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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.”

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.