Dr. Rebecca Blustein: Stay on top of the process – don’t leave your apps until the last minute (secondaries included).
Cydney Foote: I often hear applicants say “I thought the admissions committee would want to hear about _____” (fill in the blank with research, a medical mission, or a leadership role). But those are not what the admissions committee wants to hear – they want to hear about you. You are the topic, and your experiences are simply ways to demonstrate that you have the qualities that medical schools want.
Dr. Herman Gordon: Appreciate your audience. Admissions reviewers use your personal statement to get to know you as a person. They want to hear your voice. So talk to them. Craft your statement carefully so that admissions reviewers understand the arc of your life: where you’ve come from, who you are now, and who you want to be.
Alicia Nimonkar: Journal every day to increase your writing stamina. The application process involves more writing than most students expect and it catches them off guard. Writing a little more every day can make the process flow more smoothly but also give you an opportunity to self reflect and celebrate the process.
Jessica Pishko: Med schools don’t need you; you need them. Tell the school why they should want you, not what you want the school to give you.
Dr. Barry Rothman: The fastest way to med school is slowly. Many students feel an urgency to apply, and wind up applying prematurely. You’ll be a stronger applicant if you take your time and live a balanced life, even if that means applying a year later.
Have you started the med school application process yet? What’s your top piece of advice for fellow applicants? We’d love to hear your tips!