Standing Out

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.

How to Sell Yourself Without Sounding Full of Yourself

How to Sell Yourself Without Sounding Full of Yourself

By: Ryan Kelly

You’re in competition with thousands of qualified medical school applicants for a limited number of spots, so you have to “sell yourself” to stand out. But you don’t want to come across as pompous, pretentious, or self-righteous. The dreaded “holier than thou” tone that will make admissions officers’ skin crawl.

So, how do you “sell yourself” without sounding full of yourself in your medical school personal statement?

Finding Your Angle in the Personal Statement (Part 2)

Finding Your Angle in the Personal Statement (Part 2)

By: Ryan Kelly

Most pre-meds struggling to write their personal statements are worried about two things:

  1. They feel like they don’t stand out
  2. They feel like their essays are cliche

These two problems are related, of course: the definition of cliches is the overuse of essay tropes, which then fail to stand out.

Finding Your Angle in the Personal Statement (Part 1)

Finding Your Angle in the Personal Statement (Part 1)

By: Ryan Kelly

Have you ever saved someone from drowning? What about rescuing a baby from a burning building? How about a cat stuck in a tree? Anything?

Alright, so you didn’t save anyone. But surely you could, right? Especially with your tri-cultural background and fluency in six languages! No? Not even close?

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.

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 Outstanding Premed Capstone Projects to Inspire You

3 Outstanding Premed Capstone Projects to Inspire You

By: Ryan Kelly

The three capstone project examples we’re about to share come from students who managed to find that sweet spot of overlap between their available resources, the needs of their community, and an innovative solution. At the same time, each project contributed to the student’s pre-med identity and created a dominant impression for admissions committees.     

How to Stand Out If You’re Totally Average: the Pre-Med Capstone Project

How to Stand Out If You’re Totally Average: the Pre-Med Capstone Project

By: Ryan Kelly

It’s easy to feel inferior as a pre-med. You look around your classes and see people who are smarter than you, work harder than you, who have overcome unbelievable obstacles to get where they are today. And then you look at yourself and feel, well, average. Nothing interesting defines your life. You certainly haven’t overcome much in your two decades and counting on this planet.  How, then, can you stand out in your medical school application given that you feel so average?

3 Tips for “Average” Pre-Meds to Stand Out in Their Medical School Admissions Essays

3 Tips for “Average” Pre-Meds to Stand Out in Their Medical School Admissions Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

The dreaded “diversity question.” 

Each year, as students fill out their secondary applications, they’re bombarded with essay prompts about their “diverse qualities,” “unique insights,” or “unusual life experiences.” Schools will usually ask how these qualities, insights, or experiences will contribute to their campus or environment.