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					Medical School
Admissions:
Thoughts from a successful re-applicant
Sameer Apte
Med-2 President, McGill University
Senior Staff Member, The Student Doctor Network
(www.studentdoctor.net, SN: “Vihsadas”)
Disclaimer
A stellar GPA and MCAT
 will NOT get you into
     medical school
   GPA & MCAT
   are like good
   looks
They get you the first date,
But they won’t seal the deal…
MCAT & GPA vs. Acceptance Rate




                                 GPA
   It is not right that I
worked so hard in school,
 but I still didn’t get in!
It’s Not
  About
    Us...
Tha Basicz
1) Ability to handle curriculum
    & testing
2) Commitment to the field &
    Service to others
3) Knowledge of what to
    expect & capacity to deal
4) Would they trust you to be
    their mother’s doctor?
Get an MSAR!
                 Pre-reqs
1)   Intro class & labs: bio, phys, chem 1I/II
2)   Organic class & labs I/II (Do it in the summer)
3)   English (Two semesters, writing intense)
4)   Biochem (201 and 311 meet UBCs req.)
5)   Psychology/Sociology
6)   Statistics (PSYC Stats anyone?)
7)   Liberal Arts
8)   Calculus
9)   Computer Science (Comp Sci for Life Sci)
“If you can’t smell the patient, it’s
not a clinical experience.”
            - LizzyM, School Adcom on SDN
Letters of Reference




   www.interfolio.com
      Letters of Reference
1. One science - prof from a class I had

2. One science - PI (ideally a research class)

3. One science - advisor or another course

4. One MD reference

5. One non-science faculty letter
  The Personal Statement


“…I noticed that a single phrase—“I have always been
fascinated by the human body”—was cropping up
more and more in applicant essays. It got to the point
where…the entire committee began to wonder what
was going on.”
                      –John J. Frey III, MD, Wisconsin
       Personal Statement
A. Tell an interesting and personal story to start

B. Every sentence should answer either:
   1. Why medicine?
   2. What is your motivation for medicine?
   (Beware of the “EC” trap)

**C. Show them, don’t tell them

D. BE HONEST. Seriously.
            The Interview
A. Are you passionate?
B. Do you seem to have a deep sense of why
   you choose medicine?
C. Are you realistic about a life in medicine?
D. Are you humble, well-grounded?
E. Can you converse comfortably and build
   rapport
F. Are you genuine about serving
   others?
G. Do you have a balanced viewpoint?
                            The Interview
A. Write out possible questions (See SDN
   Interview Feedback Database)

B. Write and say your answers to those
   questions (do it in a mirror)

C. Think about possible retort/comments

D. Get as much practice as you can
SDN Interview Feedback - http://more.studentdoctor.net/schoollist.php?type=2
Bioethics at U Wash - http://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/index.html
                                     The MMI
A. Wow. What a wild ride… Get and ethics book. I rec:
   “Doing Right – Philip C. Hebert”

B. How to deal with actors?

C. Your thought process is what is important

D. Demeanor – Can you mediate a situation without
   slighting anyone?

E. Practice by talking to random people in the real world
MMI Evaluator Manual - www.acupunctureprogram.com/articles/Manual_for_Interviewers_2006.pdf
MMI Interviewer Training - www.medfac.usyd.edu.au/futurestudent/applicant/mmi_interviewertrain_08.pdf
Google “MMI Sample Scenarios” – First link
           ECs? What types?
A. Clinical experience (Volunteering, Shadowing, Clinical
   Research)

B. Community involvement (Fundraising, Charities,
   community service)

C. Diverse array of disciplines (Sports Music, hobbies)

D. Initiative & Leadership

E. ***ECs should be things you are truly interested in
          The Admissions Process
A. BEFORE you apply – Jan through May
     1.   Get your letter writers
     2.   Submit your transcripts
     3.   Organize your CV/Activities, Write essays, MCAT
B. Submit your app – Start/Middle of June:
     1.   AMCAS verifies your app in 1-4 weeks
     2.   You app is marked complete
C.   Complete Secondaries – ASAP (By Middle August)
D.   Interviews – Start in August
E.   Submit your Canadian Apps – Sept through Nov
F.   Interviews end in March
G.   Acceptances Waitlists – August through August
The Letter of Update/Interest
A. Make sure you stay active enough that you have
   something to update the committee on!

B. Write each letter 1.5-3 months apart

C. Each letter should have a unique theme. Don’t try to
   write about everything at once!

D. Keep it under half a page – they don’t have time

E. Letter of interest should be genuine. Stock letters are
   easy to weed out.
Apply as early as you
   possibly can –

  Deadlines mean
 nothing in the US!

  (In Canada – ok)
      Let’s Talk

…About being realistic

				
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