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3 Things To Emphasize for the Non-Traditional Med School Applicant

We sat down with Dr. Tina Han, a current resident in General Psychiatry at the LAC+USC Medical Center, to learn more about her experience as a non-traditional medical school applicant. Like many of us, she faced a lot of hurdles in her journey to medicine. Dr. Han explained that there are many ways to highlight your experience and qualifications as ...

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The Importance of Shadowing A Doctor

Many people see shadowing a physician as a checklist item that they need to do just because they need to apply to medical school. However there are many reasons why medical school admissions committees want you to have this kind of clinical exposure. For more information on what to expect and gain while shadowing a doctor, please visit here. 1. Help ...

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Let Your Personality Shine on Your Medical School Application: Why Applicants Are Turning to CASPer

The traditional ways to evaluate the competitiveness of a medical school applicant prior to the interview were GPA, standardized tests, and essays.  Although these methods are tried and true, they are all flawed in their own ways and do not help admissions committees learn more about an applicant’s personality and emotional intelligence. For that reason, an increasing number of medical ...

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Looking Back: An OMSIV Reflects on Her Experience as a Former Non-Traditional Applicant

I had a tough time getting into medical school. I was applying while concurrently finishing a PhD at Boston University, which meant that I was working on my application in stolen moments between experiments and writing papers. When I asked my graduate medical education office what assistance they could offer, they arranged a meeting with a professor that frequently works ...

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The Student Network: what questions to ask your student interviewers for medical school

One of my favorite experiences after I started medical school was when I ran into an upperclassman that had hosted me during my interview. In our short conversation, she shared some words of encouragement as well as some helpful PowerPoint slides for my first test. I still treasure this interaction because it impressed upon me the camaraderie present in the ...

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Standing Out From Other Medical School Applicants

Medical school is the bridge to something more meaningful than just a career—it is the gateway to a lifetime of service, of knowledge, of power, and most importantly, of humanism. The urge to join a profession so intricately intertwined with the pillars of science—research translated to bedside care—often seems distant and unobtainable. ‘What makes me different from all those other ...

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How to Prepare for a Successful Medical School Interview

“Just be yourself”: three simple words that we have all heard at least once from friends and family before an all-important interview. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of truth to this familiar idiom. Canned or disingenuous responses are like nails on a chalkboard to medical school interviewers and can seriously hurt an otherwise stellar applicant. But this shred of interview ...

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Current events in medicine: Charlie Gard and How to Approach Ethical Questions in Medical School Interviews

If you are a pre-medical student, one of your biggest fears may be an interview question that relates to ethics. Questions relating to ethics come up in interviews all the time, but it’s not necessarily something to be scared about if you can prepare for it. What an interviewer wants to see is that the student understands a few basics about ...

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5 Alternatives to Medical School

Going to medical school and becoming a doctor is a glorified and great career path. Nevertheless, it is not the career for everyone. Perhaps you are at a point where your passions and goals changed or you simply had a change of heart about going to medical school. At this point, you have to decide on an alternative and we ...

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How Medical School Admissions Committees Evaluate Your Applications

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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