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Check out this collection of tips and advice for pre med undergrad students looking to improve their chances of getting into medical school…from pre-med core curriculum and basic med school requirements, to tips for getting an A in Organic Chemistry. Is it possible to overcome failing freshman grades, and what GPA and MCAT score will get you into med school? We’ve got you covered.

Choosing a pre-med major

We’ll give you solid advice on how to choose a pre-med major, and whether a pre med double major is a good idea, plus how to deal with the stress pre-meds face. And we’ll give you the lowdown on the best extracurriculars for pre-meds, and the best way for pre-meds to find undergraduate research opportunities.

Tips for being a well-rounded med school applicant

Most pre-meds start with so many questions unanswered, but our goal is to bring you up to speed in a hurry! It’s important to be a well-rounded medical school applicant, and we’ll spell out how to do that. How many shadowing hours are needed? And how many volunteer hours in a medical setting? And what about working as a medical scribe? If you haven’t considered these topics yet, it’s time to start plotting your pre-med undergrad path.

How to get accepted to medical school

Dive in and educate yourself today. Hopefully you’re a freshman and have plenty of time to learn (1) how to approach the admissions committees at the med schools you dream of attending, (2) how to put together your AMCAS application, and (3) how to prepare for your med school interview. But even if you’re further along in the process, we’ll get you prepared so you’ll be the right medical school candidate at the med schools you’re targeting.

What GPA/MCAT combo will get me admission to medical school?

By | 2018-09-22T16:20:54+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

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!

Passing Organic Chemistry—with an A or close to it!

By | 2018-09-22T16:17:21+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

Participate in class. One of your best resources is your professor, so use her/him when you're in class to clarify concepts. Also make use of your TA when needed. You need to understand each concept before moving on.

Double major worth it? Advice for premeds

By | 2018-09-22T16:17:59+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

Is a double major worth it....specifically is it worth all the extra time, grueling effort and stress? There's no easy answer that fits every situation. But here are some considerations when deciding your premed path. Will a double major impact your sGPA? A double major in say, biochemistry/genetics, or chemistry/engineering, or biology/physics, will set you [...]

How to be a well rounded medical school applicant: think outside the box!

By | 2018-08-24T11:22:35+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

Creating a winning med school application If only the adcoms could sit down with med school applicants a year or two before their first meeting and whisper sweet nothings in their ear, this is what they'd say: "Step out!" "Be different!" "You're more than two little numbers!" Because that's how you show you're a well [...]

Medical scribe good choice for clinical experience?

By | 2018-02-28T22:04:54+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

Is being a medical scribe good clinical experience for pre-meds? What's a medical scribe? A medical scribe is an assistant who accompanies physicians (often in the Emergency Department, but sometimes in other settings), keeping notes on interactions with, evaluation of, and diagnosis and treatment of patients. It's like paid shadowing, but the responsibilities are much [...]

Shadowing hours, other ECs for med school

By | 2018-07-05T13:01:49+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

Shadowing hours, research hours, clinical hours and volunteer hours are not just the icing on the cake, but part of the main course you are serving up to the adcoms when you submit your med school application. Yes, your GPA and MCAT score are the first thing they see, and either or both can exclude [...]

Will disastrous freshman grades keep me from medical school?

By | 2018-04-18T21:33:31+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

This is a common question for premeds: If I do poorly in my first year of undergrad—even getting disastrous freshman grades—should I throw in the towel on medical school, or is there still hope? Don’t throw in the towel This is one of those situations where you might find a smidgeon of understanding and mercy [...]

Dealing with stress in the pre-med pressure cooker

By | 2018-04-23T17:33:41+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

If you’re a pre-med gunner, you're dealing with stress, and understand the obscene amount of anxiety that goes along with preparing for, then applying to, medical school. When every undergraduate class grade affects your GPA, a tenth of a GPA point can mean the difference between an interview invite or a rejection. That makes every exam seem [...]

Med school requirements: your “core” curriculum

By | 2018-04-18T20:18:38+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

Medical school is a 4-year journey of learning and experiences that prepares you for the rigors of a career as a physician. In this journey, your med school requirements are not your enemy, but your friend! From biochemistry to anatomy, you’ll study and be tested on the scientific foundations of medical treatments and ailments. While you [...]