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Apply Once, Apply Right – 5 Tips for the Medical School Application Cycle

Formula for a Personal Statement

If you only want to apply once, apply right! Keep these 5 helpful tips for the medical school application cycle in mind as you put together your AMCAS this spring. 1. Apply Early This cannot be emphasized enough – it will save you many unnecessary sleepless nights and moments of anxiety if you are able to submit your applications earlier in ...

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Three Secondary Essays To Pre-Write

Secondary Essay to Pre-Write

After submitting the primary AMCAS application, every applicant should get a head start on some of the secondary application essays. PDr presents the triad of secondary essays to pre-write for medical school: diversity, adversity, and university. Medical school applicants everywhere have filled out their classes and grades, completed the final version of their personal statement, and let out that sigh of ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Studying for the MCAT2015 Exam

Weigh In

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: Briefly describe your approach to studying for the MCAT. Based on the known changes in content and structure, how you would adjust your study regimen if you were taking the MCAT2015 Exam? Evan Shih, DGSOM ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Following Current Events

Weigh In

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 current events do you think premed students should be aware of? What resources do you recommend for staying up to date?  Evan Shih, DGSOM MS2 With how quickly information travels today via ...

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What You Should Know Before Applying: Fee Assistance Program

Fee Assistance

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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Write About Your Hobbies On The Medical School Application


A medical school’s atmosphere, its charm, is defined by the energy and passion that the students embody. Students are encouraged to maintain their wellbeing and cultivate a diverse community, and many schools promote cultural celebrations, athletic competitions, talent shows, art showings, and philanthropic fundraisers. While your GPA and MCAT score will meet the basic criteria for each school, it will ...

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How To Stand Out With Extracurricular Activities

Color Pencils

Your GPA reflects your academic diligence and your MCAT demonstrates your performance on standardized testing. While those are the 1-2 punch that you lead with, “5 Parts of a Competitive Medical School Application” highlighted the importance of extracurricular activities. Your extracurriculars can set you apart from the other applicants the way numbers and scores cannot. Involvement in extracurricular activities rounds ...

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Winging It: Medical School Application Overview


The first time I applied to medical school, I did it in the dark. I was not familiar with the components of the primary application (AMCAS), I did not understand the critical timing of primary and secondary submissions for rolling admissions, and I more or less wrote my entire application on the fly. I had to scramble to line up ...

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Tips from a Medical School Admissions Officer

Magnifying Glass

A student admissions officer from a prominent NE medical school helps elucidate the admissions process at his school. Process Overview At this particular school, members of the medical school admissions committee screen applications and assign a score, which conveys the level of desire to extend the candidate an interview. A second committee member then sees the score and reads over the ...

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The Healing Power of Touch


From the time we are babies, we long for the touch of our mother or father. As children grow, they usually put their arms up and want to be embraced or held. I even notice that my 5-month-old daughter is beginning to reach out to grab my face, my nose or my chin. Over the past 5 months that my ...

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