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Calvin College and University of Michigan Medical School Partnership


Future doctors: You’ve probably winced at the price tag of a four-year undergraduate program—and cringed entirely at the additional cost of medical school. On top of the expenses, you may have some uncertainty about the time in between programs—how will you land a spot in a medical school program in the first place? Two schools in Michigan—Calvin College and the ...

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Private vs Public School As a Pre-Med


Is it better to go to a private school or public school as a pre-med?  It’s honestly a complicated question because “private vs public” is not the only factor that plays into the answer. A school’s ranking, affiliation with its medical school (if it has one), location, and resources all play a role in its ability to send their students ...

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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


“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


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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Nursing to Medicine


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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Weekly Weigh-in: Hesitations in Choosing Medicine

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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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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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Weekly Weigh-in: Choosing Your Path to 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 other career paths did you consider besides medicine? Or, what other programs (such as PA) did you research before choosing your path to medicine and what factors affected your decision? Evan Laveman, DGSOM ...

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Medical Schools With Combined BS/BA-MD Programs


Combined BS/BA-MD programs allow students to apply to medical school straight out of high school. Essentially, if admitted, students will spend two to four years at the undergraduate college completing their BS or BA degrees along with premedical requirements. Afterwards, they will proceed to the medical school affiliated with the undergraduate institution for their MD without having to apply again. ...

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