Prospective medical school applicants might wonder whether they should use a medical school admissions consultant to help them in the medical school application process. There are many reasons why it might be helpful to get medical school admissions consulting.
Premedical advisor(s) at your college or university will know the curriculum at your school and can advise as to how courses at your school will fulfill premedical requirements; often this information will also be listed on the premed advising office’s website. However, premedical advisors may not have time to advise you on each particular component of the medical school application process. This includes:
- making a cogent list of schools to apply to;
- brainstorming ideas for and finessing your personal statement so that it captures your path to medicine;
- reviewing your personal statement IN DETAIL so that the final product is stellar—the personal statement is the centerpiece of your application;
- helping guide you in writing the best possible activity descriptions in the primary application;
- advising as to the strengths/weaknesses in your application and how to rectify any weaknesses;
- advising on MCAT strategy/preparation;
- reviewing secondary application essays–secondaries are as important as the primary application!
- medical school interview preparation by doing mock medical school interviews;
- advising as to med school waitlists/holds;
- whether to take a gap year/what to do for a gap year before medical school;
- advising regarding update letters/letters of interest/letters of intent.
Medical school admissions consultants can be enormously helpful. I am akin to a medical school coach and love my job in med school admissions consulting. If you’d like to discuss your situation or want to ask about any of the ways in which I could assist you please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consultant
Originally posted in 2017 and updated in 2019