MedEdits | Medical School Admissions Consulting

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Residency Match Day 2009

Nearly 30,000 applicants participated in the match this year making this the most competitive match in history. MedEdits is proud that we had clients match in several of the most competitive specialties based on the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) data including dermatology, orthopaedic surgery, radiation oncology, otolaryngology and emergency medicine.

The NRMP produced an excellent and informative podcast about the 2009 match. Click Here for the link to the podcast.


Medical School Reapplicants

If you applied to medical school this year and have not received any acceptances, you should think about reapplying. It is important to improve your candidacy if you reapply and should consider the following:

1) Did you apply late?

2) Are there any deficiencies in your background?

3) Do you need to improve your GPA and/or MCAT?

4) Did you select the right letter writers who know you well?

5) Did you apply broadly enough?

6) Were the written documents you submitted an outstanding representation of who you are and did they highlight what makes you a strong applicant?

7) If you received interviews, was there a problem with your interview skills?

I can identify any deficiencies in your application and help correct them if you decide to reapply. Several members of the MedEdits Class of 2009 who were accepted to US medical schools were reapplicants or third time applicants.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MedEdits Residency Match Success 2009

We would like to congratulate all of our clients who participated in the match! While we won't reveal where, specifically, our clients match because some programs are small and we want to respect our clients' privacy, we would like to announce the specialties in which some of our clients matched. If you are a MedEdits client and have not yet communicated with us regarding your match results, please get in touch.

Thus far, we know our clients successfully matched in the following specialties and most with their top choice program:

Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine
General Surgery
Internal Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery
Radiation Oncology

Several of our Caribbean medical student clients matched into competitive specialties including Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Because of our clients' success this year, we expect to become booked as the 2009/2010 match season approaches. If you are considering hiring us for next year to optimize your chances of matching, we encourage you to retain our services as soon as possible.


Monday, March 16, 2009

The Residency Scramble

Consider that you can always enter a new personal statement via ERAS for the scramble. Depending on your situation, this could be optimal. For example, if you applied to internal medicine, did not match and are now going to scramble for psychiatry, you would want to send a psychiatry focused personal statement to programs.

Keep in mind that during the scramble period you can apply to a maximum of 45 programs (30 new programs and 15 programs to which you have already applied). At 12 noon on Thursday, March 19th, the scramble period ends, this limit is lifted and you can start applying to more programs that still have open positions.

ERAS has published a scramble advisory for applicants. I advise anyone participating in the scramble to utilize this resource. Click Here to access the advisory.

We will not be offering any scramble services but, to increase your chances of obtaining a match next year, we encourage interested applicants to retain our services as soon as possible.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

AAMC Online Admissions Resource

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has taken on many initiatives to improve the medical school selection and admissions process to create a more diverse and caring population of physicians in the future. These admissions initiatives are summarized by the AAMC and are divided into three categories: Diversity, Medical School and Physician Workforce Expansion and Student Selection.

Click Here
to access this new online resource provided by the AAMC.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Residency Match Week 2009

Read Dr. Freedman's article on the Student Doctor Network about the scramble and the upcoming match.

Click Here to read the article.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

MedEdits Employment

Recently we have had several queries regarding employment at MedEdits. I wanted to review our criteria for hiring and emphasize what makes us unique. I also want to emphasize the importance of hiring an ethical company with high moral standards. There are some companies out there who utilize shady methods and are dishonest about their credentials.

Advising and Admissions Consulting:

Dr. Jessica Freedman is the only person at MedEdits who mentors, advises and provides admissions consulting for our clients. We are not hiring any additional consultants but, if we did in the future, we would require applicants to have at least 5 years of experience in medical education and admissions at the attending level. We would also require at least 5 letters of reference from well respected colleagues. To maintain our high moral standards, we would not hire any individuals who currently serve on faculty at any medical school.

Document Editing and Review:

Dr. Freedman reviews and edits all admissions documents. Our editors, who work directly with Dr. Freedman, all have at least 10 years of experience in the writing and publishing industry. We are not hiring any editors currently but, if positions become available, we will not hire current students or recent graduates.


AMSA Annual Convention

Live from the American Medical Student Association annual meeting: Visit MedEdits and meet Dr. Freedman at the AMSA convention today until March 14th!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Official Guide to the MCAT from the AAMC

The Association of American Medical Colleges has just published a guidebook to help prepare applicants for the MCAT. This guide contains actual MCAT exam questions and passages, exam taking tips and data to help you decide if retaking the exam will improve your score.

Click Here to purchase from the AAMC site.

Visit: Visit us at the American Medical Student Association annual convention this week!