The transcripts from both the Michigan Medical Admissions chat with Dr. Dan Remick and Robert Ruiz and the Johns Hopkins Medical School Admissions chat with Paul White and Johns Hopkins students are both now available online. If you missed the chats themselves take advantage of the transcripts. Each contains valuable insights. For example from the Michigan Medical Admissions chat:
JMB123 (May 30, 2006 5:06:39 PM)
Dan and Robert: Could you share any extracurriculars that have stood out to you (if you can remember any off the top of your head)?
DeanDanielRemickMichigan (May 30, 2006 5:07:28 PM)
JMB, Americorps, Peace Corp, Teach for American, First author publication in either Nature or New England Journal of Medicine, 4 months of research in Antarctica, just to name a few.
RobertRuizMichigan (May 30, 2006 5:07:51 PM)
JMB-professional ice hockey player, National Champion football player, editor of campus newspapers, peace corp., teach for America, opening free clinic in Baghdad, former lawyer, Ph.D’s, etc.
DeanDanielRemickMichigan (May 30, 2006 5:07:56 PM)
Also biking across America to raise money for charity. Donating a kidney to a relative also comes to mind.
RobertRuizMichigan (May 30, 2006 5:08:22 PM)
Actors, professional (touring) musicians…oh, and I loved the guy who did origami in his interview–made a cool T-Rex.
Linda Abraham (May 30, 2006 5:08:43 PM)
Note the diversity of impressive experience. I will make a bet that these people were not trying to impress someone; they were pursuing their passions and interests.
RobertRuizMichigan (May 30, 2006 5:09:30 PM)
Linda: That is the key. DO NOT do what you think we want to see–do what you love and we will be impressed with what we see!
Or this excerpt from the Johns Hopkins Admissions chat:
Linda Abraham (May 31, 2006 5:00:43 PM)
Steve, Deanna, and Zita: What are Johns Hopkins strengths, and what needs to be improved?
StevenChenHopkins (May 31, 2006 5:01:40 PM)
Linda: strengths: Great faculty, flexible curriculum, top-notch education in both basics and clinical training. For improvement: I think the facilities leave something to be desired, but they’re working on that with new computers in the labs, and of course the new med school building soon.
DeannaCettomaiHopkins (May 31, 2006 5:01:46 PM)
Linda, I think the strengths of Hopkins are its commitment to its students. The faculty really value students, and it shows in our classes. They also provide us with many resources – mentoring opportunities, advisors, etc.
ZitaShiueHopkins (May 31, 2006 5:02:07 PM)
I think as far as academics and the learning environment, one of Hopkins biggest strengths is that they really listen to the students. After each block they have us evaluate and after talking to second years, they really do make many improvements year to year.
SergioGlaitHopkins (May 31, 2006 5:02:34 PM)
I agree with Steven on the flexible curriculum. You are able to take the board examinations in a flexible manner and they are not required to start your clinical rotations.
DeannaCettomaiHopkins (May 31, 2006 5:02:38 PM)
Linda, weaknesses – in the first year, there is a lot of basic sciences right at the beginning of the year so sometimes it’s frustrating because it doesn’t always "feel" like medical school. However, they are revamping the entire curriculum next year, and I know this is one of the areas they wanted to change.