Choosing Med Schools

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Filling out the AMCAS can be a bit cryptic, leaving pre-meds with many pressing questions. Whether it’s basic info like deadlines, or nuanced questions about specific parts of the application, we’ve got you covered!  

Welcome to our AMCAS FAQ!

Do MDs really have more success than DOs in residency applications?

Do MDs really have more success than DOs in residency applications?

By: Ryan Kelly

This week we want to go deeper with our numbers and compare statistics of MD and DO schools. These statistics can be hard to find, since a) only some med schools release their match information, and b) even those that do release it differently. To try to sort out the spectrum of different schools, we chose four schools that release their match information on their website ...

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.

Is There a Stigma Against Osteopathic Physicians?

Is There a Stigma Against Osteopathic Physicians?

By: Lyn Jutronich

When I was 24, my primary care provider was a D.O., but I didn’t choose her on purpose. I had simply picked a clinic near my apartment that took my insurance, and she was the first doctor available to see me. I saw the letters D.O. after her name and noticed they were different from the others that had M.D., but I didn’t have any idea what that meant.

Highly Recommended: Which Medical Schools Help Students Get into Top Residency Programs?

Highly Recommended: Which Medical Schools Help Students Get into Top Residency Programs?

By: Ryan Kelly & Rob Humbracht

Why do you want to go to medical school? “Duh,” you might say. “Because I want to become a doctor.” But not all medical schools are equally successful at helping their students become doctors. Most US MD schools have a solid match list - approximately 94% as of last year - but it’s a self-selecting group. If you’re graduating from a top medical school, you might go for your number one choice of dermatology, but if you graduate from a school that’s not as well regarded, then perhaps you might settle for internal medicine.

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? 

3 Reasons Many UC Pre-meds Regret Their College Choice

3 Reasons Many UC Pre-meds Regret Their College Choice

By: Rob Humbracht

We at Passport Admissions have helped 250 pre-meds (and counting) apply and get into medical school over the past nine years. Approximately half of those students attended one of the UC schools. We've seen what the applications of UC students look like, from grades to extracurriculars to letters of recommendation.

Every year, I have asked our pre-meds the following question:
"If you had to choose your college all over again for your pre-med career, would you still choose a UC?"

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.