Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog » Medical School Admissions http://blog.accepted.com Admissions consulting and application advice Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:46:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog » Medical School Admissions http://blog.accepted.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://blog.accepted.com/category/medical-school-admissions/ 5 Tips For Aspiring Pre-Med Researchers http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/18/5-tips-for-aspiring-pre-med-researchers-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/18/5-tips-for-aspiring-pre-med-researchers-2/#respond Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:51:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27538 ]]> The importance of research experience according to one med student.

Gaining research experience will make you a more competitive applicant

Gaining research experience won’t just make you a more competitive medical school applicant—it’ll also help you sharpen your critical thinking skills, and give you training you’ll draw on as a medical school student and physician.

How can you find the right research opportunity for you?

1.  Start early. Ideally, it would be great to have 1-2 years of research experience under your belt before you apply—so the earlier in your undergrad career you identify promising opportunities, the better.

2.  Find an area that interests you. For example, if you’re more interested in Psychology or Anthropology than you are in Chemistry, look into the possibility of assisting a professor in one of those fields.

3.  Make contact with professors to see if they need research assistants/laboratory volunteers. If your university has a research office or a central list of undergraduate research opportunities, check there first. If the system is less formal, do some research into professors’ current work (through department websites, professors’ CVs, etc). Then make contact via email and ask if you can speak to them about the possibility of volunteering in their lab. Let them know what background you have in the field (especially any prior research experience).  If they don’t need research assistants at the moment, don’t be discouraged- talk to someone else.

4.Think about doing a thesis. Depending on where you’re studying (and what field), this might allow you to design your own experiment.

5.  Consider summer research opportunities. AAMC provides a good listing here.

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 medical school, residency, graduate school and Ph.D. programs. She is happy to assist you with your applications.

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7 Must-Do’s After You Get Your Med School Interview Invite http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/17/7-must-dos-after-you-get-your-med-school-interview-invite/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/17/7-must-dos-after-you-get-your-med-school-interview-invite/#respond Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:04:17 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27572 ]]> Learn how to use medical school rankings to choose the best med school for YOU.

Exercise has been proven to increase mental acuity—this will help you stay sharp and focused on your goal!

Congratulations! You have been identified as one of the most promising applicants for medical school this application cycle. Follow these seven steps to ensure that you will ace your interview and receive an acceptance:

• Celebrate!

While you may be nervous about embarking on the next step in your journey, don’t forget to celebrate each small victory along the way.  Take some time to fully acknowledge all of the people and effort that have contributed to your success.  Share the good news and express your gratitude!  

•  Stay Active

To ensure that you will be in the most positive frame of mind, work out at least three times a week. Staying physically active will allow you to burn off all that nervous energy and help you to regain your focus while increasing your endorphins.  The closer it gets to the interview, work out more frequently but not to the point of injury.  Exercise has been proven to increase mental acuity—this will help you stay sharp and focused on your goal!

•  Review your AMCAS application

The most important thing you can do to prepare for an interview is to review your AMCAS application every day leading up to the interview as well as the secondary essays you submitted to the school. Reminding yourself of all of your experiences will make it easier for you to answer specific questions about them and to provide an overall timeline of what you have done to prepare for medical school.

•  Update your CV/Resume

Arriving at your interview with copies of your updated CV/Resume and reviewing it on the way will help you appear organized and focused.  If it’s a traditional interview, it may guide the direction of your conversation.  Use it as an opportunity to update the interviewer on what you have been doing since you submitted your application.

•  Research the School

Take some time to read the school’s website.  If you have friends or family attending the school, contact them to ask questions about what they do and don’t like about studying there.  You should prepare at least three questions for your interviewer(s) that demonstrate your knowledge of their curriculum, special programs and volunteer opportunities in the community.

•  Prepare with Mock Interviews

Whether it’s a traditional interview or a MMI (mini multiple interviews), mock interviews are the best way to prepare yourself for the actual interview day.   Running through all possible questions and scenarios can help you formulate the strategies that will earn you the most points!  Take the time to practice. Mocks will not only ease your mind but give you an edge!

•  Test Drive your Interview Outfit

While that suit or outfit may look fabulous on the hanger, you won’t know until you try it on whether the buttons are loose or if it would benefit from a visit to the tailor.  Wear the outfit you’re planning on using for the interview for a few hours and see it is comfortable and professional enough for the interview.  You don’t want to have any wardrobe malfunctions when you’re traveling and unable to find a replacement.  It wouldn’t hurt to bring a couple of back-up outfits, just in case.

Having helped students successfully prepare for medical school interviews for almost a decade, I hope that the tips that I have shared will lead to a wonderful experience and that you will be offered an acceptance.  Most importantly, be yourself.  And answer the questions honestly and thoughtfully.  Good luck!

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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.

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So Your MCAT Score Is Not Perfect… http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/16/so-your-mcat-scores-not-perfect/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/16/so-your-mcat-scores-not-perfect/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:08:24 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27399 ]]> You can get accepted to med school low stats!…that doesn’t mean that you can’t get into med school! Medical school admissions boards are looking for well-rounded students, and while high stats are certainly important, it IS possible to highlight some of your other super strengths and still get accepted. There are also other routes you can take (DO programs, international programs, taking additional courses, etc.) that will do wonders to your profile if you find yourself in a situation with less-than-perfect stats.

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Meet Toni: An Optimistic, Realistic Pre-Med with a Solid Plan B http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/15/meet-toni-an-optimistic-realistic-pre-med-with-a-solid-plan-b/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/15/meet-toni-an-optimistic-realistic-pre-med-with-a-solid-plan-b/#respond Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:02:17 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27504 ]]> Read more interviews with med applicant bloggers!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 Toni J.…

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? If you’re not currently in school, how are you spending your time?

Toni: I am a first-generation American. My parents migrated from Jamaica, West Indies. I am from Queens, NY. I attended CUNY Brooklyn College, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. My journey is a bit untraditional. I’ve worked in allied healthcare since I was seventeen years old (pediatric, geriatric and rehabilitation). I wasn’t born wanting to become a physician. It was my patient interactions that motivated and inspired me. Having just graduated and in a gap year, I decided to seek meaningful employment that would allow me to learn and grow professionally. Having no prior experience with dermatology and blessed with the opportunity of working with some of the top cosmetic dermatologist in the world, I knew that this would be a great introduction to the dermatological specialty.

Accepted: What stage of the med school application process are you up to? What has been the most challenging step and how did you work to overcome it?

Toni: I have filled out/sent in my primary AMCAS application and received/sent in my secondary applications. I received two rejections, a hold and I am currently in review at five other medical schools. The most challenging part is being patient. It takes so much, for me not to check my e-mail repeatedly throughout the day, in hopes it’s an interview invitation from the remaining schools. I haven’t been able to rid myself completely of the anxiety associated with waiting, but I have calmed myself by devising a plan B. A post bacc program that would allow me to be more competitive and strengthen my chances of medical school acceptance.

Accepted: You describe yourself as a “nontraditional” med school applicant. Can you elaborate? Can you tell us more about your postbac plan? What sort of advantage do you think this will give you long-term?

Toni: I am a “nontraditional” med school applicant in the sense that I wasn’t prepared to hit the ground running after graduating high school. I was a late bloomer in many respects, emotionally and academically. This in conjunction with a physically demanding job was a recipe for disaster. I divulge quite a bit, about this, in my verified post on my blog.

I applied and was accepted to one college my senior year of HS, CUNY College of Staten Island. The distance proved to be the biggest hindrance, spending four hours commuting (two hours to and from work, home and school) left little time for studying and sleeping (FYI: the reason I transferred to Brooklyn College).

Having gone through that experience, I encourage those, who are in similar shoes, to take some time to evaluate their situation. With honest self-introspection, I believe anyone can prevent making the same mistakes in the future.

After seeking guidance from my mentors (professors, premed advisors, club mates and medical school faculty) and after careful thought, I made the decision to attend a post-baccalaureate program, if I am not able to get into medical school on my first attempt. Post-baccalaureate programs will not only strengthen me academically, it will strengthen me professionally thus make me a competitive applicant.

Accepted: It looks like you offer some good advice for underrepresented minority applicants. Can you share some of your advice here with our readers?

Toni: Being an underrepresented minority, I found getting accurate information, tailored to my specific needs somewhat challenging. My college premed department had limited information regarding the opportunities available to underrepresented minorities. Most of the information I know and provide on my blog, I learned through my own research and through the Minority association of pre-health students (MAPS), my college club (affiliated with the Student National Medical Association – SNMA).

I advise students to join a pre-heath club, devoted to the mission of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, because I believe that this will make all the difference in the strategy used to construct a competitive medical school application.

Accepted: Why did you decide to blog about your experience? What have you gained from the experience? What do you hope others will learn?

Toni: Helping people, whether it be assisting patients, tutoring underclassmen or even by providing useful information I learned along the way (will hopefully prevent others from making the mistakes I’ve made) is quite emotionally rewarding. Blogging allows for a cathartic release, a form of therapy in many respects, that gives my past mistakes purpose.

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

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Not So Secret Secrets to Nailing the Medical School Interview http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/12/not-so-secret-secrets-to-nailing-the-medical-school-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/12/not-so-secret-secrets-to-nailing-the-medical-school-interview/#respond Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:08:00 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25930 ]]> More med school interview advice.

Sorry, there are no magic tricks to interviewing and getting accepted to med school.

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! 

Right now, every week, there are a slew of fresh faces coming to interview for a coveted spot at our medical school. They come mostly from Tennessee; many have done undergraduate work all over the country, had previous careers, and are very impressive on paper, but they all share one thing in common: a feeling expressed on their faces that hints at sheer excitement and terror mixed evenly. Interviewing for medical school is one of the most exciting things someone can do; the hours have been poured into taking classes, studying for the MCAT, writing the lengthy application, shadowing in hospitals, researching in labs, and often times neglecting personal life to become one of the few to don the white coat as a student doctor.

There are a few things that I feel should be said to students getting ready to interview for medical school. Just a year ago, I was in those nervous, excited shoes and suit, and I’m incredibly thankful for the mentors that guided me in the following ways:

1. Practice. Hours are spent practicing for the MCAT, why not practice for the one thing that could make or break an acceptance into one of the extremely competitive seats of a med school? Each undergraduate school has a career development center that is well versed in preparing students for professional interviews, both academically and industry-oriented. I always recommend setting up a practice interview with a career counselor, and gaining invaluable feedback on some personal quirks that aren’t always apparent to ourselves. A fault of mine is that I have unfaltering eye contact with a big, forward personality to match, and this is sometimes mistaken as aggressive and commanding to people. This was pointed out to me in a practice interview I scheduled, and I was guided on how to lighten up my intensity to let the more communicative, and expressive parts of me come across more clearly. A good way to practice answering interview questions and getting solid feedback is to work through Dr. Jessica Freedman’s, “The Medical School Interview” with friends and family. It’s a quick read and I found it helpful to hear my parents’ perspective with tidbits they thought would be important in telling my story while answering interview questions.

2. Read up! I’m baffled sometimes when I give a tour to interviewees, and some have very basic questions that are easily accessibly on our website. The ones I know have invested time into reading about our school already understand the mission of the school, and want to know more in-depth things like what the student life is like, what things there are to do in the area, how accessible and helpful faculty are, and they essentially are interviewing me to see if my little corner of the world is somewhere they can see themselves fitting well in. It’s absolutely ok, and I encourage interviewees to treat the interview day like a two-way interview. When I was in the hot seat, I asked so many questions about why my interviewers chose that school, why they like the area, and the pros and cons of that school. You’re the one that has to spend the next four years with your hands at the grindstone, so you should absolutely be invested in choosing a school that YOU see yourself at, not just one that offers you a seat. This is YOUR education, and I am a firm believer that you should take control and command of it, starting with the school you want!

3. Don’t try and impress anyone. What I mean by this is that everyone already knows about everything you’ve ever done, because those things should have been well articulated in your application and secondaries. When we invite students for an interview, we’ve already thoroughly screened them, scrutinized their credentials, and know they are qualified to succeed in the rigorous medical education. The interview isn’t to test academic prowess, but it’s so we can meet the person we’ve been reading about, are excited about, and see if we like each other. Come to your medical school interview prepared to show everyone the person you’ve written about in your application! We already know about your awards and what everyone else to say about you in your recommendation letters, and now we just want to spend some time and see if we’re a fit for you, and you for us. Be yourself. Be yourself. BE YOURSELF! Interview day is a lot of pressure, but it’s the most enjoyable and exciting part of this whole process, in my opinion.

Having just gone through the rigors of applying and getting accepted to medical school a year ago, all I can say is that you should be extremely proud of the obstacles you’ve overcome to reach this momentous achievement. There are no magic tricks or secrets to interviewing and getting accepted to medical school; however, being an honest person with the integrity that I hope you wrote about in your application, and showing that person to us as a medical school and student body is a fast-track to an instant acceptance. The people we end up accepting are the people that I want to spend the next four years with, through the good and the bad, and they with us. The person I’m willing to go out of the way for and write an email to the admissions committee is the person that would do the same for me, and is also someone I’d want to have a beer with next year. So, in your interview, show them that person.

Good luck!

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Application Timing: When Should You Submit? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/11/application-timing-when-should-you-submit/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/11/application-timing-when-should-you-submit/#respond Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:51:59 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27444 ]]>

Timing. Timing. Who’s got the best timing? Applicants frequently stress over when to submit,  wondering if when they apply will affect the outcome. They lose sleep with questions like: When is the best time to apply? When do I have the greatest chance of getting accepted? The answer is surprisingly simple.

Listen to this episode for Linda Abraham’s important advice on timing your application to enhance your chances of acceptance.

00:01:56 – The simple answer to when you should apply.

00:03:45 – When should an MBA applicant apply Round 3?

00:06:09 – The best time for 2016 MBA applicants to take the GMAT.

00:06:52 – MBA applicant with a military background, high GPA but low quant score. When should he apply?

00:09:21 – Medical school applicants – the importance of being early!

00:09:50 – Thinking of applying late? Think of the game of musical chairs.

00:10:25 – Rushing to take the MCAT? Submitting your application before it’s ready? Think again!

00:11:13 – The ideal time table for submitting your AMCAS application.

00:12:40 – The advantages of starting your AMCAS personal statement this winter break.

00:14:18 – Linda’s rule of timing when applying to grad school.

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

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/11/application-timing-when-should-you-submit/feed/ 0 podcast Timing. Timing. Who’s got the best timing? Applicants frequently stress over when to submit,  wondering if when they apply will affect the outcome. They lose sleep with questions like: When is the best time to apply? Timing. Timing. Who’s got the best timing? Applicants frequently stress over when to submit,  wondering if when they apply will affect the outcome. They lose sleep with questions like: When is the best time to apply? When do I have the greatest chance of getting accepted? The answer is surprisingly simple. Listen to this episode for Linda Abraham's important advice on timing your application to enhance your chances of acceptance. 00:01:56 - The simple answer to when you should apply. 00:03:45 - When should an MBA applicant apply Round 3? 00:06:09 - The best time for 2016 MBA applicants to take the GMAT. 00:06:52 - MBA applicant with a military background, high GPA but low quant score. When should he apply? 00:09:21 - Medical school applicants - the importance of being early! 00:09:50 - Thinking of applying late? Think of the game of musical chairs. 00:10:25 - Rushing to take the MCAT? Submitting your application before it's ready? Think again! 00:11:13 - The ideal time table for submitting your AMCAS application. 00:12:40 - The advantages of starting your AMCAS personal statement this winter break. 00:14:18 - Linda's rule of timing when applying to grad school. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Related Links: •  MBA Application Timing •  MBA Round 1 Timeline •  Medical School Admissions: Why Applying in June is Critical •  Can You Submit Your AMCAS Application BEFORE Retaking the MCAT? • Applying to Medical School Late in the Application Cycle Related Shows: • Waitlisted! What Now? • How to Edit Your Application Essays • MBA Admissions According to an Expert • Med School Application Process: AMCAS, Secondaries, Interviews, Decisions & More! Leave a Review for Admissions Straight Talk:   Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 16:59
Medical School Admissions: Why Applying in June is Critical http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/10/medical-school-admissions-why-applying-in-june-is-critical/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/10/medical-school-admissions-why-applying-in-june-is-critical/#respond Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:11:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27391 ]]> Click here to learn how to get accepted to medical school in 2016.

If you apply late, you may never receive a review if there are no spots left available.

When you have spent years preparing to apply to medical school, the last thing you want to do is jeopardize your chance of acceptance by applying late.  Since selection committees operate on a rolling admissions basis, if you submit your application in August or September, they may not have enough spots left to offer you an acceptance, even though your application may be strong.

 Here are the reasons why applying late can hurt you:

• Rolling admissions is based on the concept of first come, first served

If you apply late, you may never receive a review if there are no spots left available.  Medical schools receive thousands of applications and this requires hours and hours of time spent on reviewing applications and interviewing candidates.  Once a medical school has met its enrollment capacity and filled its waiting list, there is very little time spent on reviewing applications—especially given the time and energy it takes to conduct interviews and MMI interviews, in particular.

•  If you are rushing to submit your application late, chances are there will be mistakes

In the mad dash to get your application submitted, it’s easy to leave out critical details or write sloppy essays that do not represent you well.  If you have put off applying, there may be a reason behind it.  It’s important to examine the reasons that have forced you to consider applying late. It  would probably be in your best interest to take your time and apply early rather than do a rush job that will only force you to face the possibility of reapplying the next year.  Since it is so expensive and time consuming to apply, doing it right the first time is in your best interest.

•  Applying late and without an MCAT score is like double daring the Fates

Since most schools will not review your application until they receive your MCAT score, applying late and then forcing the schools to hold off on reviewing your application may put you even further behind.  Generally, I don’t recommend applying without an MCAT score.  You don’t want any hidden surprises especially when it comes to determining the direction of your career.  If necessary, apply early the next cycle after you have received competitive scores.

From nearly a decade of experience in medical school admissions, I recommend getting your application submitted anywhere from mid-June to late July.  I have seen students receive acceptances when they have applied in August and September but it’s a wild ride and one I recommend avoiding, if at all possible.  To avoid unnecessary stress, plan on applying early.

Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016!

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.

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Applying to Medical School Late in the Application Cycle

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3 Reasons to Start Your Med School Applications NOW http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/09/3-reasons-to-start-your-med-school-applications-now/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/09/3-reasons-to-start-your-med-school-applications-now/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:40:46 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27197 ]]> You want a seat in the med school class of 2020. What could you possibly have to do now? LOADS! If you think applying to medical school is a task that can be left until the last minute, then you’re terribly mistaken!

Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016

Here are three reasons why you should get started now if you want to enter med school in 2016:

1.  Your recommenders will thank you!

No one likes to write a letter under pressure, and if you want a favorable letter of recommendation, then you’ll give your recommenders ample time to write it!

2.  Slow and steady wins the race.

An application that’s slapped together last minute is bound to have errors – not something you want when trying to make a good impression! Start early to avoid careless mistakes!

3.  You’ll understand your strengths and weaknesses early on.

The sooner you begin to evaluate your profile, the better position you’ll be in if you need to retake a chem class or step up your MCAT studying.

To encourage you to jumpstart your medical school admissions journey early, we invite you to join us TOMORROW (Wed. Dec. 10th) at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET for a webinar that will prepare you for next year’s med school application process. When those 2016 applications are released, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running!

Register for Get Accepted to Medical School in 2016 now! Remember – the early bird gets the worm!

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Top 10 Gifts for Pre-Med Students http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/09/top-10-gifts-for-pre-med-students/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/09/top-10-gifts-for-pre-med-students/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:21:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27376 ]]> When it comes time to buy gifts, pre-meds can be even more challenging than any MCAT question or biochemistry final. Here is a list of ideas that any pre-med is sure to enjoy. If you have any additions, add them below in the comments!

1.  Coffee shop gift cards: Every pre-med student will appreciate this gift. Even if your student isn’t a big coffee drinker, they can pick up a tea or pastry pick-me-up. Try to find their favorite local shop, or go with Starbucks. The Starbucks smartphone app will let you reload their card when funds go dry. Either way you can’t lose.

2.  Evernote Premium: Evernote is a revolutionary digital notebook that keeps notes organized  and synced across devices and the cloud. The subscription service provides your student with more space, powerful search tools, and the ability to annotate directly on PDF files. Premium service is $5/month or $45/year

3.  Light reading: Break up your student’s study day with some fun reading. Books by Atul Gawande, Abraham Verghese, and Fitzhugh Mullan all provide a unique perspective on the author’s own career, personal life, and what it means to become a physician. Bonus; these books will give your student something to talk about during their medical school interviews. My favorites are Atul Gawande’s Complications and Better.

4.  Ipad: More medical schools are making iPads mandatory for incoming students, so get ahead of the game and make it an awesome gift. Besides studying and MCAT question blocks, an iPad is great for keeping up with the news and the rapidly changing world of modern medicine.  Checkout the refurbished and education store for discounts.

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5.  Clothing subscriptions: Grueling class schedules are no excuse to look beat down. Subscription clothing services can provide fresh styles and professional looks at a decent price without having to spend time shopping. For men, check out Bombfell,  Manpacks, and TrunkClub. For women, Stitch Fix and Cypress &  5th offer clothing and accessories, while Birchbox  provides beauty and grooming products.

6.  Shadowing time: If you’re short on cash, or have a good connection, consider asking a physician-friend to let your student shadow for a day. Giving a shadowing date may sound odd, but can provide educational and networking opportunities, even letters of recommendation further down the line. Before offering, be sure the physician would be open to the student shadowing and has agreed to it, as some offices may have policies against shadowing.

7.  Noise canceling headphones: Give the gift of peaceful study time. You can’t always shut up the noisy library users, but you can block them out. There are a ton of options, from the affordable Sony MDR-NC7-CBB’s  for $35 to the opulent Bose QuietComfort  at $299. A good compromise may be the Monoprice headphones, modeled after the Bose QuietComfort at a more affordable price.

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8.  Leather portfolio: Part of acing an interview is looking the part. Keeping an extra resume and paperwork tucked in a nice portfolio keeps your student looking professional and prepared. There are numerous options and many can be personalized, some are even able to fit an iPad. I recommend keeping it simple and understated.

9.  Backpack/messenger bag: Keep your student organized and stylish while running across campus with a new messenger bag or backpack. Bags like the J Crew Abingdon Messenger bag are popular and will withstand the beating of campus life. Inside, the Cocoon Grid-I-T  will keep all their cables and chargers organized.

10.  Accepted.com services: For the pre-med who has everything, consider giving the peace of mind that comes with a perfectly written resume and personal statement, reviewed by the experts at Accepted.com. No portfolio or clothing thing service will make them standout better than having a polished application. You’ll be the first person they call when their acceptance letter arrives.

Any other good gift ideas? Leave a comment below with what you would like to receive!

By Evan Kuhl, a fourth-year medical student wanting to match in emergency medicine. Evan is interested in the intersection of sports and medicine, and is an avid cyclist. His website, www.evankuhl.com, includes helpful tips for pre-med and current medical students.

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Med School Interview with Eleasa: Enjoying the Newlywed Medical School Rollercoaster http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/08/med-school-interview-with-eleasa-enjoying-the-newlywed-medical-school-rollercoaster/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/08/med-school-interview-with-eleasa-enjoying-the-newlywed-medical-school-rollercoaster/#respond Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:42:18 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27333 ]]> 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 Eleasa…

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?

Eleasa: I was born and raised in South Carolina and decided to attend the University of South Carolina (go gamecocks!) for undergrad because they had the #1 international business program in the country. That’s right, I started off as an international business major and had no intentions of going into the medical field. Then, one day I realized that a career in business did not sound very fulfilling to me and that I wanted to work in a job where I could directly see how I was benefitting people. This led me to change my major to public health my sophomore year and shadow people from just about every health profession (nurses, OTs, PTs, researchers, PAs, NPs, physicians, etc.). After I shadowed a family physician, I knew I had found a career that would provide the intellectual stimulation and interpersonal interaction that I was looking for.

I read a ton of physician autobiographies after I decided to go into medicine (just to make sure I knew what I was getting into) and still enjoy reading about those that have conquered medical school and residency before me. One of my favorites is Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs by Michael J. Collins. Dr. Collins chronicles his journey, going from a construction worker in Chicago all the way to an orthopedic surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic. This is definitely inspiring and shows you that med school and a career as a physician are achievable with persistence and hard work.

Accepted: Where do you go to med school and what year are you?

Eleasa: I attend the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville and am currently a first year student.

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

Eleasa: I have really enjoyed my hands-on patient care experience so far. At my school we become certified Emergency Medical Technicians and ride on an ambulance with Greenville County EMS once a month. In addition to this I have gotten to take histories from real patients in the Emergency Department for my Clinical Diagnosis and Reasoning class. Being around patients really motivates me and reminds me what I’m working towards.

My school opened just three years ago, so with such a new school that means that there are occasionally hiccups or kinks to work out regarding our schedules and how they do things. However, they really listen to student feedback, and I feel that we have a great amount of input regarding our education.

Accepted: Congrats on your recent marriage! Looks like you have a lot to get used to all at once — how are you managing during this adjustment period? 

Eleasa: A lot of people thought I was crazy for getting married 9 days before starting medical school. It definitely was a rollercoaster having my wedding, going on a honeymoon, and getting back and immediately jumping into schoolwork. However, I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. I didn’t want to plan a wedding during medical school, and I am so glad I got married during the summer when I didn’t have anything else on my plate to worry about.

It has been wonderful having my husband by my side throughout this transition. He is constantly encouraging me and supports all my hard work. I also think that being married has motivated me to study more efficiently. I know the less time I have to spend studying at home, the more time I get to spend with him!

Accepted: Did you go straight from college to med school? Or did you take time off? If you took time off, how did you spend your time?

Eleasa: I took a year off before staring medical school and worked as a dialysis technician during that time. This was by far the most difficult job I have ever had, but I’m so glad that I did it. It taught me to respect those in every position on the healthcare team and gave me great hands-on patient care experience. I know that this clinical experience really set me apart from other applicants because I got asked about it at every single one of my interviews.

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

Eleasa: The MCAT was definitely my nemesis when I was applying for medical school. I barely studied before I took it for the first time, and no surprise, this resulted in a really low score. I realized that I needed to make a detailed study schedule and change up my study methods. This resulted in 10 weeks of intensive studying (4-6 hours a day, even while I was on vacation), making lots of notecards, and doing practice problems and sample tests. Those 10 weeks weren’t always the most fun, but it was so worth it when I got my score back.

Accepted: Do you have any other advice for our med school applicant readers?

Eleasa: I say to get lots of clinical experience before you apply (this will give you lots of great stories to tell and examples to give on your interview day), and keep a running list of all of your volunteer/research/extracurricular activities as you are going throughout school. This will make it so much easier to pull your application together and get it in early.

Accepted: Why did you decide to blog about your experience? What have you gained from the experience? What do you hope others will learn?

Eleasa: I decided to blog as a way to keep a “diary” about my medical school experience. You hear so much about the constant studying and burn out, but I want use this blog as a way to reflect on the positive things that are going on both inside and outside of school. I hope others can look at it and see that it is possible to balance medical school, relationships, and a social life, and that medical school can be a really fun 4 years of your life!

You can read more about Eleasa’s med school journey by checking out her blog, Marriage & Med School. Thank you for sharing your story with us – we wish you loads of luck!

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Both DO’s and MD’s provide valuable perspectives and approaches to patient care.

Before you decide whether you want to apply to allopathic (MD) and/or osteopathic (DO) medical schools, I recommend that you shadow both types of doctors.  They each represent dramatically different approaches to health and healing.  Gaining exposure to both forms of medicine will help you make an informed decision about what types of treatment options you would like to be able to offer your patients.

There are 141 allopathic schools and 30 osteopathic schools in the U.S.  Only two schools offer both programs, Michigan State and Rowan University.  Statistically, there is a much larger number of MD’s practicing than DO’s.  In researching the differences between these two courses of study, some students claim on premed forums that the DO schools are considered “less competitive” and therefore easier to matriculate into.  The average MCAT and GPA for students accepted into MD programs in 2013 were 28.4 and 3.54 (3.44 science), while they were 26.87 and 3.5 (3.38 science) for DO programs for the same application year, as reported by the AAMC and ACCOMAS.  While the osteopathic scores are lower,  the numbers are not so dramatically different.  Given the increasing number of students applying to medical school in recent years, the gaps between these numbers are closing quickly.  The difference in scores for students accepted into either program are projected to shrink.

Essentially, the decision to apply allopathic or osteopathic should be based on the different educational advantages each approach can give you.  The MD educational pathway includes more opportunities in research and speciality training, since allopathic medical schools have more funding and resources available in these areas. They are also more likely to have a hospital connected to their medical school campus.  DO’s are best known for their hand’s- on and holistic approach to patient care. The DO route provides training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), also referred to as Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), depending on the program.  One attending physician who participated in a discussion forum claimed: “If it came down to choosing MD over DO, I would’ve picked DO again.  The curriculum suited my personal interests at the time of applying and [I am] glad I did.  Being an osteopathic physician has never really limited my options nor any of my colleagues in all fields.  The manual skills if you are interested in musculoskeletal medicine are invaluable!”

This quote leads us directly into the second most common issue in the MD vs. DO dilemma: the issue of obtaining a residency after completing your medical education.  One doctor argued that it’s “a statistical fact [that] a higher percentage of MD’s than DO’s match to highly competitive residencies.”  In the past, there have been fewer residency spots available for DO residents than MD residents.  However, in July 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced that both DO and MD medical school graduates would be applying for residencies through a single match process in 2020.  This merger will simplify the residency application process since currently there are two separate systems with two separate deadlines. Both of the licensing exams for MD’s and DO’s will be accepted, USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1 (at most schools).

The last point to take into consideration when considering which path to take is whether you are interested in practicing primary care or specializing.  Most students are not able to make this decision until after they have completed their rotations and have gained exposure to all the possibilities.  Some doctors argue that DO programs are excellent in training students for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and primary care.  Capitalizing on this strength, there are DO schools that offer three-year accelerated programs in primary care.  However, if you are interested in specializing you may have more opportunities in research and exposure to certain fields through an allopathic education.

To learn more about both programs:

•  Shadow allopathic as well as osteopathic doctors

•  Read books written by doctors from both backgrounds

•  Attend premed conferences to meet representatives at all levels from both disciplines

•  Visit medical school campuses and events

•  Sign up for a mentoring program to work with a medical student mentor

•  Join discussion forums and network to ask medical students, residents and doctors for their advice and opinions

Actively begin collecting more information about the options available to you.  The more thought you put into your decision, the happier you will be with the end result.  Both DO’s and MD’s provide valuable perspectives and approaches to patient care.


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.

 

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Admissions Straight Talk: All Things Postbac http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/04/admissions-straight-talk-all-things-postbac/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/04/admissions-straight-talk-all-things-postbac/#respond Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:46:27 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27283 ]]> Click here to listen to the full recording of our post-bac conversation!

Who better to offer postbac admissions advice than an actual former postbac program director?

Alicia McNease Nimonkar is the former director of the postbac program at UC Davis and the proud new author of, The Definitive Guide to Pre-Medical Postbaccalaureate Programs: The handbook for career changers and academic record enhancers who want a chance at medical school. She is also currently a highly sought admissions consultant at Accepted.

Check out the full recording as we dive into the world of postbac programs.

03:20 –  What is the motivation behind the book? (Non-traditional applicants, this book is for you!)

04:35 – Undergrads, ask for help now. Ending your bachelors with an increasing trend in your GPA is essential!

06:00 – Grads – The formal postbac course may be the right choice for you.

08:18 – A review of the different kinds of postbac programs.

11:45 – Students: the admissions professionals want to help you with the postbac process.  (Alicia’s interviews with former postbac students and with program directors are inspirational.)

16:23 – What’s a postbac specialized masters programs?

18:40 – Didn’t get an interview call yet?  Don’t hit the panic button, but do start researching postbac programs.

22:00 – Qualities you need to reveal when applying to postbac programs.

23:57 – Final pearls of wisdom.

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The New MCAT: Hype vs. Reality http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/04/the-new-mcat-hype-vs-reality/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/12/04/the-new-mcat-hype-vs-reality/#respond Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:14:04 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26642 ]]> Watch the recording of The New MCAT: What's Hype, What's Real, and What You Can do Today!Are you ready to nail the new MCAT test? Are you prepared for a longer exam that covers new subjects? Not confident? Well we say – not confident YET. Because once you’re done watching the recording of our recent webinar, The New MCAT: What’s Hype, What’s Real, and What You Can Do Today, you’ll be one step closer to MCAT success, and most certainly a more confident test-taker.

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Top 5 Things I Learned From Business That I Wish I Would Have Known as a Premed http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/27/top-5-things-i-learned-from-business-that-i-wish-i-would-have-known-as-a-premed/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/27/top-5-things-i-learned-from-business-that-i-wish-i-would-have-known-as-a-premed/#respond Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:24:15 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26981 ]]> Trying to Navigate the Med School Application Process? Click here for your free medical school admissions guide!

Just focus on one step at a time.

I’ve been working at a company called Pinfinity for about two years. The field of business is one where guts matter just as much as brains and where the people that win in the end are the people who are willing to look far ahead into the future and be willing to ride it out through the bumps and loops that you have to go through.  You have to adapt and change on the go, and when things get tough, quitting is not an option. There is a lot more in common between medical school and business than I anticipated, and I have realized that there are some things that I learned from business that I would have benefited from during college, and even into medical school.

1.  Procrastination: Do not get into the habit!  It is bad in college, it is worse in medical school.  There at just days, I know, where getting started is the most difficult thing to do.  Looking at the huge task at hand makes it easy to get overwhelmed so try by just making one tiny move in the right direction such as writing one sentence down, then one paragraph, etc. Do not look at the end, just focus on one step at a time.

2.  Time management: This is of key importance to getting through medical school and those heavier courses in college. Pay attention to where you’re focusing your time.  Now pay attention to the number of hours in the day that you are spending watching TV, playing video games, or looking though Facebook. You’ll be surprised how much time is wasted, and if you were to restrict that wasted time, your productivity would skyrocket.

3.  Multitasking: Somebody told me once that multitasking is the best way to do multiple things wrong really quickly.  Try to focus on one thing at a time, be it studying, writing, or watching TV. This will allow you to get things done efficiently and with a better end result.

4.  Leadership: Medicine is leadership, no matter how you cut it.  The main goal of the career is to become an attending physician, the doctor who is making all of the big decisions, caring for patients and having the responsibility of keeping the sick from getting sicker. Commonly they are asked, “What do you want to do Doctor?” with everybody expecting the next step in care from them.  Developing this skill now is a great way to get ahead of the pack. Start and run groups at school, get high positions in current clubs, or excel in sports. Become a strong leader now, and it will help you greatly in your road to medicine.

5.  Research: Research, both in small and large scale is a must. Being good at efficiently figuring out answers on your own, be it via reading or searching on the net, is of extreme importance.  Any team will see you as a key part of it, other students will trust your judgment, and you will get respected in the wards and by your supervising physicians.  In the long term, a CV that shows your interest in research as a component will always be looked highly upon, both on your medical school application and beyond.

By keeping these things in mind, making that jump into medical school won’t be as daunting as it can be.

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Who Should Take a Gap Year? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/24/who-should-take-a-gap-year/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/24/who-should-take-a-gap-year/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:47:48 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=27025 ]]> Download your free copy of  Navigate the Medical School Maze!

Take a year “off” to catch your breath and refocus your energy.

While you may be feeling impatient to apply to medical school, ultimately, it will be in your best interest to take your time in completing each step of the application process. You want to do your best! If you try to take a full course load while studying for the MCAT and writing your personal statement, the quality of your work and/or your scores will reflect how overwhelmed you can become. Multi-tasking is a myth. The brain can only focus on one task at a time. In order to apply successfully to medical school, you have to plan for success—each step of the way. Following the example of the Tazmanian Devil will only get sand in your eyes and potentially lead to a disastrous result.

You may want to consider taking a gap year for the following reasons:

• To prepare for and take the MCAT

If you did not receive a competitive score or if you are preparing to take the exam for the first time, give yourself the time and space to focus only on the exam. The feedback I have received from students who have taken the test multiple times is that they had to make time to focus on their preparation. Cutting down on work hours and other activities can be helpful. Most importantly, do not plan on studying for the exam while you are taking classes. Over the years, I have seen it happen time and time again that students hurt either their MCAT score, their grades, or both.

• To create an increasing trend in your GPA

It is essential that you have an increasing trend in your GPA when applying to medical school. This can make or break your chances of acceptance. The selection committees need to see evidence that you can handle a heavy science course load with flying colors. If you have a decreasing trend in your GPA, I recommend taking a gap year to improve your grades.

• To pursue a graduate degree in an area of your interest

If you are passionate about a particular field or research interest, pursuing a Master’s Degree can provide you with the opportunity to further explore that topic as well as help you become a more competitive applicant to medical school since you will gain expertise in that subject. It could also help you establish a network of professional support and guide the direction of your medical education.

• To gain life experience

Many students feel “burned out” after completing their Bachelor’s Degree. Taking a year “off” to catch your breath and refocus your energy can help you approach the application process with more confidence. You can use that time to strengthen your application in a number of important ways—completing a medical mission, volunteering for Teach for America, gaining industry experience, etc.

*Plan on taking a lighter load to accommodate the stress and challenges of submitting your primary application, completing secondaries and interviewing.*

Students who want to give themselves more time to create a more competitive application often take a gap year to better prepare themselves. Applying with a competitive MCAT score, an increasing trend in your GPA, a graduate degree in a field that you love, and/or more life experience are all compelling reasons to take your time and complete each step of the application process at your own pace.

This is not a race! Focus on reaching your ultimate goal, not pushing yourself so hard that you hurt your chances of acceptance or have to reconsider your options.

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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.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About MD/MBA Programs http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/20/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-mdmba-programs/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/20/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-mdmba-programs/#respond Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:25:54 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26912 ]]> Listen to the full conversation about MD/MBA programs with Dr. Maria ChandlerIntrigued by business and medicine? Not sure whether you want to be the next Steve Jobs or Jonas Salk?

AST’s guest this week is the person who can show you how to combine these two complementary, but in some ways disparate interests, with an MD/MBA.

Meet Dr. Maria Chandler, founder of the Association of MD MBA Programs and the UC Irvine MD/MBA program, MD/MBA Faculty advisor at UC Irvine, Assoc Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Assoc Professor at the Paul Merage School of Business, and practicing pediatrician.

Tune in to our conversation for fascinating insight about the place where medicine meets management.

00:01:11 – Featured Applicant Question: Should I apply in Round 2 with my good essays, or apply Round 3 with excellent essays?

00:04:10 – Why Dr. Chandler decided to pursue an MBA.

00:06:30 – The story behind the founding of the UC Irvine MD/MBA Program.

00:08:08 – Inviting the east-coasters to Irvine in February: The founding of the Association of MD MBA Programs.

00:10:42 – Curriculum at the typical MD/MBA Program.

00:13:04 – Culture gap alert! What it’s like to go to b-school after med school.

00:17:51 – MD/MBA career paths.

00:20:15 – Do most MD/MBAs leave clinical medicine eventually?

00:22:14 – How and why this new degree became so popular so fast.

00:27:01 – The dual-degree application requirements.

00:31:35 – Maria’s dream for the future of medicine.

00:36:35 – Advice for applicants considering an MD/MBA.

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

Related Links:

• The Rise of the M.D./M.B.A. Degree
MD/MBAs: Fixing Hearts & Healthcare
UC Irvine M.D./M.B.A. Program
• Contact Maria: mchandle@uci.edu

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• Getting Into Medical School: Advice from a Pro
• MCAT Mania: How to Prepare
• Healthcare Management at Wharton and at Large
• Med School Application Process: From AMCAS to Decisions

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/20/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-mdmba-programs/feed/ 0 MBA healthcare,MD/MBA,podcast Intrigued by business and medicine? Not sure whether you want to be the next Steve Jobs or Jonas Salk? - AST’s guest this week is the person who can show you how to combine these two complementary, but in some ways disparate interests, with an MD/MBA. Intrigued by business and medicine? Not sure whether you want to be the next Steve Jobs or Jonas Salk? AST’s guest this week is the person who can show you how to combine these two complementary, but in some ways disparate interests, with an MD/MBA. Meet Dr. Maria Chandler, founder of the Association of MD MBA Programs and the UC Irvine MD/MBA program, MD/MBA Faculty advisor at UC Irvine, Assoc Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Assoc Professor at the Paul Merage School of Business, and practicing pediatrician. Tune in to our conversation for fascinating insight about the place where medicine meets management. 00:01:11 – Featured Applicant Question: Should I apply in Round 2 with my good essays, or apply Round 3 with excellent essays? 00:04:10 – Why Dr. Chandler decided to pursue an MBA. 00:06:30 – The story behind the founding of the UC Irvine MD/MBA Program. 00:08:08 – Inviting the east-coasters to Irvine in February: The founding of the Association of MD MBA Programs. 00:10:42 – Curriculum at the typical MD/MBA Program. 00:13:04 – Culture gap alert! What it’s like to go to b-school after med school. 00:17:51 – MD/MBA career paths. 00:20:15 – Do most MD/MBAs leave clinical medicine eventually? 00:22:14 – How and why this new degree became so popular so fast. 00:27:01 – The dual-degree application requirements. 00:31:35 – Maria’s dream for the future of medicine. 00:36:35 – Advice for applicants considering an MD/MBA. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Related Links: • The Rise of the M.D./M.B.A. Degree • MD/MBAs: Fixing Hearts & Healthcare • UC Irvine M.D./M.B.A. Program • Contact Maria: mchandle@uci.edu Related Shows: • Getting Into Medical School: Advice from a Pro • MCAT Mania: How to Prepare • Healthcare Management at Wharton and at Large • Med School Application Process: From AMCAS to Decisions Leave a Review for Admissions Straight Talk: Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 39:39
Post-Interview Advice for Med School Applicants http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/19/post-interview-advice-for-med-school-applicants/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/19/post-interview-advice-for-med-school-applicants/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:01:56 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25928 ]]> Click here to download your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success!

All that’s left for you to do is wait patiently for an acceptance.

“Post-Interview Advice” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here.

As the interview day is nearing its end, you may find yourself in the company of other applicants. Try not to engage in discussion about your interview in detail. These conversations only serve to increase anxiety and often lead to self-doubt. Talking about the school or topics you may have discussed with current students is great, but steer clear of discussing the actual interview content with your fellow applicants.

Also, don’t forget to follow-up with a personal thank you note to your interviewer(s). If you had a special experience with a student, student group, or a non-interviewing faculty member, then include that experience in your note.

When your interview experience is over, spend some time taking stock of all you’ve heard. Think about whether this school felt like home to you. Could you blend in with the current students? Did you connect with the faculty? Did you feel like there was a place waiting for you there – a place where you could grow both personally and professionally? If so, then all that’s left for you to do is wait patiently for an acceptance.

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Should You Apply to a Postbac Program? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/18/should-you-apply-to-a-postbac-program/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/18/should-you-apply-to-a-postbac-program/#respond Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:27:45 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26737 ]]> Click here to order your copy of The Definitive Guide to Pre-Medical Postbaccalaureate Programs Not sure if your profile and qualifications are strong enough to get you into med school this year? Maybe it’s time to consider another route to med school: attending a post baccalaureate program first. This is an excellent option for pre-meds who are concerned that their low stats, non-science education, or lack of clinical work experience aren’t quite up to snuff in the race for acceptance to med school

Don’t second guess yourself! You CAN achieve your dream of becoming a physician with the experience and knowledge you gain with a pre-med postbac program.

And to help you…we’d like to unveil the just-released, outstanding new book that will walk you through the postbac admissions maze, The Definitive Guide to Pre-Medical Post Baccalaureate Programs.

Written by former postbac program director and current Accepted.com consultant, Alicia McNease Nimonkar, this guide will teach you:

• The pros and cons of attending a postbac or specialized master’s degree program.

• Success stories of former postbac students who are now medical students and doctors.

• An index of all the different programs in the U.S.

• Tips on how to study and succeed in a post baccalaureate program

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Get the Scoop on the New MCAT http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/17/get-the-scoop-on-the-new-mcat/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/17/get-the-scoop-on-the-new-mcat/#respond Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:10:58 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26640 ]]> Tomorrow is the day! I am truly excited to introduce you to Dr. Anthony Lafond, MCAT Guru from Next Step Test Prep, at our upcoming live webinar, The New MCAT: What’s Hype, What’s Real, and What You Can Do Today.

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Med Student Interview: Stay Calm. Stay Focused. Submit Quality Apps Early. http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/17/medical-school-student-interview-with-ajibike/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/17/medical-school-student-interview-with-ajibike/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:51:57 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26829 ]]> Check out the rest of our medical 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 Ajibike Lapite…

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?

Ajibike: Hi all! I was born in New York City but I spent all but a couple of years in Monroe, Louisiana – a relatively small town approximately five hours north of New Orleans. I went to Princeton University (in Princeton, New Jersey) where I studied Molecular Biology and Global Health and Health Policy.

I went to an ice cream shop in Denver and tried Rice Krispie ice cream. Absolutely phenomenal! Definitely my favorite flavor.

Accepted: Congrats on your acceptance to Tulane’s MD/MPH program! Why did you choose that program? How is it the best fit for you?

Ajibike: Thank you! I wrote a blog post about what sparked my interest in the Tulane MD/MPH programs. I’ll share a few of those reasons here! (1) Tulane is close to home but not *too* close, (2) Tulane, like the city, has a very relaxed easy-going culture, (3) the first two years are pass/fail, and (4) the MD/MPH program is a four-year program. I know, awesome!

Accepted: Now that school’s begun…how’s it going so far? What’s your favorite thing about the program so far? Least favorite thing?

Ajibike: Let’s start with my least favorite aspect of Tulane SOM. Here, we take anatomy as sort of an intensive course. From August until early October we took anatomy and embryology. It was super fast! Although I appreciated not having to deal with the smell of formaldehyde for an extensive period of time, I do think there is some benefit to studying anatomy alongside physiology.

I love the flexibility here, and part of that is attributed to the supportive nature of administration as well as the pass/fail grading system. And so, I’ve been able to take two pretty exciting electives: (1) Sexual Health Elective and (2) End of Life Elective.

Accepted: What do you think the advantages are of going straight from college to med school? Do you sometimes wish that you’d taken time off? 

Ajibike: A lot of people are unsure of whether or not a gap year is the right choice. For me, it wasn’t. I spent my senior year of college in a laboratory and knew that I did not want to spend an additional year in a laboratory and I was unsure of what I would want to do in a year (or two) after college. If you have an interest that you want to pursue before medical school begins, take the gap year and go for it! You’ll be glad that you did.

Accepted: Had you ever lived in New Orleans before now? How do you like the city? Can you recommend a cozy coffee shop, or some other favorite place, where you like to study or hang out with friends?

Ajibike: No I haven’t! Although my home town is not terribly far from New Orleans, I had only visited the city three times before I was an official Tulanian. The city is very musical and vibrant. There is *always* a festival in town and a reason to celebrate — I love this! It can definitely be a distraction but you totally learn to adjust.

I study in an assortment of places. Sometimes at school (in the main library or group study rooms), sometimes at the School of Public Health, and quite often in coffee shops. I am a pretty big fan of Avenue Cafe but I have just started to explore additional coffee shops as well.

Accepted: What do you plan on doing with your join MD/MPH degree?

Ajibike: I’d like to be involved in global health infrastructure reform to some extent. To an extent, I am really interested in being hands on in global health infrastructure via organizations such as Doctors without Borders. At some point, I think involvement with the World Health Organization would be amazing.

Accepted: Looking back at the application process, what would you say was the most challenging step? What did you do to overcome that challenge?

Ajibike: I found it incredibly hard to click ‘submit’ on my applications. I would finish my essays, upload them to the portal, and spend far too much time worrying that the essays were not perfect (they never are). I don’t know if I ‘overcame’ it necessarily. My parents told me that I was ridiculous and convinced me to hit ‘submit.’

Accepted: What are your top three admissions tips with our readers?

Ajibike:

(1) Stay calm.

(2) Stay focused.

(3) Submit quality applications as early as possible.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? Who is your target audience? What do you hope to gain from the blogging experience?

Ajibike: I started my blog as a way to stay sane during the application process. It transformed into a way to keep up with my family and now I’ve made quite a few friends in the online #almostdoctor community. I hope to (1) encourage applicants by sharing my journey, (2) give an insight into life as a medical student, and (3) continue to make dear friends who are on similar journeys.

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

Ajibike: The sooner you realize that it is impossible to know everything, the less overwhelmed you will be. Study hard but don’t forget to take care of yourself! Take days off if you feel overwhelmed! Don’t feel guilty when you work out, it’s important! Sleep is a beautiful thing — don’t deprive yourself!

Accepted: Do you have any other advice for our med school applicant readers?

Ajibike: The application process is a nerve-wracking journey. It is definitely okay to feel overwhelmed! Make sure that you have a solid support system.

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

You can follow Ajibike’s adventure by checking out her blog, Stilettos + Stethoscopes. Thank you Ajibike 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.

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry about Your Med School Interview Invite http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/14/3-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-worry-about-your-med-school-interview-invite-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/14/3-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-worry-about-your-med-school-interview-invite-2/#respond Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:26:13 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26688 ]]> Need med school admissions advice? Check out our Medical School Admissions 101 pages!

Keep in touch with the adcom.

Yes, it’s November and some of your fellow applicants may have already been invited to their medical school interviews. But that doesn’t give you due cause to throw a fit and assume you’re as good as dinged.

Don’t worry. There’s still hope for you.

Consider the following:

1. When did you submit your application? Did you send it in early August, or just a few weeks ago? The later you send it in, the later the admissions committee will review it and get back to you with an interview decision. In fact, the adcoms are only NOW reviewing and interviewing for those applications submitted in July and August.

2. Keep in touch! Unlike most other admissions categories (like college admissions or MBA admissions), med school adcom sometimes allow applicants to keep in touch after they’ve submitted their applications but before any decisions have been made. If you submitted your application 8 or more weeks ago, then you may want to drop the admissions office a note (or call, depending on their preference) and ask if/when you might expect an interview invite. If you know you’ll be in the vicinity of the school over the holidays, you may want to mention that and ask if you can schedule an interview during that time. (This is a particularly good idea if you’ve applied to more than one school in a given city.)

3. Send new info. If your target program allows you to send new/updated information, you should definitely do so, but please make sure that it is really new and that it will enhance your application. This would include any recent achievements (either at school, in the workplace, or in a volunteer position), improved test scores, a new med school recommendation, or something else of that sort. You should send this med school admissions updated information in the form of a brief – not more than one page – letter with important documents attached.

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New Guide: School Specific Tips for Your Secondary Application Questions http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/13/new-guide-school-specific-tips-for-your-secondary-application-questions/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/13/new-guide-school-specific-tips-for-your-secondary-application-questions/#respond Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:12:44 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26760 ]]> Filling out your secondary apps for med school? I have one piece of advice here – MAKE SURE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION.

Oftentimes when applicants are writing their secondary essays, they’ll write what they really want to share with the adcom, even at the expense of not answering the question. This is a mistake! It may be a fascinating essay, but if it doesn’t answer the question posed by the admissions board, then you haven’t done your job.

Click here to download your copy of the Secondary Essay Handbook!

In Medical School Secondary Essay Handbook: Specific Tips for Top Programs, you’ll get expert advice on how to answer the essay questions on secondary applications from top medical schools. Each chapter of this guide contains an intro to the school, followed by the secondary application questions plus advice for each question, and ends with additional information on the application deadlines.

And the best part? It’s FREE! So what are you waiting for? Download your copy of Medical School Secondary Essay Handbook: Specific Tips for Top Programs today!

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Premeds: Have You Registered? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/11/premeds-have-you-registered/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/11/premeds-have-you-registered/#respond Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:08:17 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26711 ]]> Have you registered for next week’s webinar, The New MCAT: What’s Hype, What’s Real, and What You Can Do Today?

Spaces are running out, and if you’d like detailed info on what the new MCAT will look like and strategies on how to beat it, then you won’t want to miss this! (Plus, you could win a set of Next Step test prep books…scroll down for more information.)

Register for The New MCAT Webinar: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET

Want a sneak peak at what we’ll be discussing? You can expect info on the following points:

• Understanding the new Psychology, Sociology, and Biochemistry sections.
• Discovering new techniques for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section.
• An overall explanation of MCAT concepts and categories.
• Tips on time management.
• Additional study resources you can use.

Now that we’ve convinced you how important this webinar is, don’t forget to reserve your spot.

And there’s more…

Two lucky people will win a set of Next Step prep books for the 2015 MCAT. The books focus on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section and the new Psychology and Sociology sections of the exam. These books will be a great resource for any student preparing for the 2015 MCAT and are valued at over $60. One set will be given to someone who registers for the event, and the other will go to someone who attends the event, so be sure to register AND attend in order to maximize your chances of winning!

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8 Tips for the Actual Medical School Interview http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/11/8-tips-for-the-actual-medical-school-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/11/8-tips-for-the-actual-medical-school-interview/#respond Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:59:30 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25926 ]]> Click here for your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success!

Definitely don’t bring a cup of coffee with you!

“8 Tips for the Actual Interview” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here.

You know what to say. You know what to wear. You are prepared. You’ve got this! Now, all you need to do is keep your composure – stay calm, breathe, and keep the following eight points in mind as you enter that interview room and wow your way into med school:

1. Make sure you smile when you shake hands. Give a firm handshake, but don’t break the interviewer’s hand. (Yes that really happened.) And if you have sweaty palms, wash and dry your hands with cold water before you go in. Keep a handkerchief in your pocket or purse for drying your hands right before you walk into the interview.

2. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.

3. Relax as best as you can. A good interviewer will work to help you relax during those initial questions. Ideally you and your interviewer will have a conversation that flows rather than a disjointed and strained grilling session.

4. Definitely don’t bring a cup of coffee with you.

5. Try not to fidget.

6. Take notes if it seems relevant – this shows that you are truly interested.

7. Be yourself. You can’t reinvent yourself, but rather try to shine during the interview with your best qualities. That means:

• If you are animated and outgoing go right ahead and show it.

• If you are describing an experience that was particularly important to you, do show your passion.

• If you are shy that’s fine, but still try to find a connection with your interviewer.

8. Present yourself honestly. Specifically:

• Own up to your mistakes and then stress your improvements. Don’t minimize your past, but try to move on to more recent positives.

• Be sincere, especially when talking about strengths and weaknesses. Confidence is fine but make sure you include a touch of humility.

• When answering questions about yourself think about what you really want the interviewer to know about you. What defines you? Make sure you share those traits. Show some level of self-reflection demonstrating a clear understanding of how you’ve gotten to this point.

• If you have had to come back from adversity share the experience. If you are one of the lucky ones who has not had many struggles in your life, then still think about how to answer an adversity question. Adversity comes in many shades – physical, financial, personal, and/or emotional. Each of us has had some degree of struggle.

Most importantly go into the interview with a clear vision of what you want the interviewer to know about you and do your very best to get those particular key points across.

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Boost Your Interview Endurance and Train for Your MMI! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/10/boost-your-interview-endurance-and-train-for-your-mmi/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/10/boost-your-interview-endurance-and-train-for-your-mmi/#respond Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:01:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26339 ]]> The med school Multiple Mini Interview tests your ability to think quickly on your feet about important ethical and medical issues.

Are you ready to tackle this interview head on? Have you trained adequately? Is your endurance up?

Check out our free webinar - Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?

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3 Tips to Reducing Your Fear of the New MCAT http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/09/3-tips-to-reducing-your-fear-of-the-new-mcat/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/09/3-tips-to-reducing-your-fear-of-the-new-mcat/#respond Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:22:51 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26638 ]]> Watch the recording of The New MCAT: What's Hype, What's Real, and What You Can do Today!Sometimes you just need to get to know something (or someone) before you learn to love it (or at least learn to appreciate it).

You see where I’m going with this, don’t you? If you put some effort into getting to know and understand the changes made to the new MCAT test, then it’s possible that even you will find it in your heart to love (okay, not despise) the new changes made to the exam.

Follow these 3 tips to better acquaint yourself with the new MCAT test:

1. Read up. There is loads of material out there that clearly spells out the specific changes made to the new MCAT. Knowledge is power – get to know the changes and own them! So the test is longer – but why is it longer? What’s been added? How many questions are there really? How much additional time is given on the new exam? Read up, soak up the details, and prepare accordingly.

2. Study. Now that you know what changes have been made, it’s time to make a game plan. How are you going to tackle the longer test? What additional material do you need to study? You can read tips about the test until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t study the actual material, it’s all just theoretical.

3. Check out our new webinar! Watch the recording of The New MCAT: What’s Hype, What’s Real, and What You Can Do Today to learn additional secrets to how to beat the new MCAT!

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Medical School Enrollment Volume Reaches New High http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/07/med-school-enrollment-volume-reaches-new-high/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/07/med-school-enrollment-volume-reaches-new-high/#respond Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:48:57 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26522 ]]> Looking for med school admissions advice? Check out our Medical School Admissions 101 Pages!According to an AAMC press release, 20,343 students enrolled in U.S. medical schools for the first time in 2014, an all time high for med school enrollment. There was a record 49,480 total applicants to med school (a 3.1% increase over last year), with first time applicants totaling 36,697 (an increase of 2.7%). Since 2002, U.S. medical schools have seen an application increase of 23.4%, and 17 new med schools have been established.

On these growing numbers, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. calls for increased federal support for residency training “to ensure an adequate number of residency training positions for these aspiring doctors so they will be able to care for our growing and aging population.” He continues to explain that only “by lifting the 17-year-old cap on residency training positions imposed under the Balanced Budget Act” will we be able to address the “worsening shortage of both primary and specialty physicians over the next two decades.”

Here are some additional highlights from the AAMC press release:

• Hispanic applications increased 9.7% to 4,386 in 2014; enrollment rose 1.8% to 1,859.

• African American applicants rose 3.2% to 3,990; enrollment increased 1.1% to 1,412.

• American Indian and Alaska Native application volume increased 5.6% to 449 applicants in 2014; enrollment jumped nearly 17% to 202 enrollees in 2014.

• 52% of enrollees this year were males, compared to 48% females, similar to last year.

• Among first time applicants, female applicant volume rose 3.3% compared to an increased first time male applicant volume of 2.1%.

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The Men’s Guide to Dress for Medical School Success http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/06/the-mens-guide-to-dress-for-medical-school-success/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/06/the-mens-guide-to-dress-for-medical-school-success/#respond Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:57:41 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26567 ]]> Want more medical school interview advice?

Picking your shirt and tie can be a tricky balance between standing out from the crowd and being the obnoxious peacock.

After the tests are scored, resumes printed, and applications submitted, interview day is the last—and potentially most—stressful part of getting to your school of choice. This is your chance to make a great first impression with the interview committee, and your appearance should mirror the image of a medical student; clean, professional, and detailed. Follow this simple guide to make sure you’re dressed for medical school success on interview day.

First, you need a black or dark colored suit that fits well. Keep in mind that your audience will most likely be older professionals with more conservative styles. This doesn’t mean you need to run to a tailor for a custom fitting, but you need something that’s going to fit better than raiding your dad’s closet. The shoulder of the suit should end at your shoulder. If your suit looks like it has Grandma’s shoulder pads it’s too big. Second, make sure the top button of a two-button suit (middle button of a three-button suit) is higher than your belly-button. Finally, drop your arms to your sides; the sleeves should stop around the base of your thumb, and the body of the jacket should end around your knuckles or palms. Leave the suit pockets stitched closed to prevent sagging. Slacks are easier; they should be hemmed so that the back of the pant reaches somewhere around the heel of the shoe. Although pant length is a matter of personal preference, always make sure your pants never drag the ground or expose the tops of your shoes. If you need a suit, be sure to check your local consignment shops before spending a ton of money for a brand new suit.

No matter what you wear, make sure it’s clean, pressed, and lint free. Having your suit pressed by a professional makes you look sharp and keeps your suit in good condition. If you’re staying at a hotel, they may even offer this service in-house. When wearing a brand new shirt, iron out the folds, and make sure all the pins and stickers are removed. On interview morning, run a lint brush over your clothes, especially if you have hairy pets!

Picking your shirt and tie can be a tricky balance between standing out from the crowd and being the obnoxious peacock. Remember that your main goal is to convey a professional and confident image, so save your flashy shirts for a night out. Your shirt and tie need to match your suit, so always keep your suit color and pattern in mind. A white, light blue, or checkered pattern in a complementary color is usually a safe bet, but be sure to stick to more traditional patterns. Finally, pick out a tie that complements your suit and shirt. Leave your solar system and other novelty ties at home, and use a professional knot (not an Eldredge or Ellie knot). If you’re still wanting to express your personality, the best place to go wild is socks. Wearing a pair of fun socks that complement your suit is a great way to show a little bit of a fun side, while still looking professional.

To bring your look together, shoes should be well polished and your belt should match. Causal loafers or boat shoes are not appropriate, and you should never wear a brown shoe with a black suit, or vice-versa. A simple watch, pair of cufflinks, or lapel pin can refine the look, but stay away from anything gaudy or large. Be sure to schedule a haircut prior to your interview, and make sure your nails are well trimmed. Keep in mind your audience is probably conservative about dress, so be sure to remove any piercings and cover any tattoos prior to your interview.

Evan Kuhl is a fourth-year medical student wanting to match in emergency medicine. Evan is interested in the intersection of sports and medicine, and is an avid cyclist. His website, www.evankuhl.com, includes helpful tips for pre-med and current medical students.

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PayScale: How Much Can You Earn, and How to Earn It? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/06/payscale-how-much-you-can-earn-and-how-to-earn-it/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/06/payscale-how-much-you-can-earn-and-how-to-earn-it/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:15:20 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26604 ]]> lydia-frank-payscaleTrying to figure out if grad school will pay off? How much you’ll earn with your career of choice? Which graduate program will position you to for the best payoff?

If so, tune in to our conversation with Lydia Frank of PayScale to find out how to get the stats and info that you need to make an informed financial decision.

00:03:11 – PayScale: who they are and what they do.

00:04:35 – The College Salary Report (and the recent inclusion of grad school data).

00:05:53 – How PayScale collects data (and why you should complete their survey, too!).

00:09:13 – Helpful resources for folks in the research stage.

00:12:47 – What surprises people about the PayScale survey results.

00:16:46 – Different uses for the (many!) resources at PayScale.

00:24:28 – New data we’ll be seeing in the future reports.

00:29:03 – Accounting for the opportunity cost of education in the salary report. (Yes, they do.)

00:30:28 – Advice from Lydia for balancing what you love with what pays.

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

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• Which Grad Schools Produce the Highest Earners?
• Lifetime Earnings by Degree & Major
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• Career Direction: It’s Ok to Love Your Job!
• How to Become a Management Consultant
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• Interview with Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/06/payscale-how-much-you-can-earn-and-how-to-earn-it/feed/ 1 career goals,MBA ROI,podcast,Rankings Trying to figure out if grad school will pay off? How much you’ll earn with your career of choice? Which graduate program will position you to for the best payoff? - If so, tune in to our conversation with Lydia Frank of PayScale to find out how to ... Trying to figure out if grad school will pay off? How much you’ll earn with your career of choice? Which graduate program will position you to for the best payoff? If so, tune in to our conversation with Lydia Frank of PayScale to find out how to get the stats and info that you need to make an informed financial decision. 00:03:11 – PayScale: who they are and what they do. 00:04:35 – The College Salary Report (and the recent inclusion of grad school data). 00:05:53 - How PayScale collects data (and why you should complete their survey, too!). 00:09:13 - Helpful resources for folks in the research stage. 00:12:47 – What surprises people about the PayScale survey results. 00:16:46 – Different uses for the (many!) resources at PayScale. 00:24:28 – New data we’ll be seeing in the future reports. 00:29:03 – Accounting for the opportunity cost of education in the salary report. (Yes, they do.) 00:30:28 – Advice from Lydia for balancing what you love with what pays. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Related Links: • Which Grad Schools Produce the Highest Earners? • Lifetime Earnings by Degree & Major • Social Mobility Index Related Shows: • Career Direction: It’s Ok to Love Your Job! • How to Become a Management Consultant • The Facts About Financial Services • Is a PhD a Good Idea? • Which Schools are Good for PE/VC and VC-Backed Entrepreneurship • Interview with Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl Leave a Review for Admissions Straight Talk: Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 40:27
Last-Minute Pointers for Your Med School Interview Day http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/05/last-minute-pointers-for-interview-day/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/05/last-minute-pointers-for-interview-day/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:13:09 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25924 ]]> Click here to download the complete Medical School Interview Guide!

Make sure to eat a reasonable breakfast.

“Last-Minute Pointers for Interview Day” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here

Most interviews are a day event that includes a welcome session, a school walking tour, a financial aid session, a lunch, and of course the formal interview.

1. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for the start of the day. You definitely DO NOT WANT TO BE LATE.

2. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before the big day.

3. Eat a reasonable breakfast so that your stomach isn’t empty but not too much. You don’t want to have the stress of the day affect you physically.

4. Minimize your coffee consumption to keep anxiety low.

5. If you arrive to campus early, pick up a school paper (or other reading material) to keep you occupied while you are waiting and to get a more personal feel of the school.

You’re almost there! You’ve prepped for this day and checked off all your to-do’s for the day of. Now it’s time to sit down and ace that interview!

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

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• Common Myths about Medical School Interviews
• Introducing the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview)

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Georgetown University School of Medicine 2015 Secondary Application Essay Tips http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/04/georgetown-university-school-of-medicine-2015-secondary-application-essay-tips/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/04/georgetown-university-school-of-medicine-2015-secondary-application-essay-tips/#respond Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:07:54 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26524 ]]> Get more school-specific secondary essay tips!Given the Jesuit influence at Georgetown and its adoption of the Cura Personalis philosophy, I recommend covering your clinical, research and community service experience Georgetown’s secondary application essay. The school places special emphasis on training physicians to treat medically underserved communities.  Highlight your personal connections, volunteer work and leadership roles in medically underserved communities.

Georgetown University School of Medicine 2014 Essay Questions:

• Two short essays, with character limits of 1,000, and one long essay, with a character limit of 5,000.

• Applicants should use single line spacing and 12 point size font.

• Responses should be constructed strategically to highlight an applicant’s strengths.

The following essay is required in the Secondary Application:

Short essay #1: Georgetown University School of Medicine strives to ensure that its students become respectful physicians who embrace all dimensions of caring for the whole person. Please describe how your personal characteristics or life experiences will contribute to the Georgetown School of Medicine community and bring educational benefits to our student body. (1,000 characters)

Using an updated draft of your resume or CV as well as a copy of the activities section of your AMCAS application, select those experiences that you feel will be most helpful in sharing with your classmates. Did you learn to speak another language? Have you traveled to other countries to assist medically underserved communities? Do you have experience working with a particular patient population? More personally, what characteristics stand out most about you? How will your particular perspective of the world, based on this individuality, allow you to assist your classmates in becoming better doctors?

Essay: Why have you chosen to apply to Georgetown University School of Medicine, and how do you think your education at Georgetown will prepare you to become a physician for the future? * (c. 5,000 characters).

Since this is such a long essay, it will be helpful to draw upon your previous experiences to demonstrate why your values align with those of Georgetown. Use concrete, specific examples to explain how and why you will integrate easily into their study body. The second part of this essay prompt requires that you focus on the future. After researching their curriculum and special programs, you can explain how each of these will enhance your medical education. Make a list and use this as an outline to guide your response. Focus on the most important points last; they may be forgotten if you include them at the beginning of such a long essay. For that reason, it will be important to provide a concise summary of what you’ve covered in the conclusion.

Short essay #2: Is there any further information that you would like the Committee on Admissions to be aware of when reviewing your file that you were not able to notate in another section of this or the AMCAS Application? (1,000 characters)

This would be the best place to cover any academic difficulties that you have overcome whether you’ve retaken courses, created an increasing trend in your GPA or retaken the MCAT for a higher score. Focusing on those areas of the application that you have successfully improved can provide compelling evidence of your academic potential and how you will perform in medical school. If this approach is not relevant to your application, you can use this section to update the committee on new publications, activities or awards that may not be on the AMCAS application. Discuss what you have been doing since you started the application process.

Application Timeline:

AMCAS Application Due                November 3, 2014

Secondary Application                   *Submit within two weeks after receipt.

Interviews Conducted                     September 2014 to March 2015

Notification of Acceptance             *8 to 10 weeks after the Interview Date

School Begins                                  July 2014

If you would like professional guidance with your Georgetown University School of Medicine application materials, please consider using Accepted’s Medical School Admissions Consulting and Editing Services, which include advising, editing, and interview coaching for GUSOM’s application materials.

Check out the rest of our school-specific secondary essay tips!

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:

• Interviewing with Impact: How to Make an Impression in Your Medical School Interviews
• Med School Rankings & Numbers: What You Must Know
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What Should You Wear to Your Med School Interview? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/what-should-you-wear-to-your-med-school-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/29/what-should-you-wear-to-your-med-school-interview/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:49:36 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25922 ]]> Click here to download your complete copy of The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success!

What should I wear?

“What Should You Wear?” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here.

Now you know what to say. But what should you wear?

For the men, suits are most common. You want to dress neatly and professionally. Applicants should have their hair groomed and it is best to wear business style walking shoes.

Women, on the other hand, do not need to wear a suit but often do choose to. Some color is fine but make sure it’s in good taste – not overdone. Applicants should not wear a lot of make-up or jewelry and they should definitely wear shoes that are comfortable.

The key is to wear something you feel comfortable in and even more importantly, something you feel confident wearing. Be professional. Remember you have been selected based on your credentials on paper. The interview is your chance to present yourself personally. You want to look and act like a physician, someone that will be treating future patients.

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So what IS an MMI anyways? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/27/so-what-is-an-mmi-anyways/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/27/so-what-is-an-mmi-anyways/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:55:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26337 ]]> Click here to reserve your spot at Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?

Now’s your chance to learn the ins and outs of the mysterious Multiple Mini Interview, during TOMORROW’S webinar, Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?

During the webinar you’ll learn the history of the MMI, as well as important tips for tackling questions at each interview station.

This isn’t your typical interview, so you won’t prepare for it in the typical way. Learn how to do it right tomorrow, October 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET.

Registration link: Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness? (Registration is free, but required.)

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How to Ace the MMI Interview http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/26/how-to-ace-the-mmi-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/26/how-to-ace-the-mmi-interview/#respond Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:12:59 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26206 ]]> Want more advice for nailing your Multiple Mini Interview?

View the other applicants as your future classmates (not your competitors!)

Since the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format can be difficult to prepare for, this post will give you four specific strategies for success.

There are four main types of stations: traditional interview questions, debate questions, collaborative activities, and fake scenarios with actors. To excel in this multi-faceted type of interview:

Before the Interview–Review your AMCAS Application.

To prepare for the traditional interview questions, reviewing your AMCAS application can help you remember all of the activities you have been involved in so that when you are asked a question about team work or meaningful clinical or volunteer experiences, you will be able to quickly recall the activities that would work best as examples. It’s easy for an interviewer to see if an applicant has not recently reviewed her AMCAS application or resume because she often uses the same job over and over again or forgets to represent the full range of her life experiences.

During the Interview:

1. Think out loud.

Remember that this interview format is all about thinking on your feet. When you are given a challenging situation, talk through it, whether it is a debate question, a team activity, or a fake scenario with an actor. Consider all possible options and solutions. Brainstorm. It takes time to come up with good ideas so don’t hesitate to throw out as many ideas as you can before you find the one that will work best for the situation at hand.

2. Ask questions.

Get curious. Often the best way to resolve an issue or to find a solution is to collect enough information to make an informed decision. Phrase your questions thoughtfully so that you will get the information that you need in the shortest amount of time possible. This strategy can be used for multiple stations. Often, finding out what the other person’s main objective or goal may be can provide a shortcut to a happy resolution and an A-1 answer.

 3. Share your life experiences.

Empathy is defined by our ability to understand and feel what others are going through. Some of the most difficult stations at the MMI may involve actors who are expressing strong emotions—anger, grief, and fear. Rather than being overwhelmed by these emotions, sometimes giving in to them—empathizing—can be the best strategy. Sharing a story about a similar experience that you have had can help to calm a person down more quickly than dispensing advice. Think of a time when you have been in distress. What were the things that other people did to help you manage the situation?

Rather than viewing the other applicants interviewing with you as competitors, see them as your future classmates. You may have a lot to laugh about in the fall, if you survive the MMI experience together.  While you can expect a challenging interview experience, with highs and lows, focus on doing your best.  Hopefully the strategies above will make it easier for you to accomplish this goal and to earn an acceptance!

Boost your confidence & readiness for your multiple mini interviews! Click here to view our free, on-demand webinar!

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:

• Introducing the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview)
• Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?
The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success

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Sample Questions to Ask Your Interviewer http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/sample-questions-to-ask-your-interviewer/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/sample-questions-to-ask-your-interviewer/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:17:09 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25920 ]]> Click here to download your free copy of  The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success!

Prepare Questions!

“Sample Questions to Ask Your Interviewer” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here

Since your goal should be to come up with questions that are specific to your situation, I can’t give you a list of must-ask questions without knowing who YOU are. But here are a few sample questions that you can review and tweak so that the questions are more appropriate for YOU:

If you are interviewing with med school alum or a second-year student, then you should ask questions about their experiences, for example:

• Who are/were some of your favorite professors? Favorite classes?

• What is/was a typical day like for you?

• Are there clubs or activities that you would recommend for someone interested in XYZ? What clubs are/were you involved in? How important do you think it is to be involved in extracurricular activities?

• If you could change anything about your experience at this program, what would it be?

You get the idea. You want to come up with questions that personalize you and that show you have an interest in your interviewer’s experience (if relevant).

Be specific, show that you’ve done your research, and most importantly, relax!

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Introducing NEW Consulting CEO Rankings http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/introducing-new-consulting-ceo-rankings/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/22/introducing-new-consulting-ceo-rankings/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:54:45 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26115 ]]> FirmsconsultingCEORankingsFirmsconsulting just released new rankings that compare the performance of CEOs from six top consulting firms, McKinsey & Co., BCG, Bain & Co., Deloitte S&O, PwC Strategy& and Roland Berger. Each Sunday, the rankings will be republished based on new performance findings.

Here are some points to keep in mind:

1. How a CEO fares does not correlate to the prestige of the firm.

2. Feedback is collected directly from firm partners.

3. The real-time ranking updates allow Firmsconsulting to track weekly changes. For consulting firms, a yearly ranking would simply be outdated by the time it was published, taking into account data from a bygone era.

4. Based on a CEO’s past performance, Firmsconsulting believes one can infer from these ranking the likely future performance of a CEO.

You can view the real-time rankings and check out CEO profiles here.

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Introducing the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/21/introducing-the-mmi-multiple-mini-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/21/introducing-the-mmi-multiple-mini-interview/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:33:28 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26171 ]]> Want tips for acing your Multiple Mini Interviews?

Ready to create something out of spaghetti?

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) method was created in Canada. McMaster University published a research study in 2004 that examined using this new interview method to more accurately assess candidates for admission into medical school.  In their study, they found that the traditional interview format was not a reliable admissions tool because too often the interviewer was influencing the quality of the interview.  It’s expensive for students to fly to interviews—only to be interviewed by one or two people—who may or may not provide them with a fair interview or review for any number of factors.  By providing ten different stations, the McMaster MMI allowed students to interact with a wide range of evaluators.  The scores and feedback provided by a larger number of people served as a more accurate way to review the performance of applicants.  In the U.S., UCLA and UC Davis were the first medical schools to begin using this new interview format.  More and more schools are adopting this method.

The basic structure of the MMI in the U.S. includes:

An average of six to ten different stations.

A time limit at each station, as well as a time limit to prepare.

An evaluator to observe at each station.

Stations that may be held in an open area or small rooms.

The stations themselves are broken down into four main types of activities:

1. Traditional Interview Questions

Most schools will have a station or two with questions about why you want to go into medicine or what you have done to prepare yourself for a career in medicine. You can always expect to encounter these types of questions in any kind of interview.

2. Debate Questions

For this type of station, you will be given a topic and instructions on whether you will be arguing for or against the topic assigned. Often you will be given some time to prepare and a time limit to present your argument.  At the end, you will need to provide feedback on the other student’s response.

3. Team Activities

The types of team activities offered varies widely from campus to campus. Some schools have you draw a picture from verbal instructions only, other schools will have you work with another applicant to take turns building something with blocks and giving instructions. Or you will have to work as a team to create something together using blocks, nails or even spaghetti and marshmallows.

4. Actors and Fake Scenarios

The actors who participate in the stations will often present you with a fake situation in which you have to respond to their distress, anger, grief or other strong emotions. The evaluator wants to see how many strategies you have in relating to others and resolving conflicts of any nature.  These stations give you a chance to demonstrate how you think on your feet.

While it is difficult to know how to prepare for this type of interview, understanding why it is used and its basic structure will help you begin to strategize. This format will ensure that you are given a fair evaluation.  It’s designed to help them identify the strengths that you will bring to your medical training.

Boost your confidence & readiness for your multiple mini interviews! Click here to view our free, on-demand webinar!

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:

• Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?
Interviewing with Impact: How to Make an Impression in Your Medical School Interviews
The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success

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Study More, Study Better: Advice from a 4th Year Med Student http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/study-more-study-better-advice-from-a-4th-year-med-student/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/study-more-study-better-advice-from-a-4th-year-med-student/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:52:58 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26161 ]]> 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 Evan Kuhl…

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

Evan: I’m from Louisville, KY and went to Bellarmine University for undergrad, where I received a BA in biology with a chemistry minor. Bellarmine is unique in that they offer an undergraduate gross anatomy course which does an excellent job in preparing students for medical school gross anatomy courses. The Bellarmine University biology department works hard to make sure students going on to medical school are very well prepared, and I found many of my undergraduate books to be the same ones recommended for my medical school courses.

Accepted: What year are you at University of Louisville School of Medicine?

Evan: I’m currently a fourth year med student.

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

Evan: My favorite part of Louisville is the people. The faculty, administration, and support staff are always great to work with. It’s not uncommon for faculty to roam the library to answer questions, stay late to explain a concept, and provide detailed study guides for complex material.

During my first two years of med school my biggest complaint was our study space; the building had not been renovated in many years, but they have actually just finished renovating the entire school with more modern lecture halls, really nice group study rooms and a new student lounge.

Accepted: Can you share some advice to incoming first year students, to help make their adjustment to med school easier? What do you wish you would have known at that point in time?

Evan: My biggest piece of advice is to start off studying more than you think you need to. After the first test, re-evaluate your study habits and decide what is working best.

At the same time, make sure you still have time for non-med school activities; running, hobbies, etc. You’ll study better if you’re able to keep up with your normal stress-relieving activities.

I wish someone had stressed to me the importance of learning the material by understanding, not just memorizing. If you learn material through understanding the process/pathway/ physiology, you’re more likely to remember it for later tests, such as Step 1 and Step 2. Everything you learn in your first two years you will need later, so take the time to learn it well the first time.

Accepted: How important do you think pre-med clinical experience is? What sorts of clinical experiences did you have before med school and how did they contribute to your decision to attend med school?

Evan: Pre-med clinical experiences are extremely important to me. As an undergrad student, I worked in EMS and in a local ER as a tech. I spent a lot of time working with care providers and providing care directly. Although I had already decided I wanted to attend med school, this type of work definitely solidified that decision. Anyone thinking about attending med school needs to have more than just a few hours of shadowing before really deciding to pursue medicine.

When it came time first and second year to learn basic exam techniques, interview skills, and practice basic patient interactions I was far ahead of the game. This carried over into third and ever fourth year, as I was much more at ease working with patients and staff. I also had hands-on shadowing experience which made me much more comfortable placing IVs, suturing wounds, and other simple tasks that can help streamline patient care and make more time for teaching.

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

Evan: I did go straight from college into medical school at an allopathic program. Looking at how competitive many residencies are becoming (with increasing numbers of competitive international and osteopathic students applying) I would recommend trying to not have any lapses in your education timeline.

Although having a year off to backpack through Europe sounds attractive, I would probably try to fit it in your summer before.

If you do find yourself stuck with a year off between application cycles, I would recommend getting some research or work experience, or finding a masters program that could help fill your resume.

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

Evan: Neither of my parents are physicians, and I had little to no interaction with the medical community before med school, so just learning how to apply and what was expected of a applicant was the hardest part. I spent a lot of time online during my freshman year of college trying to figure out how to become a competitive candidate.

For me, it was important to layout the next three years into a plan, with goals along the way. I made sure I had all the required classes, research, and community projects I felt were important. Even before you are close to the admissions deadline, be sure to take a step back and evaluate yourself from an outside perspective.

Be sure to reach out to your professors as well, they usually have a keen since of what you should be doing.

Accepted: Do you have any other advice for our med school applicant readers?

Evan: Don’t forget to live. Medical school may be a major part of how you define yourself, but don’t forget about your family, friends, and the rest of the real world. You’ll be working hard and spending most of your time between books and wards, but it’s important to find a balance. I’ve found it’s easier to study and do well when I find time to go for a bike ride or not skip that family gathering.

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You can follow Evan’s adventure by checking out his website, evankuhl.com. Thank you Evan for sharing your story with us!

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3 Ways to Get in Shape for Your Multiple Mini Interview http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/3-ways-to-get-in-shape-for-your-multiple-mini-interview/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/20/3-ways-to-get-in-shape-for-your-multiple-mini-interview/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:52:20 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26157 ]]> Click here to reserve your spot at Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness?

Your Multiple Mini Interview is coming up. Are you prepared? Here are three things you can do NOW to ensure totally MMI fitness:

1. Learn the ropes. Once you understand how an MMI works, you’ll be a lot more confident walking in. While you can’t know every question in advance, you can certainly familiarize yourself with the interview concepts covered, significantly increasing your readiness.

2. Rest up. Like a triathlete (which is not so unlike an MMI interviewee), you’ll need to do lots of prep, but the night before the interview/race, you need to take it easy. Relax and get a good night’s sleep. Exhausted competitors don’t generally fare well!

3. Register for our new webinar! Sign up for Multiple Mini Interview: Method or Madness? to learn additional secrets to beating the MMI! See details below.

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Typical Medical School Interview Questions http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/typical-medical-school-interview-questions/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/typical-medical-school-interview-questions/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:10:20 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25918 ]]> Want more advice for acing your med school interviews?

Come to your interview prepared to show that you are a good fit for the program.

“Typical Interview Questions” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here

Enter interview day ready to share what you feel you can contribute to the entering class and why you are confident you are a good match for this particular program. You will have already spent loads of time looking inward at yourself and outward at your target program – so these points should be no-brainers by now.

The structure of the interview usually goes as follows: First there are initial questions to get to know you and help you relax; then the interviewer will move onto some standard questions; and then there will be some personal questions about your experiences and then some thought-provoking questions. You’ll find examples in each of these categories below.

Initial Questions to Help You Relax

A good interviewer will work hard to help you relax initially so that you have a conversation, rather than a cut and dry Q&A session. Typical questions in this category include:

• Tell me about your parents? Your siblings?

• How was your trip here? Is this your first trip to our city? What do you think of the weather?

• What are your favorite sports teams?

• What are your hobbies?

Standard Questions about Your Education and Your Interest in Med School

Then the interviewer will move on to some basic question about your interest in med school:

• Why do you want to go to medical school?

• Explain your transcript discrepancies from your undergraduate record.

• Share your most meaningful extracurricular activity.

• Describe a time when you were in a caring role.

• Describe your clinical exposure. Was there significant patient contact?

• What was your most rewarding volunteer position?

• Describe your research exposure? What it bench or clinical?

• Describe the activities you had during your gap year?

• Why did you enroll in a post-baccalaureate program?

Personal Questions

Then the mood may change as the interviewer turns towards some more personal questions in an effort to better get to know you. These may include:

• Have you ever experienced adversity? How did you respond?

• What qualities do you possess that make you confident you can be a physician?

• What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?

• What are you most proud of?

• Who has had the greatest impact on your life, helping you get to where you are today?

Thought-Provoking Questions

They’ll then want to pick your brain a bit with questions such as these:

• Interviewers often challenge applicants with an ethical question which may be related to any number of controversial areas such as: What are your views on [choose any of these controversial issues – abortion/right to life/assisted suicide/Medicare/DNR]?

• Where do you envision yourself ten years from now professionally?

• How do you envision the field of health care in ten years?

• Do you think the U.S. is moving to managed care? Is this best? Will physicians lose all autonomy?

In a nutshell, you can expect questions to help you relax and questions that may challenge you. You can also anticipate questions about you, about healthcare, and about matters that will allow you to show fit with this particular medical school.

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Getting Into Medical School: Advice from a Pro http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/getting-into-medical-school-advice-from-a-pro/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/15/getting-into-medical-school-advice-from-a-pro/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:55:01 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26126 ]]> Click here for the full interview!Ever wanted to ask a medical school admissions officer what you need to know and do to get accepted to med school?

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Dr. Herman “Flash” Gordon, former chair of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Admissions Committee and Accepted’s newest consultant for invaluable advice about applying to med school.

00:03:43 – When reviewing an application, what is an adcom looking for?

00:06:35 – Advice for this year’s med school applicants who aren’t getting interview invites.

00:14:05 – Tips for the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed applicants planning to apply for the first time next summer.

00:16:22 – Latecomers: should they bother applying at the 11th hour or wait for next year?

00:19:21 – What sets the University of Arizona apart.

00:25:39 – How an MD/PhD application differs from an MD application.

00:27:07 – Background and tips for the Multiple Mini Interview (and yes, you should practice!).

00:35:17 – Teaching Critical Thinking Skills and Dr. Gordon’s app.

00:44:11 – Important advice for future doctors.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Why Your Resume Deserves Your Attention http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/why-your-resume-deserves-your-attention/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/why-your-resume-deserves-your-attention/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:52:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26113 ]]> Many adcom readers will begin their review of an application by going over an applicant’s resume. That’s right – your resume isn’t just some quick document that’s there for show! It’s really your unique one-page introduction to the admissions board. This is not something you want to put on the back burner!

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Download your free copy of The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes now and get started with the resume that will determine your future: acceptance to your top choice program!

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Practice Surgical Knots at Red Lights and More Advice from a Current Med Student http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/medical-school-student-interview-carlos-guzman/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/13/medical-school-student-interview-carlos-guzman/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:46:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26078 ]]> Click here for more med school student interviews!

Carlos Guzman

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 Carlos Guzman…

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?

Carlos: Well, My name is Carlos Guzman. I was born in Guatemala and I came to the United States at the age of 9. I have lived in Los Angeles ever since. I went to UCLA and received my BS in Biochemistry in 2008.

I typically like reading stuff that is completely out of left field, such as Tricks of the Mind or Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown. I tend to read books that have little structure or scientific content to balance out the medical texts I have to go through. It’s is nice to get your mind working in a completely different gear.

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

Carlos: I am currently finishing up my 4th year at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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

Carlos: I love the fact that it balances multiple important facets of scholarship, including research and didactic rigor, with a healthy environment which allows us to grow in multiple ways, including the arts. For example, I played guitar in a small band with a few of my classmates, while others undertook photography, poetry, and travel.

I really like the program, and doubt that I would change anything. It is a place where learning is encouraged and self motivation is expected. I love that.

Accepted: What are some things you wish you had known as an incoming first year that would’ve made your adjustment to med school easier? How would you advise other incoming students?

Carlos: I really wish somebody would have told me how fast paced everything is! I understand that nobody is ever really prepared for the first year of medical school, but if I could go back, I would tell myself to brush up on my human biology and basic anatomy. I would have also looked into getting a job as a clinical scribe. Scribes learn how to write medical notes, which is one of the most tedious parts of medical school education, and one of the most useful skills to master.

Accepted: Did you go straight from college to med school? If not, what did you do in between?

Carlos: I did not. My path was a bit odd, as I did not get accepted after my first application. I went back to school, increased my GPA, and reapplied. In the interim, I taught MCAT OChem for the Princeton Review.

Accepted: Can you tell us about Pinfinity? How has your work there influenced your career decisions?

Carlos: My path into Pinfinity came in a rather serendipitous manner. I was contacted out of the blue by the CEO, Jeff Eakin, who was looking for self driven, motivated students who wanted to write medical content. Seeing as teaching and writing are both facets of my future career that I look forward to, I decided to get my feet wet as soon as possible.

This became not only a truly amazing learning experience, but also a way to overcome one of my remaining fears, namely business. I quickly became aware of my abilities as a leader and learned how to maximize my time and effort. I learned tidbits about what running a business is about, and I learned that there are many students out there who, like me, are eager to work, write, and help others.

We are currently making big moves regarding publishing study materials for medical school testing. One of the next big steps would be writing study materials for the new format MCAT. You wouldn’t happen to know a few medical students hungry to write and get published would you? (*NOTE: If this is you, contact Charles at carlos@pinfinity.co.)

I have learned to love the long term goals that come inherent to the world of business, and intend to make it a permanent part of my career as well.

Accepted: How do you juggle work and school?

Carlos: I think one of the key skills learned in medical school is time management. Once you start looking around, you will notice that there are a million little things throughout the day that just kill your work and productivity. Things like TV and Facebook are huge time suckers.

I told myself, “If I did anything as often as people check their friend’s status or watched TV, I’d be a millionaire!” So I started doing that. Instead of watching too much TV, I look up topics to write about or work on research. Instead of getting on Facebook, I fire off business emails or get some shadowing scheduled in! I read interesting topics while walking to and fro from places like the parking lot to the hospital or cafeteria.

Sitting at red lights is also a huge waste of time: Why not practice surgical knots on your steering wheel while you wait? Look for the time wasters and get rid of them!

Accepted: What are your top 3 med school admissions tips?

Carlos: 1) Be strong all around, meaning your life outside of medicine as well. Study hard to keep your grades up, sure, but love the rest of your life as well! Play an instrument? Show that you are passionate by playing shows or teaching others how to play! Like sports? Be a leader or coach little league! Don’t be the student who doesn’t care about anything other than school. Life balance is key! Remember that being a healthy, normal human being is one of the most important things in life!

2) Get into research ASAP. An applicant with some research experience will always shine! Even if you don’t get a publication, being able to talk about your research and the current literature intelligently will show the committee that you are ready to take into account one of the main facets of present day medicine: evidence based approaches to health.

3) Make sure that if you have any weak points in your application that kept you from getting accepted, you get them resolved in very tangible and obvious ways. Is your GPA weak? RETAKE that class that hurt you and SMASH it (happened to me!). Is your MCAT weak? Retake it and show them that you are great! DO NOT just assume that not getting accepted means that you have to change your career path. It just means you have to persevere!

Accepted: Did you have any shadowing experiences or work on any research projects before you applied to medical school?

Carlos: I was fortunate (and aggressive) enough to get both shadowing in clinics as well as research during the end of my high school years and throughout college. The opportunities are out there, and you have to be aggressive to get them! Don’t be afraid to ask, the worst thing that will happen is that they will say no. At that point you can move on and look elsewhere. Keep looking and you’ll eventually find something!

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The Popularization of the Joint MD/MBA Degree http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/12/the-popularization-of-the-joint-mdmba-degree/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/12/the-popularization-of-the-joint-mdmba-degree/#respond Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:10:11 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26076 ]]> Need medical school admissions advice?

Hospitals staffed by physician CEOs outperformed those that did not employ medical leadership.

A recent The Atlantic article talks about the rise of the combined MD/MBA degree and increased demand for doctors with both degrees. Previously, MBAs held leadership positions in hospital administration, and MDs filled the middle management positions – now, with the dual degree, the lead position can be filled by someone with business and clinical acumen. According to the Atlantic article, those hospitals staffed by physician CEOs outperformed those that did not employ medical leadership. With the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of other healthcare initiatives, doctors are seeing a greater need to understand the business of healthcare. Healthcare consultants and managers of healthcare startups are also popular positions for MD/MBA degree holders.

In the last decade, it’s become increasingly common that doctors pursue additional degrees (PhD, MPH, MA, etc.), in part because of the growing complaint that med school curriculums haven’t changed much since the early 20th century. More and more students feel they need to supplement their med school education with additional schooling. In fact, 20 years ago there were only six joint MD/MBA programs, compared to 65 programs today. At UC Irvine, 20% of med students are also pursuing an MBA.

Another study indicates that an understanding of business may actually help physicians in the exam room as well – a strong sense of leadership and finely tuned critical thinking can help a doctor solve medical problems, particularly in primary care, a field that may be on the rise among MD/MBAs. According to the Atlantic piece, “The field allows doctors to be creative while serving a high-need medical population, and to tackle preventive care rather than band-aid solutions.”

These five-year programs enable students to pursue both degrees, paying a lot less for their MBA than they would if it were not part of a combined program. These programs also sort out timing issues that a person earning two separate degrees would inevitably encounter if not in a dual program. The breakdown usually goes as follows – three years of med school followed by one year of business school followed by a fifth year that combines the two disciplines (clinical rotations with business training).

The Atlantic article is fairly long and goes into much more depth. I recommend reading it if you are seriously considering an MD/MBA.

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Medical School Interviews: Preparing for the Big Day http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/medical-school-interviews-preparing-for-the-big-day/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/08/medical-school-interviews-preparing-for-the-big-day/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:51:15 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25914 ]]> Click here to download the complete report!“Preparing for the Big Day” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Interview Success. To download the entire free special report, click here

When should you start prepping for your interview? As soon as you get that invite! So let’s jump right in…

Below you’ll find 9 tips to help you become perfectly prepared for your interview:

1. Stay informed.

It’s important that you know what’s going on in the world of medicine. Stay abreast of issues by reading medical blogs and journals, and take the time to speak to doctors or researchers whom you may encounter during work or volunteer hours. Reading or speaking about current medical issues will help you develop your own opinions.

Your interviewer will be impressed with your up-to-date knowledge, as well as the fact that you’ve sat and thought about your personal views on the issues.

2. Read interview feedback.

Having some idea of what to expect on the big day will enable you to think in advance about how to answer common questions. The Student Doctor Network offers med school applicants excellent interview feedback that will help you prepare for your interviews and build confidence.

3. Study the school’s website.

In order to express your unique fit with your target program, you’ll need to know as much as possible about the program’s mission, teaching methods, student body and faculty, research initiatives, and resident/fellowship placements. The website is the best place to start to find this information, but you should also reach out to current students and alumni to obtain “insider” information on the details of the program.

Individualized preparation for each and every school you interview at is very important. Spend time reviewing the curriculum, the school’s mission, the facilities, the hospitals you will be completing your clinical rotations at, available community opportunities – everything that defines the institution.

Also look at what the school is known for – does it have an international or public health focus, a strong mission of treating the underserved and/or the underinsured, an emphasis on primary care, or a strong research component to education? Try to figure out why you are a good match for this particular school so you can honestly state why you want to go there.

4. Review your application, especially your AMCAS and secondary essays.

Your interviewer will likely ask you some basic questions on information you provided in your application and essays. It’s been months since you completed your application and you don’t want to draw a blank on the easy stuff, so read up on the basics so you’re familiar with all your experiences, including important dates, awards, relevant coursework, etc.

If you performed research, especially if it was a few years ago, make sure you know the science of the project, what your part in the project was, and where the project is today.

5. Consider how you’ve changed.

Think about what has changed since your AMCAS and secondary application submission so that you know what other information you want to make sure you share with your interviewer. Include anything that may have changed in your application, such as your plans for the current year, a recent publication etc., so you can update your interviewer if necessary.

6. Anticipate typical questions and prepare answers.

There are many standard questions that are asked by all medical schools. You should prepare your answers in advance so that under the stressful interview circumstances you are still able to maintain your focus and speak confidently. (I’ll share a list of sample questions in an upcoming post in this series.)

7. Prepare questions to ask.

An interview is a two-way street. Your interviewer will ask you questions and listen to your answers, and then will turn the asking over to you. When your interviewer says, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t want to shut the interview down by saying, “Nope, I’m set.” Instead, keep the conversation going by taking the reins of the interview into your hands and asking some questions of your own – but don’t just ask a question simply for the sake of asking one. Ask one that is relevant to your background, one that shows your serious interest in the school and your knowledge of the institution.

Two important tips:

1) Don’t ask a question that can be answered easily by looking online; and 2) make sure your questions are specific to your unique situation.

You’ll find a list of sample questions on page 9 of this special report.

8. Reflect on death.

End-of-life issues may make you uncomfortable, but it’s important that you’re able to respond to a question on the subject seriously and with dignity. Questions like, “How will you handle losing a patient?” or “How do you feel about euthanasia or a patient’s right to die?” should not be approached lightly. Your interviewer will want to see that you’ve thought about these tough ethical and emotional questions and that you know where you stand.

9. Finalize travel plans.

Make your travel plans in advance so there is minimal stress around the actual interview. Do not go stand-by on a flight at the last minute.

Additionally, you should make sure you arrive well in advance of your scheduled interview time. Most schools offer a day-long interview schedule; therefore it is recommended that you arrive the evening before so you can get settled and relax. Thoughtful planning safeguards against delays that could directly or indirectly affect your performance on interview day.

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Give Yourself Every Opportunity for Success: IV with a Med Resident http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/06/give-yourself-every-opportunity-for-success-iv-with-a-med-resident/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/06/give-yourself-every-opportunity-for-success-iv-with-a-med-resident/#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:39:54 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25970 ]]> Click here to read more med school student interviews!

Elena Welt

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 Elena Welt…

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?

Elena: I’m originally from NJ, and went out to St. Louis to go to Wash U for undergrad. I was pre-med, but I was actually an English major. I’ve always loved to read and write, and I knew science would take up the majority of my future, so I wanted to get in as much reading for pleasure as I could before med school took over my life! I also had a minor in Spanish, and spent a semester in Seville, Spain which was so much fun, and definitely the best way to learn a language.

My favorite ice cream flavor is anything that has caramel in it! Salted caramel, dulce de leche, any of those. Yum. Although I don’t discriminate – there’s no ice cream I wouldn’t eat.

Accepted: Where did you attend med school? What was your favorite thing about the program?

Elena: I came back to NJ for medical school – I went to New Jersey Medical School, which is now part of Rutgers. (It’s the one in Newark. There’s another Rutgers medical school called Robert Wood Johnson that’s located in New Brunswick.) I loved training there, and I think the best part of the medical school is the amazing clinical experiences you get early on. It was also nice to be so close to my family – there’s nothing like your mom cooking you a home-made meal when you’re stressed about studying! The patient population in Newark can sometimes be challenging to work with, but it can also be extremely rewarding.

Accepted: Congrats on matching at your top choice residency program! What was it that drew you to Georgetown and to internal medicine?

Elena: I was one of those people who loved every single rotation in third year and I would probably be happy in most residencies. But it did feel like my personality meshed best with the internal medicine doctors. I’ve always been more of a “thinker” and internal medicine leaves a lot of space for thinking. It also felt like a non-choice, because there are so many ways you can point your career after training in internal medicine. So I have more choices to make ahead of me!

I wanted to be on the east coast for residency and in a city so that it would be fairly easy to travel home for a weekend and that there would be enough to do when I had a day off. DC fits the bill perfectly – it’s a very accessible city which I like. I loved Georgetown because the people I met on my interview day were wonderful, and the program just had a very educational feel about it. You can tell that the interns and residents work hard (probably harder than at some other programs), but that education and well-being is still emphasized. A few months in, I can vouch that what I felt on my interview day is absolutely true! I feel well-supported and that I’m getting great training.

Accepted: As someone who has applied to college, med school, and a top residency program successfully, you must have some tips to share! What would you say are your top med school and/or residency tips?

Elena: I think the biggest tip I have is to be pro-active! Schools and programs want to know that you are interested. Call, send letters, stop by (if it’s close). There are so many candidates at every step and everyone tends to blend together – countless people have volunteered at their local clinic and met an inspiring patient, you know? So if you can find some way for the program director (or probably more importantly, the administrative assistant or coordinator) to remember your name, that can only help you. Of course, it’s a fine line between being assertive and being annoying. Don’t send a singing telegram!

Along the same lines, get everything done EARLY. Do. Not. Procrastinate. Have your application in on DAY ONE (day two? already too late!). You want the people reading your application to be fresh and not burned out, and you want them to know how responsible and on-top-of-your-game you are. There’s no reason not to be the very first application in. You have to give yourself every opportunity for success that you can – don’t create roadblocks or challenges for yourself; there are already enough of them out there to overcome!

Accepted: What was the most challenging aspect of the matching process for you? What steps did you take to overcome that challenge? 

Elena: Waiting was the hardest part! Once you send in your application, you can help yourself by calling programs, sending thank you notes, and scheduling interviews as they come. Same thing after interviews, but once your rank list is submitted, it’s out of your hands! Keep busy, and enjoy that free time as much as you can, knowing that you’ve done all you can.

Accepted: How did you spend your time between graduating med school and starting residency?

Elena: I traveled for the last month of medical school. I went to Tanzania and worked in a hospital for two weeks, and then spent another week and a half climbing Kilimanjaro and exploring the country a little. (I went through the program Work the World, and I highly recommend them!) It was an amazing, although expensive, experience, and a great way to end the year. It was very cool to see how medicine is practiced in another country, and getting to do a 6-day hike in the cold rain was umm, well…it was an experience for sure. (I guess my advice there would be go to a country that is not in its rainy season.) But once I got back, it was a whirlwind. Graduation, moving to a new city, getting all my paperwork done for residency – it keeps you busy! I made spending time with family and friends as much of a priority as I could.

Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? Who is your target audience? What have you gained from the blogging experience and what do you hope others take away from your writing?

Elena: This is probably the hardest question to answer because I don’t think I ever had a clear-cut agenda with my blog. When I studied abroad in college, I loved sending emails home to everyone updating them on what I was doing, and I got great feedback about how enjoyable the emails were to read. So originally I just thought it would be a fun way to keep people updated on what I was doing. Even though I wasn’t far away, med school was a new experience, and I wanted my friends and family to understand what I was going through. Writing has always been an outlet for me, and trying to find the humor in some of the absurdities and frustrations of medical school helped to keep things in perspective. It was just an added bonus that it spread to people outside my social circle!

I hope that people going through medical school who read my blog can know that they are not alone in the journey, and all of the struggles that they are facing are things that all medical students go through. I also hope that it’s an enjoyable read, as my goal was really to entertain more than anything else! I decided not to continue blogging through residency, but I’m trying to record my experiences as they come, and I certainly hope that writing continues to play a role in my future.

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You can read more about Elena’s med school journey by checking out her blog, a med student walks into a bar…. Thank you Elena for sharing your story with us!

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5 Tips to Find a Satisfying Career http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/03/5-tips-to-find-a-satisfying-career/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/03/5-tips-to-find-a-satisfying-career/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:44:38 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25955 ]]> Get the details about "How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love!"

Don’t get stuck in a career you really don’t like!

Work becomes such a big part of your life after college that it is really important to find a career you will be happy in. Don’t just jump into the first job that comes your way after graduation. No matter what anyone else says, you really have to look within yourself and decide what is going to make you happy and what you are going to enjoy doing for the rest of your life.

The truth is that you will be more successful when you are happy at work. So here are five tips to find a satisfying career:

1) Do what you want to do instead of what you feel like you should do.

It’s so easy to just go along that path of what you should do. You can save yourself so much time and trouble if you just start with what you want to do. The career you started in doesn’t necessarily have to be the career you end with. There is freedom in your career and you don’t have to stick with one career. You can be so many things. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

2) Do one small task daily that helps you get closer to your big goal.

If you do something daily on your way to your big goal, totally amazing things will start happening. Wake up earlier or schedule 30 minutes every evening to work on your passion. And don’t forget that the best investment you can make is always in yourself. Take a course or find a coach. It’s always worth it.

3) Learn more about yourself.

Once you recognize what your personal values are, it will feel like everything just comes into place so much more quickly as far as choosing a career that magnifies who you are. As you start to know your personality, motivations and interests more, you will learn what is important to you in the career that you pick. Then you can start searching for a career that will meet your personal and professional needs.

4)  Get clear about what you want.

If you don’t know what you want, you will probably just take the first job that comes your way. This can have bad consequences leading to becoming stuck in a career that you don’t really like. Instead, get clear on what it is you want so that you can job search more effectively. Dream up your ideal workday and create a vision board that you look at everyday to remind you of your career goals and dreams.

5) Ask for help.

It’s OK to ask for help. One of the best and easiest ways to gain experience is by asking others. There are so many people out there in the world who are simply waiting to help you, and all you have to do is ask.  It’s OK to seek out mentors, and it’s OK to boldly ask people for career guidance and insights. You have to be grabby. Don’t wait for opportunities to happen to you.

Take this opportunity now to decide what you want to achieve and start taking action to make your ideal career happen.

Anna Runyan is the creator of the “Love Your Career Formula.” She has an upcoming free online workshop on October 9th, 2014 called, “How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love.” If you want Anna’s proven step-by-step system to find a fulfilling career, grab your spot here!

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Welcome to the Family! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/02/introducing-med-consultant-drew-colucci/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/10/02/introducing-med-consultant-drew-colucci/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:52:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=26003 ]]> Drew ColucciWe’d like to introduce you to Drew Colucci, the newest member of Accepted’s wonderful staff of consultants!

Dr. Colucci graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 2012 and is current a senior resident in Diagnostic Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He teaches third and fourth year Harvard Medical School students about radiology and diagnostic imaging, and serves as a pre-med mentor for the Boston College EagleDocs program.

Dr. Colucci would love to help you tell your story to the med school or residency admissions boards – he’s been through the system and knows what works!

Welcome to the Accepted family, Drew!

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