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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.

4 Lessons Professional Basketball Can Teach You About Getting Better Grades

4 Lessons Professional Basketball Can Teach You About Getting Better Grades

By: Ryan Kelly

I never expect much from announcers. Occasionally I turn on ESPN before a basketball game to find a talking head unleashing such golden nuggets of wisdom as, “This team is really going to have to score a lot of points in order to win.” I think to myself, “I wonder if the players know that they’re supposed to score more points than the other team. I bet they would win if they knew that!” If only basketball were so simple.
The same can be said about your grades in college. On the surface, it seems like all you need to do is earn more A’s than the competition, and you “win.”

The 5 Necessary Factors for Getting Into Medical School

The 5 Necessary Factors for Getting Into Medical School

By: Rob Humbracht

Getting into med school is simple.  Just get A’s in all your classes, ace the MCAT, devote hundreds of hours to community service, take lots of leadership positions, get published in a leading medical journal, and learn to speak and write about your accomplishments eloquently.  Ta da.  You’re in.

Oh, right.  You’re a human being.  There are only 24 hours in a day, and at least four of those should probably be devoted to sleeping.  How do you decide how to spend your time if your end goal is medical school?  How do you make sure that you’re in the coveted 40% of all applicants who get in each year and not one of the many qualified students left out in the cold?

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%

3 Ways to Ruin Your GPA for Medical School

3 Ways to Ruin Your GPA for Medical School

I cannot count the number of students I've met who have a story to tell about their GPA.  While it's possible to overcome a low GPA and get into medical school, it's even better to avoid the low GPA entirely.  Medical schools have more than enough qualified applicants who don't have dips in their GPA, so avoid the following three things, which can ruin your GPA.