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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:


1. To encourage applicants who meet the stringent admissions criteria

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


For over 20 years, we have served on selection committees for Ivy League programs in business, medicine and law. We know the intricacies of the process and the fatal mistakes many applicants make. We've watched otherwise viable candidates lose their chances for admission because they didn't know how to present themselves to the committee. By sharing our perspective, we can help prospective candidates understand and optimize their admission chances.

Our publication, Ivy League Admission Guide: Medical School (ISBN: 978-1-933819-66-2) discusses the following topics:


Chapter 1. The Medical School Admissions Process

What are the Odds?
Requirements for Admission
How Each Admissions Criterion is Evaluated
Admissions Officers
Admissions Criteria: Grades & MCAT Scores
The Academic Index (AI)
Mitigating Factors in Admissions Decisions
The Admissions Committee (A Look Behind the Scenes)
Special Cases (where the "normal" rules don't apply)

Chapter 2. Medical School Personal Statements

The Importance of the Personal Statement in the Admissions Decision
Writing Tips
Common Pitfalls to Avoid
Strengths to Highlight

Chapter 3. Reference Letters for Medical School Admission

What Makes a Great Letter?
How Reference Letters are Used
Who Should Write Your Recommendations
Academic References
Letters from Undergraduate Committees
Additional Reference Letters
Red Flags Regarding Your Choice of Reference Letter Writers
Challenges to Getting a Great Reference (and why you shouldn't write your own)
Using the Rating Scale as a Guide
Sample Rating Sheet
Universal Traits that Medical Schools Seek
How to Ask for a Medical School Reference Letter

Chapter 4. The Medical School Interview: Questions & Strategies to Gain Admission

A Profile of Successful Applicants
A Physician's Ultimate Role
Tips to Asking & Answering Questions Effectively
Interview Preparation
Typical Interviewers
Interview Styles
Interview Mistakes and Disasters
Interview Rating Forms
Interview Questions
Questions Arranged by Category
Questions to Ask the Interviewer
Conclusions

Chapter 5. Conclusion: Our Best Tips to Gain Admission

The Truth About Waitlisting
If You are Rejected
Common Questions & Answers

Appendices

Appendix 1: A Terrific Medical School Personal Statement
Appendix 2: Sample Rating Sheet
Appendix 3: Request for Reference Letters
Appendix 4: Sample List of Match Points
Appendix 5: Sample Thank You Note for a Reference Letter
Appendix 6: A Persuasive Reference Letter for Medical School
Appendix 7: Sample Interview Rating Form
Appendix 8: An Effective Response to Being Waitlisted


Few applicants realize the power (and responsibility) they have to project a polished, professional image. From our experience, few candidates are accepted by accident: their success is a culmination of hard work, initiative and strategic planning.

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!

To order the electronic (pdf) version of the guide for $20, please click the link below.

Ivy League Admission Guide: Medical School

(Revised and Updated in September 2012)

Note: For security reasons, the electronic version of this product is no longer available for immediate download from our server. Instead, we will send it to you via email when we receive your order. Our delivery hours are 8 am - 8 pm (Eastern time), 7 days per week.

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:


1.Attend the best college that accepts you and excel in your classes

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

19. Determine if you are a "special case" that has a higher chance of admission

20. Apply to a number of schools that differ in selectivity

21. Prepare extensively for your medical school interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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