Dr. Erkeda DeRouen welcomes back Dr. Blair Nelson, a radio DJ turned physician. He has decades of experience as an emergency room doctor and is also an educator, mentor, and coach.
Today, Dr. Nelson talks about navigating application cycles for medical school.
- [02:25] Tips for a Successful Application
- [08:13] How to Write Personal Statements
- [10:29] Application Mistakes to Avoid
- [16:51] Medical School Interview Preparation
- [22:47] Rejection and Reapplication to Med School
- [29:05] Dr. Nelson’s Advice to Pre-meds and Medical Students
Building a Strong Med School Application
Pre-med students should start building their resumes as soon as they realize their dream to become a doctor. Gain experience early on in different areas: research, clinical work, leadership, and community service. When the application cycle starts, you should already have a wealth of experiences you can write about. Otherwise, it will be too late. Do not procrastinate. To stand out, make sure to emphasize your unique traits. Highlight your interests and memorable activities.
Med School Mock Interviews & Coaching
By the time you’re invited for an interview, you already have a 50% chance of getting in! To prepare, it’s helpful to answer practice questions and to do mock interviews with coaches. They can give you variable feedback so you can improve on different aspects. Or you can also ask your friends and family for help. Focus on connecting with the interviewer by being engaged. Ask questions and don’t forget to smile!
“What If I Don’t Get Accepted?”
Don’t give up if you don’t get accepted immediately. You can try again next time. During your gap year, strengthen specific areas of your resume that may need more work. If you can, ask for feedback on why you got rejected so you can improve. Contrary to popular belief, reapplicants are often prioritized and have increased chances of acceptance. Admission committees appreciate the persistence, determination, and growth in reapplicants.