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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 possible so that you can

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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 great opportunity for you to

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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 to stay at home does

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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, many medical schools have decided

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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 and UC San Diego. But,

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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 medical school and how you

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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, and resilience. Evaluation formats like

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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 decide which schools will be

Read More »
AMCAS Application Guide

AMCAS Applicant Guide 2021

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. But don’t worry! The Cracking

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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 for you! What are BS

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How To Shadow A Doctor - Tips from Cracking Med School Admissions

How To Shadow A Doctor

One important aspect of your medical school application should be clinical experiences. One common way premeds learn about different specialties and experience the doctor-patient relationship firsthand is through shadowing doctors.  Shadowing a doctor is a great way to learn about the practical realities of medicine while showing medical schools your understanding of the profession. However, many

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Residency interview thank you letter

Residency Interview Thank You Letter Examples

The growing consensus regarding residency interview thank you notes is that most program directors (PDs) won’t respond to your thank you letter. Many might not even have the chance–or time–to open them. During the 2019 Emergency Medicine Residency Association (EMRA) Resident forum, some program directors admitted that the pile of ‘Thank Your envelopes tends to

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How Many Letters Of Recommendation For Medical School

How to Ask For a Strong Medical School Letter of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are an extremely important component of your medical school application.  Our goal is to help you request for the best medical school letters of recommendation so you can get accepted to your dream medical schools.  This blog post will focus on three topics: How to Ask For Medical School Letters of Recommendation

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How to Find Research For Premed Students

How To Find Research For Premed Students

One common question we get from premed students is, “How can I get involved with research?” Research for premed students is a great way to understand the scientific method and show medical schools that you can investigate scientific questions by critically thinking and interpreting empirical evidence. With many premeds struggling to get started with undergraduate

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 possible so that you can

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 great opportunity for you to

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 to stay at home does

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, many medical schools have decided

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 and UC San Diego. But,

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 medical school and how you

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, and resilience. Evaluation formats like

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 decide which schools will be

Read More »
AMCAS Application Guide

AMCAS Applicant Guide 2021

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. But don’t worry! The Cracking

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 for you! What are BS

Read More »
How To Shadow A Doctor - Tips from Cracking Med School Admissions

How To Shadow A Doctor

One important aspect of your medical school application should be clinical experiences. One common way premeds learn about different specialties and experience the doctor-patient relationship firsthand is through shadowing doctors.  Shadowing a doctor is a great way to learn about the practical realities of medicine while showing medical schools your understanding of the profession. However, many

Read More »
Residency interview thank you letter

Residency Interview Thank You Letter Examples

The growing consensus regarding residency interview thank you notes is that most program directors (PDs) won’t respond to your thank you letter. Many might not even have the chance–or time–to open them. During the 2019 Emergency Medicine Residency Association (EMRA) Resident forum, some program directors admitted that the pile of ‘Thank Your envelopes tends to

Read More »
How Many Letters Of Recommendation For Medical School

How to Ask For a Strong Medical School Letter of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are an extremely important component of your medical school application.  Our goal is to help you request for the best medical school letters of recommendation so you can get accepted to your dream medical schools.  This blog post will focus on three topics: How to Ask For Medical School Letters of Recommendation

Read More »
How to Find Research For Premed Students

How To Find Research For Premed Students

One common question we get from premed students is, “How can I get involved with research?” Research for premed students is a great way to understand the scientific method and show medical schools that you can investigate scientific questions by critically thinking and interpreting empirical evidence. With many premeds struggling to get started with undergraduate

Read More »
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