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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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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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PDr Review – Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

PDr Review - Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

I recently read this article by William Deresiewicz called Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League and thought it was well-written and fascinating. Even though it didn’t directly apply to premeds, I thought the points addressed by Deresiewicz are things that premeds should keep in mind. Let me first say that I do not agree with everything that is said ...

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10 Things Every Pre-Med Should Absolutely Know

10 Things Every Pre-Med Should Absolutely Know

Over the course of my undergraduate career, I have had discussions with countless pre-med students. From these conversations, I have concluded two things about them. First, they don’t sleep. Second, many of them have no idea what it takes to get into medical school.  Wait, what? No idea what it takes to get into medical school? It cannot be. Aren’t ...

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Pre-med Competition

Pre-med Competition

UCLA is one of the most competitive schools in the nation. It is an elite public school with many pre-med students. This is not a rumor. This is fact. If you are a UCLA student, when you go to your first chemistry or biology class, at least 50% of your classmates are or will be thinking about going to medical ...

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Does Undergraduate Reputation Matter For Admissions?

Does Undergraduate Reputation Matter For Admissions?

Does undergraduate reputation matter for admissions? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is complicated. In a sense, the undergraduate institution you attend is insignificant. In another sense, it is significant. Why is it insignificant? When admissions committees from medical schools look at your application, the reputation of your undergraduate institution is definitely not one of the first things they consider. ...

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