Miscellaneous

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

By: Ryan Kelly

People tend to view their strengths and weaknesses as unchangeable - certain superpowers or fatal flaws that are hardwired into their genes and personality.

Think about it - how many times have you heard someone say, “I’m not a math person” or “Me and technology just don’t get along!” These statements aren’t facts; they’re just stubborn refusals to change or do what’s uncomfortable.

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.

A celebration of poop hot dogs: the best responses to our favorite SDN thread

A celebration of poop hot dogs: the best responses to our favorite SDN thread

We received a healthy flow of poop responses from all of you, dear readers.  Your verbal discharges will not go to waste; no, let us wallow in the bouquet of responses, both good and terrible.

We’re celebrating the unusual responses, both in the original SDN thread and the Savvy Premed’s cutting-edge poll of the terrible feats you would be willing to endure to get into your medical school of choice.

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

By: Rob Humbracht

"I'm going to apply to medical school, just to see what happens."

Toddlers are willing to try anything. Why not have cereal with orange juice instead of milk? Why not run at top speed down a flight of stairs? Why not stick toys up your nose to see how it feels?

It seems that toddlers follow a mantra - "let's just see what happens" - not from free will but because it is one of the most basic human dispositions.

The Most Underrated Quality of Successful Pre-meds

The Most Underrated Quality of Successful Pre-meds

By: Ryan Kelly

One of my favorite questions to ask pre-meds during interview prep is: 

“What would you look for in a medical school candidate if you were in my shoes?”

What would you say? Leadership? Compassion? A candidate who is genuine and well-rounded? A lifelong learner with intellectual curiosity?

These are the most common answers I receive, and they’re all valid.  

But there’s a quality that’s often overlooked, which underlies all of these other characteristics: resilience.

The Savvy Pre-Med: A Conversation with Rob Humbracht

The Savvy Pre-Med: A Conversation with Rob Humbracht

By: Austin Hilvert via Med Thread Blog 

One of Rob Humbracht's first professions after graduating from the University of Michigan was as a teacher and tutor for the Princeton Review. There, he tutored thousands of students for the MCAT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT and other tests. After a while, Rob found that many of his students wanted additional help applying to graduate schools. So, in 2007, he founded Passport Admissions. There, he formed a team of admissions experts and started a blog, called The Savvy Pre-Med, which provides advice for undergraduates applying to medical school. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his experiences as a pre-medical admissions consultant.

Read the full interview ...

Top 5 Non-Academic Reasons Students Get Rejected From Medical School

Top 5 Non-Academic Reasons Students Get Rejected From Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

Are you an optimist or pessimist? A glass-half-empty person, or glass-half-full? Patch Adams or Dr. House?

Each year, only 40% of applicants get in to US allopathic schools. My question for you is this:

Is 40% a lot? Optimists might say: that’s higher than the acceptance rates at any given medical school, which hover in the single digits. Plenty of people are getting into medical school.

How should you prepare for the CASPer test?

How should you prepare for the CASPer test?

By: Ryan Kelly

The word ‘Casper’ might evoke an image of the personable cartoon ghost from tv and comic books.

But is the CASPer as student-friendly as our beloved ghost?

A timed online test to determine your medical school admission seems frightening, but I’m going to show you why it’s not as bad as it seems.

What to Do if You’re Rejected from Medical School

What to Do if You’re Rejected from Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

“No one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start from the present and make a brand new ending.”

This aphorism, usually attributed to Carl Bard, is a great way to view your reapplication to medical school. There’s no such thing as a fresh start, but that’s not necessarily bad, since everything you’ve experienced has influenced and (hopefully) enhanced your perspective on why you still want to become a physician.