You're premed. You have doubts about if medicine is right for you.
You are STRESSED OUT about the MCAT.
You have no idea where to start.
You're worried about your grades, whether they are good enough.
You don't know how to get shadowing experience.
You are tired of visiting that other site that has millions of forum posts, most of which are anonymous users “yelling” at other posters for “dumb” questions.
As a premed student, your time is precious. You don´t have time to search the internet for every last drop of medical school knowledge.
There is a TON of information online. Unfortunately it's not well organized. One of the most viewed resources is studentdoctor.net. It has over 5 million (YES – MILLION) posts in the pre-medical forums only. More than 250,000 individual topics! That´s an average of almost 20 posts per topic! Do you have the time to search that? Are the answers even relevant or accurate, or are they some jab for posting without searching first?
WHAT IS MEDICAL SCHOOL HEADQUARTERS?
MedicalSchoolHQ.net takes the RELEVANT premed topics and creates a one-stop shop for you to quickly get the information you need. Follow our current, constantly updating “Premed 101” page for an easy step-by-step guide to your premed years. We are constantly looking for new ideas that will help YOU. Please let us know what you need to succeed and we will provide it.
MedicalSchoolHQ.net is the work of physicians. This site is here to help guide medical school applicants through the admissions process. We remember how the MCAT and the AMCAS were (and still are) very intimidating and overwhelming for anybody wanting to apply to medical school. Let MedicalSchoolHQ.net be your hub of information to simplify the process.
ABOUT DR. GRAY
Ryan Gray, MD
Dr. Ryan Gray is the co-founder and CEO of Mappd. Mappd is a free pre-health tracking software that supports premed and pre-PA students on their journey to becoming healthcare professionals by demystifying and democratizing the pre-health process. He is also the publisher of Medical School Headquarters and the Meded Media network and the author of the Premed Playbook guidebook series. You can hear him weekly on several podcasts, including The Premed Years, OldPreMeds Podcast, and The MCAT Podcast.
Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Ryan was a former Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force. Ryan graduated from the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) with a BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences and received his MD from New York Medical College. After graduating from medical school, Ryan completed his internship through a Tufts Medical Center transitional medicine program at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital.
ABOUT DR. JAMES SCOTT WRIGHT
Dr. James Scott Wright
Dr. Scott Wright has worked in medical education for almost 30 years. He served as Director of Admissions at UT Southwestern Medical School, as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, and as Director of the Health Professions Advising Center for the University of Texas at Dallas. He also served as executive director of the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service and editor-in-chief of APPLY Magazine.
As an advisor, Dr. Wright enjoys working with students who are engaged, motivated, and excited about their path toward medical school. He believes that education has the ability to ignite a passion within students that can be carried across their lifetime to support others. Students appreciate Dr. Wright’s thoughtful approach to listening and hearing their stories in a way that they can translate into their application. While Dr. Wright has much to offer any student, he particularly enjoys working with students that identify as nontraditional, LGBTQ+, and those interested in thinking about larger global contexts of health and medicine.
Dr. Wright has a very broad educational background that weaves across disciplinary boundaries. He has an undergraduate and master's degree in history and a doctorate in Education (Ed.D.). Dr. Wright is very interested in using his educational training to think deeply about how the humanities can support science and medicine. Because he is passionate about education and identifies as a life-long learner, Dr. Wright has returned to school and is currently pursuing additional education to become a hospital chaplain. His interests in chaplaincy come from a place of wanting to address the needs of marginalized communities within modern society.
Outside of advising students, Dr. Wright enjoys learning music, spending time with family (especially his twin granddaughters) and friends, and his adorable 12-year-old Pomeranian, Wilkie.
ABOUT VARINIA GRANNUM
Varinia Grannum, MSEd
Varinia Grannum has worked in higher education and advising for over 20 years. She earned her MSEd in Counseling with a specialization in College Student Development from Hofstra University. Prior to joining the Mappd Team, she served as Assistant Dean of Pre-Health and STEM Advising for eight years at Hofstra University.
Because she understands the challenges students can face navigating the early stages of their college experience, Varinia enjoys helping pre-health students select appropriate courses and identify and select extracurricular activities that best match their passions. She finds particular joy in helping students find their strengths and tell their stories in a compelling way through 1-on-1 conversations and written feedback. Highly invested in the success of her students, she is a strong advocate offering transparency and honesty regarding what they need to be successful in their goals. Students that work with her often appreciate her expertise, patience, and enthusiasm as she supports them along their pre-health journey.
Being bilingual in Spanish, Varinia also understands the unique challenges that Spanish-speaking students and their families sometimes face. She especially enjoys helping Spanish-speaking learners and their families through the pre-health application process.
Varinia lives in New York with her husband and two children. When not advising students, she loves traveling with her family, spending quiet time star-gazing, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.
ABOUT COURTNEY LEWIS
Courtney Lewis has worked in medical school admissions for more than 5 years, with the last 3 years serving as the Director of Admissions at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM). During her time at BCOM, Courtney was selected to be a member of the national AACOMAS Advisory Committee to help promote admissions best practices for all osteopathic medical schools. She also served in two elected positions for the AACOM Admissions Officer Council, one as the Vice Chair-Elect.
As an advisor, Courtney advocates for transparency and accessibility for students in medical school admissions requirements. During her time at BCOM, minority matriculation grew to over 20% of each cohort. She leans on her own experience growing up in underrepresented, underserved, low-income areas, the oldest of 8 children, some of whom identify as special needs. Because Courtney had to navigate her own educational journey without guidance and advice, she recognizes the complex and sometimes complicated nature of educational systems and is passionate about providing students with information on how to navigate the system in a way that works for them.
Courtney enjoys working with students who come prepared to sessions excited to learn. She finds it especially rewarding when students take what they learn from their appointments and implement these lessons into their own path. While Courtney enjoys advising any student, her background and experiences lend well to supporting students that identify as nontraditional career changers, to students who express interest in highly competitive programs.
When not advising, Courtney spends time taking motorcycle trips, fishing, attending small venue indie rock shows, gaming, and hiking with her sweet Chihuahua, Lola.
ABOUT DR. CHRISTINE CRISPEN
Christine Crispen, EdD
Dr. Christine Crispen has worked in medical education for over 12 years. She has worked in both admissions and curriculum and has a solid understanding of the admissions process as well as an overview of what medical education looks like.
As the former Director of Admissions at UC Irvine and Admissions Committee member at Keck Medicine of USC, she has reviewed thousands of applications for interview selection, interviewed candidates, and voted for admission.
Christine has also worked extensively with post-baccalaureate students who need more academic support and remediation before they are ready to apply (or reapply) to medical school and has successfully helped many students gain acceptance after a well-structured plan.
Finally, Christine has helped create a pre-med support program for first-generation, low-income students who also need support on their plans for medical school and is a pre-health advisor. She thinks students who engage in early advising are most successful if they follow the advising and planning. Christine has her doctorate in education, where her research focused on underrepresented medical students and the barriers faced gaining admission and throughout medical school. On a personal note, Christine is married, has a son who loves airplanes, Sonic, Mickey Mouse, and drawing.
You can catch Christine on an early episode of The Premed Years podcast talking about reapplying to medical school here: premedyears.com/171.
ABOUT RACHEL GRUBBS
Rachel is a veteran of the higher education services world. In the last decade she has served thousands of premedical students in preparing for the MCAT and in planning their path to medical school. Rachel worked at The Princeton Review as a regional director and trainer. She was an early member of Next Step Med, the team that changed the landscape of MCAT practice exams with the 2015 MCAT.
Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University where she studied Spanish and Organizational Management. She earned a certificate in Business Analytics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.