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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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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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Shadowing Abroad With the Atlantis Project

Maybe you saw an ad on social media, passed a poster in the hall at your university or heard of another student participating this summer. Shadowing abroad with The Atlantis Project. What is it? Why would pre-med students be interested? How would you benefit? The Atlantis Project Fellowship is an opportunity for students who are passionate about medicine and international exchange ...

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The Medical School Dream

“My dream is to get into medical school and become a doctor.” This line is repeated in some form or another many times during application season. Most applicants do not know how truly dreamlike the experience is, particularly during third and fourth year clinical rotations. The first two years of medical school are consumed by learning. Though there is little ...

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5 Parts Of A Competitive Medical School Application

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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Medical School Application Metrics

Off Target

Right now you are maybe starting to draft or redraft your personal statement, asking for letters of recommendation (or at least thinking about whom to ask), and coming up with your activities list. You have a lot to do, which makes it easy to defer making your school list. We recommend that you take some time to objectively look at ...

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15 Books for Medical School Applicants

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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