Three Test-Taking Strategies for Premed Students

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Do you panic before an exam because you feel unprepared? It doesn’t mean that you are doomed to perform poorly on all tests, forever. There are some test-taking tips that every premed student should consider and use – both in undergraduate studies and in medical school.

Keep Up:  Successful test-taking means not staying up the night before a test to cram several chapters of information into …

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Premed Students: Earning a Leadership Role

Monday, December 10th, 2012

For medical school admissions committees, experience with leadership positions shows that you have some of the characteristics necessary to be a successful medical student. To that end, you have been active in several organizations as a premed student. But, how do you move into a role that gives you the chance to show your skills?

First, decide which leadership position you would like to have. If …

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Time Management and the Premed Student: A Blueprint for Success

Friday, October 5th, 2012

To be a successful premed student, you have to have good time management skills. You have multiple tasks to handle at all times.  Classes, research, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and possibly a job will fill your schedule — and you have to excel at each. If you learn to manage your calendar more effectively, you will find that life becomes a bit easier.

Learning to prioritize …

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Premed Students: Effective Strategies for Getting a Stellar Letter of Recommendation

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Letters of recommendation can make or break your medical school application. These letters should tell the medical school admissions board about your character and your work ethic, as well as your academic qualifications. Your letter writers need to have had some personal experience with you to accurately and passionately write about those qualities. The best choices are a premed advisor, a supervisor from your clinical …

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Managing a Retake of a Course: Improvement is Key

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Managing a Retake of a Course: Improvement is Key

It happened. Despite your hard work and studying, you received a less-than-stellar grade in one of your classes. Unfortunately this grade is in a medical school pre-requisite class and you now have to retake the course. Here are a few tips which may help lessen the negative impact on your chances to get into medical school.

It is …

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How to Stay Motivated During the Premed Years

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

For many premed students, the future can seem bleak. After all, first-year premeds are typically looking at seven more years of schooling before they can achieve their dream of becoming a doctor. For students who are spending more of their time studying and engaging in extracurricular activities, it can be easy to become discourage and disillusioned. Below are three strategies to help premed students stay …

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Attention Premed Students: Four Strategies for Reduced Stress

Friday, October 21st, 2011

As a premed student, stress is an unavoidable part of life. Academics, volunteer hours, extracurricular activities—it all adds up. Unfortunately, many students don’t manage stress well—and struggle as a result. While stress can’t be completely avoided, below are four strategies to help you manage it effectively:

1) Stay organized. Nothing is worse than knowing that you are behind, or that you are forgetting something—but having no …

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Mistakes for Medical Students to Avoid

Monday, October 10th, 2011

We spend plenty of time in this space discussing what to do in medical school—how to prepare, how to budget time on a daily basis, etc.  Today we are going to take a look at some of the common mistakes that medical students make, so that you can learn what NOT to do.

1) Don’t push yourself too far. One of the realities of medical school …

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“Is it More Difficult to Become a Doctor if I’m a Woman?”

Monday, September 26th, 2011

We are all familiar with the old stereotype—“men are doctors, women are nurses.”  Fortunately, that statement is simply not true today.  Women can attend medical school and pursue their dreams, just as easily as a man can.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that women won’t face their own unique set of challenges while pursuing a career in medicine.  Below are several thoughts for women to …

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The First Year of Medical School: What to Expect

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

For years, you have been focused on gaining admission to medical school.  For some of you, this has been a dream since high school or even earlier.  You have gone through your undergraduate schooling, taken the MCAT, completed the interviews… and now you are finally ready to begin your first year of medical school.  If you are like many of my students, you have no …

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So You Want to Be a Doctor: Tips for High School Students

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  For many high school students, the answer to that question is “a doctor!”  If you are interested in a medical career, you probably know that the path to becoming a doctor is long and demanding.  In addition to receiving your undergraduate degree, you will typically need to spend another four years in medical school.  However, …

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Dress for Success: Preparing For Your Medical School Admissions Interview

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

As you prepare for your med school admissions interview, your head is no doubt swimming with all sorts of details.  You are prepared for common questions.  You’re going to sit up straight, make eye contact, and speak clearly.  You are going to speak confidently about yourself, your experience, and your ability.

But are you going to dress right?

Too many prospective medical students don’t think about their …

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Choosing the Right Medical School

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

You know you want to go to medical school… but how can you be sure to choose the right one?  There are a variety of factors to consider, and each individual comes from a different background and has different needs.  That said, there are a relatively small number of factors to be considered in making this choice… so let’s take a look at them:

1) Academics. …

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The 2015 MCAT Changes—and What They Mean to You

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Change is in the air for the MCAT, as a series of proposed changes are expected to be implemented in 2015.  While the exact nature of the changes remain to be seen, we do have a good idea what to expect.  The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the group responsible for the MCAT, is aiming to make the exam a more holistic test of …

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Be a Leader: Tips for Medical School Applicants

Monday, June 20th, 2011

We talk often in this space about the skills required to navigate the challenges of medical school and to succeed as a physician.  Today we are going to spend time on a less obvious skill—leadership.  Well-developed leadership ability will make you more impressive to medical schools, and will improve your chances of success both in school and as a professional.  If leadership is not a …

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Medical School Admissions: Interview Tips, Part II

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Earlier this month I discussed the importance of admittance interviews in the med school application process, and I shared three tips to help you as you prepare.  Today I am going to go into a bit more depth as I share more tips for excelling in your medical school interviews.

1)     Practice. No politician gives a speech without rehearsing, and no athlete doesn’t practice before he …

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Admittance Interviews: Critical for Medical School Admissions

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

As you know, doing well in your med school admittance interviews dramatically increases your chances of getting into the school of your choice.  Many students make the mistake of failing to prepare for these interviews—either because they don’t realize how important preparation is, or because they don’t think there is anything they can do to increase their chances of success.  Both notions are incorrect—the reality …

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Self Discipline: Without It, Excelling in Medical School is Impossible

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Students frequently ask me which skills are the most critical for success in medical school.  And I tell them that there are too many skills to list—but that there are several which are far more important than the rest.  And arguably the single most important skill for a medical student to possess is self discipline.  Without it, it will be virtually impossible to get into …

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Top Test Prep Strategies for Medical School Admissions

Monday, April 25th, 2011

As a medical school applicant, your ability to excel while taking tests and exams will go a long way in determining whether you make it into the school you’re hoping for.  While there are many other factors that will be considered, your GPA and your scores on standardized tests may be the single biggest factor determining whether or not you are accepted to various schools.  …

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Family Members: How You Can Help Your Med School Applicants

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Do you have a family member in the process of applying for medical school?  Whether it’s a son, daughter, sibling, spouse, or even a friend in the midst of the application process, you have a role to play.  The med school application process is very stressful, hectic, and sometimes confusing.  Consequently, your family member is likely to be stressed out, tired, confused, and at times …

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Keys to Med School Application Success: Self Confidence

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Ask yourself these questions: Do you believe you’re going to get into the medical schools you are applying to?  Do you believe that you are going to have a fulfilling career in the medical field?  If the answer to either of these questions is ‘no’, it is time for an intervention!  That’s because self-confidence is not optional during medical school, or for that matter during …

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Advantages of a Non-Traditional Medical School Applicant

Monday, March 14th, 2011

While the “traditional” medical school applicant majors in pre-med or the sciences during college, that doesn’t mean there are no other successful routes into medical school.  If you majored in something else, or even if you’ve been out of school for quite some time, medical school is still a possibility.  Of course, if you don’t have a pre-med degree, you’ll need to check and be …

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Med School Applications: What to do When You Don’t Get a Single Interview

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

You’ve done the work.  You’ve made it through years of undergraduate study.  You’ve put in volunteer hours, you’ve studied hard for standardized tests, and you’ve submitted many applications.  But you haven’t gotten any interviews from the schools you’ve applied to.  So what now?

1)     Don’t despair. It’s not entirely uncommon for students to receive no interview requests after initially submitting applications.  You’ve still got plenty of …

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Pre-Med Students: Don’t Be One Dimensional

Friday, February 18th, 2011

As you know, medical schools evaluate many different factors when making admissions decisions.  In addition to a strong GPA, they expect to see a strong record of extracurricular activities and time spent in medical related jobs.  But most medical schools are looking for more than just strong academics and medical experience—they also want to know that their applicants are well-rounded individuals.  They’re not looking for …

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Medical School Admissions: Overcome the Objections of Others

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Securing admission into medical school is a daunting task for anyone.  But it is made many times more difficult if you’re trying to achieve this goal without the support of your family and friends.  Unfortunately, that is the situation that many prospective med students find themselves in.  There are a variety of reasons that family members aren’t supportive—including economic concerns, the desire to see the …

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Managing the Demands of Family Life and Medical School

Monday, January 31st, 2011

For premed and medical students alike, time is at a premium.  Whether you’re getting ready to apply, are in the midst of the application process, or are a current med school student, you have a number of tasks competing for your attention each day.  For students that are married or have children, the demands on your time are even more significant.  That’s because, in addition …

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Med School Applications: The Important of Setting Goals

Friday, January 28th, 2011

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”–Denis Watley

The process of gaining admission to a medical school is long and grueling.  In order to put …

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Medical School Admissions: Stand Out in Your Interview

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

A crucial part of the application process to any medical school is the interview.  It’s your chance to express your personality and make a strong, personal case for your acceptance.  It can also be incredibly nerve wracking, meaning that many applicants don’t perform as well as they could have.  The best way to handle nervousness is by preparing thoroughly.  Below are several tips to keep …

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Don’t Neglect Your Volunteer Hours

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

As a pre-med student, your life is chaotic to say the least.  Between studying for the MCAT, working hard to maintain an excellent GPA and trying to get a half-decent night’s sleep, there is not much time to spare in your schedule.  Unfortunately, this results in many pre-med students overlooking a critical component in the process of applying to medical school— volunteer time.  Most medical …

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Most of you have probably heard the old Chinese proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   For those of you who have the ambition to be a doctor, the journey to your dream right now might seem longer than those thousand miles.

But that first step is necessary – and it must be the right step to get you where you want …

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