Applications and Interviews

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MSHQ 038 : How to Write Personal Statements with Dr. Vineet Arora

Session 38 In today's episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Vineet Arora from about writing personal statements, whether including a…

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MSHQ 035 : How to Fix a Medical School Application After Starting Premed Poorly

Dr. Polites is back with us again to talk about how to go about fixing a poor start to a premed career. If you remember, Dr. Polites joined us back in session 23.
Dr. Polites and I try to create scenarios that students may be in, whether it is a poor GPA or low MCAT score, so he/she can listen to the advice Dr. Polites has to offer.
If you have a good GPA and low MCAT, should you retake the MCAT? Should you try to retake the test with the hopes of raising the score? We talk about that!
What about getting a C in a course – should you retake the course? For the AMCAS application you have to average you grades. For the AACOMAS application you us the LAST grade, even if you do worse.

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How to Ace Your Medical School Interviews (Guest Post)

Do Your Homework With SDN Interview Feedback.

Although I'm wary of spending too much time on SDN forums (for my own mental health), the Interview Feedback section of the website is a true hidden gem for applicants. Past interviewees post about their experience, including the day’s schedule, specific questions asked, and what interviewees wish they knew beforehand. This type of information from past interviewees is an invaluable resource- schools like to use the same questions over and over to compare students. Over six different interviews, more than half of the questions I was asked were directly from this website and thus very few questions actually caught me by surprise.

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MSHQ 031 : 8 Pieces of Information Every Premed Should Know

Allison and I talk about 8 key pieces of information that every student going through the premed process, whether in high school or in college, should know.

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My OldPreMeds Talk – Crossing into the Blue

I was asked to speak at the 2013 OldPreMeds and OldMeds National Conference, their 13th Annual. The theme of the conference was military medicine and I was able to meet some great people, including the founder of SDN, Army Lt Col (Dr.) Lee Burnett.
The subject of my talk was about my journey to being a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force, including accepting the HPSP Scholarship.
I was able to record the audio, and have put it together with my slides. I hope you enjoy!

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MSHQ 023 : Interview with Dr. Polites of MedPrep at Wash. U.

Dr. Greg Polites must wander around the campus of Washington University in St. Louis with a flock of adoring fans like Justin Beiber anywhere in public.
Dr. Polites is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He's also on the admissions committee and the coursemaster for the Practice of Medicine course for 1st and 3rd year medical students there.
For premeds at Wash. U, he's the instructor for MedPrep, a course that has very similar goals as we do here at the Medical School Headquarters. Upwards of 90% of all premed students at Wash. U take the MedPrep course on their way to medical school.

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MSHQ 019 : Interview with a Medical School Interview and Admissions Expert

Dr. Wagoner has been in medical school admissions for about 30 years. She is an expert in the medical school interview process. She shares her knowledge with us.

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