Category Archives: Medicine

“Understand the Factors Behind Medical School Admissions” (Kathleen Franco, “US News & World Report”)

In “Understand the Factors Behind Medical School Admissions,” Dr. Franco discusses a variety of important factors that influence medical school admissions decisions. Take the time to read each medical school’s mission statement and think deeply about how its values align … Continue reading

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“An Expensive, Alternative Route to Medical School” (Brian Burnsed, “U.S. News and World Report”)

In “An Expensive, Alternative Route to Medical School,” Brian Burnsed cautions applicants against applying to a pre-med postbac program without doing their research about the program’s medical school acceptance rate and advising resources. I would add that applicants should speak … Continue reading

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“Is a Postbaccalaureate Medical Program Right for You?” (Ibrahim Busnaina, “U.S. News & World Report”)

Dr. Busnaina gives a useful overview of the advantages and disadvantages of attending a postbac medical program. If you are considering pursuing a postbac, look at each school’s required application essays as early as possible. Many require you to list … Continue reading

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“How Medical School Applications Are Evaluated” (Ibrahim Busnaina, “U.S. News & World Report”)

In “How Medical School Applications Are Evaluated,” Dr. Busnaina provides helpful information on how medical schools review primary and secondary applications. He suggests being proactive if you are deferred by a school that you love. I definitely recommend calling the … Continue reading

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“Top 3 Reasons Medical School Applications Are Rejected” (Ibrahim Busnaina, “US News & World Report”)

In “Top 3 Reasons Medical School Applications are Rejected,” Ibrahim Busnaina provides advice on how to overcome the three largest weaknesses of many applications: low grades, poor extracurricular involvement and lack of safety schools. When explaining low grades, it is … Continue reading

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“6 Personal Statement Do’s and Don’ts” (Ibrahim Busnaina, U.S. News and World Report)

In “6 Personal Statement Do’s and Don’ts,” Dr. Busnaina suggests ways to make your personal statement stand out, including why you want to pursue medicine and why you are a strong candidate. Unfortunately, even the most well-meaning medical school applicants … Continue reading

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“What It Means to Be a ‘Disadvantaged’ M.D. Applicant” (Ibrahim Busnaina, U.S. News and World Report)

Dr. Busnaina’s article on designating yourself as “disadvantaged” on the AMCAS application raises several interesting points. As an editor, I most often see essays explaining how the strain of working several jobs while completing the pre-med curriculum has taught the … Continue reading

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