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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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Perspective on Gap Years from a Third Year Medical Student

Whether you are planning to apply straight to medical school or to take a gap year, Emily offers a perspective on how time off has helped her through third year clinical rotations. The third year of medical school is profoundly different than the first and second years. There is an invisible wall separating the preclinical from the clinical years with a ...

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Benefits of Undergraduate Medical Research

Benefits of Undergraduate Medical Research

As a freshman in college, I had no idea what research entailed. My idea of research was spending hours slaving away as a grunt worker in a lab. The idea of research seemed mundane, repetitive and unfruitful. Now as a medical school student, I am incredibly thankful that I was snapped out of my incorrect preconceptions. Research is now something ...

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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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What Should I Do This Summer as a Pre-Med?

“What should I do this summer as a pre-med?” This is a common question that high school and college students ask. If you are pre-med or thinking about going to medical school, use your summer wisely to strengthen your application. Here are a few activities that you can explore to make your summer fruitful and beneficial for your future career ...

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Medical School Gap Year Fear

Premeds fear that taking a gap year before medical school will distract from their career goal to become doctors. I offer that this is the best possible outcome of your gap year. I am frequently asked about taking gap years. I took four. (Two of those were the result of having to reapply, but my intention was to take time off ...

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Write About Your Hobbies On The Medical School Application

A medical school’s atmosphere, its charm, is defined by the energy and passion that the students embody. Students are encouraged to maintain their wellbeing and cultivate a diverse community, and many schools promote cultural celebrations, athletic competitions, talent shows, art showings, and philanthropic fundraisers. While your GPA and MCAT score will meet the basic criteria for each school, it will ...

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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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Tips from a Medical School Admissions Officer

Magnifying Glass

A student admissions officer from a prominent NE medical school helps elucidate the admissions process at his school. Process Overview At this particular school, members of the medical school admissions committee screen applications and assign a score, which conveys the level of desire to extend the candidate an interview. A second committee member then sees the score and reads over the ...

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How To Write About Extracurriculars

As a new application cycle starts this spring, applicants around the nation are beginning to fill out the Work/Activities sections. This article provides some insight into how to best talk about volunteering experiences in both the local and global community. In my most recent article I discussed the importance of extracurricular activities in the medical school application. However, the value ...

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