Medical School Admissions

A Primer on Medical School Waitlists

If you’ve been waitlisted by one or more of the medical schools you’ve applied to, we know how agonizing the uncertainty can be! Find out how common it is to get off the waitlist and when you could hear back from schools. Know that getting onto the waitlist is almost as hard as getting accepted to medical school. Being waitlisted gives you a chance to reevaluate and strengthen your application.

Med School Activity Essays for Different Application Platforms

Find out the different requirements for the Activity Essays for each of the three med school application platforms (AMCAS, AACOMAS, & TMDSAS), including the number of activities you can describe, the length of each description, and the categories you can choose from. Read our tips for crafting excellent Activity Essays, which include both science-related extracurriculars and additional activities that provide opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and community service.

Med School Personal Statements for Different Application Platforms

Set yourself apart from other med school applicants through a compelling, well-written Personal Statement that captures your journey to a career in medicine. Whether you are applying through AMCAS, AACOMAS, and/or TMDSAS, we outline each platform's expectations for the Personal Statement, and share our tips for crafting a unique essay.

Medical Schools’ Varied Update Letter Policies

Find out everything you need to know about whether or not to send a medical school update letter, if allowed by the med school, including the timing, content, length, number, and how the letter should be delivered!

The Most Popular Dual MD Degrees

Pursuing a dual MD degree is time-consuming and can be expensive, but for students with specialized career goals, it might be the best option. Here, we walk you through three of the most common degrees to earn alongside an MD: a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), an MPH (Master of Public Health), and an MBA (Master of Business Administration). Learn more about these dual degree programs, which offer physicians multi-faceted insights to face pressing healthcare challenges.

Medical School Interviews: Overview

In this overview, we’ll walk you through the various kinds of interviews you may be asked to complete as you proceed through the medical school application process. Find out the purpose of each type of interview, as well as typical timing and recommended preparation.

Medical School Interviews: The Altus Suite

This is part 1 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Find out more about how to prepare for interviews designed by Altus Suite, which includes Casper, Snapshot, and Duet. Casper, a Situational Judgment Test (SJT), enables medical schools to assess applicants’ soft skills, such as empathy and collaboration, before they select applicants to come interview in person.

Medical School Interviews: AAMC PREview™

This is part 2 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. A smaller but growing number of medical schools require or recommend the AAMC PREview™ Professional Readiness Exam, formerly known as the AAMC Situational Judgment Test. Find out how to prepare for the AAMC PREview™ and learn more about the structure, timing, and scoring.

Medical School Interviews: Traditional

This is part 3 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Learn more about the structure, content, timing, and how to prepare for traditional interviews, which can take place one-on-one or with a panel of interviewers.

Medical School Interviews: MMI

This is part 4 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Learn more about multiple mini-interviews (MMI), which have applicants rotate through a series of six to 10 stations manned by different interviewers, each of which takes about 10 minutes to complete. These stations are intended to assess characteristics including communication, problem-solving skills, teamwork, ethical values, and judgment.

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