Premedical Student Blog

Interesting topics and current events for premeds.


New Medical Schools in the United States

Almost 30 percent of physicians are more than 60 years old. This means that upcoming years could result in the loss of a large portion…

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7 MCAT Studying Techniques Scientifically Proven to be More Effective

Studying for the MCAT takes more than just a few hours of cramming. On the contrary, the Princeton Review states that “most students who do…

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Top 10 Cheapest Medical Schools in the U.S.

Everyone knows that medical school is expensive, or is it? The average cost of tuition at a private medical school in the United States is…

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go To Medical School

Every premedical student should ask themselves and seriously consider one question, “Why do I want to be a doctor?” Not only should this question be…

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Being Wait-listed for Medical School is Not the End

Being wait-listed is not the end of the world. Having your medical school application placed on the waiting list is a constant nail-biter. You are…

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What Your MCAT Score Says About You

An medical school applicant’s MCAT score is one of the few parts of the medical school applications that is quantifiable. As a result, most premedical…

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10 Tips For Your Shadowing Experience

Shadowing a physician can be one of the most rewarding experiences for premedical students. Because there is no formal standard or official guidelines for shadowing,…

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Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Review

There are details that a Army medical recruiter might leave out when talking to you about the Army’s Health Professions Scholarship Program. The fact is…

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Majoring in Math, A Higher MCAT Score

Getting a bachelor’s degree in Math and Statistics is the latest trend among premed students. Not really. There were only 387 MCAT test-takers in 2013…

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Medical School Application Cost

How much does is cost to apply to medical school? One of the most concerning issues in healthcare today is the availability of physicians in…

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AACOMAS Application Deadlines: February 2014

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS) application deadlines for February 2014 are listed below. AACOMAS member institutions maintain longer application windows than…

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Best MCAT Study Materials: A Review

Studying for the MCAT is potentially one of the most time consuming parts of preparing to apply to medical school. Because of the vast number…

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Shadowing Videos

The following videos are a three-part series by Student Doctor Thompson, a second-year medical student. These videos are all available on YouTube and are placed…

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Medical School Applications and Matriculants (Infographics)

The following infographics illustrate the statistical differences between those who applied to medical school and those who were ultimately accepted. Medical School Applicant Statistics Medical…

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Medical School Admission Committees Investigate Social Media

Imagine submitting a link to your Facebook profile with your medical school application. Upload your Instagram photos as part of your secondary. Scrutinizing your Twitter…

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The Medical School Interview, What to Wear

Your Appearance is Your First and Only Impression The typical dress code for a medical school interview can be summarized in one word – SUIT….

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Medical School Interviews, How to Prepare

If you have received a letter from a medical school admissions committee inviting you for an interview, you’re in luck. Congratulations! Your med school application…

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Top 10 Medical Schools for Out of State Applicants

In an earlier post about in-state medical school admissions, we highlighted the acceptance rates of some schools that give preference to resident medical school applicants….

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The Real Medical School Acceptance Rate

At least on the surface, it would appear that medical school acceptance rates are far too low to keep up with the impending shortage of…

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Clinical Experience for Pre-Meds

Clinical experience is exposure to the medical field in a clinical setting. There is much debate on what is and isn’t considered clinical experience by…

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MCAT Verbal Reasoning

Many students shirk the duty of studying and practicing for the Verbal Reasoning section of the MCAT, thinking that it’s either easy or less weighted…

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3 Reasons to Consider Caribbean Medical Schools

There is much debate over whether or not Caribbean medical schools are a valid option for premeds. Some premedical students may not be the most…

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Should I retake the MCAT?

How many times should I retake the MCAT? This is a question asked by many premeds, especially after they received a lower score than they…

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2014 AMCAS Application Delayed / Rescheduled

Originally, the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) had scheduled the opening of the 2014 medical school applications for May 1, 2013. However, it’s obvious…

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20 MCAT Test Taking Tips

Here are some common suggestions for taking exams. Most of the following may appear to be common sense, but most of us do not always…

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Premeds: Choosing the Right Major

What major should I choose? This is a common question among premed students when beginning their undergraduate education. Poor advice suggests to students that all…

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Important Premed Dates, Spring 2013

Mark your calendars. The following lists some of the important dates for premedical students that are during the Spring 2013 semester, including MCAT exam dates,…

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In-State Medical School Admissions

  A common decision for premedical students is choosing the medical school to which they should apply – in-state or out-of-state. The following reviews some…

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MD versus DO: Is there a difference?

The question of which medical school route to take has become a debate among premed students: “What is the difference between MD and DO?” The…

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AAMC Adds “Trial” to 2013 MCAT

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made a few changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) which are scheduled to be implemented…

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