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Shadowing Abroad With the Atlantis Project

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Maybe you saw an ad on social media, passed a poster in the hall at your university or heard of another student participating this summer. Shadowing abroad with The Atlantis Project. What is it? Why would pre-med students be interested? How would you benefit? The Atlantis Project Fellowship is an opportunity for students who are passionate about medicine and international exchange ...

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How to Jump Start Your Medical Career This Summer – HMX Fundamentals

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By Michael Parker Michael Parker, MD, is Associate Dean for Online Learning, Faculty Director of HMX Fundamentals, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Summer vacation may be just a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you should put your goals for becoming a doctor on hold. Even the most ambitious students can experience the “Summer Slide”, ...

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Five Digital Tools To Improve Your Academic Writing

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Writing is not as easy as it seems. Anyone who has struggled with assignments at school or university will nod in agreement. Even those who have an inherent gift for written expression often find themselves stuck with a bad case of writer’s block. The task becomes all the more complex when it involves serious research. Mastering the art of academic ...

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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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5 Parts Of A Competitive Medical School Application

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Some say “The hardest part about medical school is getting in.” Applying to medical school is an intimidating process. This article breaks down the 5 things that will make you a standout candidate with a competitive medical school application at any school. It was March 2012 when I began to outline my AMCAS personal statement. After dozens of essays, thousands of dollars, and months of ...

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Interviewing for Undergraduate Positions

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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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Benefits of Undergraduate Medical Research

Benefits of Undergraduate Medical Research

As a freshman in college, I had no idea what research entailed. My idea of research was spending hours slaving away as a grunt worker in a lab. The idea of research seemed mundane, repetitive and unfruitful. Now as a medical school student, I am incredibly thankful that I was snapped out of my incorrect preconceptions. Research is now something ...

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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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5 Ways Premeds Should Choose Extracurricular Activities

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It’s no secret that it takes more than a high GPA and MCAT to get into medical school. Medical school admissions committees carefully examine each prospective student’s application to see what kinds of extracurricular activities he or she was involved in. Why? Because these activities and applicant’s personal statement are really the only ways admissions committees can get to know ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Extracurriculars in Medical School

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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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