pre-med

Start Early to Be Successful in Med School Admissions

Preparing for and applying to med school is complicated and can be overwhelming, so beyond starting early, we recommend working with an experienced and knowledgeable advisor to set yourself up for success. In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the ways that a long lead time—and expert guidance—can boost your medical school application outcomes.

Pre-Meds: How to Choose Your Major and Minor

As a prospective medical student, you will have many requirements on your plate. But your major and minor are up to you! We’ll walk you through factors to consider when selecting your college major and minor. Believe it or not, biology is not your only option!

Surprising Factors to Consider When Building Your Med School List

Candidates should evaluate whether individual med schools are a good fit – and some of the factors to consider may surprise you! Give yourself time to think about what you want out of your med school experience.

The Role of Non-Clinical Extracurricular Activities in Med School Candidacy

Explore activities outside of medicine that help demonstrate to med school admissions your values and your character, beyond your academic achievements and your motivation to become a doctor.

Evaluate Your Candidacy for Medical School Part II: Application Factors

In Part II of this two-part blog series, we discuss application factors that impact med school admissions outcomes. Learn how your medical school list, essays, recommendations, and interviews, as well as the timing of your submission, all determine the competitiveness of your med school candidacy.

Evaluate Your Candidacy for Medical School Part I: Background Factors

In Part I of this two-part blog series, we discuss background factors that impact med school admissions outcomes. Learn how your academic factors of GPA and MCAT; and experiential factors of clinical experience, shadowing, research, and non-clinical activities all determine the competitiveness of your med school candidacy.

Taking a Gap Year Before Medical School

Taking one or more years off after college before applying to med school will give you time to gain experience that will strengthen your application. Read on to learn all the benefits that a gap year or two can offer.

The Role of Clinical Experience and Shadowing in Med School Candidacy

Find out how clinical experience and shadowing can strengthen your medical school application, help confirm your interest in pursuing a career as a physician, and allow you to explore different specialty areas.

The Role of Research in Med School Candidacy

For pre-med students, conducting research in college can help you build your knowledge base and understand how research translates to treatments for patients. Research also boosts your preparation and candidacy for medical school. Read on to find out how to gain research opportunities.

MCAT Part III: The Impact on Your Med School Application Timetable

The third installment of a three part series on all you've ever wanted to know about the MCAT! Read Part 3 to learn more about the ideal timeline for taking the MCAT and factors to consider in deciding whether to retake the test.

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