Choosing Med Schools

A Guide to California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (CHSU COM) Secondary Essays

A Guide to California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (CHSU COM) Secondary Essays

Are you a Central Valley or California resident who’s dedicated to the underserved and looking for a local osteopathic school for your list?

Well, we’ve got some good news for you. There’s a new osteopathic medical school, and it’s the first program of its kind in the Central Valley.

A Guide to University of Utah School of Medicine’s (UUSOM) Secondary Essays

A Guide to University of Utah School of Medicine’s (UUSOM) Secondary Essays

Imagine if a medical school ignored your MCAT and GPA when evaluating you and granting you an interview?

Well, that’s (basically) the protocol for admissions officers at the University of Utah School of Medicine (UUSOM). As long as candidates meet the threshold of a 3.0 GPA and a 500 MCAT (a.k.a. the VAST majority of applicants), the admissions officer “blindly” assess your other credentials without accounting for stats at all.   

5 Questions to Help You Choose Which Medical School to Attend

5 Questions to Help You Choose Which Medical School to Attend

You actually got in - and to more than one medical school! Congratulations! But of course, this brings up a new problem, one that you’ve probably overlooked with all of the focus and anxiety on just getting in:

Which medical school should you choose to attend? This is likely the largest investment of your life (to date), so choosing the right medical school for you is a tough choice with few clear answers.

A Guide to the University of Michigan Medical School’s (UMMS) Secondary Essays

A Guide to the University of Michigan Medical School’s (UMMS) Secondary Essays

“The only constant is change.” You’re probably familiar with this phrase, but you probably don’t know how it relates to the University of Michigan Medical School.

Turns out UMMS is all about change.

When you check out the school’s mission, it’s abundantly clear that UMMS is looking for visionaries with big ideas and “change agents” in society.

How to Answer UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

How to Answer UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

“They all sound the same!”

When you’re researching different medical schools on your list, in search of those “Why Our School” reasons for your secondaries, the schools can easily blend together.

But UC Riverside School of Medicine (UCR SOM) is easier to pin down and target, since the school is clearly looking for a specific type of candidate.

Summer is Coming: Medical School Secondary Essay Survival Guide

Summer is Coming: Medical School Secondary Essay Survival Guide

On Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming” is a catchphrase used to warn characters of impending doom. But in medical school admissions, “Summer is coming” would be far more apt.

In general, summer is a whirlwind for applicants, as they graduate, transition into new jobs, secure gap year activities, etc.

But summer also foreshadows the Real War to Come: secondary essays.

Why Getting into Medical School is Harder Than Ever

 Why Getting into Medical School is Harder Than Ever

The new MSAR data from the 2018-2019 cycle is live, and it shows higher average MCAT and GPAs for most medical schools, compared to the prior cycle, meaning that admission has become even more competitive.

In the graph below, we’ve outlined the changes in MCAT, GPA, and index scores over the last few cycles. We also provided the average changes for each category.

The 25 Best Colleges for Pre-meds

The 25 Best Colleges for Pre-meds

If you Google “Best Colleges for Pre-meds,” you’ll find plenty of conjecture, but until now, you would not get data. But we here at The Savvy Premed have decided to release the world’s first rankings of the Best Colleges for Pre-Meds. We’ve gathered research from dozens of sources, polled veteran admissions counselors to get their feedback, and talked to hundreds of students (and their parents) about their experiences as a pre-med at many different colleges.

How to Choose a College to be Pre-Med

How to Choose a College to be Pre-Med

“It’s not about finding the best college; it’s about finding the best college for you.”

If you’re a high schooler or parent looking for college admissions guidance, you’ve probably stumbled across this advice before.

It sounds nice, but when taken in a vacuum, this advice is patronizing and unhelpful. It’s especially unhelpful for hopeful pre-meds with long-term ambitions of medical school.

Can Applicants Bribe Their Way into Medical School?

Can Applicants Bribe Their Way into Medical School?

“How much would it cost for you to write my personal statement for me?”


A medical school candidate asked me this question during a particularly stressful moment in the application process. She was a nontraditional applicant with a family and a full-time job, and she was running out of time before her AMCAS submission date.