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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.

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

By: Rob Humbracht

One of our core philosophies is based on a question that most pre-meds aren’t asking before they apply to medical school.

“Why should medical schools accept you? What makes you stand out?”

If you’re scratching your head right now, you’ll want to take some time to answer this question for yourself.

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Filling out the AMCAS can be a bit cryptic, leaving pre-meds with many pressing questions. Whether it’s basic info like deadlines, or nuanced questions about specific parts of the application, we’ve got you covered!  

Welcome to our AMCAS FAQ!

A Simple Pre-Med Resume Guide & Example

A Simple Pre-Med Resume Guide & Example

By: Ryan Kelly

The medical school application process can be cryptic, and the resume is no different.

What do admissions committees want to see? How should my resume look? Is X, Y, or Z important to include?

This confusion often causes students to include anything and everything in their resumes, in an attempt to cover all bases and hope the schools realize how great they are.

Red Hot Ways to Show Your Medical School Fit

Red Hot Ways to Show Your Medical School Fit

By: Ryan Kelly

In the late 1980s, Flea and Anthony Kiedis--the two founders of Red Hot Chili Peppers--were having a hard time finding a drummer. The band had already met with some success, releasing three albums, the last of which had climbed to number 148 on the Billboard charts. The original drummer quit after a drug overdose claimed the life of his close friend and lead guitarist. The next two drummers were both fired, one for chemistry and the other because he couldn't stay sober. The Chili Peppers needed a drummer, one who not only could play the drums but would fit with the band.

How to Stand Out If You’re Totally Average: the Pre-Med Capstone Project

How to Stand Out If You’re Totally Average: the Pre-Med Capstone Project

By: Ryan Kelly

It’s easy to feel inferior as a pre-med. You look around your classes and see people who are smarter than you, work harder than you, who have overcome unbelievable obstacles to get where they are today. And then you look at yourself and feel, well, average. Nothing interesting defines your life. You certainly haven’t overcome much in your two decades and counting on this planet.  How, then, can you stand out in your medical school application given that you feel so average?

Volunteering, Research, Community Service: Great Ways to Get Rejected from Medical School

Volunteering, Research, Community Service: Great Ways to Get Rejected from Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

Do any of the following sound like you?

You’re volunteering every week in the hospital to get enough hours to put on your medical school application. You’re pushing through your research internship even though you don’t like it much - because you know medical schools want students with research experience. You’re volunteering your time at a homeless shelter or attending blood drives to get your hours above the threshold most medical schools seek in their applicants (roughly 200 hours if you’re curious).

I have bad news. This will probably get you rejected.

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

By: Ryan Kelly

Being a pre-med is like playing a massive, multiplayer role-playing game (RPG). Similar to characters in RPGs, pre-meds must gain experience, collaborate with others, conquer obstacles, and step into unfamiliar territory.

Okay sure--there’s a big difference between navigating your Night Elf Druid through a dungeon and let’s say, volunteering in the ER. But the idea is the same. You’re trying to “level up”-- whether in the game or real life.

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

By: Ryan Kelly

Quit your research?! What pre-med in their right mind would question their coveted research position, let alone actually quit? The word ‘quit’ is not typically part of a pre-med’s vocabulary, and the last thing you want is to be viewed as weak or non-committal.

But, believe it or not, quitting is sometimes the best option. You have many important things to be spending your time doing, so use the following signs to determine whether you should indeed pull the plug ...

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

By: Arvin Wali

‘Parameters.’ ‘Controlled environment.’ ‘Following protocol.’

Let’s be honest - these words don’t exactly instill feelings of growth and independence. Early in your research career, it’s normal to become a tad disenchanted by the lab.

In the beginning, you might only receive rote, mechanical duties, or find yourself repeating the same experiment over and over again. As you face ‘confounding variables’ and ‘skewed distribution’ on your path to minimal results, you might be tempted to hang up your white coat for good.