Comprehensive Guide for Medical School Admission
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When people discover our profession, they either love us or hate us. As part of our academic careers, we serve as admissions officers at Ivy League medical schools. Everyone has strong thoughts on the subject and specific questions for us. How do we choose candidates? Do we give an edge to minority students? Is the deck stacked against a low-income white applicant?
We're amazed at the many myths and misconceptions that surround the Ivy League admission mystique. Despite a strong public relations campaign to encourage applications, we repeatedly see qualified students hold back, while less talented candidates feel entitled to admission for irrelevant reasons. We have the challenging job of assembling a divere and talented class from an overwhelming number of candidates. Due to space limitations, we must reject 80-95% of all applicants, including many with perfect test scores and grade point averages. How do we do it? What gives an applicant an edge?
We have published a comprehensive guide to enable medical school candidates to approach the process insightfully. Our mission:
2. To discourage non-competitive applicants whose needs are better served by less selective schools or alternative career paths
3. To dispel common myths about the relevance of minority status, socioeconomic background, GPA and employment history
4. To describe the relevance of MCAT scores, including the mathematical formula used to determine admission "cutoffs"
5. To enable applicants to better prepare their essays, curricula and outside activities to maximize their chances for Ivy League admission
6. To prepare candidates for their admissions interview
7. To help applicants solicit references that best support their application
8. To improve the quality and diversity of the applicant pool by disseminating useful, relevant inside information about the admissions process
Our publication, Ivy League Admission Guide: Medical School (ISBN: 978-1-933819-66-2) discusses the following topics:
What are the Odds?
Chapter 2. Medical School Personal Statements
The Importance of
the Personal Statement in the Admissions Decision
What Makes a Great
Chapter 4. The Medical School Interview: Questions & Strategies to Gain Admission
A Profile of Successful
Chapter 5. Conclusion: Our Best Tips to Gain Admission
The Truth About Waitlisting
Appendix 1: A Terrific
Medical School Personal Statement
Optimize your chances of Ivy League admission with advice from actual committee members. Learn how you will be evaluated. Know your chances. At each step in the admissions process, convey exactly the attributes you want the committee to see. Our selection criteria and inside advice will probably surprise you!
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(Revised and Updated in September 2012)
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Our Best Tips for Gaining Admission:
Even if you don't order our guide, we would like to leave you with a quick, at-a-glance summary of our best tips for gaining admission:
2. Take the most challenging courses, including honors classes
3. Go beyond the minimum science requirements for medical school admission
4. Do whatever is necessary to get top scores on the MCAT
5. Maintain a love of reading throughout your life, which will enhance your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills
6. Do independent research in your science classes
7. Compete for national and local academic awards and titles
8. Choose one or two favorite outside activities and advance to a leadership position in them
9. Demonstrate excellence, risk-taking and commitment in an area outside academia (such as a hobby, entrepreneurial venture, tutoring or volunteer work)
10. Cultivate strong relationships with your professors and pre-medical advisor
11. Devote at least three hours per week to a favorite cause or charity
12. Devote at least one or two days per week to a part-time job in the health care industry
13. Master a foreign language and travel for enrichment whenever possible
14. Keep abreast of current events on the national and international level
15. Develop your written and oral communication skills through writing and debate
16. Write a strong, compelling personal statement that shows your unique personality
17. Use a proactive approach to obtain the best references possible
18. Apply to state
schools that give preferences to their own residents
20. Apply to a number of schools that differ in selectivity
21. Prepare extensively
for your medical school interview