I don't have to tell you getting into medical school is brutal. Besides the numbers tell you everything you need to know. In 2014, there were 49,480 applicants to medical school but only 20,343 got in, meaning 59% were REJECTED!
Think about this...
Your whole future of becoming a doctor is practically the same as flipping a coin and calling, "heads or tails," certainly not the type of odds anyone would like to have especially for getting into med school.
How are you going to beat the odds?
The competition is stiff.
You have to distinguish yourself. You have to leave an impression. You have to bring something unique to the table.
The students who go from premed to medical student share a common trait. They all realize,
"research, getting ready to be published, high MCAT, okay grades, 1000+ hours of clinical experience, awesome recommendations and other extracurricular activities is not enough to get into medical school."
They're the ones who don't leave anything to chance and will, "basically save someone's life by performing a solo heart surgery in the middle of a flash flood for a committee to even consider their application."
I hate to break it to you kid. But you're not special.
All too often I get approached by students who think they are unique and their story is going to make an impression on the admissions committee. I keep it real and guess what's not unique:
This isn't news to me or the admissions committee.
You have to put yourself in our shoes. We read thousands of applications each and every year so if you think it, we've probably already encountered it in some shape or form.
I'm not saying this to discourage you just being honest.
Since I've been on the other side I'll show you exactly how to actually standout and distinguish yourself in way that will have AdComs drooling over your application.
You don't have to take my word, here's what one of my advisees had to say:
"I just received an email for an interview! I haven't picked a day yet but I just wanted to let you know. Thank you for everything you have helped me with and all your input! Especially with my PS! I honestly don't think I would have gotten it without your guidance!" - Navi
You're premed and your GPA is not 4.0 and perhaps is borderline for you to even consider applying to medical school. Maybe you've been told by a premed or prehealth advisor that your chances of becoming a doctor are slim to none and you need to consider a different career.
I know a hard pill to swallow especially as you think to yourself, "I know I can do well in medical school, yes I slipped up in undergrad but medicine is what I'm meant to do. I just need my one chance."
MCAT got you feeling down?
You know just as well as everyone else the MCAT will either open or close the doors to medical school. Getting into medical school is competitive and there are no exceptions to this and your MCAT score matters.
A mentor of mine who is a MD/PhD and Provost of the University of Chicago Pritzkeer School of Medicine had this to say about your MCAT, "The MCAT is a test you want to take once and only once."
Everytime you retake your MCAT you diminish your chances of acceptance.
Are you a poor standardized test taker? Maybe you don't know how to think like the test makers? Or is developing a study plan and test-taking strategies an issue?
I can help you turn deficits into strong points and give you the confidence to turnaround your practice test scores so come test day you actually are looking forward to receiving your official MCAT score report.
I don't want you walking away thinking, "Where did this stuff come from. It came from left field. There were so many charts and graphs for me to interpret. I don't even know what half of the questions were asking it was all foreign to me. I feel as though my review books and practice tests let me down. The real MCAT is a lot harder."
Do you click away from certain online premed forums feeling dejected and losing all hope for getting into medical school?
You're fed up of students posting about their 3.79 GPA and scoring in the 90th percentile and asking, "What are my chances?" You're thinking, "Dude you have it made already, I just wish I had half the numbers as you!"
I'll let you in on a secret.
Getting into medical school is more than your numbers. Obviously, the numbers matter but there are hundreds of applicants who look like a shoe-in on paper who never get into medical school each year.
I don't want you to think you can slack off and have some amazing story that will get you in the door because that's more fiction than fact. I can tell you that how you package and present yourself to the medical schools makes a world of a difference.
By the time you do apply to medical school your GPA is pretty much set in stone and MCAT may be your Hail Mary to medical school if you haven't taken it already.
Did you know?
You have complete control over your Personal Statement and secondary applications.
If writing is not something you excel at and you are stumped as to what to write about then you need my help.
When AdComs are deciding between two equally qualified applicants based on GPA and MCAT score your PS becomes the deciding factor. Yes, it's that important. If you can't sell yourself to medical schools you can kiss any chance of becoming a doctor goodbye no matter what numbers you have.
I'm here to help you craft an essay that has a theme, tells your personal story and gets you to a medical school interview. If you can't do this on your own and don't know what AdComs are actually looking for in applicants you may be writing yourself out of becoming a doctor.
Have you ever had all of your hopes, dreams and wants dashed?
If you've ever been rejected by all the medical schools you applied to you know the gut sinking feeling when the last school you're waiting upon sends you a letter saying, "We regret to inform you..."
I lived that experience myself and don't ever want you to have it happen to you. A piece of you dies because you've been holding out hope that all it takes is one yes, but when that only yes becomes a no you're faced with the reality of your situation. You've been rejected by all the medical schools and are haunted by the words of your premed advisor about choosing an alternative career and medicine may not be for you.
Everything is not lost.
For those who are rejected there's a backdoor to medical school.
It won't be an overnight process but if you trust me and the instructions I have for you, you can bounce back and become an attractive candidate for medical school.
I'm pretty sure you're going to be amazed at how many other premeds have successfully reapplied to medical school and gotten admitted after being rejected. But if you follow my process you should never be in a position of having to reapply in the first place.
The aim is to get you admitted the first time you apply to medical school. Sounds like a plan to me. And I'm sure your parents would agree too.
When I was fulfilling my premed requirements at Harvard Summer School I had a TA for organic chemistry who would gently remind us before every exam, "Are your palms sweaty? Pencils slipping out your grip. As you know if you don't do well on your test then no medical school, no surgery, no millions all down the drain!"
Talk about being in a pressure cooker.
This guy was ruthless but he knew his academics. Unfortunately he's actually right about getting into med school too. If you don't perform well then your life can take a huge turn in the wrong direction.
Nothing wrong with being a teacher but I know people who started out college as premed and just couldn't hack it and now they're high school science teachers definitely a different lifestyle than that of a world renown Doctor whom everyone in the community looks up to.
Even the best students can stumble on their path to medical school. If you've never applied before how do you even know what to expect.
The only reasonable conclusion you can make is have great numbers and to apply early. But aside from that what are some pitfalls you need to avoid for your best shot at medical school success?
What you need is a roadmap that puts your premed years on autopilot.
Do you know when and whom to gather letters of recommendation from? How about the necessary extracurricular activities and how to ensure your time volunteering isn't a waste.
The MCAT is offered many times a year and did you know most medical schools put an expiration date on your MCAT score that they'll accept each year. This despite the fact they're require you to submit every MCAT score even those which have expired.
Nothing lasts forever, but MCAT scores do.
How about the timing of your application? Any idea on submitting Official Transcripts to ensure there's no delay in your primary application to medical school. There's a procedure for this and particular forms that need to be included.
I could go on and on listing every tidbit that could throw a wrench in your plans for making a timely and successful application to medical school but that would be overkill. You and I both get the point you need and should want expert guidance so nothing is left to chance on your path to becoming a doctor.
Trust me I have your back.
Hi, I'm Student Dr. Jason Spears a 3rd year medical student in New York. Experienced enough, yet not so far removed that I have no clue about the current challenges of applying to medical school.
I graduated from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) with my B.A. in Political Science and attended Harvard Summer School to fulfill my premed requirements while an undergrad. While at Northwestern, I was the president of the Premedical Society and this is where I made connections with admissions members from the leading medical shcools throughout the United States.
Many folks don't know this but despite having a pedigree education, a personal relationship with AdComs, I didn't get admitted to medical school the first time I applied. Here's what happened...
AMCAS made an error in my application where they never gave me credit for my Harvard coursework where it appeared as though I applied to medical school without completing my premed requirements. Definitely didn't help I was a non-science major, attended a school using a Quarter system, summer school was on semester system. But long story short I had to figure out what to do all of a sudden as not getting in was never apart of the plan.
I applied and got into the Master of Arts in Medical Sciences Program at Boston University School of Medicine and it was during my applications to post bac and SMPs is when the error in my AMCAS was made but by this time it was too late for anything to be done.
Due to serving as the premed society president a lot of my classmates would ask me about how to get into medical school and I noticed many of them had the same questions.
Instead of, continuing to meet with my peers in one-on-one sessions I decided starting DoctorPremed.com would allow me to help more students where my knowledge would be accessible anytime, anyplace and this is how I got started advising premed students.
In the hospital you'll learn that doctors round on their patients everyday to see how they're coming along, perform physicals and make an assessment and plan for each of their patients.
Consider White Coats & Stethoscopes as the place for you to come together with like minded premed students who all have the same goal of getting into medical school.
Let me warn you, White Coats & Stethoscopes is NOT the place for gunners...
Here's what will take place:
This is the place to be helped, a non-judgment zone where all roads lead to medical school
At the end of the day consider White Coats & Stethoscopes your direct line to AdComs. The goal is to have all your questions answered, help you package and sell yourself in the best way possible and leave nothing to chance on your journey to medical school.
I won't be satisfied until you're walking across the stage as a DOCTOR!
So come back and get help for preparing for your Boards and how to excel once you're in med school too. Yup, I'm that serious and thorough.
I'm here to make medical school a reality for you. It's as simple as that. I already told you the rejection rate hovers at 60% so you need every advantage possible to ensure you come on on the accepted side of med school admissions.
You'll have acess to expert advice and knowledge but it won't cost you an arm and leg of upwards of $300 an hour.
Post and get helped without worrying of trying to schedule time with an advisor.
Basically, if you have any doubts and unsure about your chances of becoming a doctor then Grand Rounds is for you.
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