Guide to the Medical School Application Process


Guide to the Medical School Application Process

About 75% of students who open a medical school application each year either don’t submit their application or are not accepted to medical school.

The Premed Playbook Guide to the Medical School Application Process contains everything a successful applicant needs to know. From the application timeline, starting their personal statement, asking for letters of recommendation, to writing their personal statement and preparing for their interviews, it is the encyclopedia of application advice as premeds are sitting in front of their computer working through their AMCAS®, AACOMAS®, or TMDSAS applications.

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Application Process

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You'll Learn:

  • The ideal timeline to ensure your application is ready to go because late applications can hurt your chances.

  • How to write engaging activity descriptions to best tell your story.

  • More great info about the personal statement and interview process, expanding on Dr. Gray's other best-selling books!

  • How to write secondary essays, create a school list, and everything else you need to know about the medical school application.


“I love this book! It is complete in its coverage of topics related to the medical school application and admission process. I can easily see prospective applicants picking it up and getting a great
overview of what is involved. It is an excellent resource for applicants as they make their way through the gruesome admissions journey. I can also imagine students giving a copy of the book to friends and family members who don’t know anything about the process to introduce them to
what students will be facing in the weeks and months of their application cycle. It is straightforward in addressing the more nuanced and difficult topics sometimes faced by students. Dr. Gray has established a reputation for being honest and frank with students, and I believe this book continues that legacy.”

James Scott Wright, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Advising, Mappd, LLC
Retired Executive Director, Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service
Former Director of Admissions, UT Southwestern Medical School

“The instruction manual that the premedical community has needed is finally here! This book is a comprehensive resource for all aspects of the application to medical school. In addition to the clear advice that Dr. Gray provides, he offers examples of strong and weak responses and, most importantly, why they are strong or weak.”


Leila Amiri, PhD
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Recruitment
University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
Co-Chair AAMC BA/MD Affiliate Group

“What a wonderfully thorough and comprehensive resource! Dr. Gray has provided a very
thoughtful and methodical approach to the medical school application. Through a multitude of examples, he demonstrates how to highlight one’s passions and strengths while avoiding common pitfalls that are easy to make. The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School
Application Process is much more than a compilation of do’s and don’ts. It’s a fun and easy read that will help applicants navigate each part of the process and stay on track during a very busy and sometimes stressful time in their professional journey!”


Gregory M. Polites, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Chair, Central Subcommittee on Admissions
Washington University School of Medicine

“The challenge today is there’s just too much information available on the topic of admission to medical school. However, Dr. Gray synthesizes the most essential concepts and principles into his latest book with authentic examples to help demystify the entire process.”


Joon Kim, EdD
Senior Program Director of Postbaccalaureate Programs
Keck Graduate Institute



Dr. Ryan Gray is a former United States Air Force Flight Surgeon who found a passion for helping premed students on their journey to medical school. Best known for his podcasts, which have been downloaded over 3,000,000 times, Dr. Gray has interviewed numerous admissions committee members and deans of admissions for medical schools.

Through The Premed Years podcast and the Medical School Headquarters sites, Dr. Gray has helped thousands of students gain the confidence they require to successfully navigate the premed path.

Dr. Gray lives outside of Boulder, CO, with his wife Allison, who is a neurologist, and their daughter Hannah. Dr. Gray is also a Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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