LET’S FACE IT:
The conventional wisdom can be boiled down to the following list:
It’s not that these activities on the checklist are bad; indeed, you must do many of them to get in. But we at the Savvy Premed think this conventional advice falls short because:
We created the Savvy Premed to try to find a better way to navigate the path to medical school. This blog is written by Rob Humbracht and the advisors at Passport Admissions. We’re not doctors, but we have worked with 150 (and counting) pre-meds through the ups and downs of applying to med school. We’ve seen students who have achieved success despite low numbers, and we’ve seen many more get rejected despite stellar statistics.
We’re writing this blog for two reasons, one selfish and one not: 1) we want to show that we know what we’re talking about (the selfish reason), and 2) we hope that the advice given by this blog in some small way helps the entire pre-med community become better doctors. We hope that we can help address the mounting levels of stress and anxiety among pre-meds by giving honest but unconventional advice about becoming a doctor, advice that we’ve seen work for hundreds of students.
Some of what we say will follow convention, but much of it won’t. Our blog isn’t right for every pre-med, but if you’re willing to be a little different from the rest of the flock, we hope you’ll find you’re at home here. And when time comes to apply to med school, you will understand more about how the process works and what makes you stand out.