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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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Medical School Personal Statement Tip #2

It’s important to have some form of clinical experience for your medical school applications, whether it’s volunteer work or shadowing. By no means is it a requirement for applying, but medical schools like to see that you have an idea of what clinical work is like. The best way to get that knowledge is to […]

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More Application Essay Tips

Here’s another installment in our ongoing series of tips for application essays. Before, I discussed four crucial aspects of the essay-writing process; now we have a couple of things not to do. You need to be on your guard; sometimes bad results stem from good intentions. Here’s a couple of cases in point. Don’t Write […]

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Medical School Personal Statement Tip #1

The personal statement for your medical school applications is very difficult thing to write. When you start asking yourself, you might realize that it’s a difficult question: why do you want to go to medical school and what makes it a good idea? The personal statement is also a minefield; tips can very easily take […]

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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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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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