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How Medical School Admissions Committees Evaluate Your Applications

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Let’s face it: There’s a ton of bad advice and wrong information online about what it takes to get into medical school: “Get involved in as many extracurricular activities as you can because medical schools want to admit well-rounded applicants.” “Try to become the president or assume another leadership position in every organization you join because medical schools want to ...

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Separating the Best Medical School Personal Statements from the Typical Ones

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The Medical School Admissions Dilemma You’ve probably read the statistic that almost 60% of medical school applicants do not matriculate into medical school in any given year. As if you didn’t have enough anxiety about the whole process… The worst part? It’s not the hard work–things worth doing are often hard. The worst part is knowing that there is a ...

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How To Study For USMLE Step 1

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The reason I am writing this is because I have been in your shoes. I have known the feeling of being told the importance of an exam and having absolutely no idea where to start. Okay, that was a lie, everyone knows to start with First Aid, but it’s only one small but important piece of the puzzle. My journey ...

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How to Get Off the Waitlist for Medical School

How to Get Off the Waitlist

During this time of the season, many medical school applicants should have heard back from some of the programs that they have applied to. Some have delighted upon their first acceptance while others are still anxiously waiting for theirs. However, there are also those who have been waitlisted at certain medical schools, which brings about mixed emotions. In one sense ...

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Challenges of Minorities Entering Medicine

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“What do you do when you’re the smartest person in your group?” Dr. Forrester Lee, the Director of Multicultural Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine smiled as he posed the thoughtful question. We were a handful of African and Latino American students sitting around a warmly-lit conference room table. The room was silent. I sat inconspicuously among them, a ...

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Nursing to Medicine

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My decision to pursue nursing before becoming a doctor was logical: my mother had been a nurse, I would enter right out of high school, I would get hands-on skills that most physicians don’t see until well into their third year of medical school, and heck, a nice paycheck doesn’t hurt either. But the fact still remains: the process would ...

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What Should I Do This Summer as a Pre-Med?

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“What should I do this summer as a pre-med?” This is a common question that high school and college students ask. If you are pre-med or thinking about going to medical school, use your summer wisely to strengthen your application. Here are a few activities that you can explore to make your summer fruitful and beneficial for your future career ...

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What You Should Know Before Applying: Fee Assistance Program

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By Felisha Eugenio Applying to medical school can be a great financial burden. The costs of taking the MCAT and of submitting applications hinders us from being able to apply to as wide a scope of schools as we’d hope, but the AAMC Fee Assistance Program can ameliorate some of these expenses. The AAMC can reduce or even waive these ...

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