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Separating the Best Medical School Personal Statements from the Typical Ones

The Medical School Admissions Dilemma You’ve probably read the statistic that almost 60% of medical school applicants do not matriculate into medical school in any given year. As if you didn’t have enough anxiety about the whole process… The worst part? It’s not the hard work–things worth doing are often hard. The worst part is knowing that there is a ...

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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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5 Do’s of Primary Applications for Medical School

Here’s a list of ProspectiveDoctor recommendations for working on primary applications for medical school. Start writing your personal statement at the end of May. Just kidding – April Fools! Work on your personal statement. It is now the beginning of April, and if you’ve been putting it off, now is a perfect time to start working on your personal statement. ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Personal Statement Writing Process

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 was your timeline and process of writing your personal statement?” Edward Chang, DGSOM MS2 I first started writing my personal statement January of the year I wanted to apply. To be ...

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Winging It: Medical School Application Overview

The first time I applied to medical school, I did it in the dark. I was not familiar with the components of the primary application (AMCAS), I did not understand the critical timing of primary and secondary submissions for rolling admissions, and I more or less wrote my entire application on the fly. I had to scramble to line up ...

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Brainstorming Your Personal Statement for Medical School

It is intensely difficult to write a personal statement, and perhaps the most difficult part is starting. What a daunting task to explain the answer to “Why I want to be a doctor”. Given the overwhelming nature of this question, many applicants make the mistake of answering a different question: “What have I done that qualifies me to matriculate into ...

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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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