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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.

Choosing a medical school: best advice

By |2018-02-26T11:46:31-07:00November 28th, 2016|Medical School|

Where do you want to live? Georgetown Medical School, Washington, D.C. File this one under the first rule of buying a home: Location, location, location. Because the school you choose will be your home for the next three or four years. Do you want to live close to family and loved ones? What [...]

What exactly does a medical resident do, and what’s a typical medical resident’s salary?

By |2018-04-18T21:43:04-06:00May 15th, 2016|Medical School|

The medical residency is a period of on-the-job training that begins after you complete medical school. The residency is required to get a license to practice medicine in the U.S. Even doctors who have practiced in other countries cannot get their license to practice without a residency first.

Why (or why not) attend Caribbean medical school?

By |2018-05-09T20:18:05-06:00April 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 [...]

Are there med schools with minimum GPA requirements, and if I don’t meet it, will they automatically reject me?

By |2018-04-18T20:42:11-06:00March 16th, 2016|Medical School|

But while med schools love good numbers, but they're also looking for a package deal: an applicant who's well-rounded, with stellar references, a "balanced" MCAT score, good EC's, and a successful personal interview.

Why would I want to pursue an MD/PhD degree?

By |2017-09-21T17:30:58-06:00February 6th, 2016|Medical School|

What's an MD/PhD degree? An MD/PhD degree is for those with a special interest in both research and medicine. Once you graduate with an MD/PhD degree,  you'll forever be known as a "physician-scientist." In a typical MD/PhD program, the first two years are the first two preclinical years of medical school. After that, you’ll spend [...]

Choosing a medical specialty: best advice

By |2022-02-17T10:41:22-07:00January 16th, 2016|Medical School|

When it comes to choosing a medical specialty, it may seem to you like all the pre-med gunners around you in medical school have their future all buttoned up. But 70 percent of all medical students end up practicing something different than what they planned in their pre-med days.

Is the cost of attending a foreign medical school less than in the US?

By |2018-04-18T20:17:27-06:00January 13th, 2016|Medical School|

If you graduate with $250,000 in debt and are unable to get into a residency program, your foreign medical school education will not only be expensive, but it may prove useless.

How long is residency and what is an internship?

By |2018-04-18T22:01:25-06:00January 9th, 2016|Medical School|

Residency vs. Internship The question "how long is residency" is one that seems to confuse almost everyone. Also, the idea of "what is a medical internship" is confusing as well. That's because a medical internship is a completely different animal than a typical internship, say in business, public relations or social work. Here's the quick [...]

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