Miscellaneous

Should You Move to Texas to Improve Your Chances of Getting into Medical School?

Should You Move to Texas to Improve Your Chances of Getting into Medical School?

They say “everything is bigger in Texas” - 10-gallon hats, 72oz steaks, the world’s largest cowboy boots - but does this expression hold true for your chances of getting into medical school as well?

The Texas state legislature limits the number of non-residents that can attend medical school in Texas to 10%. This seems like great news for Texas residents, giving them a much better shot of getting in.

Every Question You Have About the New 2019 Medical School Traffic Rules

Every Question You Have About the New 2019 Medical School Traffic Rules

Imagine a private gathering of medical school admissions officers, perhaps in an ivory tower somewhere. This conclave of academic gatekeepers, mostly from prestigious schools, is meeting behind-the-scenes to discuss candidates and divvy them up amongst their programs.

Sound corrupt? Sure does.

8 SDN Medical School Myths That Can Keep You From Getting In

8 SDN Medical School Myths That Can Keep You From Getting In

In an era of fake news and an explosion of opinions on social media, you may have heard the term “confirmation bias” before. If not, it’s pretty simple - it means we tend to seek out and believe information that reinforces our pre-existing opinions.

You might think that you’re above this kind of mental lapse, that you always see things objectively and logically, but you’d be wrong.

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

By: Ryan Kelly

People tend to view their strengths and weaknesses as unchangeable - certain superpowers or fatal flaws that are hardwired into their genes and personality.

Think about it - how many times have you heard someone say, “I’m not a math person” or “Me and technology just don’t get along!” These statements aren’t facts; they’re just stubborn refusals to change or do what’s uncomfortable.

21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge

21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge

You've heard us stress the importance of good writing in your medical school application, and being a good writer, just like staying in shape, takes training and practice.

Would you show up to a marathon without a single day of training? Of course not. Unless you enjoy passing out from physical fatigue, you’ll probably start practicing months in advance.

For your application, this is the time to start training. We're putting you, and ourselves, to the test by kicking off the 21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge.

A celebration of poop hot dogs: the best responses to our favorite SDN thread

A celebration of poop hot dogs: the best responses to our favorite SDN thread

We received a healthy flow of poop responses from all of you, dear readers.  Your verbal discharges will not go to waste; no, let us wallow in the bouquet of responses, both good and terrible.

We’re celebrating the unusual responses, both in the original SDN thread and the Savvy Premed’s cutting-edge poll of the terrible feats you would be willing to endure to get into your medical school of choice.

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

By: Rob Humbracht

"I'm going to apply to medical school, just to see what happens."

Toddlers are willing to try anything. Why not have cereal with orange juice instead of milk? Why not run at top speed down a flight of stairs? Why not stick toys up your nose to see how it feels?

It seems that toddlers follow a mantra - "let's just see what happens" - not from free will but because it is one of the most basic human dispositions.

The Most Underrated Quality of Successful Pre-meds

The Most Underrated Quality of Successful Pre-meds

By: Ryan Kelly

One of my favorite questions to ask pre-meds during interview prep is: 

“What would you look for in a medical school candidate if you were in my shoes?”

What would you say? Leadership? Compassion? A candidate who is genuine and well-rounded? A lifelong learner with intellectual curiosity?

These are the most common answers I receive, and they’re all valid.  

But there’s a quality that’s often overlooked, which underlies all of these other characteristics: resilience.

The Savvy Pre-Med: A Conversation with Rob Humbracht

The Savvy Pre-Med: A Conversation with Rob Humbracht

By: Austin Hilvert via Med Thread Blog 

One of Rob Humbracht's first professions after graduating from the University of Michigan was as a teacher and tutor for the Princeton Review. There, he tutored thousands of students for the MCAT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT and other tests. After a while, Rob found that many of his students wanted additional help applying to graduate schools. So, in 2007, he founded Passport Admissions. There, he formed a team of admissions experts and started a blog, called The Savvy Pre-Med, which provides advice for undergraduates applying to medical school. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his experiences as a pre-medical admissions consultant.

Read the full interview ...