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 [...]
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, 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
If I get a C in a pre-med class, will it keep me out of medical school? Most likely not. That said, you and I both know that you need to have a ridiculously high GPA to be accepted to most U.S. medical schools. If you have more than a couple of C’s in your [...]
I started by reading the Examkrackers Complete Study Package, then taking practice tests every 2-3 days. I added reading from the Berkeley Review full set, and finished by taking a practice test every single day, followed by a 3-4 hour review session. That's it!
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.
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.