medical school application

Is It Okay to Use Bullet Points in Your Work and Activities Section for Medical School?

Is It Okay to Use Bullet Points in Your Work and Activities Section for Medical School?

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine you’ve worked hard for months on your AMCAS application, and you’re showing it to your pre-health advisor for the first time.

“What is this?!” he asks, pointing an accusatory finger at your work and activities section. “Bullet points? You used bullet points? Completely unprofessional! You need to rewrite these pronto, or you’ll never get into medical school.”

Kickstart Your AACOMAS Secondaries: A Guide to Touro Medical School Essay Prompts

Kickstart Your AACOMAS Secondaries: A Guide to Touro Medical School Essay Prompts

By: Ryan Kelly

Half the battle with secondaries is generating reusable content, and Touro Medical School (California) is the perfect place to start for hopeful osteopaths. By completing Touro’s longer prompts, you can prepare yourself with most of the needed material for other DO secondaries.

In terms of generating content, Touro is comparable to UCLA’s MD secondaries:

The Hardest Secondary? How to Conquer the 10 Secondary Essays for UCLA (Geffen) School of Medicine

 

Highly Recommended: Chris Sacca on How to Stand Out from Your Peers

Highly Recommended: Chris Sacca on How to Stand Out from Your Peers

A recent episode of the Tim Ferriss Show featured Chris Sacca, possibly the most famous venture capitalist right now (he was recently featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine).

The question was what advice he would give to college students about to graduate:

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

One year from today, your life will be over.  When you start medical school, you will be consumed by academic and extracurricular responsibilities, and your free time will effectively end.  And of course, while it's hard to think about that day when we haven't yet gotten in, it's important to plan for it nonetheless.

So what should you do with this year?  Not to be too obvious, but this is YOUR year.  Medical schools won't tell you, "you should definitely do these things."  You are the one who has to decide what's right for you.  

Having said that, we think there are four principles that if you follow them, your gap year will be amazing and help you get into medical school.

Highly Recommended: Getting Over the Fear of Being Rejected

Highly Recommended: Getting Over the Fear of Being Rejected

One of the biggest problems of applying to medical school is dealing with our fear of getting rejected. To many applicants, fear can be crippling. You're trying to study when all of a sudden, your brain turns to thoughts of your own inadequacy, that you will never get in. You can't do anything else, and you lose precious minutes and hours paralyzed by fear. Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to conquer that fear?

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 5 - How to Revise

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 5 - How to Revise

Your page isn’t blank any more, but you may not be very happy with what you’ve written.  Basically, your room isn’t guest-ready just yet – it doesn’t look the way you really want it to and the way you may have imagined it in your head.  Most likely, your essay is also too long (5300 characters goes by quickly). You’re going to have to move stuff around and probably get rid of some beloved knick knacks and potentially even an armchair or two.

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 4 - The Decor

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 4 - The Decor

What are the best stories for your Personal Statement?  What would be good for your Most Meaningfuls?  To me, this process is like purchasing furniture for an empty room.  You know the types of chairs and lamps that you like and that represent your own style, but sometimes you don’t know exactly where you’re going to put them.

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 2 - The 5-Course Meal

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 2 - The 5-Course Meal

Your personal statement does not stand alone.  For good or for bad, the medical school application process includes not only a Primary Application, but also a Secondary Application, and an interview.  Think of it as a multi-course dinner at a nice restaurant:  there’s so much that goes into the experience beyond just the entree.

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 1 - Frame of Mind

Powerful Personal Statements: Part 1 - Frame of Mind

You have 5300 characters (including spaces, mind you) to summarize every major activity that you’ve done in college and after, explain why you want to be a doctor, explain why you’d be a GOOD doctor, and differentiate yourself from the thousands of other pre-meds who also have ridiculously outstanding grades and decent MCAT scores.  Oh, don’t forget to explain that one C in the class you took as a freshman because you thought you were hot stuff and could handle an Upper Division hard science course because you got a 5 on the AP Bio test (oh wait, that was me.)
Easy, right?