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The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is an interview format spreading with increasing frequency in US medical schools. Started in 2001 at McMaster University in Canada, the MMI has caught on due to studies which have validated its use in predicting … Continue reading

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Gaining admission to medical school in the United States is challenging for non-US citizens, as described in another blog post. Not all schools admit international applicants. As of this writing, these MD schools admit non-citizens: Boston University School of Medicine … Continue reading

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Secondary applications arrive fast and furious soon after the primary AMCAS application is transmitted to the medical schools. It’s important to return secondary applications quickly since an application is not considered complete until the secondary has been received. The suggested time … Continue reading

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  An inescapable fact: medical school is expensive. But for talented students, merit scholarships provide a way to go to medical school for free or for significantly less money. Most medical schools do not provide merit scholarships; most financial aid … Continue reading

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The Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai has announced a new initiative which will limit its medical students’ debt to $75K.  The Enhanced Scholarship Initiative will begin with the 2019 entering class. Nationally the median medical student debt is … Continue reading

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The American Medical Association started a program in 2013 to move medical education forward. Accelerating Change in Medical Education gives grants to medical schools with innovative programs. The group works collaboratively to foster and share ideas for improving medical education. Recently, … Continue reading

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As a medical school admissions consultant, I am often asked, “Should I take a gap year before I apply to medical school?”  The answer depends, of course, on an individual’s circumstances, background, experiences, GPA, and MCAT score, among other things.  … Continue reading

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The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section of the MCAT is challenging for many students. Even those who have immersed themselves in the humanities may find this portion of the test more difficult than they anticipate. Even for the most … Continue reading

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Yale medical school has announced that it plans to reduce student debt by 50%; the goal is for students to graduate with <$60,000 in debt, well below the average nationally ($196K in 2018).  The Association of American Medical Colleges has … Continue reading

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NYU has announced that it will open a new medical school on Long Island and will begin accepting applications in the 2019-2020 cycle. It will be a three-year program—with no tuition—and will focus on training primary care practitioners. The program … Continue reading

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