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Tips on applying to medical school using the AMCAS application service, including when to apply, and how to improve your med school application with a stellar personal essay.

Medical mission trips—worth their weight in gold?

By | 2018-03-21T12:22:36+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|AMCAS Application|

Will medical mission trips on my resume give me the bang for my buck from admissions committees? Medical mission trips have increased in numbers, causing many premeds to assume they're a necessary part of the med school admissions packet. They aren't. In fact, doing a medical mission trip for the wrong reasons, or going on [...]

BCPM GPA facts…boom!

By | 2018-02-28T22:04:32+00:00 March 15th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

Here are some BCPM GPA facts... Essential BCPM GPA facts: BCPM is the term for the science GPA, and includes grades in all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math classes taken during your undergrad years. However, because of the classification of certain classes by individual universities, some classes outside these distinct disciplines can be calculated into [...]

Gap year ideas, advice

By | 2018-02-26T23:07:53+00:00 March 12th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

What are some stellar gap year ideas? 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... Get some volunteer experience, preferably in a medical setting [...]

Do adcoms check social media posts?

By | 2018-02-28T22:05:07+00:00 March 5th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

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

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 | 2018-02-20T11:07:23+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 | 2017-09-21T17:25:42+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 | 2017-09-21T17:24:10+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 | 2017-09-21T17:23:44+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! [...]