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How to Get into Medical School If You’re White or Asian

How to Get into Medical School If You’re White or Asian

By: Ryan Kelly

Recently, we heard someone complain that “Asians don’t get into medical school anymore.” That’s quite a loaded statement, but it’s (somewhat) supported by statistics.

Asians definitely still get into medical school nowadays, but according to 2015 medical school admissions data, they do appear to be at a disadvantage.    

Quiz: Are You A Pre-Med at Risk for Severe Burnout?

Quiz: Are You A Pre-Med at Risk for Severe Burnout?

By: Ryan Kelly & Rob Humbracht

Are you a boiled frog?

Imagine a pot filled with cold water, with a frog peacefully swimming in it. A fire is lit under the pot and the water becomes lukewarm. The frog finds this rather pleasant and keeps swimming, but then the temperature keeps rising. As the water turns hotter, the frog grows uncomfortable, but it also becomes weak, so it stands the heat as long as it can and does nothing.

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 2)

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 2)

By: Ryan Kelly

In our first installment, we broke down myths #1-5 in an attempt to decode the cryptic and overwhelming medical school admissions process. 

Now we’re back to complete the top ten and put an end to the rumors once and for all.

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 1)

The 10 Biggest Myths About Getting into Medical School (Part 1)

By: Ryan Kelly

In our work with pre-meds, we hear all kinds of crazy claims. About 95% of the time we hear one of the above phrases, what follows is false. No, you don’t need 400 hours of shadowing to get into medical school. No, it doesn’t help to finish college in three years. And when you get a rejection letter, you shouldn’t call the medical school and plead to be given a second chance.

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%