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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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15 Facts You Should Know About MD-PhD Programs

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Ever wondered what MD-PhD programs are all about? Do you know what MSTPs are? Here are 15 facts you should know about MD-PhD programs: 1. There are over 100 MD-PhD programs affiliated with medical schools 2. 44 MD-PhD programs are partially supported by training grants from the National Institute of General Medical Science. These programs are known as Medical Scientist ...

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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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Challenges of Minorities Entering Medicine

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“What do you do when you’re the smartest person in your group?” Dr. Forrester Lee, the Director of Multicultural Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine smiled as he posed the thoughtful question. We were a handful of African and Latino American students sitting around a warmly-lit conference room table. The room was silent. I sat inconspicuously among them, a ...

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15 Books for Medical School Applicants

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I am frequently asked how to prepare for medical school interviews. As many schools are moving to the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, a lot of interviewing well involves thinking on your feet and efficiently articulating your perspective. One of the best ways to prepare for medical school interviews, (and in fact a career in medicine), is to read. The ...

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Perspective on Gap Years from a Third Year Medical Student

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Whether you are planning to apply straight to medical school or to take a gap year, Emily offers a perspective on how time off has helped her through third year clinical rotations. The third year of medical school is profoundly different than the first and second years. There is an invisible wall separating the preclinical from the clinical years with a ...

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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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Nursing to Medicine

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My decision to pursue nursing before becoming a doctor was logical: my mother had been a nurse, I would enter right out of high school, I would get hands-on skills that most physicians don’t see until well into their third year of medical school, and heck, a nice paycheck doesn’t hurt either. But the fact still remains: the process would ...

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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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