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The Top 5 Medical Schools for Your Major

The Association of American Medical Colleges projected that U.S. medical schools enrollment will increase by 30 percent from 2002 to 2017. More students are dedicating their studies to saving other people’s lives every year but not all of them are planning on being the typical family doctor. There are over 120 specialties and subspecialties within […]

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When is the Best Time to Take the MCAT?

Ninety percent of medical school admission officers consider GPA and MCAT to be the two most important factors in admission in the early stages. Although officers look for high grades from medical school applicants, an outstanding MCAT score can abate a not-as-good GPA. This is a great (yet challenging) opportunity to take advantage of, considering […]

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Choosing the right Medical School for You

1) MD or DO? Both types of degrees will enable you to practice medicine within the United States, but the taught curriculum can vary a little between both programs. DO programs place an emphasis on osteopathic manipulative medicine, but the medical training for both are otherwise very similar. MD and DO hopefuls apply through two […]

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Questions to Ask during Medical School Interviews

A common stumbling block for many med school hopefuls comes at the very end of the interview. You’ve hit it off with your interviewer, received glowing praise regarding your extracurriculars and academic resume, had a couple of laughs over your mutual hometown, and just as you’re getting ready to mail yourself an acceptance letter, the […]

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Tips for Medical School Applications

1) Start early. Most medical schools operate on a rolling basis. That means that the earlier you submit your application, the better your chances at an interview and, subsequently, an acceptance. Starting early also gives you a cushion of time to work with, in case you get stuck on your personal statement or run into […]

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Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

The letter of recommendation – sometimes referred to as a letter of reference or a character evaluation – is a significant part of the medical school application process. Recommendations offer the admission committee a chance to get to know your personal side from the perspective of a third-party. Shining letters can often snag you an […]

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Time Management Tips for the MCAT

Time management can be one of the most daunting issues facing a student who is looking to take the MCAT. It can be difficult to find a pacing that allows you to finish on time, without sacrificing accuracy or comprehension. This difficulty is exacerbated by the breakdown of questions on the MCAT – 52 questions […]

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Five Tips for the Med School Personal Statement

1) Show, don’t tell. Infuse the personal statement with your personality and perspective – it’s one of your best chances, aside from the interview, to show the admissions committee who you are as a person and how you can contribute to their medical school class. 2) Your personal statement is not your resume. Avoid parroting […]

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MCAT exam – Importance, Exam Dates, and Goal Scores

How important of a factor is the MCAT? The MCAT is required for the vast majority of US MD and DO schools. Although most competitive medical schools will look for a composite score of 30 and above, medical school admissions is largely a holistic process. This means that the MCAT, while an important factor, is […]

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Common Interview Mistakes

1) Arriving late. A lack of timeliness speaks volumes about your own personal and professional character. Not only is it disorganized, but it is disrespectful to the school that is hosting you and your interview group. Avoid this by allowing for delays like heavy traffic or getting lost on your way. If you arrive with plenty […]

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