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The med school application packet is your introduction to the adcoms, and so you need to have all your t’s crossed and i’s dotted! Check out these tips for putting together your AMCAS medical school application. We’ll address how important the BCPM GPA is, and what you can do to improve on it. Is your science GPA more important than your cumulative GPA? We’ll answer that too! We’ll even tell you what it costs to apply to med school using the AMCAS application system.

Personal statements, LORs for AMCAS packet

When you put together your AMCAS packet, pay careful attention to writing the personal statement. The best LORs (letters of recommendation) for your AMCAS application are those from people who know you best. Check out our tips for finding the best prospects, and ruling out the possibility of negative LORs. By following our rules for choosing who should write your LORs, you can gain optimum advantage.

AMCAS medical school application timeline

The medical school application timeline is crucial. You need to know when to submit your AMCAS primary application, and when to expect AMCAS secondary application invites. Also why do med schools need secondary applications anyway? We’ll give you the lowdown on how to prepare for medical school interviews and common mistakes in interviewing for med school.

Tips for finalizing your AMCAS application

Exactly what should be in the AMCAS application packet? And what should be left out? Will a medical mission trip impress the adcoms? Do admissions committees check social media posts to learn more about applicants? And finally, if you don’t get accepted and need to apply in a second cycle, should you re-submit the same LORs and what are the best things to do during a gap year? Read on…

How important is my BCPM GPA?

By | 2018-09-24T17:18:48+00:00 September 10th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

So what BCPM GPA is best for medical school admissions? Here are some essential BCPM GPA facts: BCPM is the term for your science GPA, and includes grades in all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math classes taken during your undergrad years. However, depending on the classification of certain classes by individual universities, some classes outside [...]

Do admissions committees check social media posts?

By | 2018-09-22T16:21:25+00:00 August 27th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

Is it true that medical school admissions committees check social media accounts when reviewing applicant files? In this day and age, asking if admissions committees check social media is just...well, naive. Of course they do! Or at least they can... Imagine you're on a medical school admissions committee and you're about to turn over a [...]

Will a medical mission trip impress the admissions committee?

By | 2018-06-05T17:23:34+00:00 June 5th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

Will a medical mission trip on my resume give me props from the admissions committee(s)? Medical mission trips for pre-med students have increased in numbers, causing many premeds to assume they're a necessary part of the med school admissions packet. They aren't. What are your reasons for going on a medical mission trip? In fact, [...]

Getting the most of gap years in your medical schooling

By | 2018-04-18T21:29:10+00:00 March 12th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

How do med students go about getting the most of gap years? If you're considering a gap year before applying for medical school, you gotta make it count. You'll need to spend your time filling any holes in your application. Here are some solid gap year ideas to get you going... Use gap year to [...]

Gap year a good idea…or not?

By | 2018-02-26T16:19:44+00:00 February 26th, 2018|AMCAS Application, Medical School|

When is a gap year a good idea? What you really want to know is, how will adcoms view a gap year, and as such, when is a gap year a good idea? Which of these assumptions will they make: (1) it's evidence of personal failure (assuming you didn't get an acceptance the first time [...]

What’s a good science GPA? Is it more important than my cumulative GPA?

By | 2018-04-18T21:33:30+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|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.

Re-submit the same LORs the second time around?

By | 2018-02-19T12:00:59+00:00 September 28th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Re-submit the same LORs if they're targeted to impress! The much-hyped LORs (letters of recommendation) are hyped for a reason. They're hardly a second-tier piece of the medical school application puzzle. In fact, many a pre-med has been undone by an unflattering letter from a professor or previous boss. Several of our posts [...]

What’s my AMCAS application status once I hit “send?”

By | 2018-04-18T22:03:40+00:00 July 28th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

If you recently took the MCAT and don't yet know your score, you can still submit your application, and it will be verified along with all other applications. Once your score arrives at AMCAS, it will be automatically uploaded to your application and your school will be notified of your score.

How do I write a personal statement for my med school application?

By | 2018-04-18T20:17:45+00:00 June 9th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

A personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the admissions committee (adcom) at the medical schools you want to attend. Yes, it's a bit of a brag. You’re putting together the rationale for the adcom committee—and the medical school—to include you in a very select group of students that will both represent and [...]

Med school application process: what’s the cost?

By | 2018-04-18T21:33:31+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Will it break the bank? Getting accepted to med school takes stellar grades, a great MCAT score, and unique volunteering and research experience, among other things (check out specifics here). But besides brains, determination and a little bit of luck, the med school application process is guaranteed to set you back a few pretty pennies! [...]