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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Medical School Interview Ebook

It is finally here. The Medical School Interview ebook is a must read for every medical school applicant. Based on my experience as an admissions officer and as a private advisor, I offer guidance on what to expect on interview day, how to influence what is discussed during your interview and what you can do to ensure that you have a stellar interview performance. I also write about what goes on “behind the scenes” after your interview and provide a transcript of a sample interview. Be the first to download a copy of this book before it is published!

The Medical School Interview book is 68 pages and is a pdf file. Cost: $45.

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If you are interested in doing a mock medical school interview with the author, Dr. Freedman, contact us.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Too Early To Start Working On Your Medical School Application?

I encourage all applicants who are applying to medical school in 2010 to start working on their personal statement and application entries over the holiday break this December. This doesn't mean that you must complete your final drafts now but applicants should start thinking about their most meaningful experiences and the themes in their background. Ideally, applicants should have first drafts of all documents completed by the end of January and should work on these documents throughout the winter and spring. 

If you are interested in receiving help for the upcoming application season, please contact me soon.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Physicians Working Part Time

An interesting article in the New York Times today outlines the findings of a survey study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2006, 1 in 4 pediatricians were working part time; 36% of women were working part time and 8% of men. These physicians reported greater levels of satisfaction in their work, personal and family lives than their full time colleagues. With more women entering medical school, part time practice may become commonplace and I believe that more men may join this trend.

On a completely anecdotal level, most of my female physician friends and colleagues who have children, work part time. A career in medicine offers flexible options -- a luxury that most of my friends in business and law do not have.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

What Is The BCPM GPA?

For those of you applying to medical school in the future, you should be aware that your grade point average (GPA), will be broken down into 3 categories on your medical school application:

1) Total: This is your average GPA for all of your courses.

2) BCPM: This is your average GPA for all courses that are considered biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Sometimes it is not obvious which courses are considered BCPM. If you are unsure, you should refer to the American Medical College Application Service Instructions (specifically, pages 43 - 48).

3) AO (all other): This category includes all courses that are not considered BCPM.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Acing Your Residency Interview

Read my latest article about residency interviews on the Student Doctor Network!

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Discussion About The Doctor Shortage on NPR

Listen to this discussion with Dr. Atul Grover from the Association of American Medical Colleges on NPR about the looming doctor shortage. He mentions many topics including the importance of increasing the number of residency training slots, medical students specialty choice and the implications of an aging population.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

When Do I Register For The MCAT?

Recently, medical school clients have asked where they can find the deadlines to register for the MCAT. This table also provides tentative score release dates. Remember to register for your MCAT exam early and don't wait until the deadline!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Medical School Letters of Reference (LORs)

If you are applying to medical school in 2010, now is the time to start thinking about who will be writing your letters of reference. If you already have some definite ideas about whom you will ask, you should approach those individuals now and ask if they would write a strong letter in support of your candidacy to medical school. Letter submissions often delay the completion of applications so the earlier you get started (before your letter writer is bombarded with requests from other students), the more likely that your letter will be completed in a timely fashion and written with care. If your college has a prehealth or preprofessions office, they can hold your letters for you. Alternatively, you can use a letter service to keep your letters safe until it is time to apply.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Premedical Committee Letter

Some clients ask if it is necessary to get a premedical committee lettter. If your school offers this composite letter from the premedical advisor, you should include this in your application. It is sometimes considered suspect if your school offers a committee letter and you don't have this in your application. That said, not every undergraduate college offers a committee letter in which case it is fine not to have one.

For help with your 2011 medical school applications, please contact me soon.