The Best (and Worst) Hobbies to Include in Your Medical School Application

The Best (and Worst) Hobbies to Include in Your Medical School Application

By: Ryan Kelly

Running in charity 5Ks. Traveling around the globe. Playing the piano.

These might sound like great hobbies to include in your medical school application, but the truth is that every pre-med does them. They’re fine. Average. They won’t hurt you, but they’ll do little to help you stand out.

These hobbies have become cliche, leaving admissions committees feeling underwhelmed.


Is It Okay to Use Bullet Points in Your Work and Activities Section for Medical School?

Is It Okay to Use Bullet Points in Your Work and Activities Section for Medical School?

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine you’ve worked hard for months on your AMCAS application, and you’re showing it to your pre-health advisor for the first time.

“What is this?!” he asks, pointing an accusatory finger at your work and activities section. “Bullet points? You used bullet points? Completely unprofessional! You need to rewrite these pronto, or you’ll never get into medical school.”

The Best Questions to Ask at Your Medical School Interview

The Best Questions to Ask at Your Medical School Interview

By: Ryan Kelly

“You can make more friends in two months by being interested in them, than in two years by making them interested in you.”

In his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie calls for an attitude adjustment, a shift in your perspective as a communicator. And we think you should heed his advice during your medical school interview, especially towards the end when you get to ask the interviewer questions.

How to Be Pre-med While Still Being Yourself

How to Be Pre-med While Still Being Yourself

By: Ryan Kelly

200+ hours of clinical volunteering and shadowing - Check!

200+ hours of service - Check!

At least six months of research - Check!

Elected leadership position - Check!

Do you check off all the typical pre-med boxes? That’s great - they will help ensure that you’re viewed as qualified by the admissions committees.

Why I’m Totally Unimpressed by Your Letter of Recommendation

Why I’m Totally Unimpressed by Your Letter of Recommendation

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine you’re a college professor, practicing physician, or busy working professional. Sometime in spring, you receive an email - it’s Johnny or Jessica Pre-med - some young excited face you can barely picture.

He or she was in your lecture two years ago, spent some time shadowing at your hospital, or interned for your company last summer.