Prerequisites

Top 6 Reasons Reapplicants Didn't Get In And What to Do About It

Top 6 Reasons Reapplicants Didn't Get In And What to Do About It

By: Ryan Kelly

Join the club. If you’ve been rejected from medical school, that makes you normal. 60% of applicants DON’T get in. The people who get in are the unusual ones.

Okay, so maybe that’s not that comforting, but if you’ve been rejected from medical school, you have a choice: you can take this extra year to become a better person and a better applicant.  You can learn from the mistakes of last cycle, really consider whether this is the right career for you, and re-apply with even more confidence that you’ve made the right choice.

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?

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

By: Rob Humbracht

One of our core philosophies is based on a question that most pre-meds aren’t asking before they apply to medical school.

“Why should medical schools accept you? What makes you stand out?”

If you’re scratching your head right now, you’ll want to take some time to answer this question for yourself.

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!

Red Hot Ways to Show Your Medical School Fit

Red Hot Ways to Show Your Medical School Fit

By: Ryan Kelly

In the late 1980s, Flea and Anthony Kiedis--the two founders of Red Hot Chili Peppers--were having a hard time finding a drummer. The band had already met with some success, releasing three albums, the last of which had climbed to number 148 on the Billboard charts. The original drummer quit after a drug overdose claimed the life of his close friend and lead guitarist. The next two drummers were both fired, one for chemistry and the other because he couldn't stay sober. The Chili Peppers needed a drummer, one who not only could play the drums but would fit with the band.

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

By: Ryan Kelly

Quit your research?! What pre-med in their right mind would question their coveted research position, let alone actually quit? The word ‘quit’ is not typically part of a pre-med’s vocabulary, and the last thing you want is to be viewed as weak or non-committal.

But, believe it or not, quitting is sometimes the best option. You have many important things to be spending your time doing, so use the following signs to determine whether you should indeed pull the plug ...

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

By: Arvin Wali

‘Parameters.’ ‘Controlled environment.’ ‘Following protocol.’

Let’s be honest - these words don’t exactly instill feelings of growth and independence. Early in your research career, it’s normal to become a tad disenchanted by the lab.

In the beginning, you might only receive rote, mechanical duties, or find yourself repeating the same experiment over and over again. As you face ‘confounding variables’ and ‘skewed distribution’ on your path to minimal results, you might be tempted to hang up your white coat for good.

A Research Manifesto: How to Make the Most of Your Pre-Med Research Position

A Research Manifesto: How to Make the Most of Your Pre-Med Research Position

By: Arvin Wali

A ‘manifesto’ is a published declaration of someone’s intentions, motives, or views. Although often associated with radical politics and revolution, manifestos can be written to capture the spirit of any group or movement.  

Why does research need a manifesto?

4 Lessons Professional Basketball Can Teach You About Getting Better Grades

4 Lessons Professional Basketball Can Teach You About Getting Better Grades

By: Ryan Kelly

I never expect much from announcers. Occasionally I turn on ESPN before a basketball game to find a talking head unleashing such golden nuggets of wisdom as, “This team is really going to have to score a lot of points in order to win.” I think to myself, “I wonder if the players know that they’re supposed to score more points than the other team. I bet they would win if they knew that!” If only basketball were so simple.
The same can be said about your grades in college. On the surface, it seems like all you need to do is earn more A’s than the competition, and you “win.”