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How to Piss Off Your Medical School Admissions Reader: the 5 Most Troublesome Taboos

How to Piss Off Your Medical School Admissions Reader: the 5 Most Troublesome Taboos

By: Kelly Feldman

“I decided to pursue medicine because of the enlightenment attained on my five-month backpacking yoga meditation in the Himalayas. While the idea of patient care is nice, the enlightenment of medicine is far more intriguing!”

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!

The Art of Writing A Most Meaningful Essay

The Art of Writing A Most Meaningful Essay

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine writing 730 pages to narrate the events of one day.

In Ulysses, James Joyce uses 18 chapters to traverse the novel’s 24-hour timeframe. The story flashes back and forth, alludes to myths, includes cheeky puns, and fluctuates between prose and Leopold Bloom’s stream-of-consciousness. In the end, you’re left with a deep impression that resonates - a book that’s even more comprehensive than it seems.

20 Best Letter of Recommendation Tips in 90 Seconds

20 Best Letter of Recommendation Tips in 90 Seconds

By: Rob Humbracht

Let’s say you want to try a new restaurant. You’ve got the night off and you’re ready to enjoy yourself. You ask your friend for a recommendation. He spits out of the name of a nearby restaurant, but when you ask about the food, his response is, “I don’t know, I’ve never tried it.”

Would you eat at this restaurant? Maybe, maybe not. It’s difficult to recommend something you know nothing about, and the same goes for medical school. Your letters of recommendation should showcase your best side, and if your letter writer doesn’t know you well enough, they can’t say anything convincing about you.

Savvy Pre-med's Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Medical School Personal Statement

Savvy Pre-med's Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Medical School Personal Statement

By: Ryan Kelly

The personal statement is a cruel beast - but what kind of beast?

For some, it might be a leviathan with countless tentacles going in every direction. For others, a sphinx or a centaur - some hybrid monster that can’t decide what it wants to be. Or perhaps it’s a hydra whose new heads keep growing no matter how many you cut off.

Medical School Application Dates 2018-2019 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS

Medical School Application Dates 2018-2019 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS

By: Rob Humbracht

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.”

21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge

21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge

You've heard us stress the importance of good writing in your medical school application, and being a good writer, just like staying in shape, takes training and practice.

Would you show up to a marathon without a single day of training? Of course not. Unless you enjoy passing out from physical fatigue, you’ll probably start practicing months in advance.

For your application, this is the time to start training. We're putting you, and ourselves, to the test by kicking off the 21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge.

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.