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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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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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Managing Stress Levels While Studying for USMLE Step 1

Studying for USMLE Step 1 is stressful. It feels like the most important test of your life. But it doesn’t have to be as painful as you think it may be. Remember that every doctor that you know has taken the exam and has survived it; most likely you will too. If you want your studying experience to be as ...

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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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Why go BS/MD: Pros of a BS/MD Program

When someone thinks about the pros of a BS/MD program, the obvious perks usually have to do with the conditional acceptance to medical school. There are, however, numerous other perks that are in some sense are more valuable than the conditional acceptance. They’re important because they help widen your insight into medicine and open up your field of opportunity, which ...

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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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7 Important Tips for Your Medical School Interview

The medical school interview is one of the most influential and important pieces of your application. Yet it also becomes the pitfall of many otherwise competitive applicants. Often applicants will not put the necessary time into preparing for the interview, opting to “wing it” and treating it like just another conversation. Being a social and likeable person does not always ...

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How to Choose Your Major as a Premed

How do you choose your college major if you’re a premed? Many students know by now that most schools do not have a “premed” major and you don’t necessarily need to major in the life sciences to go to medical school (http://www.prospectivedoctor.com/what-is-the-best-major-for-premeds/). If that is true, how then, do you go about choosing a major? What criteria should you be ...

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