medical school admissions

Why I’m Totally Unimpressed by Your Letter of Recommendation

Why I’m Totally Unimpressed by Your Letter of Recommendation

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine you’re a college professor, practicing physician, or busy working professional. Sometime in spring, you receive an email - it’s Johnny or Jessica Pre-med - some young excited face you can barely picture.

He or she was in your lecture two years ago, spent some time shadowing at your hospital, or interned for your company last summer.

10 Tips for Choosing the Best College to be Pre-Med

10 Tips for Choosing the Best College to be Pre-Med

By: Rob Humbracht

In recent weeks, we at Savvy Pre-med have explained the 5 Necessary Factors for Getting into Medical School and the 5 Characteristics of the Most Successful Pre-meds.    

But now we’ve arrived at an important question -- how does your choice of undergraduate college affect these factors?  Let’s look factor-by-factor to see how one’s choice of college might influence your ability to get into medical school.

The #1 Most Overrated Factor for Getting into Medical School

The #1 Most Overrated Factor for Getting into Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

“Ivy-Covered University is my top choice, because it's good for pre-med.”

I've heard this sentence countless times from high school seniors - and their parents - who believe the conventional wisdom: that there's a list of schools that are good places to be pre-med. Attending one of these schools will supposedly make your medical school dreams come true.

But how were the colleges on this proverbial list chosen? 

Part 1: How to Prepare for the MMI

Part 1: How to Prepare for the MMI

Blind dates are inefficient.  You make up your mind about whether you like the person roughly two minutes after meeting them, and you spend the rest of the time just confirming that opinion. Like a blind date, the standard medical school interview is a big waste of time.  As much as your interviewer might try to be objective in his evaluation of you, he decides within the first two minutes whether he likes you; the rest of the interview is a formality.

 

Enter our savior, the MMI.  Like speed dating, the MMI (the Multiple, Mini Interview) gives you that same two-minute exposure to multiple people, and at the end of the night, you’ve been given a much more thorough analysis by multiple people about whether they like you.  It’s a better way to date, and it’s a better way to interview. We’re kicking off a multi-part series on the MMI.  Let’s get to the overview:

From the Horse’s Mouth: Q&A with Medical School Admissions Officers

From the Horse’s Mouth: Q&A with Medical School Admissions Officers

What would you ask a dean of admissions if you had the chance?  A group of medical school admissions officers were gathered by the UC Davis Pre-Medical National Conference in 2014 where they were given students’ questions.  We were there to capture their takes on medical school admissions. Though the video itself is long (admissions officers spent an inordinate amount of time talking about why their programs are special), we thought you might enjoy the highlights from what they said and what it means for your application

Is a Caribbean Medical School Right For You?

Is a Caribbean Medical School Right For You?

No one starts their pre-med career thinking they’ll go to a Caribbean school.  They just aren’t as good as US schools, and pre-meds - being the competitive people that they are - strive for better.  But just like a computer that’s a few years old is good enough for many people, an international medical school might be just fine for many pre-meds.  

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.