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What’s a good GPA/MCAT combo for acceptance to medical school—3.7/511?

By | May 9th, 2017|AMCAS Application, MCAT Prep|

A GPA MCAT combo of 3.7/32 will give you a 75% chance of at least one acceptance. But there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that with lower numbers on both fronts (a 3.6/30) you could still get through with great ECs, LORs, and an excellent personal interview!

Writing a personal statement: these are big DON’Ts!

By | May 9th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Here are some suggestions: avoid generalities, maintain a good tone, don't get political, and don't revisit grades or test scores.

Shadowing: Make the most of the experience!!!

By | May 7th, 2017|Pre Med Undergrad|

How to Maximize Your Shadowing Experience Shadowing is a vital component of any well-rounded application. It’s tremendously important that you shadow multiple doctors in different specialties. This can be just a box checked off your pre-med to-do list, or it can be a growth experience for you. Honestly, admissions committees will probably just want to [...]

What if I’m rejected? Where to go after a med school rejection

By | May 1st, 2017|Medical School|

Remember that most med school applicants are rejected. The competition is fierce for the limited spaces in med schools prestigious and otherwise. So you’re in good company. It’s a well-known fact that many a rejected student is accepted the second time around, and that adcoms appreciate persistence, as long as it’s accompanied by hard work.

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Is getting into an Ivy League med school everything it’s cracked up to be?

By | April 18th, 2017|Medical School|

Your best option is to choose a medical school that you like, that you can afford, with a good program in your area of study, and GPA/MCAT scores you can crack. And since financial aid is available to every medical school student irrespective of her or his finances, you truly can go anywhere you can get accepted!

My MCAT prep study schedule for pre-med procrastinators: MCAT prep in 8 weeks!

By | April 3rd, 2017|MCAT Prep|

I started by reading the Examkrackers Complete Study Package, then taking practice tests every 2-3 days. I added reading from the Berkeley Review full set, and finished by taking a practice test every single day, followed by a 3-4 hour review session. That's it!

My review of the Altius MCAT prep course

By | April 3rd, 2017|MCAT Prep|

Should I go with the Altius MCAT prep option? I think the Altius MCAT prep course is somewhat unique in its offerings, which is why I'm reviewing just Altius in this post... Altius MCAT Prep is available in several cities in Utah, as well as Portland and Corvallis, Oregon; Pullman, Washington; Moscow, Idaho; Lawrence, Kansas; [...]

Will reading The Economist really improve my MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning score?

By | March 29th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

If you've started prepping for the MCAT, you not only know the MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section is mind-numbingly hard, but you realize that it accounts for a hefty part of your overall score. Verbal reasoning is a skill, and getting good at it takes practice. There are lots of tips and techniques you’ll get in [...]

MCAT CBTs: Best of the bunch!

By | March 28th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

If you’re looking for insight into how to prepare for the MCAT, you’ve come to the right place. My recommendation is that, while studying, you should take at least one CBT each week, and more if you can handle it.

Will attending a top-tier medical school help me get a top-tier residency match?

By | March 28th, 2017|Medical School|

Going to a more well respected school will open more doors for you, though it won't ensure you the match you want. Other factors such as Step 1 scores, competitive specialties, networking, and regional saturation will have an impact as well, and depending on your specific circumstances, could have as much weight as school choice.