“Cool Story, Bro”: How to Tell A Worthwhile Story in Your Personal Statement

“Cool Story, Bro”: How to Tell A Worthwhile Story in Your Personal Statement

By Ryan Kelly

“Cool story, bro.”

Hang out with young people long enough, and you might just hear this phrase. As Urban Dictionary notes, it’s a sarcastic expression “used to indicate one's disgust or indifference towards a tl;dr story.” In case you’re wondering, “tl;dr” stands for “too long; didn’t read.”

Top 6 Reasons Reapplicants Didn't Get In And What to Do About It

Top 6 Reasons Reapplicants Didn't Get In And What to Do About It

By: Ryan Kelly

Join the club. If you’ve been rejected from medical school, that makes you normal. 60% of applicants DON’T get in. The people who get in are the unusual ones.

Okay, so maybe that’s not that comforting, but if you’ve been rejected from medical school, you have a choice: you can take this extra year to become a better person and a better applicant.  You can learn from the mistakes of last cycle, really consider whether this is the right career for you, and re-apply with even more confidence that you’ve made the right choice.

The Best Ways to Use the Two Minutes Before an MMI Station

The Best Ways to Use the Two Minutes Before an MMI Station

By: Ryan Kelly

You’re about to walk into your first MMI station, and you can feel the interview jitters coming on. Before you enter the room, you’re given a prompt and have two minutes to take notes and gather your thoughts. Piece of cake, right?

How do you spend these two minutes, other than sweating, pacing, and holding down your lunch?

6 Tips for Getting into an MD/MPH Program

6 Tips for Getting into an MD/MPH Program

Milli Desai is currently a third year medical student at UC San Diego and admissions advisor at Passport Admission. We’re sharing her personal experience and expert tips for applying to MD/MPH programs:

1. Understand how public health and medicine are interrelated

Picture a community on a hill where people live in houses next to a swift, flowing river. You visit this community and are horrified to see that the children are being carried away by the dangerous river as they play outside. The community is distraught about this environmental hazard.

So what do you do to help the children?

Sample CASPer Test Questions: Monty Python Style

Sample CASPer Test Questions: Monty Python Style

By: Rob Humbracht

You may have heard that there's a new test required by a growing list of medical schools: the CASPer. The spread of its use has been fairly fast. A few years ago, it was only required by Tulane and New York Medical College (in the US), and now the list is 20 schools strong and growing.

The Essential Medical School Interview Travel Checklist

The Essential Medical School Interview Travel Checklist

By: Ryan Kelly

Oh good, we’re glad to see you’re making your travel checklist for your medical school interview.

Just kidding! These items are taken from Zombie Apocalypse Gear: 25 Essentials for Survival. Is the interview trail that bad? Of course not. But when preparing for the trip, pre-meds might feel anxious, pressed for time, paranoid - worried that forgetting one small thing could mean the end of the world.

Download your Essential Medical School Interview Travel Checklist.

6 Strategies to Make Your Interview Answers More Interesting

6 Strategies to Make Your Interview Answers More Interesting

By: Ryan Kelly

Pre-meds tend to have a lot of substance. They spend hundreds of hours helping patients in the hospital, countless more volunteering for good causes, and even devote themselves, unpaid, to developing research that benefits humanity. It takes character and drive to do these things, and we should appreciate how much good pre-meds do.

How to Change a Culture That's Killing Young Doctors

How to Change a Culture That's Killing Young Doctors

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine you've just started your new dream job as an anesthesiologist resident. After four years in medical school and a mountain of debt, you're finally getting paid. Now that you're in the thick of the real work of caring for patients, you're nervous about making a mistake, but more than anything, you're feeling excited about finally doing the work you've prepared your entire life for.

And you're finally happy, right?