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Med School Admission Secrets Being Revealed
April 19, 2011

Timely Advice To Get You to Medical School

Premed Grand Rounds

Table of Contents

In this issue...

1.) Admissions Secrets -- Your exclusive guide to medical school admission is coming soon...

2.) Personal Statement -- Have you started writing your personal statement, now is the time to make serious headway...

3.) Letters of Recommendation -- Don't let your LORs hold up your application to medical school...

4.) Paying for School -- Accepted, but how will you be financing your medical school education...

5.) New MCAT -- The format and content of the MCAT may be changing, can you believe this...

Admissions Secrets

You've made it this far in your premed career and now there are only a few hurdles standing between you and your acceptance to medical school.

Everyone has told you exactly what you need to do in regards to: grades, MCAT, extracurriculars but what about actually applying to medical school?

I'm doing something which has never been done before.

I will be releasing a new product called, "Med School Admissions Secrets" which will be your ultimate guide to getting into medical school. You're about to get access to the unspoken truths of what it takes to get into med school.

These are not my thoughts or principles, rather "Med School Admissions Secrets" is all the advice, insights, and wisdom I've cultivated with admissions officers over the last few years.

If you've ever wanted to take the leading medical school admissions officers to lunch and pick their brains about how to successfully get into medical school then this is going to be the product for you.

Be sure to keep in touch because I will be launching "Med School Admissions Secrets" within the next few weeks just in time for you to use when applying to medical school.

Personal Statement

How much progress have you made with your personal statement for medical school?

At this point you should at the very least have a first draft done. As you will find in the, "Med School Admissions Secrets" starting early on your personal statement is the key to success.

You must remember your essay is the final component of your application where you have complete control over...your MCAT and GPA will not be changing too much going forward.

Here is what you want to do when writing your personal statement:

1.) Work on a first draft.

2.) Leave that draft alone for a week or two.

3.) Come back to the draft and edit as you see fit.

4.) Leave it alone for another week.

5.) Come back to it again and make more edits while also getting feedback from others.

This is the way to write a great personal statement that will be going to all the medical schools which you will be applying to.

You will also realize that each time you come back to your essay after leaving it alone there will be new insights and most likely you'll say, "What was I thinking, this is horrible, I can't believe I thought I was going to submit this to the medical schools."

Clearly, if you try to write it all at once a week before it is due you will never have this insight. You will submit a personal statement that does not compete with everyone else who gave themselves 2-3 months to write theirs.

Not to scare you, but the deciding factor between two equally qualified applicants comes down to the quality of the personal statement. You'll get golden nuggets like this and many more in "Med School Admissions Secrets."

Letters of Recommendation

Did you know that Letters of Recommendation (LORS) are one of the key aspects that prevent most students have having their medical school applications completed on time.

If you have not contacted your professors and physician mentors for a LOR then you must do so immediately.

You may think it will only take a few weeks to get a letter, but here is what will actually happen.

Your writer will agree to write the letter and you will provide the deadline for them. In a few weeks you will email to check up on the status of things and will have trouble getting in contact with them because they are very busy.

By the time you contact them you will also find out because of their schedule they have not gotten around to writing your letter and you know the deadline is fast approaching, but there's no way to make them write it any quicker.

Now, you're resigned to waiting on the writer to complete the letter and you know you can't push them with constant emails.

To avoid any delays or problems you need to contact your writers now to ensure your application is ready to go by mid-June. Additionally, when they ask what is the deadline, add a 1 to 2 week cushion for anything unforeseen which may arise. Letter of Recommendation advice.

Paying for School

Congratulations if you have recently been accepted to medical school.

Now that you have your acceptance have you considered how you will be funding your medical school education? The average medical student graduates with approximately $160,000 in debt.

You want to do everything possible to reduce how much debt you incur during your medical training and the best way is to begin with the financial aid office.

Contact the medical school's financial aid office and request that you get the best financial award letter possible. This needs to be done immediately.

If you did not realize the amount of money you get this first year will set the precedent for all the years that you are in medical school.

For instance, it is a lot easier to make a request for more financial aid when just beginning medical school than waiting one or two years later. The financial aid office will find it much harder to justify increasing your award later, but if you start with a high award the chances of your financial aid being reduced is very slim.

Again, request the financial aid now because it will affect your eligibility for the next four years.

Be persistent in your request because virtually all medical schools have money set aside for students and you simply have to: ask, ask, and ask again until you get the award that you need.


The AAMC is seriously considering overhauling the MCAT in time for those applying in 2015.

There would be significant changes which would make the exam longer than what it currently is by an additional 90 minutes.

You'll be surprised to learn which section will be deleted and how the other sections will be altered/amended to reflect current thinking and concepts important for today's future physicians.

Learn more about the new MCAT here.

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