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The Essential Medical School Interview Travel Checklist

The Essential Medical School Interview Travel Checklist

By: Ryan Kelly

Oh good, we’re glad to see you’re making your travel checklist for your medical school interview.

Just kidding! These items are taken from Zombie Apocalypse Gear: 25 Essentials for Survival. Is the interview trail that bad? Of course not. But when preparing for the trip, pre-meds might feel anxious, pressed for time, paranoid - worried that forgetting one small thing could mean the end of the world.

Download your Essential Medical School Interview Travel Checklist.

6 Strategies to Make Your Interview Answers More Interesting

6 Strategies to Make Your Interview Answers More Interesting

By: Ryan Kelly

Pre-meds tend to have a lot of substance. They spend hundreds of hours helping patients in the hospital, countless more volunteering for good causes, and even devote themselves, unpaid, to developing research that benefits humanity. It takes character and drive to do these things, and we should appreciate how much good pre-meds do.

How to Prepare for Western Michigan (WMed) Homer Stryker Medical School’s Phone Interview

How to Prepare for Western Michigan (WMed) Homer Stryker Medical School’s Phone Interview

By: Ryan Kelly

“You can’t prepare for it.”  

That’s the general consensus surrounding the phone interview phase of Western Michigan’s admissions process.

It starts with Western Michigan itself, whose medical school admissions webpage makes a point to explain the function of what’s colloquially known as the “phoneterview”:

The Hardest MMI Stations, Part 3 - "The Outbreak"

The Hardest MMI Stations, Part 3 - "The Outbreak"

By: Ryan Kelly

Warning! Warning! There’s a dangerously adaptive, highly resistant viral outbreak in your vicinity. It’s up to you, and a small courageous team of healthcare professionals, to isolate and nullify the threat. You must act quickly before the virus spreads and infects the majority of the population.

What will be your first steps of action, before the well-being of humanity is compromised?

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

By: Ryan Kelly

Death, taxes, and pre-interview anxiety. There are few certainties in life, but you can count on feeling butterflies in your stomach before and during your medical school interview. I suppose valium or other hard drugs might rid you of your anxiety, but then again, you have to respond coherently to the interviewer’s questions.

Even if you’re one of the rare pre-meds who isn’t fazed by interview anxiety (well la dee da!), you can go from a good interview to a great interview by using our tips below.  

5 Rhetorical Tricks for Answering “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” in Medical School Interviews

5 Rhetorical Tricks for Answering “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” in Medical School Interviews

By: Ryan Kelly

Your Achilles heel. Your hamartia. Your kryptonite. The fatal flaw, the chink in the armor, the tragic foible, the blemish on your otherwise impeccable character.

There are a lot of synonyms for your “weakness,” but not many good ways to discuss the topic during medical school interviews.

Even though “What’s your greatest weakness?” has become a cliche over time, it’s still frequently asked, and for good reason. In the case of medical schools, they want to gauge whether candidates have self-awareness and can openly discuss their potential areas of improvement.