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Medical school interview advice: How to answer "Tell me about yourself?" and "Why medicine?"

How To Answer Tell Me About Yourself and Why Medicine?

Medical schools receive thousands of applications for very limited spots in their incoming class every year. Many medical schools try to understand their applicants’ journeys and narratives. They often pose open-ended questions during an interview, including Tell me about yourself? and Why medicine? These questions are designed to highlight experiences

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How To Write a Pre Med Cover Letter

How To Write A Pre Med Cover Letter

As a pre med student, you might find yourself applying to medical research or volunteer positions that ask you to submit a cover letter along with your pre med resume. While writing a pre med cover letter may seem intimidating at first, they have a straightforward format and are a

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premed covid

5 Ways To Get Premed Experiences During COVID

We’ve been in pandemic mode for months now, and it’s becoming clear that things are not going back to “normal” anytime soon. So, what’s a premed to do? You still need research, volunteering, and clinical experience even though your meticulous plans have been entirely disrupted. But just because you need

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5 Virtual Medical School Interview Tips

5 Tips To Prepare For Your Virtual Medical School Interview

Congratulations! You made it through your premed courses, took the MCAT, submitted your primary medical school application, and completed the multitude of secondary essays. Time to think about one of the last and important stages of the medical school application process: medical school interviews. With the coronavirus pandemic this year,

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how to write an autobiography for medical school

How To Write An Autobiography For Medical School

Among all medical school secondaries, the autobiography prompt is likely one of the toughest to write. This prompt asks applicants to describe their previous background and life experiences in one cohesive essay often rivaling the length of a personal statement. Schools which ask for autobiographies in their secondaries include Vanderbilt

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Why this medical school secondary essay example - Cracking Med School Admissions Success Tips

Why this Medical School? Secondary Essay Example

Medical schools want to recruit students who embody their institution’s values and would quickly thrive once accepted. One way to prove that you fit this criterion is by writing an outstanding “why this medical school” secondary essay. This prompt asks you to explain why you are applying to a specific

Read More »
Premed Timeline - Planning Your Medical School Application

Premed Timeline: Planning For Medical School Applications

If you want to become a doctor, you need to understand the medical school application timeline and create your own premed timeline.  This includes planning your courses,  strategizing your extracurriculars, and preparing your medical school application. In this blog post, we detail important tips every premed student should know in

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CASPer test tips from the Cracking Med School Admissions team

CASPer Test Tips: Here’s What You Need To Know

What is the CASPer test? CASPer, or “Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristic,” is a test required by certain medical schools used to assess your personal and professional reasoning skills. The test is designed to measure certain core competencies specified by the AAMC including teamwork, cultural competency, ethical responsibility, communication,

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How To Write A Personal Statement For Medical School

How To Write A Personal Statement For Medical School

Your medical school personal statement is an opportunity to display your character traits, ambitions, and narrative in a way that your extracurriculars and academic metrics cannot. With 5300-characters to answer the prompt “use the space provided to explain why you want to go to medical school,” many pre-meds fail to

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what medical schools should i apply to

What Medical Schools Should I Apply To?

Deciding where to apply to medical school is an extremely important, and very challenging part of the application process. It takes a lot of time and can be expensive – not only because of the application fees themselves, but from campus visits as well. The decision is ultimately yours to

Read More »
AMCAS Work and Activities Tips from Cracking Med School Admissions Advisors

AMCAS Work and Activities Tips You Shouldn’t Miss

Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has worked with thousands of applicants on their medical school applications. Along the way, we’ve met some really amazing people who’ve done impressive things that have changed lives. We’ve been around Olympic swimmers and founders of nonprofit organizations. We’ve also, however, seen our share

Read More »
AMCAS Application Guide

AMCAS Applicant Guide 2020

The AMCAS is medical schools’ first chance to get a glimpse of who you are, and it’s a standardized application that is used by many schools at once, so getting it right is a critical first step to get into medical school.  Writing the AMCAS application can be a DAUNTING experience.

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How to make your medical school application stand out

How To Make Your Medical School Application Stand Out

When the Cracking Med School Admissions team gives talks at universities around the United States, one topic we often discuss at length is how to make your medical school application stand out.  Our goal as your advisers is to help you submit as strong of a medical school application as

Read More »
BS MD Programs

BS MD Programs: Everything You Need To Know

One option for attending medical school is to get accepted into a BS MD program or BA MD program. This blog post will go over a lot of information about both options so that you can determine whether applying to a BA MD program or BS MD program is right

Read More »
Medical school interview advice: How to answer "Tell me about yourself?" and "Why medicine?"

How To Answer Tell Me About Yourself and Why Medicine?

Medical schools receive thousands of applications for very limited spots in their incoming class every year. Many medical schools try to understand their applicants’ journeys and narratives. They often pose open-ended questions during an interview, including Tell me about yourself? and Why medicine? These questions are designed to highlight experiences

Read More »
How To Write a Pre Med Cover Letter

How To Write A Pre Med Cover Letter

As a pre med student, you might find yourself applying to medical research or volunteer positions that ask you to submit a cover letter along with your pre med resume. While writing a pre med cover letter may seem intimidating at first, they have a straightforward format and are a

Read More »
premed covid

5 Ways To Get Premed Experiences During COVID

We’ve been in pandemic mode for months now, and it’s becoming clear that things are not going back to “normal” anytime soon. So, what’s a premed to do? You still need research, volunteering, and clinical experience even though your meticulous plans have been entirely disrupted. But just because you need

Read More »
5 Virtual Medical School Interview Tips

5 Tips To Prepare For Your Virtual Medical School Interview

Congratulations! You made it through your premed courses, took the MCAT, submitted your primary medical school application, and completed the multitude of secondary essays. Time to think about one of the last and important stages of the medical school application process: medical school interviews. With the coronavirus pandemic this year,

Read More »
how to write an autobiography for medical school

How To Write An Autobiography For Medical School

Among all medical school secondaries, the autobiography prompt is likely one of the toughest to write. This prompt asks applicants to describe their previous background and life experiences in one cohesive essay often rivaling the length of a personal statement. Schools which ask for autobiographies in their secondaries include Vanderbilt

Read More »
Why this medical school secondary essay example - Cracking Med School Admissions Success Tips

Why this Medical School? Secondary Essay Example

Medical schools want to recruit students who embody their institution’s values and would quickly thrive once accepted. One way to prove that you fit this criterion is by writing an outstanding “why this medical school” secondary essay. This prompt asks you to explain why you are applying to a specific

Read More »
Premed Timeline - Planning Your Medical School Application

Premed Timeline: Planning For Medical School Applications

If you want to become a doctor, you need to understand the medical school application timeline and create your own premed timeline.  This includes planning your courses,  strategizing your extracurriculars, and preparing your medical school application. In this blog post, we detail important tips every premed student should know in

Read More »
CASPer test tips from the Cracking Med School Admissions team

CASPer Test Tips: Here’s What You Need To Know

What is the CASPer test? CASPer, or “Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristic,” is a test required by certain medical schools used to assess your personal and professional reasoning skills. The test is designed to measure certain core competencies specified by the AAMC including teamwork, cultural competency, ethical responsibility, communication,

Read More »
How To Write A Personal Statement For Medical School

How To Write A Personal Statement For Medical School

Your medical school personal statement is an opportunity to display your character traits, ambitions, and narrative in a way that your extracurriculars and academic metrics cannot. With 5300-characters to answer the prompt “use the space provided to explain why you want to go to medical school,” many pre-meds fail to

Read More »
what medical schools should i apply to

What Medical Schools Should I Apply To?

Deciding where to apply to medical school is an extremely important, and very challenging part of the application process. It takes a lot of time and can be expensive – not only because of the application fees themselves, but from campus visits as well. The decision is ultimately yours to

Read More »
AMCAS Work and Activities Tips from Cracking Med School Admissions Advisors

AMCAS Work and Activities Tips You Shouldn’t Miss

Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has worked with thousands of applicants on their medical school applications. Along the way, we’ve met some really amazing people who’ve done impressive things that have changed lives. We’ve been around Olympic swimmers and founders of nonprofit organizations. We’ve also, however, seen our share

Read More »
AMCAS Application Guide

AMCAS Applicant Guide 2020

The AMCAS is medical schools’ first chance to get a glimpse of who you are, and it’s a standardized application that is used by many schools at once, so getting it right is a critical first step to get into medical school.  Writing the AMCAS application can be a DAUNTING experience.

Read More »
How to make your medical school application stand out

How To Make Your Medical School Application Stand Out

When the Cracking Med School Admissions team gives talks at universities around the United States, one topic we often discuss at length is how to make your medical school application stand out.  Our goal as your advisers is to help you submit as strong of a medical school application as

Read More »
BS MD Programs

BS MD Programs: Everything You Need To Know

One option for attending medical school is to get accepted into a BS MD program or BA MD program. This blog post will go over a lot of information about both options so that you can determine whether applying to a BA MD program or BS MD program is right

Read More »