Ready, Set, Apply — So, You’re Thinking D.O.?
By: Alessandra Santiago At this point in the Ready, Set, Apply series, we have only covered material relevant to allopathic medical schools. In this article, we will do a brief overview of some of the relevant information for osteopathic applicants, including dates for the AACOMAS application as well as dual applying to allopathic and osteopathic [...]
Ready, Set, Apply — Ready to Hit Submit?
By: Alessandra Santiago In our last article, we covered how to approach writing your Personal Statement and Activities Section of the primary application. This week, we will cover how to edit, who to ask to review your application, and other fine-tuning tips and tricks before hitting the submit button. Proof-reading is the name of the [...]
Ready, Set, Apply — Writing a Knock-Out Primary App
By: Alessandra Santiago Back in November, we covered the primary application and your personal statement. The written components of your primary application include your 15 extracurricular activities and personal statement, and these two components provide the application committee a full picture of who you are as a candidate. In January of your application cycle, the [...]
Ready, Set, Apply — Foresight is 20/20: Know Your Application Timeline
By: Alessandra Santiago Welcome back, pre-meds! It’s a New Year, and that can only mean one thing: the countdown to the 2020 application cycle begins! Now is the time when focus is key, when both short- and long-term planning are required in spades, and when you have the chance to encapsulate all of your experiences [...]
Ready, Set, Apply — Year-End Check-In
By: Alessandra Santiago Congratulations on making it through finals season and another Fall Semester! You've made it one step closer towards application time. We hope you’re feeling the excitement that goal progression can give. Before you embark on a well-deserved Winter Break, here’s a little check-in from us on a few key aspects of your [...]
Ready, Set, Apply – Financing Your Applications
By: Alessandra Santiago A very important—but infrequently discussed—component of applying to medical schools is how much that process costs. With so many purchases both large and small on the way to applying, it’s a good idea to have an estimate of what you might expect to spend. As you go along, you may find that [...]
Ready, Set, Apply – Getting to Know the Personal Statement
By: Alessandra Santiago It’s heavy-hitter time: drafting your Personal Statement. This is the chance for you to provide a committee of strangers a full ‘picture’ of who you are as a candidate for medical school. By demonstrating your individual, unique qualifications for pursuing medicine, you can paint a picture as to why you would be [...]
Ready, Set, Apply – Preparing for the Primary
By: Alessandra Santiago While the open date for the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) primary application is still many months away (think: late May), let's dive into what materials you will be asked to compile in this first round of applications to medical school. On top of completing your prerequisite and recommended coursework by the time [...]
Ready, Set, Apply – What Schools Should You Choose?
By: Alessandra Santiago Where you will apply for medical school? Do you know where you fall within the matriculation metrics of your target schools? Want to figure out what your target schools should be, but unsure of where to start? Compiling your list of target schools is a key component in the admissions process, and it is [...]
Ready, Set, Apply – Selecting Your MCAT Test Date
By: Alessandra Santiago While it is still too early to sign up for the 2020 MCAT dates according to the AAMC, now is the time to consider when you will take the MCAT, in addition to taking a look at the budgetary obligations associated with taking the exam. Your first step is to head over [...]