Although the admission process is not solely dependent on MCAT scores, it's essential to understand what medical schools are looking for in their applicants. This map will be helpful for you to understand how each medical school has been selecting its students, along with their school mission statements and unique strengths, which can be found in our other blog posts. We hope this new map can provide a better resolution of the big picture of each medical school and help you understand your schools a little more. We are always here to support you in the long journey to become a physician!
Whether you’re taking the MCAT for the first time as a pre-med student or are retaking the exam for a better score, having a well-planned MCAT study plan is crucial to your success on the MCAT. However, students either make damaging mistakes or poorly made plans leading up to the exam. We at Savvy Pre-Med hope to guide you through creating an effective and doable MCAT study plan for such an important landmark in your pre-med journey.
There is a vast abundance of resources, and it tends to get overwhelming, but deciding which resources to use and sticking with them throughout the journey will help you in reaching your target score and reducing test anxiety. These resources have been tested and used by us, and thousands of pre-meds like you, and we assure you they will have your back!
Canceled MCATs; online coursework; in-person shadowing restrictions; virtual interviewing - COVID-19 undoubtedly shifted the medical school admissions process in 2020 and created unprecedented challenges for pre-meds. But how will it impact medical school admissions moving forward? What will COVID-19’s legacy be in the 2021-2022 cycle?
The MCAT has undoubtedly been the most controversial COVID-related topic in medical school admissions. Rather than moving the test online or making it optional, the AAMC maintained its normal in-person procedures for 2020. And guess what? In-person MCAT testing will continue into 2021, despite projections of not getting a COVID-19 vaccine until mid-2021. Find out everything you need to know here.
You’ll need to meet all the prerequisites to be considered for admission, but you’ll need to go above and beyond to stand out and ensure your chances of getting in. Since you’ll have to go above and beyond, we want this post to do the same thing. We’ll give you all the requirements, BUT we’ll also provide tips and tricks for separating you from the countless other eligible applicants.
With recent changes to the MCAT start times to 6:30am, 12:15pm, and 6:00pm each day, some people may find that adjusting their biological clock has been added to the test-day preparation list. Good news - we have some tricks that will make adjusting your sleep much easier.
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Statistically speaking, as an Ohioan, I should be working as an engine assembler in a factory rather than writing this article for you.
The race begins! The AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) opens tomorrow, and if you’re not one of the first few to fill it out in the hours that it opens, you will never fulfill your dreams of becoming a physician.
Being a pre-med is like playing a massive, multiplayer role-playing game (RPG). Similar to characters in RPGs, pre-meds must gain experience, collaborate with others, conquer obstacles, and step into unfamiliar territory.
This unusual tidbit was the first of many surprises when The Savvy Premed sat down for an interview with MCAT instructor Levonti Ohanisian. In addition to scoring well himself, Levonti serves as an MCAT teacher at UCSD Extension. While he teaches all subjects, some of his best advice is how to approach the test as a whole.
Thanks to MCAT instructor Levonti Ohanisian, The Savvy Premed recently analyzed the biggest mistakes that students make when approaching the test.But now that you know what not to do, perhaps we can equip you with tools and advice for what you should do when preparing for the MCAT.
Last week, we dove into the first three lessons that successful students can teach us about how to get into medical school. Let’s continue with our final three lessons:
"Nobody gets into medical school these days." I hear this statement a lot, and I understand where it comes from. When you see scores of well qualified candidates - brilliant classmates, selfless neighbors, hardworking siblings - apply and get rejected, it's easy to think, "there's no way I can get in."
The scoring on the new MCAT is dumb. It's as if AAMC was trying to make it as hard as possible to do the math in our heads. Though they didn't include fractions or imaginary numbers, they chose some arbitrary numbers.
A wonderful, tell-it-as-it-is workshop at the UC Davis Pre Health Conference, led by Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo, an admissions officer from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, contained that gem of a quote above. It shows that admissions offices are taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the new MCAT. They’re not sure precisely what the new MCAT measures and how to use it to select a class.