Entries by erinnelson

How to Plan for Medical School in Undergrad

As an ambitious pre-med reader, you’re probably excited to find out more about getting into medical school. Summer is an especially great time to start thinking about what you’ll need to accomplish to increase your chances of acceptance. On the other hand, researching medical school application information, incoming class statistics, and admissions requirements can be a lot to […]

Requesting Medical School Letters of Recommendation After a Gap Year

Strong letters of recommendation that speak to your intelligence, passion, and potential are an essential part of your medical school application. They transform you from a list of statistics on a sheet of paper into somebody perceived to be an intelligent, capable applicant. Together with your personal statement, recommendations are what show admissions committees who you really […]

Medical School Admission: AMCAS Extracurriculars and Work Activities Sections

After four years as a pre-med, you’ve racked up quite a list of academic awards, community service hours, club memberships, and even a publication for which you proudly received seventeenth author credit. Then there are the various part-time jobs you held down during college, not to mention your participation in the intramural curling team, jiu […]

How Many Medical Schools Should I Apply To?

You’re applying to medical school. You’ve taken the MCAT, started your AMCAS application, and planned enough time to complete secondary applications and travel to interviews. The medical school application process continues to become increasingly competitive; according to the AAMC, there were 830,016 applications and 21,030 matriculants in the 2016–2017 admissions cycle. With odds like that, it should be obvious that most applicants […]

Medical School Admissions: Secondary Applications

Since dominating the MCAT, everything has gone smoothly in your medical admissions journey: You’ve crafted a masterful personal statement, chosen your favorite 15 activities, meticulously entered every class you’ve ever taken, and finally hit the “submit” button on your AMCAS application. Now it’s time to turn your attention to that growing pile of emails—no, not acceptances (just yet!), […]

Predicting Top Medical Specialties for 2018

So you’re ready to go to medical school? Good timing! In fact, there’s never been a better time to be in the medical field. People are living longer and needing longer care. Advancements in technology create new specialties and treatment options. Medical practices are becoming more complex, requiring more administrative help—and that’s just the beginning. To […]

What Happens After Medical School?

What happens after medical school? Once you receive your MD or DO, you throw your cap into the air, walk into the nearest hospital, and begin your hard-earned career in medicine, right? Well, not so fast. It turns out finishing medical school is just one milestone (albeit a very important one) in your journey to becoming a physician. […]

The Hardest Medical School Interview Question

“So, tell me about yourself.” At the very start of your medical school interview, the admissions officer casually drops this question in your lap and then looks at you expectantly. You pause for a moment and your inner monologue runs through infinite response scenarios. Which one should you pick? Is this a time to bring up […]

Finding Clinical Experience Opportunities

You block off an entire Sunday afternoon to tackle the beast that is the AMCAS—the centralized medical school application. You’re clicking through the online form, filling in the boxes until you get to the page titled “Volunteering and Shadowing.” You stop there. Are you worried that when it comes time to document your exposure to the […]

2017–2018 AADSAS: Dental School Application Guide

You’ve worked so hard over the past few years—pulling all nighters in those science classes to earn a stellar GPA, spending your free time volunteering or involved in extracurricular activities, shadowing multiple dentists for countless hours—and you’ve aced the DAT (or will ace the DAT soon). Now the only thing standing between you and your […]