It is ‘Medical School’ time of year. Some of you are getting ready for the interview. Others are dealing with being waitlisted or rejected. And some of you are getting your applications ready to submit this summer for the first time. Now that MCAT 2015 is another and new ingredient in this volatile mix, we thought it was time to bring a medical school admissions expert, Jennifer Welch, to our podcast.
Jennifer Welch, currently the Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has been a medical school admissions director and dean for over twenty years.
Listen to the recording of our conversation as Dean Welch graciously shares her time and insights on medical school admissions 2015-2016.
00:04:07 – The New MCAT – a different focus.
00:05:35 – MCAT – are high scores still necessary for acceptance?
00:07:00 – New vs old MCAT scores, how to evaluate?
00:08:05 – The goal of the medical school interview.
00:09:25 – Interview day – time to make sure you are a good fit!
00:11:45 – Speaking with students on campus? Chatting with a receptionist? The “interview” isn’t over.
00:12:31 – Be real…feel real…in a suit.
00:13:47 – MMI Interviews – what is the SUNY Upstate’s approach?
00:17:00 – The student who did not get an interview and why. Suggestions so that you snag the med school interview invitation.
00:19:45 – Great GPA and MCAT but no clinicals – what are your chances?
00:21:35 – Details, details, details!
00:22:50 – How to make shadowing count.
00:26:59 – 2016 Applicants – get the applications in early!
00:28:26 – Took a gap year? Explain. (It’s to your benefit).
00:29:24 – Reapplicants – what should your focus be?
00:30:15 – Think being a waitress or camp counselor wasn’t important? Think again.
00:32:33 – Waitlisted – When is updated information helpful?
00:33:43 – Dean Welch gives advice for college students thinking of med school.
00:35:43 – Final pearl’s of wisdom for all applicants.
• SUNY Upstate Medical School Admissions
• Navigating the Med School Maze
• A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs
• Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success
• Getting Into Medical School: Advice from a Pro
• Med School Conversation with Cyd Foote
• All Things Postbac
• MCAT Scores, MCAT Prep, and MCAT2015
• MCAT Mania: How to Prepare
• A Window into the World and Life of Medical Scribes
• What You Need to Know About Post-bac Programs
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