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About Marci Judd

Editor, writer, consultant, with special emphasis on education and nonprofit industries. I've helped many a pre-med through the treacherous waters on their way to their ultimate destination of MD. I have three awesome kids (one in med school) and a sweet hubby who supports all my efforts!

Best books for aspiring doctors: What are the best reads for future MDs?

By | March 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

If you’re firmly in the doctor camp, and even if you’re on the fence about your career choice, I’d recommend taking a deep breath and sitting down with a good book or two to get a feel for what’s ahead. Where to find the best books for aspiring doctors? How better to prepare for a [...]

How important is my science GPA vs cumulative GPA to medical schools?

By | March 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Your science GPA (sGPA), or BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) score is going to be critical to your application, for obvious reasons. Here are some ways to calculate, and raise yours.

How is the new MCAT being scored? Here’s the lowdown…

By | March 10th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

AAMC, the organization that administers the test, has cautioned medical school adcoms not to put too much weight on the MCAT score, and that precaution applies not just in 2015, but from here to eternity.

What are the MCAT test dates in 2017?

By | February 13th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

As you can see, the MCAT test dates are grouped around the most beneficial times for students….early enough in the semester (two in January!) so as not to ruin your whole semester—only part of it—and early enough to take the test again...

What were the changes to the new MCAT?

By | January 1st, 2017|MCAT Prep|

The emphasis on added science classes, as well as the new humanities and critical reasoning sections, mean the new MCAT will make it more difficult (but not impossible) for non-science majors to finish their undergraduate requirements in four years.

How can I build my medical school resume during the summer…

By | October 1st, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

...can it happen at the beach? Building your medical school resume during the summer is a great idea. Sadly, it may require less beach time and more serious focus than the term "summer break" implies! Getting good grades in your pre-med classes is only half the formula for getting into the med school(s) you want. The [...]

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Med school requirements: your “core” curriculum

By | June 12th, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

Medical school is a 4-year journey of learning and experiences that prepares you for the rigors of a career as a physician. In this journey, your med school requirements are not your enemy, but your friend! From biochemistry to anatomy, you’ll study and be tested on the scientific foundations of medical treatments and ailments. While [...]

Is my pre-2015 MCAT score still valid?

By | June 5th, 2016|AMCAS Application, MCAT Prep|

But 2018 will be the last application year when pre-2015 MCAT scores will be accepted at most schools.

Taking pre-med classes at a community college: good or bad idea?

By | May 3rd, 2016|Pre Med Undergrad|

If you're in the first category, and plan to attend a community college for a year or two before moving to a 4-year university, admissions committees may be a tad more understanding about your having taken core pre-med classes at the CC level. That said, you should know that adcoms will automatically assume your CC classes were less rigorous than those taken at the university level.

Why (or why not) attend Caribbean medical school?

By | April 2nd, 2016|Medical School|

Caribbean medical school, mon? Maybe you really like sunshine and sand, but that's not why people migrate south for medical school. Here's the reason: Caribbean schools, and in fact most foreign medical schools, are relatively easy to get into. Applicants with extremely low MCAT scores (491 is the lowest I've heard of), low cumulative and [...]