Category Archives: Medical School Admission

Which medical schools do you think are the hardest to get into?  I’ll bet it’s not what you think. Of course, this raw data does not take into account the caliber of the applicant pool. There was an article in US … Continue reading

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The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) provides a wealth of resources for medical school applicants to help them understand the intricacies of the application. Information regarding the AMCAS application has been released in preparation for the upcoming cycle, which … Continue reading

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Medical school admissions personnel have identified 15 core competencies that are necessary to be a successful medical student and eventual physician. The competencies are grouped into four categories: interpersonal, intrapersonal, thinking/reasoning, and science. The 15 competencies that are considered essential are: … Continue reading

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An article published in 2013 in Academic Medicine posed a novel and interesting way to select medical students based on their tolerance for ambiguity (TFA). The upcoming changes to the 2015 MCAT, with its inclusion of new sections on behavioral and … Continue reading

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The Association of American Medical Colleges has announced that applications to medical school hit an all-time high of 49,480 in the last application cycle (2014). This represents a 3.1% increase in applicants over the prior year. Diversity has also increased; … Continue reading

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As a medical school admissions consultant and as the former director of both the Johns Hopkins and Goucher Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs, I have extensive experience guiding premed students to medical school admission. I am fortunate that many of my former … Continue reading

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Be careful what you tweet if you’re a medical school applicant. A recent study in the Postgraduate Medical Journal showed that some medical school admissions officers do Google searches to assess applicants’ professional behavior. Looking at the way applicants use … Continue reading

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There has been tremendous discussion and debate recently regarding the changing landscape of medical education and the traits needed in future physicians. A shift to competency-based education has been in the works for several years. Allan Joseph, a medical school … Continue reading

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Looking for answers to your questions about medical school admission? I did a Q&A interview called “Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert” for Varsity Admissions: An Education Blog. Check it out! –Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting

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Holistic review, a more comprehensive way to screen medical school applicants, has been in place at several medical schools for the last several years. First introduced by the Association of American Medical Colleges approximately 10 years ago, holistic review proposes … Continue reading

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