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Author Archives: Emily Chiu

Interviewing for Undergraduate Positions

Medical school interview preparation requires long-term practice and continued improvement. Over time, you will accumulate experiences and draw from them to give thoughtful answers to your interviewers’ questions. Strong extracurricular activities will play a large role in helping you grow as an applicant and as a person. You will have many chances to interview for research or leadership positions during ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Preparing for Interview Season

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: How did you prepare for interview season? Evan Laveman, DGSOM MS3 When preparing for interviews, I tried to not take a very detailed approach. I didn’t want to get so bogged down ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Hesitations in Choosing Medicine

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: What were your biggest hesitations in choosing medicine? What do you think are important things to consider before committing to medicine? Brandon Brown, UCSF MS2 My biggest hesitation in choosing medicine was ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Taking a Gap Year

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: What factors contributed to your decision to apply straight in or take a gap year? Edward Chang, DGSOM MS3 I decided during my sophomore year that I was going to take a ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: The University Secondary Essay

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: How did you approach “the university secondary essay” on your secondary applications? Evan Laveman, DGSOM MS3 Secondary prompts may ask you why you specifically want to go to their university. This can ...

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Medical School Secondary Application Strategies

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: What was your strategy for prioritizing which secondary applications to submit first? Evan Laveman, DGSOM MS3 I tried to get as many secondaries done before I had received them by looking up ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: The Adversity Secondary Essay

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: How did you approach “the adversity secondary essay” on your secondary applications? Edward Chang, DGSOM MS3 For the adversity question, I tried to talk about events in my life that I felt ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: The Diversity Secondary Essay

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: How did you approach “the diversity secondary essay” on your secondary applications? Edward Chang, DGSOM MS3 Honestly I had a pretty tough time with the diversity question. I didn’t know how far I ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Studying for the MCAT2015 Exam

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: Briefly describe your approach to studying for the MCAT. Based on the known changes in content and structure, how you would adjust your study regimen if you were taking the MCAT2015 Exam? Evan Shih, DGSOM ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Extracurriculars in Medical School

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: What extracurriculars did you join in medical school and why?  Edward Chang, DGSOM MS2 Since I knew my time would be limited in medical school, I told myself that I would only engage in ...

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