What to do during a “Gap Year” Prior to Medical School

Balancing school, clinical and community service work and research is difficult enough. Throw in the MCAT, med school applications and interviews and the task can be truly overwhelming. A year spent working, volunteering or doing community service prior to applying to medical school,  known as a “gap year,” can be a good option for some […]

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Waitlisted for Medical School

Applicants who have been waitlisted for medical school have two main questions: What are my chances of acceptance from the waitlist? What should I do now? The answer to the first varies widely depending upon the school. Some schools fill much of their class with applicants from the waitlist, while for other schools, the chances […]

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2011-2012 Medical School Application Timeline

As you make your plan for the 2011-2012 medical school cycle, remember that most medical schools have rolling admissions. This means that the school does not wait until all of the applications are submitted to begin evaluating applications and that applying later in the cycle could place you at a disadvantage as spots in the […]

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2011-2012 Dental School Application Timeline

Since most dental schools have rolling admissions, to maximize your chances of admission you should submit your application early in the cycle. Rolling admissions means that the school does not wait until all of the applications are submitted to begin evaluating applications. Some applicants will be well underway with interviews while the stragglers are still […]

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Applying to Osteopathic Medical Schools

The application process for osteopathic (D.O.) medical schools is in many ways similar to the application process for allopathic (M.D.)  schools. However, D.O. schools use a separate application service (AACOMAS) and look for applicants who have demonstrated  interest in osteopathic medicine.  If you are planning to apply to D.O. schools, you can begin preparing by […]

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Should I Take an MCAT Review Course?

As a premedical student you know that the MCAT is essential to med school admission: without a solid score admission is very unlikely, while a stellar score may place a top program within your grasp. When confronted with the sometimes daunting task of preparing for the MCAT, students have a difficult time choosing among the […]

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Preparing for an Osteopathic Medical School Interview

Preparing for an interview at any medical school requires certain steps: familiarizing yourself with the school, honing your general interview skills and making sure that you can discuss any aspect of your application in depth. However, to be successful at an osteopathic medical school interview, you need to also ensure that you are ready for […]

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After the Medical School Interview: Thank-You Letters

Once your medical school interview is behind you, you may think that all you need to do is wait to hear the committee’s decision. However, there is another step you can take before you leave the decision in the hands of the admissions committee. Your next task, and perhaps the last one you’ll have before […]

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