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Choosing which medical school to attend, deciding whether to apply at DO or MD schools, and knowing when to hang on or give up when a medical school offer doesn’t materialize are some of the topics we address here. First, check out our list of medical schools by state to find those that are a good match. Then, make your choice of medical schools to apply to accordingly!

Apply widely to medical schools at all tiers

It’s advised when applying for medical school to apply to more medical schools rather than less, and apply not just to top-tier schools but also mid- and lower-tier medical schools, and also to DO schools if it’s a better fit with one’s GPA and MCAT scores.

MD vs DO schools?

We’ll help you understand the differences between DO vs MD schools in our post below, and also some of the unique programs that could provide a better fit when choosing a medical school. Are you looking for a MD/MPH program? Are you interested in a research-oriented program rather than one based on patient care? Choose your medical school carefully after answering these questions honestly.

Making medical school more affordable

There are financial options to make medical school more affordable. From federal scholarships to private scholarships and even school-based medical school scholarships, there are choices for med students to consider. AMA offers several med school scholarships, and a growing number of schools offer half and full-tuition medical school scholarships to give students a leg up who couldn’t otherwise afford medical school. This year, New York University Medical School is offering free tuition to all its students, and other medical schools are considering something similar.

Do DOs make as much money as MDs?

By |2020-06-17T15:36:56-06:00July 20th, 2020|Medical School|

This is an age-old question for premeds trying to decide on the MD vs. DO route. Whether DOs make as much money as MDs depends on some specific factors, like residency, region, specialty and number of hours worked. This post focuses on salary. You can also check out our post on other differences between DOs [...]

USMLE exam blues: after the MCAT

By |2020-04-14T12:25:17-06:00March 30th, 2020|Medical School|

The MCAT is my last and hardest test...right?! The USMLE test is a killer; but you'll only feel a little dead... Move over MCAT. After two years of basic medical school coursework (1 ½ years at some medical schools), your next conquest is the USMLE exam, or U.S. Medical Licensing Exam. It’s really [...]

Federal scholarships for med students help ease debt burden

By |2022-02-17T17:02:42-07:00December 20th, 2019|Medical School|

Medical students face a daunting challenge: not just getting through the rigors of classwork and clinical hours, but getting out in four years without a truckload of debt. Federal scholarships for med students can help to ease this debt burden. In 2016, the average debt of medical students upon graduation was $190,000, according to AAMC figures. [...]

Gap year a good idea…or not?

By |2019-04-01T16:24:38-06:00August 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 [...]

Medical school scholarships can help to minimize med school debt

By |2022-02-17T11:51:35-07:00August 9th, 2018|Medical School|

Medical school scholarships from AMA (plus AAMC/ABFM) Medical school scholarships are out there for those willing to search and apply. If you’re one of the lucky ones who wrapped up your undergrad years without carrying any debt (not an easy feat!), there’s a new financial challenge ahead: getting out of med school with as little [...]

Is there still a chance I could be accepted to medical school for this year?

By |2018-04-18T20:18:45-06:00March 16th, 2018|Medical School|

Re-evaluate your application to find weak areas. You’ll have several months and maybe a year or more to get involved in activities, courses and jobs to supplement your resume and improve your standing the second time around. Use your time wisely.

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Doctor shortage in the U.S.?

By |2022-02-17T17:09:19-07:00October 21st, 2017|Medical School, Pre Med Undergrad|

What doctor shortage? Is a doctor shortage coming? What's the job security potential for today's pre-med students, and for those just beginning med school? It depends on who you ask. The AAMC says the U.S. could be as much as 130,000 doctors short in just a decade or so. The Association of Medical [...]

Top 10 reasons to go to medical school

By |2017-10-30T14:36:42-06:00September 10th, 2017|Medical School, Pre Med Undergrad|

So what are the top 10 reasons to go to medical school? Read on for ours... Most doctors will give you some pretty heady reasons why they chose medicine as a career. Those reasons have probably changed from the time they decided to go pre-med in the first place, since many premeds jump headlong into [...]

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