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10 Things to Know Before Applying to Texas Medical Schools

Applying to medical schools is attractive because tuition is cheaper, especially for Texas state residents, and you can potentially find out much earlier if you have been accepted or not. With that being said, here are 10 things to know before apply to Texas medical schools. 1. Must apply through TMDSAS There are 10 Texas medical schools that you can ...

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Preparing for Medical School as a High Schooler

High school is the perfect time for students to think about what career path they want to pursue. Your career decision may affect what college you go to, what major you choose, and what extracurricular activities you pursue as a high school student. However, don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do for the rest of your ...

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Best Gap Year Options Before Medical School

Many medical school applicants do not go straight from college into medical school. If you apply to medical school during your senior year of college, you will need to take at least one year off (known as the “gap year”) prior to starting medical school. If you apply one year after graduating, you will have to take two years off. ...

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Inspiring Vs. Impressing the Admissions Committee

We recently spoke with Dr. Aubrey Jordan about how to approach the medical school interview with the goal of inspiring the admissions committee rather than trying to impress them with your achievements. Dr. Jordan attended the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as a part of their Master’s of Health Science in Reproductive and Cancer Biology program and the University ...

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How to Distinguish Yourself as an MD/PhD Applicant

Applying to medical school has largely become a structured process composed of elements ranging from demographic information to details regarding research experience as well as extracurricular activities. Despite the organization and infrastructure implemented behind the application process, students motivated to pursue a career in the clinical sciences face incredible stress and hardship when presenting themselves to the admissions committees at ...

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The Path to Earning a Dual Degree

We sat down with Dr. Jasmin Scott-Hawkins to discuss her personal journey in choosing an MD/MPH program and the 5 stages of the selection process that ultimately took a year to tackle. Similar to the medical school application process, she made a list of schools, networked with current students, spent hours editing her application, waited to hear back and finally made ...

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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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Show, Don’t Tell: Writing About Your Experiences in Your Personal Statement

Throughout the admissions process, there’s no doubt you will be asked to reflect and write about the experiences you’ve had that drove you to pursue a career in medicine. While brainstorming with other applicants, searching for tips and examples on the internet, and perusing forums can be helpful, it can also have the unintended side effect of instilling a lot ...

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Humility and Its Role in Medicine

In a field where confidence is key to success, humility in medicine is almost seen as a weakness. But often times, our own definitions of humility fall short of what actual humility is. What exactly is humility and what role does it play in medicine? What is humility? Many people see humility as the opposite of confidence. But this is ...

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4 Non-Pre-Med Classes to Take During College as a Future Physician

During college, most pre-med students focus on finishing their medical school requirements. The strategy is to get as many A’s as possible while finishing their major and pre-med requirements. Often times this strategy neglects some other classes that may be even more useful during medical school. Here is a list of non-pre-med classes to take during college and why: 1. ...

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