!

For those of you who don’t know much about Accepted, here is a little bit about who we are and what we do best:

We look forward to getting to know you better too – so keep up the great conversations in the comments section.

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Tags: , , , , ,

The post Introducing Accepted! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/13/introducing-accepted/feed/ 0
5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Medical School Profile http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/12/5-easy-ways-improve-medical-school-profile/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/12/5-easy-ways-improve-medical-school-profile/#respond Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:16:40 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28771 Are you planning to apply to med school this cycle? Below are a few easy things you can start doing now.  1. Volunteer! Med schools are definitely looking for students who will take advantage of the resources available to give back to their communities. Look for opportunities where you can spend a sustained amount of […]

The post 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Medical School Profile appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Check out our free medical school resources!

Schools are looking for people with an upward trend in their grades.

Are you planning to apply to med school this cycle? Below are a few easy things you can start doing now. 

1. Volunteer! Med schools are definitely looking for students who will take advantage of the resources available to give back to their communities. Look for opportunities where you can spend a sustained amount of time with people and have a measurable impact. This is an important part of the AMCAS application.

2. Don’t give up on your grades. Even if you have made some mistakes early in your college career, schools are looking for people with an upward trend. Those grades still matter! You can always point out to the admissions committee that you took care to address and improve on your academic weaknesses.

3. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. A great deal of the med school application process requires you to think about where you are strong and where you can improve. Take a look at the AMCAS application and begin cataloguing your accomplishments.

4. Reach out to people who will be good recommenders. The best letters of recommendation come from people who know you well. Take some time to get to know your professors who teach classes where you are excelling. Ask them about their current research. Spend some time getting to know them and letting them get to know you.

5. Do your research. Start researching schools, their requirements and profiles. Reach out to current and former students and speak with them. Get a good idea of what schools are the best fit for you.

The earlier you can start preparing, the better. Once the whirlwind of MCAT and applications season begins, you’ll be glad that you took some time to take stock of your profile ahead of time.

Download your free special report: Navigate the Med School Maze!
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

• Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016, a free webinar
• Pre-Med Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
• Medical School Admissions 2015-2016: A Dean’s Perspective

Tags:

The post 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Medical School Profile appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/12/5-easy-ways-improve-medical-school-profile/feed/ 0
4 Things Your MCAT Score Says About You http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/11/4-things-mcat-score-says/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/11/4-things-mcat-score-says/#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:28:04 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28762 Why are standardized tests so important? Do they really reflect your abilities or capabilities? According to most medical school admissions committees, the answer is a resounding YES. How you perform on your MCAT says a lot about how you’ll perform in med school, in subsequent exams, and then later on as a medical professional. Here […]

The post 4 Things Your MCAT Score Says About You appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more info on the MCAT

The higher your MCAT score, the greater chance you have of finishing med school “on time.”

Why are standardized tests so important? Do they really reflect your abilities or capabilities? According to most medical school admissions committees, the answer is a resounding YES. How you perform on your MCAT says a lot about how you’ll perform in med school, in subsequent exams, and then later on as a medical professional.

Here are FOUR things your MCAT score can predict:

1. Grades in medical school.

The MCAT tests skills that you will use in med school. If you do well on the MCAT, then it shows you have what it takes to excel in med school. And if you don’t do well on the exam…well…you do the math….

2. Scores on STEP exams.

As you know, there are many steps and milestones before finally being able to practice medicine. Not only do you need to make the grade at school, but you need to pass your USMLE STEP exams. Research shows that those who do well on the MCAT are more likely to pass their STEP exams.

3. Likelihood of graduation in 4-5 years.

You don’t want med school to drag on forever. It won’t bode well when it comes to applying for residencies, fellowships, and jobs, nor will it fare well for your self-esteem. The higher your MCAT score, the greater chance you have of finishing med school “on time.”

4. Ability to pass licensing exams on first try.

The last thing that your MCAT score can predict is your ability to pass your licensing exam on your first try. When you’ve made it this far, you don’t want to push off practicing medicine any longer than you need to. Schools want their doctors to succeed out in the field as soon as possible; the higher your MCAT, the greater chances are that you’ll make your alma mater proud!

Check out our podcast interview: MCAT Tips and Strategy with Don Osborne for the answers to your MCAT questions!
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• How to Get into Medical School with Low Stats
• Improve Your MCAT Score for Medical School Acceptance
• How to Succeed on Your MCAT Test Day

Tags: ,

The post 4 Things Your MCAT Score Says About You appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/11/4-things-mcat-score-says/feed/ 0
Valentine’s Day, Economics, and Stanford GSB http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/11/valentines-day-economics-stanford-gsb/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/11/valentines-day-economics-stanford-gsb/#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:22:33 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28838 The Valentine’s Day episode of Admissions Straight Talk — the perfect opportunity to invite… an economist to be our guest on the show. Listen to the full recording of our enlightening conversation with Dr. Paul Oyer, Professor of Economics, at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Dr. Oyer and Linda discuss the common thread between dating, […]

The post Valentine’s Day, Economics, and Stanford GSB appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Listen to our interview with Dr. Paul Oyer!The Valentine’s Day episode of Admissions Straight Talk — the perfect opportunity to invite… an economist to be our guest on the show.

Listen to the full recording of our enlightening conversation with Dr. Paul Oyer, Professor of Economics, at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Dr. Oyer and Linda discuss the common thread between dating, economics, and admissions. Spot-on, right?

00:02:12 – Featured Applicant Question: Do I need to explain my low GPA to the adcom?

00:06:18 – Why Dr. Oyer wrote Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating.

00:11:04 – The limits of economics in explaining online dating.

00:15:49 – How offline dating is like an economic market too. (Yup, economists take the fun out of everything.)

00:17:42 – Signaling: Why education is a waste, but still serves a purpose. How virtual roses signify credibility. And what the college/grad school admissions process has to do with signaling.

00:32:06 – The parallels between economics and dating – Wonderful, but not surprising.

00:33:47 – An interesting aspect of the law and MBA student internship-to-job-offer ratios.

00:38:20 – A Stanford GSB professor’s reflection on the defining characteristic of students at that b-school.

00:40:51 – How Dr. Oyer’s books have changed his teaching.

00:43:36 – What MBA students need to know before they start school.

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

Related Links:

• Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating
Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners 
• How to Be a Better Valentine, Through Economics
• Stanford GSB Zone
• Stanford GSB 2015 MBA Questions, Deadlines, Tips
• Get Accepted to Stanford GSB, a free webinar

Related Shows:

• A B-School Professor on Main Street, USA
• The Stanford MSx Program for Experienced Leaders
• MBA Project Search: Matchmaking for MBAs and Businesses
• Entrepreneurship at Stanford GSB: Carlypso Drives Down the Startup St.

Leave a Review for Admissions Straight Talk:

Check Out Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes! Check Out Admissions Straight Talk in Stitcher!

Tags: , , , , , , ,

The post Valentine’s Day, Economics, and Stanford GSB appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/11/valentines-day-economics-stanford-gsb/feed/ 0
Are You Ready to Nail the MCAT Test? http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/10/ready-nail-mcat-test/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/10/ready-nail-mcat-test/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:46:51 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28477 You will be after you attend Thursday’s webinar, The Results Are In: Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam, and take Next Step Test Prep’s diagnostic test. Completing these two steps will bring you significantly closer to your short-term goal of acing the MCAT and your long-term goals of getting into med school and becoming a physician. Register […]

The post Are You Ready to Nail the MCAT Test? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
You will be after you attend Thursday’s webinar, The Results Are In: Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam, and take Next Step Test Prep’s diagnostic test. Completing these two steps will bring you significantly closer to your short-term goal of acing the MCAT and your long-term goals of getting into med school and becoming a physician.

Click here to register for the webinar!

Register for 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.)

Details:

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

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

Extras: During the webinar, two 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!

Reserve my spot! Accepted.com: The Premier Admissions Consultancy

Tags:

The post Are You Ready to Nail the MCAT Test? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/10/ready-nail-mcat-test/feed/ 0
A Window Into the Life of A Busy D.O. on the Go: M1 Interview http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/09/window-life-busy-d-o-go/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/09/window-life-busy-d-o-go/#respond Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:39:35 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28724 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Andi… Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an […]

The post A Window Into the Life of A Busy D.O. on the Go: M1 Interview appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more med school student interviews!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Andi…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? 

Andi: I am from Tulsa, OK. I went to Oklahoma Baptist and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology in 2014. Cookies and cream is my favorite ice cream by far!

Accepted: Where are you currently in med school? What year?

Andi: I am a first year at Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Accepted: What’s your favorite thing about med school? Least favorite thing? 

Andi: Oh, gosh that’s hard. Medical school is such a difficult, unique, and rewarding experience – from the vast amounts of information I’m taking in to the bonds I’m forming with my classmates – it’s hard but I love it. I just love the day-to-day. I love waking up in the morning, looking at my white coat hanging in my closet, and then heading to class to learn how to become the best physician I can be. My least favorite part is the tests, of course! I get really bad test anxiety, no matter how well I prepared.

Accepted: Why did you decide to go straight from college to med school? How did you spend your summer break in between? 

Andi: Going straight into medical school was always my plan, provided I got in. I know people that wanted to travel first, get married, or take advantage of a great opportunity for their year off, but I wasn’t like that. So, I applied my senior year of college and got in!

Over the summer between, I honestly just relaxed. I didn’t have a job. I took a road trip with just my best friend and I. I worked out when I wanted, slept when I wanted, went through several entire series on Netflix (oops!), and spent a lot of time with friends and family. It was nice to treat myself that summer. I felt like during undergraduate summers, I was always doing something to boost my application.

What MCAT Score Will Get You Into Med School?

Accepted: Now that you’re well into your first year of med school, can you talk about your transition to med school? Is med school what you thought it would be like? Any surprises?

Andi: Transitioning was fast and furious! You really have to hit the ground running! It’s a lot more in-class and lab time than my undergraduate class load was, which I didn’t expect. It was hard to get used to not being able to take 2 or 3 evenings off on homework/studying during the week. I am literally studying from right after lab or class until 11 every night. It’s really difficult to maintain that pace and stay motivated to do the things that I really enjoy- like running, shopping, and cooking. After days like that, even when I do have free time, I just want to sleep. That was really surprising; I thought I would be able to make the most of my free time and recharge by doing the things I love. But, more often than not, recharging involves a nap. That was hard to get used to, because I like to stay busy.

Accepted: Do you have advice for next year’s incoming class? What do you wish you would’ve known before starting school?

Andi: There’s nothing you can do to really prepare academically, so I would say just take it as easy as possible before you matriculate.

Other than that, I wish I had streamlined a lot of little things before going in. I found that I needed to reserve all the time and brain space possible. For example, it helps to buy extra toothpaste, deodorant, chapstick, and stockpile easy on-the-go snacks. I bookmarked my bills’ websites on my computer’s browser to make it faster and easier to pay my bills. Another small but helpful thing was to buy a couple extra phone chargers, so that there’s one in my car, one at home, and one in my backpack. That way I don’t have to remember to grab it every morning on my way to school. These may sound like odd little tips, but it adds up. I also plan my meals, pack workout clothes and pick out my outfit the night before so that I don’t have to scramble. Plus, it makes me more likely to eat healthy and workout!

Accepted: What’s your favorite class so far?

Andi: I absolutely love my osteopathic manipulation class! This is the class that sort of classically distinguishes us from allopathic medicine, but I like it because it actually makes me feel like a doctor. So much of the first two years is just class work, but in this class we partner up and practice techniques on each other to help with muscle aches, headaches, sinus problems, and things like that.

Accepted: Do you have any pre-med clinical experience? How important (or unimportant) do you feel this early exposure is to med students? 

Andi: Yes, I did a lot of shadowing when I was a pre-med. I switched back and forth between two doctors that I really got along with at a family clinic in my hometown. It’s important because you get to see what being a doctor is really like. There’s a lot of work – and an entire business side to medicine that you just don’t get to see when you are only there as a patient.

Shadowing was eye-opening for me. Medicine isn’t all just curing and helping people all the time. It has frustrating aspects from a healthcare provider’s standpoint too. I think it’s good to see those things before you apply, that way you know if medicine is really for you! I also found a free clinic that lets pre-meds take patients into their exam rooms, take their vitals, and then shadow the physician. Any kind of clinical experience gives you a leg up on your peers, because you are being exposed to terminology, asking questions, and networking all at once.

Accepted: Can you share your top 3 med school admissions tips with our applicant readers?

Andi:

1.  Don’t get discouraged by comparing your application to others! It can be daunting to read all the required scores and stats for med school entry. Just know that you’re already on your way, and there are so many ways to get into medical school. Some people have the numbers some people have the heart.

2. Find people that are going through it too. It helps to chat with and get tips from other people who know how hard it really is.

3. Make your personal statement personal. Some have had kids and other careers before they got into medicine. Some have had a serious illness that brought them into medicine. Some do research and find they like medicine. Your personal statement should tell a unique and personal story of how you know you’re supposed to be a physician.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? When and why did you start blogging? What have you gained from the experience?

Andi: My blog, www.doonthego.me, is something I started for a few reasons. First off, I’ve always loved writing and have kept a journal for a long time. Secondly, through the process of researching medical schools, I kept stumbling upon blogs and found that people were supportive and offered good insights. Reading real stories of people trying their hardest to succeed in such a grueling process was really valuable to me! I wanted to be a part of the blogging community, and give a personal, honest narrative about getting into medical school and what medical school is like.

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can follow Andi’s adventure by checking out her blog, D.O. On The Go. Thank you Andi for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

Download your free special report: Navigate the Med School Maze!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

Navigating the Med School Maze
• Medical School Application Strategy: MD vs. DO Programs
Medical School Student Interviews

Tags: , ,

The post A Window Into the Life of A Busy D.O. on the Go: M1 Interview appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/09/window-life-busy-d-o-go/feed/ 0
What I Look for When I Interview a Candidate for Medical School http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/08/look-interview-candidate-medical-school/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/08/look-interview-candidate-medical-school/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 16:24:07 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28678 Journeys with Joshua: Joshua Wienczkowski walks us through med school at East Tennessee’s College of Medicine with his monthly blog updates. Get an inside look into med school down South and life as a student adcom member through the eyes of a former professional songwriter with a whole lot of clinical experience — thanks Joshua for […]

The post What I Look for When I Interview a Candidate for Medical School appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Click here for more medical school interview tips!

I get that you probably want to help people, but why?

Journeys with Joshua: Joshua Wienczkowski walks us through med school at East Tennessee’s College of Medicine with his monthly blog updates. Get an inside look into med school down South and life as a student adcom member through the eyes of a former professional songwriter with a whole lot of clinical experience — thanks Joshua for sharing this journey with us!  

This year, I’ve had the unique pleasure of interviewing prospective medical students, reviewing and scoring completed applications, voting on our Admissions Committee, and seeing several students’ dreams come true at my university. It’s such a surreal feeling sitting in the interviewer chair when just two and a half years ago, I was the one being interviewed. When I drove up the long and winding road to our campus to interview my first batch, I got the same sinking feeling and lump in my throat when I made that same drive to interview for a competitive spot to become a medical student. The trees that hug the road and guide the way through the heart of rolling acres were calming in that moment just as they were the first time I saw them. I wonder what’s going through their heads right now? Did they sleep at a hotel or have friends in town they stayed with? What kind of questions will they have for me? all rang through my head.

So what do I look for when I’m trying to decide who will fill 1 of our 72 chairs in a pile of over 2,000 incredibly qualified applications? What is my perception of an applicant as a current medical student? What makes me say yes, no, or fight for an underdog? What I’d like to do is walk you through my thought process from the time I arrive to do an initial review of a prospective student to the time we shake hands before going our separate ways, perhaps to meet again.

To preface, before I meet a candidate, they have gone through an extensive screening process, which our Admissions Committee does an incredible job of. By the time an individual meets me or another interviewer, several sets of eyes have seen their application, a secondary application has been written, and everything looks like it could be a great fit. I guess I might compare it to internet dating… Two people have represented themselves well on paper, look great in writing and in communication, but the first date is often the sink or swim.

I interview two people per interview day with one hour allotted for each interview in the afternoon. Their interview day begins long before this as they arrive early to learn more about our incredibly unique learning environment, our culture, and their potential home as they are guided by first year medical students, have lunch with third and fourth years, and spend time around our campus and hospitals. I’m usually in lecture during this time, and focused on being a second year medical student. After lunch, I head up early to review the applications of the people I’ll be interviewing. I cannot see scores or letters of recommendation, only the things people have written about themselves so I am not biased by extrinsic factors. My focus is solely on the person I’m reading about.

Here is where I meet you. We shake hands well before we actually shake hands. I’m often looking for red and green flags, which guide my talking points and goals for the interview. Did you have a TON of shadowing and patient contact in some form or another? Cool, I’m probably not going to ask you much about that. Have you only had 50-100 hours of shadowing and/or patient contact? I might be inclined to learn more about what experiences and exposure lead you to the decision to become a physician. I get that you probably want to help people, but why? One of the most common mistakes I see in applications and interviews is an effect without a cause. What I mean by this is that an intrinsic desire to become a physician without life experiences that shaped and lead you to that desire aren’t enough ground to stand on. On many occasions, I’ve finished reading everything an applicant has to say about themselves, sat in a room and talked for an hour, and I still don’t understand why they want to help people as a doctor other than they simply just do. Connect the dots for me. Show me that A + B lead to C, which exposed you to D, and ultimately lead you down a road with rhyme and reason for why you want to be an MD.

As I read, I’m also looking for interests outside of medicine. Are you an athlete, a musician, an avid stamp collector – what are you passionate about outside of medicine? Tell me these things, because it shows me you’re human, and not just a robot that can nail a 40 on the MCAT while publishing 16 papers and saving babies in the African desert. These qualities show me a level of diversity that can contribute to the culture of our medical school, and we take great pride in having lives outside of medicine. You like to hike? Fan-freaking-tastic, the Appalachian Trail is just up the road, and half of my class has gone to see the incredible landscapes at 6,500 feet. You play piano, guitar or paint as a hobby? Awesome, you’ll have something to keep your sanity, and a unique humanity to contribute to the culture of medicine in dire need of people like you. How do you define diversity, and what diverse qualities would you bring into your medical class? Show me this.

So, I’ve gathered my talking points, both green and red flags, and stand up to go meet you. Coffee and folder in one hand, the other outstretched, smile on my face, and I’m excited to find out more about you. First and foremost, look me right in the eye, and give me a strong handshake. Use my first name, and have some confidence.

At the beginning of the interview, I like to lay out my goals and intentions with our time together so you understand what we’re trying to accomplish. Interviews aren’t meant to weed you out, but to find out if my institution is the perfect fit for you, and you for us. All I ask is that you don’t blow smoke up my butt, and I’ll follow suit. I will answer any question as openly and honestly as I can, and I expect the exact same from you. If I ask about a weakness in your application, be open with me and tell me about what was going on in life when you maybe didn’t have time to shadow as much as you’d like because you just got married and wanted to spend time with your wonderful new husband or wife. That humility and honesty will go a lot further than making excuses, because I value family and always do my best to choose family over medicine. Don’t ever make excuses. Be honest. If I ask about your journey to getting in the seat across from me, I want to hear your story of what experiences, both good and bad, lead you to the decision to become a physician. What things shaped you? What life experiences will help ground you as a holistic physician that is always striving to be patient-centered? How do you respond under pressure, and what is your pressure release valve? Are you coachable? Can you pick yourself back up after failing at something? Are you someone I can see myself mentoring while I’m still a medical student here, and can I envision you as a classmate and colleague? What are your priorities in life?

During our entire interview, I’m trying to ascertain the answers to questions like these, because I want to represent you the best I can and respect the hard work it took you to meet me.

What I’m looking for when I interview a medical school applicant is someone who is personable, a strong leader, has great communication skills, will fit both the mission and culture of my university, has overcome some life obstacles, is dedicated and passionate, has emotional maturity and stability, and most importantly, can articulate the experiences and journeys that specifically lead them to the decision to help people as a physician. I go to the absolute best medical school in the country – for some people – and I want to find out if we both agree you are one of those people.

I wish you the best of luck, and feel free to reach out with questions.

Joshua A. Wienczkowski

MD Candidate, Quillen College of Medicine 2017

Click here to download your complete copy of The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• Interviewing with Impact: How to Make an Impression in Your Medical School Interviews, a free webinar
• Common Myths about Medical School Interviews
• Waitlisted! What Now?

Tags: , ,

The post What I Look for When I Interview a Candidate for Medical School appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/08/look-interview-candidate-medical-school/feed/ 2
April and May MCAT Timeline & Benefits of Testing Early http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/06/april-may-mcat-testing-dates-benefits-testing-early/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/06/april-may-mcat-testing-dates-benefits-testing-early/#respond Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:14:45 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28662 Thanks to the folks at AAMC for sharing this excellent timeline with us. Related Resources: • Navigating the Med School Maze • Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016, a free webinar • Med School Student Interviews Tags: MCAT, Medical School Admissions

The post April and May MCAT Timeline & Benefits of Testing Early appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Thanks to the folks at AAMC for sharing this excellent timeline with us.

MCAT 101 Page
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• Navigating the Med School Maze
• Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016, a free webinar
Med School Student Interviews

Tags: ,

The post April and May MCAT Timeline & Benefits of Testing Early appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/06/april-may-mcat-testing-dates-benefits-testing-early/feed/ 0
Important Info About the New MCAT 2015 http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/05/important-info-new-mcat-2015/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/05/important-info-new-mcat-2015/#respond Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:41:46 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28426 Registration for the MCAT2015 exam will open in February 2015 and testing will run from April through September. MCAT 2015 Dates As you can see, there will only be 14 testing dates (fewer than previous years), but there will still be the same number of seats available as previous years. There will also be more […]

The post Important Info About the New MCAT 2015 appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Registration for the MCAT2015 exam will open in February 2015 and testing will run from April through September.

MCAT 2015 Dates

Click here for more MCAT advice!
As you can see, there will only be 14 testing dates (fewer than previous years), but there will still be the same number of seats available as previous years. There will also be more on-campus testing locations. The test day starts at 8:00 AM and will go longer than in previous years to accommodate the larger number of questions (and greater working time) on the new exam.

To encourage registrants to take the exam early, AAMC will provide April test-takers with a $150 Amazon gift card.

MCAT 2015 Fees

The cost of the 2015 MCAT will go up $25 this year, to $300. As in previous years, AAMC will offer its Fee Assistance Program (FAP) – a reduced registration fee of $115 – to help those need financial assistance. (April FAP examinees will receive a $60 Amazon gift card.)

Exam Breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of what you should expect on test day (from the AAMC site).

Click here to check out our MCAT resources!

The Podcast that can clarify all things MCAT, listen now!
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Related Resources:

• How the Adcom Views Multiple MCAT Scores
• The New MCAT: What’s Hype, What’s Real, and What You Can Do Today
• 3 Reasons to Be Excited for the New MCAT

Tags: ,

The post Important Info About the New MCAT 2015 appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/05/important-info-new-mcat-2015/feed/ 0
Interview with the Youngest M3 at The UNC School of Medicine http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/02/med-school-interview-mini-md-youre-old/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/02/med-school-interview-mini-md-youre-old/#respond Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:33:17 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28502 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Elizabeth Freeman… Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as […]

The post Interview with the Youngest M3 at The UNC School of Medicine appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Read more med-school student interviews.  This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Elizabeth Freeman…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What is your favorite non-school book?

Elizabeth: I’m from Wilmington, North Carolina – right on the beach! I went to UNC Wilmington for undergrad, where I very uncreatively decided to major in biology with a minor in chemistry and I wrote my honors thesis in virology.

I have a LOT of favorite books. It’d be hard to pick just one! Some of my very favorites are Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, The Hot Zone by Richard Preston (also loved The Cobra Event and The Demon in the Freezer), and recently I read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, which was hilarious and irreverent in the best ways possible. And I have a definite weak spot for historical and legal fiction – David Baldacci is my favorite guilty-pleasure author.

Accepted: Where are you in med school? What year?

Elizabeth: I’m an MS3 at the University of North Carolina. I love it here, and I love being an MS3!!

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? When and why did you start blogging? And how does your blog title reflect on who you are?

Elizabeth: My blog was originally, and always will be, a space for me to reflect on things that are happening during med school and beyond. I’ve pretty much always been in the habit of journaling, but it makes it a lot more fun having people read and like and comment! I started blogging at the beginning of this school year, and adding on a community of fellow writers has already just enriched the experience of writing more than I expected it to!

The blog title is a little weird and I’m not entirely sure how I put it together initially, to tell the truth. The “Mini” part of it was a nickname someone gave me a long time ago (now made more real by the fact that I have yet to take care of an adult patient who doesn’t outweigh me). Then the Tarheel is more straightforward – go UNC! There used to be this little cafeteria near our lecture hall called the “TarHeal Café,” which I thought was a pretty cute play on words, which is why the subtitle of the blog is “TarHealer in Training.” Finally, MD, because eventually I’ll be one!

Accepted: Did you really graduate college when you were 18-years-old? How did you manage that?

Elizabeth: I did actually graduate from college when I was 18. Most of this has to do with my awesome parents who kind of let me do whatever I wanted academically speaking. For most of my life I was homeschooled which really gave us a lot of flexibility in terms of moving through courses more quickly than the average public or private school student might get do.

I started taking classes at the local community college at 14, when the laws in NC only allowed students under 15 to attend class with a parent in the room (um, mortifying!) which my mom very gracefully dealt with. Then I transferred to UNCW when I was 15 and ended up loving it! I stayed home throughout college and don’t feel like I missed out on too much in doing so. I had a great group of friends and family who made the whole college experience really special.

What MCAT Score Will Get You Into Med School?

Accepted: Did you start med school straight after finishing undergrad? If you took time off, how did you spend your time?

Elizabeth: No, I actually took a couple years off! This was absolutely the best decision I could have possibly made, no question. I worked two very different and amazing jobs, both of which contributed to my personal growth tremendously. The first was as an intake coordinator at a free clinic in Wilmington. Basically, that meant I was responsible for making sure all of the patients were evaluated for financial eligibility at entry and then again annually. It was a lot of work, but by the time I left I’d made their system a lot easier to use and made room in the program for about 600 new patients. I learned a lot from pharmacists, business administrators, nurse practitioners, and fellow volunteers about what it means to serve the underserved and how poor access to care negatively affects chronic conditions.

The other job, in very stark contrast, was at J.Crew. I had so much fun styling people (and mannequins!) and worked with a bunch of surprisingly motivated coworkers; in addition to the friends who are pursuing careers in retail and fashion at places like Anthropologie, Ralph Lauren, and Rag & Bone, several are now teachers, law students, social workers, and MBAs, which was so not what I expected when I popped in the store one afternoon and decided to apply for a job. I am so proud to have been a part of that group! Oh, and the discount was amazing. I call that the wardrobe-building phase of my career.

Accepted: I assume you’re the youngest med student at UNC — what’s that like?

Elizabeth: Actually, even though I’m the youngest person in my class, there’s actually another kid in the class above me who started med school when he was only 18! For the most part, people don’t really care how old I am – there’s a moment of “wait, you’re HOW old?” and then we move on. Occasionally a patient will comment on how young I look, so I just say “yeah, I get that a lot” and change the subject. The only time it was an actual problem was during orientation and a few other times in first year when a lot of events were 21+ which meant I legally couldn’t go to socialize! But people were very accommodating and found ways to make me feel included.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about UNC?

Elizabeth: There are so many things about UNC that make it an awesome school to attend. We go back and forth with UWash for #1 in primary care, but still have really strong research rankings as well, which makes it a really well-rounded institution where you can literally do whatever you put your mind to. The people here are so kind and caring and genuinely want to produce awesome physicians, and I think they’re accomplishing that easily.

The place I’ve invested the most time and energy, outside the classroom at least, is at the Student Health Action Coalition, or SHAC for short, which is the country’s oldest, and arguably largest, student-run free clinic. Last year I was a clinic director, which basically meant 15-20 hours per week of working to give away more than $100,000 worth of free care to the area’s underserved. I don’t know a lot of med students who had that sort of opportunity while they were still just working on their MD!

Accepted: Do you have any tips for incoming first year med students? Is there anything you wish you would’ve known when just starting out?

Elizabeth: Relax. The first few weeks of med school are overwhelming – you’re meeting tons of new people, taking more classes than you ever have before, and if you’re like me, living in a totally new city. None of this is a walk in the park and it’s so easy to build up a lot of anxiety about all the stressors in your life! Your classmates will also be feeling nervous and neurotic about studying 24/7 and that energy can contribute to your stress level as well. To stay sane, I made sure I kept connections to things outside of med school as very prominent parts of my life – a daily yoga practice, friends not in medical professions, regular phone calls to family – and I let go of expectations that everything had to be perfect all the time. You’ll have bad days. Everyone will have bad days. Just pick yourself up and keep going – we all get through it one way or another!

Accepted: Can you share your top 3 med school admissions tips?

Elizabeth:

Unless you’re someone who absolutely cannot stay focused on a schedule for MCAT studying, I wouldn’t recommend spending the time and money on an MCAT prep course.

That being said, if you’re someone who absolutely cannot stay focused on a schedule for MCAT studying, are you going to be able to motivate yourself to study enough in med school? A lot of learning, especially in the clinical years, is self-directed, and it’s important to be able to keep yourself moving forward without seeing a professor every couple of days who has given you a strict reading schedule. I think setting up your own MCAT study plan and sticking to it is a good barometer for how you’ll handle the pressure of med school.

Have people read your essays.

Over and over and over. Get strangers to read it, get your mom to read it, read it out loud to your dog (that last one can actually help you catch typos that you’d miss if you’re reading it silently!) and welcome any sort of feedback you receive. Ultimately, the words are your own and you have to be happy with the content, but people who don’t know you will be making huge decisions based on this essay and it’s great to know how it comes across to a variety of readers before you submit it.

Make sure you have a diverse and unique application.

If your CV shows that you’re a cookie cutter pre-med, you’re going to struggle to stand out on paper. Try non-health-related volunteering, travel (but skip the “voluntourism” – just travel for fun so you’ll learn more about the world have interesting stories to talk about), and major in something that isn’t science, unless you’re just particularly into biology. I really wish someone would have made it clear to me at the start of undergrad that I would get plenty of basic science in med school and that I should study something fun while I had the chance. Med schools want well-rounded, nice individuals – everyone here is smart, it’s the kind and genuine people who stand out on applications.

And a bonus #4, which may actually be the most important piece of advice ever: apply early.

With rolling admissions, just submitting by the deadline is actually pretty late.

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can follow Elizabeth’s adventure by checking out her blog, Mini MD: TarHealer in Training. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your story with us!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school journey with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.
Download your free copy of 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Med School Application Essays!
Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy
Related Resources:

• Navigating the Med School Maze
• Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016, a free webinar
Med School Student Interviews

Tags: , ,

The post Interview with the Youngest M3 at The UNC School of Medicine appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/02/med-school-interview-mini-md-youre-old/feed/ 0
Valuable Information for MCAT Test Takers! http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/01/valuable-information-mcat-test-takers/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/01/valuable-information-mcat-test-takers/#respond Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:08:35 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28473 The first step for anyone who is ready to begin their MCAT prep should be to take an MCAT practice test. This vital first step will help you understand where your strengths and weaknesses are and help you plan where to focus your MCAT prep. To get you started, our friends at Next Step Test […]

The post Valuable Information for MCAT Test Takers! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
The first step for anyone who is ready to begin their MCAT prep should be to take an MCAT practice test. This vital first step will help you understand where your strengths and weaknesses are and help you plan where to focus your MCAT prep.

Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam Score

To get you started, our friends at Next Step Test Prep are making their MCAT 2015 diagnostic practice test available to you for free. This abbreviated version of the 2015 test will provide you with section scores and an overall score based on the new scoring scale. You will also receive a detailed breakdown of the science topics tested by the new MCAT.

This free resource will be available for the entire month of February. This test represents a great opportunity for you if you aren’t able to make it to a practice test scheduled on campus.

But that’s not all!

To help you analyze your diagnostic score and then plan your MCAT prep, Accepted will host a webinar next week to be presented by Next Step Test Prep’s Bryan Schnedeker. The webinar, The Results Are In: Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam, will air live on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST.

Do it right. Register for the webinar now! (We’ll provide instructions for registering for the test after you register for the webinar so you can sign up for both right away.)

Click here to register for The Results Are In: Analyzing Your MCAT Diagnostic Exam!

BONUS: During the webinar, Bryan will be announcing two lottery winners who will receive a set of Next Step strategy and practice MCAT books and a three-practice test bundle for the 2015 MCAT. Be there for your chance to win!

Accepted: The Premier Admissions Cosultancy

Tags:

The post Valuable Information for MCAT Test Takers! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/02/01/valuable-information-mcat-test-takers/feed/ 0
3 Reasons Why You Should Take an MCAT 2015 Diagnostic Test http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/27/3-reasons-why-you-should-take-mcat-2015-diagnostic-test/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/27/3-reasons-why-you-should-take-mcat-2015-diagnostic-test/#respond Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:09:54 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28446 Worried about the new MCAT? Prepare yourself with Next Step Test Prep’s new MCAT 2015 diagnostic test. Here are three reasons why you should take this high-quality practice exam… 1. To better acquaint yourself with the new test. The new test has an increased emphasis on bio and biochem, as well as a new psychology […]

The post 3 Reasons Why You Should Take an MCAT 2015 Diagnostic Test appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Get ready for MCAT 2015Worried about the new MCAT? Prepare yourself with Next Step Test Prep’s new MCAT 2015 diagnostic test. Here are three reasons why you should take this high-quality practice exam…

1. To better acquaint yourself with the new test.

The new test has an increased emphasis on bio and biochem, as well as a new psychology and sociology section. Taking old practice tests just won’t cut it if you want to be prepared for the 2015 MCAT.

2. To determine your weaknesses.

Next Step’s diagnostic test results will clarify for you which areas are your strongest and which are your weakest. Once you’ve received your “diagnosis” (individual section scores, a total score, and detailed analysis), you’ll be able to work on those weak spots until you feel confident in ALL areas of the exam.

3. To learn a thing or two about time management.

One of the more difficult aspects of the new MCAT is the increased length. It is not easy to sit for eight hours, and you will do little to prepare yourself for the exam if you practice in short 1-2 hour spurts. Next Step’s four-hour diagnostic will not just help you in terms of content, but in terms of getting used to sitting for long periods of time and time management.

Sign up today to gain access to this valuable free resource.

Accepted.com: The Premier Admissions Consultancy

Tags: , ,

The post 3 Reasons Why You Should Take an MCAT 2015 Diagnostic Test appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/27/3-reasons-why-you-should-take-mcat-2015-diagnostic-test/feed/ 0
Med Student Interview with Amanda: “Be as Prepared as You Can Be” http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/26/med-student-interview-amanda-prepared-can/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/26/med-student-interview-amanda-prepared-can/#respond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:47:22 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28030 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Amanda Xi… Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as […]

The post Med Student Interview with Amanda: “Be as Prepared as You Can Be” appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Read more Med student interviews!This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Amanda Xi…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What’s your favorite non-school book?

Amanda: I was born and raised in metro-Detroit. During my Sophomore year of high school, I stumbled across an ad for the Acceleration to Excellence Program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Great Barrington, MA) and applied for it. By the Spring of that year, I was offered the full-tuition scholarship and made the decision to drop out of high school to attend this college early.

After I completed my Associate’s Degree, I transferred into the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) where I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Before starting medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, I worked at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems as an engineer for a few months – it was a great way to confirm that medicine was definitely a better fit for me than engineering.

My favorite book tends to be the one I’m currently reading. Today, that’s Atul Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal. I developed an interest in biomedical ethics over the course of medical school and his book does a great job encouraging medical professionals, caretakers and patients to take a moment to reflect on end-of-life planning.

Accepted: Where are you in med school? What year? What is your favorite thing about that program? Least favorite thing?

Amanda: I’m currently a 4th year medical school student and part of the Charter Class at Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. My favorite thing about the program is how receptive administration has been over the course of the last 3.5 years in accepting and implementing our feedback.

When I started at OUWB, I knew that I signed up to be a guinea pig and as expected with any new institution, there were definitely bumps along the way (this is my least favorite thing). But this wasn’t a big issue for me because we had supportive faculty and staff working on every issue from the moment it surfaced.

Accepted: Do you know what you’ll be specializing in? Have you had any clerkships that have stood out?

Amanda: I applied to Anesthesiology residency programs this last fall. We had an elective month during our 3rd year; because I had an interest in the field (I later learned that engineers tend to naturally gravitate toward the specialty), I decided to do a clerkship in it. From Day 1, it was clear that the field was a good fit – I enjoyed the intellectual discussion, procedures and environment. Additionally, I felt comfortable working alongside the anesthesiology residents and attendings, which was important to me because I would be spending the rest of my life working with this group of individuals!

Accepted: Can you share some residency application tips with our readers?

Amanda: Be as prepared as you can be. That’s the best advice I can give – the process has a lot of little things to consider (e.g. which programs to apply to, how many, letters of recommendation, when to take Step 2, away rotations, etc), but if you start planning your 4th year during the winter of your 3rd year, nothing will surprise you when you start July 1.

Obviously if you are not sure what specialty you want to apply to, this is a bit more difficult, but you can still plan to do away rotations/sub-internships in the specialties you’re interested in and ask for letters in support of multiple specialties.

If you perceive that certain parts of your resume may hold you back (e.g. Step 1 score), think of ways you can show improvement (like taking Step 2 early). Make sure to ask the students in the year ahead of you about their experience and for specific advice tailored toward your situation.

Accepted: Looking back on the med school application process (if you can remember that long ago!), what would you say was your greatest challenge? What did you do to overcome that challenge?

Amanda: I submitted my primary and secondary applications on the later side, so the greatest challenge for me was trying to stay positive despite having no interviews for many months then later being waitlisted at the first two institutions I interviewed at. I didn’t get my first acceptance until 9 months after I started the process, so it was a tough time for me. I turned to my support system to keep me afloat and in the end, it all worked out.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? When and why did you start blogging?

Amanda: I started amandaxi.com the summer before M1 year as a way to reflect upon the application process and answer any questions about attending a brand new medical school. It evolved into a cathartic outlet for me and the inspiration for my Capstone research project on social media. I slowed down in 3rd and 4th year to free up time for my other commitments, but hope to get back into the swing of writing more regularly when I start residency.

The direction of my entries may end up evolving away from a day-to-day discussion to more scholarly reflections upon current events in healthcare, but we’ll see! I’m also hoping to start a video blog series with advice on applying to medical schools and getting through medical school.

Accepted: Can you recommend a nice coffee shop on or around campus that you recommend for studying or meeting up with friends?

Amanda: I’m a Starbucks fanatic, so just about any one will do for me!

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of medical school admissions services.

You can read more about Amanda’s journey by checking out her blog, And thus, it begins. Thank you Amanda for sharing your story with us – we wish you loads of luck!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school story with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Residency Personal Statements.

Accepted.com: The Premier Admissions Consultancy

Related Resources:

Residency Applications: How to Match

Help! I’ve Been Waitlisted – 6 Tips for Waitlisted Applicants

• Residency Application Tip: Settling, and How To Avoid It

Tags: , ,

The post Med Student Interview with Amanda: “Be as Prepared as You Can Be” appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/26/med-student-interview-amanda-prepared-can/feed/ 0
Pre-Med Summer Undergraduate Research Programs http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/26/pre-med-summer-undergraduate-research-programs/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/26/pre-med-summer-undergraduate-research-programs/#respond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:31:12 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28305 Often top medical schools in the U.S. offer pre-med summer undergraduate research programs. The purpose of these programs is to expose ambitious, talented college students to graduate-level medical research, usually over the course of 6-12 weeks over the summer. These programs generally provide generous stipends, as well as free housing and compensation for travel expenses. […]

The post Pre-Med Summer Undergraduate Research Programs appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Often top medical schools in the U.S. offer pre-med summer undergraduate research programs. The purpose of these programs is to expose ambitious, talented college students to graduate-level medical research, usually over the course of 6-12 weeks over the summer. These programs generally provide generous stipends, as well as free housing and compensation for travel expenses. Students work closely with faculty members on research, usually resulting in a large, final project that’s presented at the end of the summer term.

Below are some of the top undergraduate research programs in the U.S. But first, a few notes:

  1. Each program awards students a stipend (detailed in the chart), as well as free housing. Some also cover travel costs and provide other subsidies, which are specified below.
  2. Each program requires applicants to submit an online application. See the specific applications for details as the number of essays/personal statements differ per program (generally ranging from one to three essays).
  3. While none of these programs require students to have a minority or disadvantaged background, nearly all of the programs explain that this background is sought and a plus in the admissions process.

Here are a few highlights from the different research programs:

premedsummerresearch

Interesting in applying? Here is application information:

PreMedSummerProgramApplicationInfo

Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine? We have more pre-med resources where this came from! Continue reading our blog and check out our catalog of medical school admissions services. We are happy to help you achieve your dreams!

Related Resources:

Navigating the Med School Maze
Where Should I Apply To Medical School?
Medical School Admissions: MD vs DO Programs

Accepted.com: The Premier Admissions Consultancy

Subscribe to the Accepted Admissions Blog!

Tags: ,

The post Pre-Med Summer Undergraduate Research Programs appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/26/pre-med-summer-undergraduate-research-programs/feed/ 0
Medical School Admissions 2015-2016: A Dean’s Perspective http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/21/medical-school-admissions-2015-2016-deans-perspective/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/21/medical-school-admissions-2015-2016-deans-perspective/#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:05:18 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28245 It is ‘Medical School’ time of year.  Some of you are getting ready for the interview. Others are dealing with being waitlisted or rejected. And some of you are getting your applications ready to submit this summer for the first time. Now that MCAT 2015 is another and new ingredient in this volatile mix, we […]

The post Medical School Admissions 2015-2016: A Dean’s Perspective appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
It is ‘Medical School’ time of year.  Some of you are getting ready for the interview. Others are dealing with being waitlisted or rejected. And some of you are getting your applications ready to submit this summer for the first time. Now that MCAT 2015 is another and new ingredient in this volatile mix, we thought it was time to bring a medical school admissions expert, Jennifer Welch, to our podcast.

Jennifer Welch, currently the Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has been a medical school admissions director and dean for over twenty years.

Listen to the recording of our conversation as Dean Welch graciously shares her time and insights on medical school admissions 2015-2016.

00:04:07 – The New MCAT – a different focus.

00:05:35 – MCAT – are high scores still necessary for acceptance?

00:07:00 – New vs old MCAT scores, how to evaluate?

00:08:05 – The goal of the medical school interview.

00:09:25 – Interview day – time to make sure you are a good fit!

00:11:45 – Speaking with students on campus?  Chatting with a receptionist?  The “interview” isn’t over.

00:12:31 – Be real…feel real…in a suit.

00:13:47 – MMI Interviews – what is the SUNY Upstate’s approach?

00:17:00 – The student who did not get an interview and why. Suggestions so that you snag the med school interview invitation.

00:19:45 – Great GPA and MCAT but no clinicals – what are your chances?

00:21:35 – Details, details, details!

00:22:50 – How to make shadowing count.

00:26:59 – 2016 Applicants – get the applications in early!

00:28:26 – Took a gap year?  Explain. (It’s to your benefit).

00:29:24 – Reapplicants – what should your focus be?

00:30:15 – Think being a waitress or camp counselor wasn’t important?  Think again.

00:32:33 – Waitlisted – When is updated information helpful?

00:33:43 – Dean Welch gives advice for college students thinking of med school.

00:35:43 – Final pearl’s of wisdom for all applicants.

 

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!Relevant Links:

• SUNY Upstate Medical School Admissions
• 
Navigating the Med School Maze
• A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs
• Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success

Related Shows:

Getting Into Medical School: Advice from a Pro
Med School Conversation with Cyd Foote
All Things Postbac
MCAT Scores, MCAT Prep, and MCAT2015
MCAT Mania: How to Prepare
• 
A Window into the World and Life of Medical Scribes
 What You Need to Know About Post-bac Programs

Leave a Review for Admissions Straight Talk:

Check Out Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes! Check Out Admissions Straight Talk in Stitcher!

medical school

*Theme music is courtesy of podcasthemes.com.

Tags: , , ,

The post Medical School Admissions 2015-2016: A Dean’s Perspective appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/21/medical-school-admissions-2015-2016-deans-perspective/feed/ 0
Parents of Pre-Med Students: How Much Help is Too Much Help? http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/20/parents-pre-med-students-much-help-much-help/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/20/parents-pre-med-students-much-help-much-help/#respond Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:41:34 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28216 As a parent of a pre-med student dreaming of getting accepted to medical school, you probably wonder “How much help is too much help?” We’re pretty sure we’ve got just the resource for you… Here’s an excerpt from our new guide, Parents of Pre-Meds: How to Help, on respecting boundaries during the admissions process: As […]

The post Parents of Pre-Med Students: How Much Help is Too Much Help? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Download our Parents of Pre-Meds guide!As a parent of a pre-med student dreaming of getting accepted to medical school, you probably wonder “How much help is too much help?” We’re pretty sure we’ve got just the resource for you…

Here’s an excerpt from our new guide, Parents of Pre-Meds: How to Help, on respecting boundaries during the admissions process:

As the application season progresses and anxiety is rising, avoid bringing up the topic of medical school admissions or calling medical schools on your son or daughter’s behalf. Most children are thrilled to share good news with their parents – once they get it. To prevent unnecessary stress, allow your child to be the person who gives you regular progress updates. (Rejoice! No need to nag.)

Your children are adults now. And giving them the space that adults deserve will enhance their sense of self-responsibility and independence, not to mention your relationship with them. Applications can become a painful topic for them and bringing it up before exams or while they are focused on other goals can derail their progress in those other activities. You can even have an open and honest conversation with them early in the application process about how they would like to manage the topic. Whatever you agree to do, honor your word.

Are you looking for more spot-on advice on how to help your child achieve their med school dreams without panicking, pushing, or pestering? Download Parents of Pre-Meds: How to Help  today!

Get your free copy of 'Parents of Pre-Meds' now!Accepted.com: The Premier Admissions Consultancy

Tags: ,

The post Parents of Pre-Med Students: How Much Help is Too Much Help? appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/20/parents-pre-med-students-much-help-much-help/feed/ 0
Meet PreMedPrince: Getting Back on Track with Hard Work & Strong Support http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/19/meet-premedprince-getting-back-track-hard-work-strong-support/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/19/meet-premedprince-getting-back-track-hard-work-strong-support/#respond Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:16:14 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28028 This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Jared Sharza, aka PreMedPrince… Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what are you […]

The post Meet PreMedPrince: Getting Back on Track with Hard Work & Strong Support appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Read more interviews with med school applicants!

PreMed Prince

This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Jared Sharza, aka PreMedPrince…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what are you studying as an undergrad? When do you plan on graduating?

Jared: I’m a 20 year old 2nd semester Junior, preparing to transfer into my next university for my last 3 semesters. I originally started school at St. Lawrence University, a prestigious institution located in arguably the most frigid area of Upstate New York. I started off as a premed student but couldn’t keep up with the level of work necessary to move on in the premed curriculum, so I was cut from the program for the following semester.

After a brief semester stint with liberal studies, I found a niche in Economics and International Relations. I always had a deep interest in foreign policy and valued other cultures but decided I could express it best in government. My Economics side was harvested during my 2nd semester Freshman year when I started up a sober driving service for students from campus and into the town. The most rudimentary ideas of Economics came into play as I began to understand the lack of supply, yet high demand for a transportation service into the town (after all, the winters got as cold as -20). Towards the end of that semester, I decided to start investing in Penny Stocks and decided to further cultivate my interest in Economics by studying more of it the following semesters.

My last semester at St. Lawrence was filled with Government and advanced Economics. I was delegated as Class President which I began to get very excited about early on. I also was rushing a fraternity at the time. Everything seemed to start off flawless as I began to think my future was going to be promising my last few semesters at St. Lawrence. However, after a major Greek Life scandal that I had lied to the school administration about, I was placed on judiciary probation which later changed to being placed on a semester of suspension.

I was in a dark place for a while afterwards. I didn’t know how to tell my parents I was suspended- so I didn’t for a few weeks until I had a plan to get back on track. Just after New Year’s 2014, on my birthday, January 2nd, I told my parents. They were absolutely distraught that I didn’t ask them for help or had come to them earlier when the situation was going on. It was a very stressful time.

With the support and guidance of my parents, however, I was able to gain admission to a local community college, Finger Lakes Community College, who was willing to look past my imperfections as I explained to them my plan to move forward. I decided that I had become a strong enough student to give the pre-medical curriculum another try, but this time with a goal and direction to take the MCAT at the end of the year. Throughout this past year, including the two summer accelerated semesters, I finished the whole premed curriculum and had been actively studying for the MCAT along the way.

I was lucky enough to get a seat for the January 2015 MCAT, just before the major changes to the exam come. Two days after taking the MCAT, I will move into Nazareth College as a 2nd semester Junior majoring in Anthropology. A lot of people have asked me, “Why Anthropology, don’t you want to be a doctor?” I always try to explain to them that not everybody who goes to medical school has to major in a Science. I further attempt to express how Anthropology is the study of interacting with people and being able to see through diversity, but to learn to interact with people with an understanding of their culture. It’s very profound to me because I am sometimes asked the difference between Sociology and Anthropology.

I have a deeply rooted passion for languages and cultures alike coming from a family with a heavily diverse background. I feel that through studying Anthropology, I will find a way to express my passion to help others of diverse backgrounds through understanding and learning how to relate my studies to enhance my abilities with the proverbial “Doctor-Patient interactions.”

I will also be part of the Men’s Tennis team at Nazareth and the Pre-Health Club, as well as the school’s respective honors society (having gained Phi Theta Kappa honors society membership this past year).

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? When and why did you start blogging? What have you gained from the experience?

Jared: Part of my plan to get back on track after having been suspended for a semester was to find the support necessary to succeed. I had no friends at the school so I virtually had no distractions from school other than sports. My parents provided a strong support, but I sought a larger group. I took to Twitter using an anonymous Twitter handle name, PreMedPrince, to join the ever-expansive network of premeds, med students, and doctors alike. I became very comfortable with the network as they supported my plans I had expressed.

Towards the middle of the Spring ‘14 semester, I decided in order to keep up my momentum, I had to lose a few of my ghosts that kept on haunting me. Whenever I had doubted my ability to pursue my endeavors, I could attribute it to being suspended, so I shared my experience in the form of a blog. I like to write, and had been using a journal as a pathway for stress-relief and for planning.

After I put up my tell-all story regarding my suspension and how I had planned to get back on track, I received immediate feedback and strengthened support. From the experience, I gained the ability to reach out for support. It had been something I had been lacking for as long as I can remember. I have always tried to be proud of doing things by myself. I have often been very egotistical until I was humbled by being suspended, it was the first time I hadn’t been able to work my way out of something by myself. Success is a team-driven experience. Without a support group, I find it very difficult to succeed at anything.

Accepted: You have very successfully pulled your GPA from a very low point to a high GPA. How did you do that?

Jared: During my semester of suspension while I was attending Finger Lakes Community College, my main goal was to do as well as I could in my courses. The reason behind this was because I had a lot to prove to not only myself, but to future admissions. I have an outstanding disciplinary punishment that will follow me around whenever I apply for schools; I have to check “yes” on the applications. My main concern was how I was going to secure my future when asked about it by schools. I used my suspension as a reality check, a learning experience and I was hell-bent on proving my worth by excelling in school.

I was always a little inferior when it came to school. I never put my best in, rather I’d focus everything into my athletic career. This past semester has allowed me to realize my potential by staying disciplined, seeking support from online groups, and demonstrating to my professors my zeal to thrive and succeed in their classes. After my first semester getting a 3.87 semester average taking 17 credits, I was proud of myself but wanted more, I was addicted to success. I felt so good knowing my hard work had paid off in and out of the classroom.

During my research into medical schools, I came to realize GPAs were extremely competitive. My goal and thought process was to get as close to an A in every course. I didn’t have room for anything less than an A because, again, I need to prove myself to admissions.

Blog CTA Med Low StatsAccepted: How would you advise other premeds who are struggling to boost their GPAs?

Jared: It’s no secret that the level of work premeds are expected to do in and out of the classroom is becoming more and more competitive. GPAs have to be high, very high. Students cannot afford to get more B’s than A’s in required courses. I’ve pinpointed a few keys that contributed to my success and have worked for others. I found that I wasn’t doing all-nighters anymore, rather, studying smarter.

Figuring out how to actually learn the material is something I found worthwhile. Students tend to rely solely on the word of their professors which may only help in the short-run, but the material won’t likely stick. In order to effectively learn the material, I used YouTube videos for absolutely every topic I had this past year. What this does is it allows you to get another perspective on the subject and could potentially offer tricks to simplify the material. I found this really useful when I was taking Organic Chemistry because we were getting a lot of material to cover.

As a visual-learner, I made use of whiteboards whenever I could. I found it extremely helpful for comprehending metabolic content for Biology, mechanisms for Organic Chemistry, and Physics problems. Actually doing and exploring concepts allowed me to get a more complete understanding which helped me on exams. I also supplemented this with making flash-cards for Biology as I found them to be most useful for this course specifically.

The last piece of insight I can offer is visiting professors. I always read that medical students and doctors suggest to visit professors during their office hours. I finally realized this was necessary to demonstrate my ambition and actual curiosity to learn and figure out ways to enhance my abilities in the classroom. I found this to be extremely helpful as my professors would look over my papers early and offer significant advice that directly contributed to my success on assignments.

The main thing to keep in mind when struggling to boost your GPA is that whatever you try won’t work instantly. Through persistence and dedication, you will get there if you sincerely have the inner drive. Make sure you look at your whole life at school and see if there is anything that is holding you back, or something that could potentially culture your success. Schools have many assistance programs that are just waiting for you to reach out, the thing is you have to reach out for the support; they can’t help you if you don’t inquire.

Accepted: What stage of the med school admissions process are you up to so far?

Jared: I am currently in the final days leading up to my MCAT, so currently studying! This past semester I chose my professors that I wanted to write for me letters of recommendation on behalf of my science proficiency. This past year has been very hectic and everything has been moving very quickly so I will be taking some time to breathe and relax afterwards into the Spring semester. I will be working on writing parts of my personal statement and continue to research into medical schools and may even visit a few. I will also be volunteering at the local hospital on weekends and hopefully be shadowing the athletic trainer during home games for various sports. The reason I want to shadow an athletic trainer is mainly because I have a passion for sports medicine being an athlete, but also because I plan on shadowing physicians during the summer.

Accepted: Can you share some MCAT studying tips with our readers?

Jared: The MCAT is very daunting, intimidating if you will. I found out very early when I first started my pre-medical requirements this year to supplement my course studies with MCAT preparation material. This allowed me to tailor my way of thinking in these courses to the way the MCAT asks questions. I also was able to get a new perspective on the material, which allowed me to further enhance my understanding of a topic at a given time.

The mind-set necessary for the MCAT is one that is very tough and is able to adapt to studying and find outlets to channel stress. For example, my stress reduction outlets include Swimming and working out (alternating every day) and writing a reflection in a personal journal about the previous week and to write goals for the next week. Premeds need to learn early on that since the MCAT is such a big deal with a lot of content, to take things step by step.

Learn one unit of material at a time and move on to the next. Make sure to keep the information in your mind by using flashcards that briefly summarize what you’ve just finished and it will all come together after a while.

The biggest studying piece that I found was on the AAMC website. They list everything that could possibly be tested, content-wise. I will have gone through all of the material over 21 days which at first was very intimidating, but having taken it step by step, I found myself to have retained a lot of it through the practices I listed above.

I have done my MCAT content review without any structured company review. I can see how they are helpful, in virtually every way. Personally, I found that I had all the material, and used the AAMC practice tests to measure my performance throughout my review and was confident in my ability to do this on my own.

Some advice though would be to not allow others opinions sway yours. Everybody has different ways of learning and the silver lining to taking the MCAT  besides successfully completing it, is that there is an abundance of resources out there to help you prepare- from practice tests, practice questions, practice videos, etc. All of these major prep companies offer free trials and free material to try out their services. I advise to try them all, however. Even if you don’t like their questions or the way they deliver their material, at the very least you are getting practice of the same material with a different perspective.

Accepted: Do you have target schools in mind yet? Where do you think you’ll apply? Do you have a “dream” school?

Jared: I don’t have a dream school in mind. I think the reason for that is because of all that I’ve been through, I realize my chances have been harmed. However, I like to think that my continued persistence up until I apply will be worthwhile and some admissions panel will take note.

Being a native of NY, my dream school would most definitely be the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. However, I do plan on applying broadly, which is something I think is worth sharing. In this day and age, premeds are entering a very competitive domain and some people would be inclined to argue that applying broadly is important because once you’re in; we all have the similar goals and outcomes. However, don’t let that idea keep you down from shooting for the stars.

For one-on-one guidance on your med school applications, please see our catalog of med school admissions services.

You can read more about Jared’s journey by checking out his blog, PreMedPrince. Thank you Jared for sharing your story with us – we wish you loads of luck!

Do you want to be featured in Accepted.com’s blog, Accepted Admissions Blog? If you want to share your med school story with the world (or at least with our readers), email us at bloggers@accepted.com.

Accepted.com: The Premier Admissions Consultancy

Related Resources:

Ace Your AMCAS Essay
GPA Issues when Applying to Med School: What To Do With A “W”
MCAT Scores, MCAT Prep & MCAT2015

Tags: ,

The post Meet PreMedPrince: Getting Back on Track with Hard Work & Strong Support appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/19/meet-premedprince-getting-back-track-hard-work-strong-support/feed/ 0
Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF! http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/16/admissions-tip/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/16/admissions-tip/#respond Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:24:40 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28149 Admissions committee members across the board (college, grad school, med school, b-school and law school) want you to do ONE thing in your applications, and one thing only: Introduce yourself. This does NOT include: • Talking about who you WISH you were. • Exaggerating your volunteer achievements. • Making up job titles to boost your […]

The post Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Be Yourself: Everyone Else is Already TakenAdmissions committee members across the board (college, grad school, med school, b-school and law school) want you to do ONE thing in your applications, and one thing only: Introduce yourself. This does NOT include:

• Talking about who you WISH you were.
• Exaggerating your volunteer achievements.
• Making up job titles to boost your employment profile.
Cracking jokes when you’re really not such a funny person.
• Using big words that you found in a thesaurus when you have no idea what they mean.

Instead, when introducing yourself to the adcom, follow these simple tips:

• Use your own, authentic voice in your writing.
• Talk about what’s important to YOU instead of what you think the adcom want to hear.
• Tell things as they are – you don’t want to get the boot because a fact checker shows that you were really an “Office Assistant” instead of an “Office Manager.”
• Use a dictionary/thesaurus to ensure you use words correctly, not to engage in communicative creativity…

In short, if you want to stand out among the throngs of applicants in your field, your goal shouldn’t be to introduce yourself as a superhuman, god-like overachiever; instead introduce yourself as you actually are, with your unique interests, passions, accomplishments, and voice. This will be the most extraordinary, stand-out, note-worthy introduction. Not the introduction that makes the adcom members roll their eyes and say “yeah right.”


Accepted.com: The Premier Admissions Consultancy
Related Resources:

From Example to Exemplary – A Free Guide
6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes

Tags: , , , , , ,

The post Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/16/admissions-tip/feed/ 0
Got Dinged? You Can Handle It! http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/14/got-dinged-you-can-handle-it/ http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/14/got-dinged-you-can-handle-it/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:59:55 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=28055 It may or may not be fair, but many of you are going to get at least a few rejections. What are you going to do about them? First and foremost—if you’ve gotten dinged at your top choice school, that doesn’t mean that you’re never going to get in. It doesn’t even mean that you […]

The post Got Dinged? You Can Handle It! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
Rejected from your top-choice school?It may or may not be fair, but many of you are going to get at least a few rejections. What are you going to do about them?

First and foremost—if you’ve gotten dinged at your top choice school, that doesn’t mean that you’re never going to get in. It doesn’t even mean that you won’t be going to school next year.

And so my first point is: DON’T GIVE UP.

However, you do need to respond constructively. For the Four Reasons for Rejection and tips on how to do exactly that, please see this video.

For more admissions-specific reapplication advice, check-out:

For all of you, if you don’t know why you were rejected or would you like expert advice on improving your next application, please consider an application review:

Subscribe to the Accepted Admissions Blog!

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

Related Resources:

5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid
• Help! I’ve Been Waitlisted!
5 Ways to Clean Up & Optimize Your Online Presence Before You Apply

Tags: , , , , , ,

The post Got Dinged? You Can Handle It! appeared first on Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog.

]]>
http://blog.accepted.com/2015/01/14/got-dinged-you-can-handle-it/feed/ 0