Category: Primary AMCAS Application

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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AMCAS Work and Activities Examples

AMCAS Work and Activities Example

Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has read literally thousands of Work and Activities descriptions. Our goal is to show you what makes a great AMCAS work and activities description through AMCAS work and activities examples. How to Write Work Activities Section for the AMCAS AMCAS Work and Activities Examples

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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

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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

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How to Submit A Strong Letter of Recommendation For Medical School - Advice from The Cracking Med School Admissions Team

How to Submit a Strong Medical School Letter of Recommendation

Whether you’re a pre-med applying for a competitive summer internship, planning to take a gap year, or applying to medical school, you’ll need fantastic letters of recommendation. The Cracking Med School Admissions team strives for our advisees to have ONLY strong letters of recommendation. Not just “good” or “okay” ones.

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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

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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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Building a premed resume that stands out

Building A Premed Resume That Stands Out

Whether you are first starting out in college and looking to apply to research or volunteering positions or preparing your application to medical school, making sure you have a premed resume that stands out is essential.  While you may have had a resume that you used in high school, a

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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

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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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Premed Spotlight - Biotech Research Internship

Premed Spotlight: Biotech Research Internship in Japan

Written by: Nicholas Nguyen, Northeastern University Hitachi Central Research Lab in Japan During my senior year of college, I worked at Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory, a biotechnology company, in Japan. My main project was the Lumione, a device capable of measuring biological contaminants in medicine. Just the year prior, I

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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

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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

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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

Read More »
Building a premed resume that stands out

Building A Premed Resume That Stands Out

Whether you are first starting out in college and looking to apply to research or volunteering positions or preparing your application to medical school, making sure you have a premed resume that stands out is essential.  While you may have had a resume that you used in high school, a

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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,

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

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Premed Spotlight - Biotech Research Internship

Premed Spotlight: Biotech Research Internship in Japan

Written by: Nicholas Nguyen, Northeastern University Hitachi Central Research Lab in Japan During my senior year of college, I worked at Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory, a biotechnology company, in Japan. My main project was the Lumione, a device capable of measuring biological contaminants in medicine. Just the year prior, I

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 »
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

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