The transcript from the Michigan Medical admissions chat with Robert Ruiz is now online. An few excerpts:
Linda Abraham (Jun 13, 2007 7:01:46 PM)
Which is more important in the admissions process: the MCAT or the GPA?
RobertRuizMichigan (Jun 13, 2007 7:02:32 PM)
Linda–At Michigan we consider, in this order: MCAT, Science GPA, Overall GPA, Clinical Experience and then….all other aspects of the applicant
ashleyj (Jun 13, 2007 7:12:35 PM)
Can you give us a sense of what your thought process is when you are evaluating applications? What are you looking for? What really makes someone stand out?
RobertRuizMichigan (Jun 13, 2007 7:14:13 PM)
ashley: We are looking first for academic competence (MCAT, SGPA. OGPA) then professional competence/knowledge of medicine as a career (clinical experience/exposure) and then all else. We are looking for the "leaders and best" . Rather than the approach of what we are looking for I would say: What are you offering to bring to our community of medical education?
dilettante (Jun 13, 2007 7:22:48 PM)
I don’t know if this was asked before, but…what are the main errors many applicants make in the medical school app process?
RobertRuizMichigan (Jun 13, 2007 7:23:54 PM)
dilettante: Most common error: Trying to "cover all the bases/check all the boxes" and do a little of everything (i.e. research, service, volunteer, etc.) We’d rather you did one or two things really, really, really, well.
tilia (Jun 13, 2007 7:24:08 PM)
What is it that you like to read in a personal statement?
RobertRuizMichigan (Jun 13, 2007 7:25:14 PM)
tilia–I like to read something about what "drives" you, what excites you, what you as a person are about and how this translates to medicine. I don’t want to read a summary of what you’ve done or that you’ve always wanted to help people since you were two…etc.
I have provided more excerpts than usual because the participants asked good questions and Robert Ruiz did an exceptional job of presenting succinct, candid, informative answers about Michigan Medical’s admissions process. However, because of Mr. Ruiz’ candor, I really recommend this chat to any and every medical school applicant.
In the words of one participant who posted to SDN after the chat, "That was awesome!"