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Medical School Admissions Offices Have “No Idea” How to Use the New MCAT Score

Medical School Admissions Offices Have “No Idea” How to Use the New MCAT Score

"We have not figured out what's a competitive MCAT score."

A wonderful, tell-it-as-it-is workshop at the UC Davis Pre Health Conference, led by Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo, an admissions officer from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, contained that gem of a quote above.  It shows that admissions offices are taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the new MCAT.  They’re not sure precisely what the new MCAT measures and how to use it to select a class.

Powerful Personal Statement Tips from a Mount Sinai Admissions Officer

Powerful Personal Statement Tips from a Mount Sinai Admissions Officer

“You have to toot your own horn, no one else is going to do it for you.”

 

A fantastic - and honest - talk by a Mount Sinai Admissions Officer at the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference in October aimed squarely at the personal statement and how to write it.  Using an in-depth approach of looking at a successful applicant over all of the phases of the application process, the Mount Sinai admissions officer analyzed what applicants must do to get in.

 

The applicant profiled had one of those incredible stories that many applicants just can’t match: grew up with a single mother in the Dominican Republic, put herself through college as the first in her family to attend, and took on leadership roles in mentoring under-privileged students.  It’s an amazing story, and you can see why she got in.

 

Pre-Med News Roundup June 15, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup June 15, 2015

Predictive Medicine Uses Genome Sequencing To Forecast Illness Before It Happens This NIH study is helping doctors find illnesses before they even happen by studying genetic mutations in DNA.  

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors  Mt. Sinai’s School of Medicine is emphasizing the humanistic side of medicine as they accept non-traditional pre-meds.  The  HuMed program took humanities majors from specific liberal arts institutions and allowed them to skip the MCAT.  Their new program, FlexMed is going to be open to even more students.  The school hopes that humanities majors will bring different perspectives to medicine.

Viral History in a Drop of Blood Researchers at Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed the technology to see every virus you have every had in a single drop of blood. This new test will take the guesswork out of patient history and diagnosis.