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5 Ways Premeds Should Choose Extracurricular Activities

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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Medical School Waitlist

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Applicants across the country now await decisions from the medical schools that interviewed them. They spent thousands of hours, dollars, unquantifiable effort, and thought applying to medical school. In return, they yearn for a simple “yes” or “no.”

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How To Stand Out With Extracurricular Activities

Your GPA reflects your academic diligence and your MCAT demonstrates your performance on standardized testing. While those are the 1-2 punch that you lead with, “5 Parts of a Competitive Medical School Application” highlighted the importance of extracurricular activities. Your extracurriculars can set you apart from the other applicants the way numbers and scores cannot. Involvement in extracurricular activities rounds ...

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4 Ways Greek Life Can Help Your Medical School Application

By Evan Laveman Over the past few years I’ve noticed a tendency for medical school applicants to downplay their fraternity or sorority involvement when submitting their applications. It seems the stigma of Greek life has driven some people away from embracing that aspect of their college identity. In my opinion, if you sell an admissions committee short on yourself because ...

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Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

What is the value of a letter of recommendation?  Let’s face it – anybody can write a personal statement. Because what more do people love than to talk about themselves? Just give them the prompt and a word count and they can fill pages. Anybody can spin tales about why they need medicine in their life, and why medicine needs ...

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Physician Shadowing and the One-Minute Mentor

I love shadowing in the Emergency Department (ED). I get to see patients from every corner of my curriculum – dermatology, oncology, cardiology, nephrology – you name it, it’s there. There is a palpable buzz and attitude that is exciting and raw, and you get to watch how the residents flow through their list of patients, treating and triaging as ...

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Emily’s Med School Summer: Part 1

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After finishing the final set of exams from my first year of medical school, I am both relieved and shocked to have finished. I spent much of my first year learning how to be a medical student, without focusing much on how to be a doctor. I learned how to organize my notes, study every day, and balance school, health, ...

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Dermatology – Riley McLean MD

This week, Prospective Doctor gets Dr. Riley McLean’s take on her path to medicine and career as a physician in Dermatology. Riley McLean MD is a physician and MedSchoolCoach advisor. She graduated from Boston College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in History. During her time at Boston College, Riley served as a Teacher’s ...

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