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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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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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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The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) for Medical School or Dental School

In recent years, some medical and dental schools have switched to the Multiple Mini Interview format in lieu of traditional interviews. This approach was used initially by medical schools in Canada and Australia and has been adopted by a number of medical and dental schools in the U.S. in recent years. During an MMI, the …

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Post-bac Programs for Premedical, Predental and Preveterinary Students

What do you do if your decision to become a physician, dentist or veterinarian was made after you completed college? How do you obtain the science courses necessary to apply? Or, perhaps you made the decision early on, but your grades in college are not competitive for admissions into med or dental school. Then what? …

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Open File versus Closed File Interviews: What’s the Difference?

One of the most significant differences between types of interviews is whether they are open or closed file. In an open file interview, the interviewer has access to your application materials. Prior to the interview, he or she will already be familiar with your GPA, test scores, extracurricular and work activities and personal statement. By …

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