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Diversity in Medical Secondary Applications

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Descend no further because this is the bottom line: if you are a premed applying to medical school, you will be required to take part in the timeless discussion of diversity and healthcare. It’s advantageous to acknowledge this as you find yourself diligently completing countless secondary application prompts discussing diversity and inclusion. Of the 27 secondary applications I submitted, 19 ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Hesitations in Choosing Medicine

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 were your biggest hesitations in choosing medicine? What do you think are important things to consider before committing to medicine? Brandon Brown, UCSF MS2 My biggest hesitation in choosing medicine was ...

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Medical School Gap Year Fear

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Premeds fear that taking a gap year before medical school will distract from their career goal to become doctors. I offer that this is the best possible outcome of your gap year. I am frequently asked about taking gap years. I took four. (Two of those were the result of having to reapply, but my intention was to take time off ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Taking a Gap Year

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 factors contributed to your decision to apply straight in or take a gap year? Edward Chang, DGSOM MS3 I decided during my sophomore year that I was going to take a ...

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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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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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