Choosing Med Schools

6 Tips for Getting into an MD/MPH Program

6 Tips for Getting into an MD/MPH Program

Milli Desai is currently a third year medical student at UC San Diego and admissions advisor at Passport Admission. We’re sharing her personal experience and expert tips for applying to MD/MPH programs:

1. Understand how public health and medicine are interrelated

Picture a community on a hill where people live in houses next to a swift, flowing river. You visit this community and are horrified to see that the children are being carried away by the dangerous river as they play outside. The community is distraught about this environmental hazard.

So what do you do to help the children?

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 …

Ruining Your 4-Year Plan: Good Reasons to Wait a Year to Apply to Medical School

Ruining Your 4-Year Plan: Good Reasons to Wait a Year to Apply to Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

The last thing you want is to waste a year of your life. Becoming a doctor already requires four years of med school and another four of residency, so unless you want to get a real paycheck before you’re 30, you’d better get a move-on. Right?

We hear this line of reasoning from lots of pre-meds, but it most often comes from parents, who know that the biological clock is ticking. In their eyes, if you want to have kids and have a life, you’d better get through medical school as soon as possible.

What are my chances of getting into medical school?

What are my chances of getting into medical school?

If you've stopped by Student Doctor or pre-med Reddit, you've seen dozens of threads that ask, “What are my chances?” On the one hand, it seems perfectly natural to ask such a question.  Only 40% of applicants get in each year, so it's logical to be concerned. There's also a social component: everyone in your life knows you're applying to med school. Your friends, your parents, their friends... everyone is rooting for you. Get in, and you've pleased just about everyone in your life. Get rejected and it's easy to think you've disappointed more than just yourself.

How to Avoid the Pre-Med Blues

How to Avoid the Pre-Med Blues

Sky blue. Robin’s egg blue. Turquoise. Cerulean. Navy. Denim. Teal. Periwinkle. Aquamarine. Some of these Crayola crayons are fancier sounding than others and some hardly seem blue at all (looking at you Periwinkle), but in the end, they’re all blue.

As the admissions committee drafts a medical school class, it also uses an array of colors. Admissions committees believe in the value of diversity, not just the usual skin colors but also a diversity of perspectives, majors, and backgrounds. The class needs only so many “typical pre-meds” (or blue crayons),

Moral of the story: if you’re blue like everyone else, you’ll have a harder time getting selected.

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

By: Ryan Kelly

Being a pre-med is like playing a massive, multiplayer role-playing game (RPG). Similar to characters in RPGs, pre-meds must gain experience, collaborate with others, conquer obstacles, and step into unfamiliar territory.

Okay sure--there’s a big difference between navigating your Night Elf Druid through a dungeon and let’s say, volunteering in the ER. But the idea is the same. You’re trying to “level up”-- whether in the game or real life.

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.