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Everything You Need To Know About The Medical School AAMC Video Interview Tool For Admissions (VITA)

Starting in August 2020, the AAMC will release a Virtual Interview Tool for Admissions, or VITA. We have the answers to many of the questions pre-meds are asking about the VITA as they enter the next phase of their application cycle.

Making the Most Out of Your Pre-Med Shadowing Experience

Read this article to learn more about how and when to get your shadowing experience completed in undergrad. Additionally, prepare for your next shadowing opportunity by focusing on tips and strategies provided in this article.

COVID-19 Edition: A Pep Talk for Pre-Meds

Are you a pre-med who is feeling hopeless during this pandemic? Are you looking for a source of pre-med motivation and inspiration? Read this article to help you get back on track, and encourage yourself to keep moving forward.

5 Steps for Successfully Retaking the MCAT

Should I retake the MCAT? How would I study for the MCAT again? Many pre-meds find themselves asking these questions in the lead up to the medical school admissions cycle; read on for some expert answers.

What to do during a gap year – COVID-19 Edition

Applying to medical school during the Coronavirus pandemic presents unique challenges, especially with gap year activities. We have some advice for how you can best prepare your application, and traditional gap year activities aren't so far off!

Tips For Pre-Meds Studying In Quarantine - COVID-19 Edition

Having trouble focusing at home while studying for your pre-med classes? Struggling to get any work done or making progress on your MCAT schedule? Here are a couple of strategies/tips to help you make the most out of your quarantine and maximize productivity.

How to Succeed in Pre-med Classes

With medical schools requiring 10 or more courses to be completed before applying, how can you succeed in pre-med classes? Here are a few tips that will set you up for success in tough courses like Organic Chemistry or Biochem.

Applying to Medical School with Low MCAT scores

Tips and advice on how to increase your chances of getting accepted into medical school with low MCAT scores. Find out a step-by-step approach for addressing a score you were hoping would be a little higher.

My Research Experience was Cancelled for the Summer Because of Coronavirus. Now what?

Coronavirus had sent thousands of college students back to their hometowns and that meant that the search for internships and research positions began once again; this time with much more competition as uncertainty spread throughout the country. But for pre-med students, how important is research for applying to medical school?

Six Most Common Medical School Secondary Essays to Pre-Write

Medical school secondary essay prompts don’t change much from year to year. Find out how to approach writing the most common prompts as you write or pre-write.

Should I Apply To Medical School This Year Or Next Year? (COVID-19 Edition)

You may have been negatively affected by COVID-19 and are rethinking whether you should apply to medical school this year or next year. Ask yourself these 3 questions to help you decide.

My MCAT Was Postponed Because of COVID, Should I Still Apply To Medical School This Year?

The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected the MCAT and the medical school application process this year and may have disrupted your medical school application timeline. Consider these 3 steps when deciding whether you should still take the MCAT and apply to medical school this year.

AAMC and AMCAS Traffic Rules: What You Need To Know

Are you confused with the AAMC traffic rules? This post will walk you through some examples about the AAMC traffic rules and the Choose Your Medical School tool.

Medical School Application Timeline 2020-2021: AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDAS Dates and Deadlines

Learn how to perfectly plan out your medical school application timeline for AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS so you can maximize your chances of acceptance to medical school this cycle.

The Difference Between AMCAS vs AACOMAS Medical School Applications

What is the difference between the AMCAS and AACOMAS medical school applications? We’ll go through important dates, key differences, and must-know information so you’re prepared.

Most Common Questions About California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU COM) Answered

CHSU COM is the first DO school in the Central Valley of California and is located in Clovis, California. Curious about accreditation, the program, or what the school is all about? This blog post answers the most commonly asked questions.

Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Writing Your Secondary Essays for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Medical school secondary application essays can make or break whether you get an interview if you are on the border. Find out why these essays are bad examples and how to avoid making the same mistakes when applying to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

How to Answer the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Secondary Essays (With Example Responses) - Part 1

Find out how to make your UCLA medical school secondary application essays stand out. We give examples of good responses to multiple prompts and explain a framework for how to write a good response.

The Ultimate Guide to Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

A good medical school letter of recommendation can open doors while a poor one can close them. We discuss everything from requirements to how to actually ask a professor to help make sure your letters help your application stand out!

How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affects Medical School Applications and 3 Ways To Set Yourself Up For Success

The COVID 19 outbreak has caused a global crisis that has medically, economically, politically, and socially shaken the world. Questions running through your head are probably “how is COVID 19 going to affect my medical school applications?” and “how is COVID 19 going to affect my MCAT?”(in addition to probably a lot of other things). This article will talk about the 3 things you should do to set yourself up for success with your medical school applications during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Should I Apply to MD or DO Schools? Here's Why You Should Apply to Both

Applicants’ most common questions around this topic are: Should I apply to MD or DO schools? How does applying to MD vs DO schools affect me in the long run? Which one is better, MD or DO? If you are finding yourself agonizing and constantly weighing the pros and cons about applying to MD vs. DO schools, it might make sense for you to apply to both.

5 Tips For a Successful Medical School Interview (its not what you think)

Here are 5 not so basic tips for a successful medical school interview experience. These 5 actionable tips can help you get organized and set you up for a successful and stress-free medical school interview process.

6 Essential Tips For The Freshman Pre-Med

As a freshman pre-med, you have a long road to doctorhood. Make that road much easier by following these essential pre-med tips.

6 Ideas for a Great Gap Year

Thinking about taking time off before medical school? Find out how to make the most of it!

7 Common Medical School Interview Questions (and Answers)

Know the answers to these 7 common medical school interview questions, and be ready to answer anything they can throw at you.

A Guide On What to Wear to Your Medical School Interview

A complete guideline on what to wear to your medical school interview. Learn how to get into medical school by dressing the part.

A Guide to the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI): Prep and Tips

A guide to the multiple mini-interview format. Learn MMI interview prep and tips to crush it and get into that dream medical school!

Common Ethical Topics/Questions In Medical School Interviews

Learn about the ethical topics and questions they will ask you in medical school interviews, so you can provide well-rounded answers on your interview day!

Crafting the Perfect Medical School Interview Thank-You Note

Finishing an interview isn’t the last step: learn how to write a medical school interview thank-you note that stands out!

Guide to Starting Your Medical School Personal Statement

Finding the right balance between highlighting your accomplishments, capturing your desire to go to medical school, and coming across as a likeable, interesting person all in one page isn’t easy. Learn what to do to get you started on writing an exceptional personal statement.

How To Decide Between Multiple Medical School Acceptances

Learn the factors that you need to consider when you are deciding between multiple medical school acceptances!

How These 4 Unique Pre-Med Majors Can Make You a Better Doctor

Learn how picking one of these 4 unique pre-med majors can help you get into medical school and become a better physician.

How to Ace the AMCAS Works & Activities Section

The AMCAS Works and Activities section of your primary medical school application is critical in highlighting to admissions committees who you are and what you’ve been doing outside the classroom. Follow the advice here to make sure you do it right!

How to Get Accepted into Medical School as a Non-Traditional Student

You’ve probably heard the saying as a non-traditional applicant that it is “too late for you to apply to medical school.” There are both benefits and challenges to applying to medical school as a non-traditional applicant, but I would not say that you are at a disadvantage. The challenges to be mindful of as a non-traditional medical school applicant is having to be more organized and making sure all certain course work and MCAT scores are still relevant. r This 5 Part Medical School Application Checklist for non-traditional applicants can give you an overview of things to have organized and ready for the upcoming application cycle.

How to Turn Your AMCAS (MD) Personal Statement into Your AACOMAS (DO) Personal Statement

So your AMCAS personal statement is perfect, but now you realized you also have to submit one for AACOMAS! Find out how to make the transition between the two seamless.

Making The Most Out of the AMCAS “Most Meaningful” Experience Section

The “Most Meaningful” Experiences section of your medical school applications can be a place to show some personality and depth to admissions committees. Find out how to make the most of it.

MMI Interview Prep: Collaboration Station

Learn how to prepare for the MMI collaboration station by knowing what to keep in mind and what types of situations you will be put in.

MMI Interview Prep: Policy/Current Event Questions

Learn common topics, how to prepare and how to answer the policy/current event questions for your MMI interview!

MMI Interview Prep: Role-Play Situational Questions

MMIs stations where you role-play with an actor can be intimidating. Learn what to expect and how to prepare to calm those nerves.

MMI Interview Prep: The Regular/Oddball Interview Question

Learn how to tailor a regular interview question to the MMI and how to answer those tough oddball questions so you can crush it on your MMI interview day!

MMI Interview Prep: The Situational Question

Learn a method to be able to quickly prepare an answer to any situational question on your MMI interview day!

Should I Apply to Carribean Medical Schools?

Are you worried about not getting into an MD or DO program? Are you considering schools in the Carribean? Read on to find out everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

Should I apply to DO schools? A Primer on Osteopathic Medical Schools

So you’ve heard of DO medical schools but are unsure what they really are. Read on to find out if you should apply, a detailed statistical comparison, and answers to some common misconceptions.

Should You Use a Medical School Admission Consulting Service?

Deciding on whether or not to use a medical school admissions consulting service is difficult. Find out how to decide whether you should use one and what to look for if you decide to work with an advising company.

Teach For America: A Good Gap Year Before Medical School for you?

Thinking of taking a gap year? Teach for America might be a good option for you. Find out if it is by reading more.

The 6 Pillars of an Excellent Medical School Application

There are many moving pieces and components to a medical school application. We discuss the six most important components of a strong medical school application.

The Complete Guide to Medical School Interview Preparation

A complete guide to medical school interview prep to make sure you have the best chances to get into your dream medical school!

The Difference Between AMCAS vs TMDSAS Medical School Applications

What is the difference between the AMCAS and TMDSAS medical school applications? We’ll go through some of the big ones to make sure you’re prepared.

The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Extracurriculars: Clinical Experience

Direct patient exposure is non-negotiable when it comes to applying to medical schools. Make sure you have an understanding of why this matters, how much experience you need, and what kind of activities to participate in.

The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Extracurriculars: Research

Basic science or clinical? Do I need to do research? Get all the details about research involvement requirements, suggestions, and tips as you consider applying to medical school.

The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Extracurriculars: Leadership

Becoming a physician is de facto becoming a leader in a certain sense. Demonstrating leadership can come through a variety of experiences and activities. Learn everything you need to know about leadership and medical school applications.

The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Extracurriculars: Service

Get all the details about service and volunteer involvement requirements, suggestions, and tips as you consider applying to medical school.

The Ultimate Guide to Medical School Extracurriculars: Shadowing

Shadowing a physician gives you an idea of what a day in the life is like. Find out why this matters and how much you should focus on seeking out these experiences.

The Ultimate Medical School Extracurricular Guide

Learn more about exactly what you need to do to make sure your extracurricular activities standout through our multi-part series. We break it all down for you: tips, which experiences are important, and how much involvement you need.

Tips for the Reapplicant: Successfully Reapplying to Medical School

A rejection doesn’t have to mean the end of your physician dreams. Learn some helpful, realistic tips for what to do when you find yourself in the position of reapplying to medical schools.

What Makes a Good Medical School Personal Statement?

You’ve heard a lot about the big deal made of personal statements. So what exactly makes the good ones good? We try to break it down here.

When Should You Apply to Medical School?

When do you apply to medical school? Follow our recommendations on how to submit the AMCAS as soon as possible to boost your odds of acceptance!

What Are The Best Pre-Med Majors For Med School?

What is the best pre-med major? There is a lot more to that question than what meets the eye. Check out this post to help you decide!

What You Need to Know About the CASPer Test and Medical Schools

The ghost? Nope, an exam! So you may or may not have heard about the CASPer exam, yet another hurdle to jump through while applying to medical school. Learn more about what you need to do and what it means for your application.

What To Do While Waiting On Med School Decisions

Waiting on medical school decisions can be stressful. Follow these tips to keep you sane and improve your chances of acceptance.

Does Where You Go To Undergrad Matter For Med School?

Does the name on your undergrad degree matter for medical school? Yes and no. Check out this post to find out what you actually need to focus on to succeed.

Should You Take A Gap Year Before Medical School?

A gap year. A great opportunity or something to be avoided at all costs? Learn the reasons why you should and shouldn’t take a gap year before medical school.

How To Write A Medical School Letter Of Intent And Get Off The Waitlist

Writing a letter of intent for a medical school that you’re waitlisted on is a great way to stand out. But there are a few points you’ll want to hit to be successful.

Do Volunteer Hours for Medical Schools Actually Matter? (AMCAS Meaningful Experience Example)

Do volunteer hours for medical schools actually matter? Short answer: Yes. How many hours of volunteering do I need for medical school? It depends. But there is more to it than that. Take a look about how much volunteering actually matters for medical schools.

How Many Medical Schools Should I Apply To? 3 Strategy Tips to Figure it Out

According to the AAMC 2019-2020 data, there is an average of 17 medical school applications per applicant. This is just an average, with some people applying to less and some applying to more. The number of medical schools you should apply to really depends on your situation. Read this article to find the “right number” of medical schools you should apply to this medical school application cycle.