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Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, California is opening a new medical school in 2020; they will begin accepting applications in the 2019-2020 cycle. They announced recently that they will waive tuition for the first five classes; this will undoubtedly create a surge … Continue reading

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There are several written parts to the medical school application but the central component—and the one in which applicants have the most open space to convey their past experiences and future goals—is the personal statement. In the AMCAS application the … Continue reading

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is hosting a virtual medical school fair on Feb. 21st from 11am – 8pm EST. Click the above link to register. Enjoy! –Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consultant

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          UCLA’s School of Medicine has raised the bar on its GPA and MCAT scores for applicants to be eligible for admission, sparking some controversy about the effect this might have on holistic review of applicants … Continue reading

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As a premedical advisor for the last 25+ years, I have ample experience guiding students through the challenging science prerequisites for medical school admission. At Johns Hopkins and Goucher, where I directed their postbac programs, I helped non-science students transition to … Continue reading

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New this year, AMCAS has instituted the “Choose Your Medical School Tool“. This is designed to help medical schools shape their incoming class with more precision. The tool will also push applicants to refine their choices according to a timeline imposed … Continue reading

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Leapfrog, an organization that tracks hospitals’ safety records, has given UCSD top honors for having the best teaching hospital in the nation. Information about UCSD School of Medicine can be found here. –Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consultant

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              Does studying art enhance your observation skills as a physician, thereby allowing you to pick up subtle signs of illness? In recent years, there has been a general acknowledgment that studying art–and fine-tuning … Continue reading

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The Multiple Mini Interview format is spreading rapidly among US medical schools. Here is a list of MD schools using MMI in the 2018-2019 application cycle: Albany Medical College California Northstate California University of Science and Medicine Central Michigan University Chicago Medical … Continue reading

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The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown has made changes to its curriculum to help medical students prepare to treat LGBTQ+ patients. The school has also added a scholarly concentration in LGBTQ+ Healthcare and Advocacy. A Stanford study showed that most … Continue reading

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