Work & Activities

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!

A Simple Pre-Med Resume Guide & Example

A Simple Pre-Med Resume Guide & Example

By: Ryan Kelly

The medical school application process can be cryptic, and the resume is no different.

What do admissions committees want to see? How should my resume look? Is X, Y, or Z important to include?

This confusion often causes students to include anything and everything in their resumes, in an attempt to cover all bases and hope the schools realize how great they are.

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?

Volunteering, Research, Community Service: Great Ways to Get Rejected from Medical School

Volunteering, Research, Community Service: Great Ways to Get Rejected from Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

Do any of the following sound like you?

You’re volunteering every week in the hospital to get enough hours to put on your medical school application. You’re pushing through your research internship even though you don’t like it much - because you know medical schools want students with research experience. You’re volunteering your time at a homeless shelter or attending blood drives to get your hours above the threshold most medical schools seek in their applicants (roughly 200 hours if you’re curious).

I have bad news. This will probably get you rejected.

Job Titles Don’t Make Great Leaders; Impact Does.

Job Titles Don’t Make Great Leaders; Impact Does.

By: Ryan Kelly

“Assistant Regional Manager.”

“No, it’s ‘Assistant to the Regional Manager.’”

Fans of The Office will be familiar with Michael and Dwight’s frequent, petty banter over job titles. The humor is spot-on. For better or worse, people love fancy titles, clinging to them with utmost pride or admiration.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Doing Community Service for Medical School

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Doing Community Service for Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

Community service should only feel obligatory when it’s court-mandated. If your service in college feels like the metaphorical equivalent of picking up trash on the freeway, then you’re doing something wrong. 

The biggest mistake pre-meds make is treating community service as a requirement, as opposed to an activity they’re genuinely passionate about. Yes, you need community service to get into medical school, but if you do it just for the sake of it, you’ll probably have little to say or show for your efforts.

5 Time-Saving Strategies for Writing Medical School Secondary Essays

5 Time-Saving Strategies for Writing Medical School Secondary Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

BONUS: Every Secondary Essay Prompt For Your Medical Schools

Overachievement is clearly the norm for pre-meds. So it’s no surprise that they’re expected to complete something ‘secondary’ months in advance. 

If you’re a conscientious applicant, then you probably had your primary application ready far before June 6th. But perhaps you’re more of a “pressure-makes-diamonds” type who finished just in the nick of time?  

Either way, you’re now entering the last weeks of secondary essay prep, so it’s time to bear down and take care of business. They might be called ‘secondary’ essays, but that doesn’t mean you can treat them as afterthoughts. If taken too lightly, they can be an applicant’s tragic downfall.

7 Common Mistakes on the Work and Activities Section

7 Common Mistakes on the Work and Activities Section

By: Ryan Kelly

Even though it seems straightforward, the Work and Activities Section should not be taken lightly. It’s the first piece of your writing that admissions committees will read (yes, even before your personal statement), so it’s crucial to make the best possible first impression.

If you view this section as nothing more than a touched-up resume, you will likely fail to deliver the goods. There is more nuance to the Work and Activities Section than meets the eye, and as a result, there are several common mistakes that pre-meds make unknowingly.