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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.

Which States’ Pre-Meds Have the Highest Acceptance Rates?

Which States’ Pre-Meds Have the Highest Acceptance Rates?

Statistically speaking, as an Ohioan, I should be working as an engine assembler in a factory rather than writing this article for you.

That’s the occupation with the highest concentration in my home state. The Midwest is known for production, especially automotive, so no huge surprise that engine assemblers are common.

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!

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.

5 Most Common MCAT Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

5 Most Common MCAT Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

By: Ryan Kelly

5 Most Common MCAT Mistakes, as explained by a professional MCAT instructor.

“Las Vegas is a great place to take your MCAT.”

This unusual tidbit was the first of many surprises when The Savvy Premed sat down for an interview with MCAT instructor Levonti Ohanisian. In addition to scoring well himself, Levonti serves as an MCAT teacher at UCSD Extension.  While he teaches all subjects, some of his best advice is how to approach the test as a whole.

Six Essential Lessons for Getting Into Medical School - Part 2

Six Essential Lessons for Getting Into Medical School - Part 2

By: Rob Humbracht

Last week, we dove into the first three lessons that successful students can teach us about how to get into medical school.  Let’s continue with our final three lessons:

4.  Discover why doctors are increasingly cynical about a career in medicine.

"Why on earth would you want to be a doctor?  It's not the same profession as when I got into it."  This was a quote from a doctor that one of my students was shadowing, and by the time you apply to med school, you will probably have a similar interaction.  

Six Essential Lessons for Getting Into Medical School (Part 1)

Six Essential Lessons for Getting Into Medical School (Part 1)

By: Rob Humbracht

"Nobody gets into medical school these days."  I hear this statement a lot, and I understand where it comes from.  When you see scores of well qualified candidates - brilliant classmates, selfless neighbors, hardworking siblings - apply and get rejected, it's easy to think, "there's no way I can get in."

You can.  The acceptance rate to a US medical school (MD) in 2015 was 41%

Medical School Admissions Offices Have “No Idea” How to Use the New MCAT Score

Medical School Admissions Offices Have “No Idea” How to Use the New MCAT Score

"We have not figured out what's a competitive MCAT score."

A wonderful, tell-it-as-it-is workshop at the UC Davis Pre Health Conference, led by Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo, an admissions officer from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, contained that gem of a quote above.  It shows that admissions offices are taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the new MCAT.  They’re not sure precisely what the new MCAT measures and how to use it to select a class.

Highly Recommended: Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time

Highly Recommended: Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time

I’ll never forget a student who once asked - in all seriousness - whether she should try to study more for her MCAT by cutting her sleep from seven hours per night to only four.  With three more hours per night, she reasoned, she could get some quality studying done!  Wasn’t this the solution to her problems?