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!
“They all sound the same!”
When you’re researching different medical schools on your list, in search of those “Why Our School” reasons for your secondaries, the schools can easily blend together.
But UC Riverside School of Medicine (UCR SOM) is easier to pin down and target, since the school is clearly looking for a specific type of candidate.
On Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming” is a catchphrase used to warn characters of impending doom. But in medical school admissions, “Summer is coming” would be far more apt.
In general, summer is a whirlwind for applicants, as they graduate, transition into new jobs, secure gap year activities, etc.
But summer also foreshadows the Real War to Come: secondary essays.
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.”
“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.
By: Ryan Kelly
“You can make more friends in two months by being interested in them, than in two years by making them interested in you.”
In his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie calls for an attitude adjustment, a shift in your perspective as a communicator. And we think you should heed his advice during your medical school interview, especially towards the end when you get to ask the interviewer questions.
You think you know how to study. You're pre-med, after all, and you've managed to get good grades so far. You're pretty good at school, and you like it (or even if you don't, you're a masochist). You've followed the advice you've been given from parents and teachers over the years, and you do well through using your intelligence and sheer force of will. But unless you're also a slacker (or a cutting-edge social science researcher), your study skills are inefficient.