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5 Questions to Help You Choose Which Medical School to Attend

5 Questions to Help You Choose Which Medical School to Attend

You actually got in - and to more than one medical school! Congratulations! But of course, this brings up a new problem, one that you’ve probably overlooked with all of the focus and anxiety on just getting in:

Which medical school should you choose to attend? This is likely the largest investment of your life (to date), so choosing the right medical school for you is a tough choice with few clear answers.

The 25 Best Colleges for Pre-meds

The 25 Best Colleges for Pre-meds

If you Google “Best Colleges for Pre-meds,” you’ll find plenty of conjecture, but until now, you would not get data. But we here at The Savvy Premed have decided to release the world’s first rankings of the Best Colleges for Pre-Meds. We’ve gathered research from dozens of sources, polled veteran admissions counselors to get their feedback, and talked to hundreds of students (and their parents) about their experiences as a pre-med at many different colleges.

Medical School Application Dates 2019-2020 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS and CASPer

Medical School Application Dates 2019-2020 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS and CASPer

Cross this line, and you’re dead.

During the American Civil War, Henry Wirz, a particularly vicious Confederate general, was convicted and hanged for torturing Yankee prisoners of war. During the trial, it came out that he had drawn a line in the dirt, beyond which any prisoner who crossed would be shot. Some believe this particular act to be the origin of the term “deadline.”

How to Choose a College to be Pre-Med

How to Choose a College to be Pre-Med

“It’s not about finding the best college; it’s about finding the best college for you.”

If you’re a high schooler or parent looking for college admissions guidance, you’ve probably stumbled across this advice before.

It sounds nice, but when taken in a vacuum, this advice is patronizing and unhelpful. It’s especially unhelpful for hopeful pre-meds with long-term ambitions of medical school.

I Applied to 151 Medical Schools and Lived to Tell the Tale

I Applied to 151 Medical Schools and Lived to Tell the Tale

By: Ryan Kelly

If you wanted to apply to 151 medical schools, what would you need to accomplish that?

In theory, it seems downright impossible to pull off 151 applications in one cycle, at least not without going completely bonkers. We’ve already told you that we think 68 is too many.

Every Question You Have About the New 2019 Medical School Traffic Rules

Every Question You Have About the New 2019 Medical School Traffic Rules

Imagine a private gathering of medical school admissions officers, perhaps in an ivory tower somewhere. This conclave of academic gatekeepers, mostly from prestigious schools, is meeting behind-the-scenes to discuss candidates and divvy them up amongst their programs.

Sound corrupt? Sure does.

Should you apply to 68 medical schools?

Should you apply to 68 medical schools?

By: Rob Humbracht

68 medical schools. That's the record number (for us at Passport Admissions, at least) of schools that one of our students applied to. If you had to guess, do you think that student got in?

Of course not. Anyone applying to 68 medical schools is almost certainly going to have the following characteristics …

5 Pre-med misconceptions that can cost you

5 Pre-med misconceptions that can cost you

Every kid learns you can’t fold a piece of paper more than seven times. A childhood adage, just like “don’t cross your eyes or they’ll get stuck that way,” and “all girls have cooties.” Everyone knows these ideas. And yet, they’re not true.

If you’re a high schooler with ambitions to be a doctor, prepare to have your mind blown! Seriously, we’re about to flip the script on all that you’ve been told.

What to Do if You’re Rejected from Medical School

What to Do if You’re Rejected from Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

“No one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start from the present and make a brand new ending.”

This aphorism, usually attributed to Carl Bard, is a great way to view your reapplication to medical school. There’s no such thing as a fresh start, but that’s not necessarily bad, since everything you’ve experienced has influenced and (hopefully) enhanced your perspective on why you still want to become a physician.

5 Reasons You Should Apply to DO Schools

5 Reasons You Should Apply to DO Schools

By: Ryan Kelly

Thinking about applying to a DO school? You’re not alone.  Each year, more and more pre-meds are considering DO schools as a viable option. Most pre-meds start their journey to medical school by focusing on allopathic (MD) schools. Part of the reason is that MD schools are more prominent. For example, of the top 50 medical schools ranked in primary care, only one  - Michigan State - is a DO school (and 0 of the top 50 ranked for research are DO schools). The other reason is ignorance - most pre-meds just don’t know that DO schools exist, or if they do know, they don’t know what makes these schools distinct.