How To Be A Successful Medical School Applicant

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1. How To Be A Successful Medical School Applicant Ade Olasunkanmi Class of 2009/BALSA Co-President NYU School of Medicine

2. Medical School Overview Medical School Programs MD Degree MD/PhD MD/MPH MD/JD

3. Medical School Overview 1st 2 years The curriculum is devoted primarily to interdisciplinary biomedical science courses taking place in lecture halls, conference rooms and laboratories There are small group learning sessions that emphasize topics covered in lectures There are also courses in which students interact with patients, learn the basics of patient-doctor communication, acquire physical examination and diagnostic skills

4. Medical School Overview 2nd 2 years In both inpatient and outpatient settings, students learn to apply clinical skills and the biomedical sciences knowledge of the 1st 2 years to problems of human diseases and illnesses Required clerkships during the 3rd/4th year include Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Neurology, Ambulatory Care, and Radiology There are also elective months during the 3rd/4th years during which the student can do research or pursue other areas of interest

5. Preparing For Medical School General Requirements English Inorganic Chemistry Organic Chemistry General Physics General Biology Mathematical Statistics Additional courses, not required, but very helpful Genetics Molecular Biology Neurobiology Anatomy & Physiology FUN and LOTS OF FUN

6. Preparing For Medical School DO NOT FORGET the mighty GPA Take those classes that could get you easy As to boost your GPA Plan on how and when you want to take your required classes Taking organic chemistry, genetics and molecular biology in one semester could either mean you are a genius or you have not put much thought into it

7. Preparing For Medical School Anybody could sit down and study all day and get As What sets you apart is that you could get your As and also be good at other things Mentoring other students Club/Student leader Volunteering outside the school Research Hospital volunteering

8. The New Computerized MCAT

9. The New Computerized MCAT It is NOT and adaptive test The test is a fixed form, currently The new test has the same content focus as the paper test Test now offered multiple times during the year You are allowed to take the exam 3 times in a given year, but you can ONLY register for one exam date at a time Scores are released 30 days after test

10. The New Computerized MCAT Resources MCAT Practice Online Kaplan/Exam Crackers/Princeton Remember, the aamc website is your friend (http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm) PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

11. The Personal Statement Your personal statement says a lot about you Write, rewrite and rewrite! Give your personal statement to 2 or 3 people to critique One of the people to read your essay should preferably be someone who doesn’t know you For example, one of your creative writing English professors Take criticism in stride. Don’t get offended

12. The Application Choose the schools you want to apply to thoughtfully Know the schools’ application procedures AMCAS Secondary applications/essays Deadlines Your letters of recommendation are important Ask if your professor would be willing to write you a letter Don’t wait too late before you start asking for letters of recommendation ONLY ask professors who know you well enough A generic letter of recommendation will not do you any good

13. The Application Submit your applications early Follow through It is your responsibility to call the schools and make sure that your file is complete

14. Everything in your application is fair game Why you are interested in school Current events: assisted suicide, Universal Health Care, HPV vaccine, cloning Hypothetical social and ethical situations Be prepared to ask at least 2 questions at the end of the interview The Interview*: Topics for Discussion

15. The Interview If possible, do mock interviews Before your interview, research the school On the day of the interview, dress professionally Remember, anything on your application is fair game Always, ask your interviewer questions DO NOT ask questions you could find the answers to on the school’s website

16. Types of Interviews Faculty Deans Student (most common mistake: being too casual, comfortable with your interviewer) Group/Panel

17. Appropriate Dress: Men suit (black or blue) dark socks polished dress shoes hold off on cologne good deodorant well-groomed hair

18. Appropriate Dress: Women suit (black, blue, or tan; pants or skirt) closed toe shoes pantyhose (bring extras) well-groomed hair manicured nails hold off on perfume good deodorant little jewelry

19. Appropriate Dress Ways to be individual/ creative men: ties (sharp, crisp colors) women: scarves, accessories Inappropriate attire open toe shoes, sandals dresses, short skirts

20. Basics about the Interview BE ON TIME. BE ON TIME. Research the school prior to the interview If flying, bring light luggage that you don’t have to check in *** Be polite to everyone. (Treat everyone as a potential admissions interviewer)

21. Basics about the Interview Turn off your cell phone Winter time: wear boots, bring shoes. Be prepared to go on walking tours. Bring mints, mirror. Did I mention be on time!! If you will be late, call the school’s Admissions Office.

22. Purpose of the Interview: Mutual Exchange of Information Gather information about your character. Give applicant an opportunity to explain interests or accomplishments which do not come across adequately on application. Allow interviewer to provide additional information about the school. Key Point: You are your own salesperson!

23. Preparing for the Interview Reread your application and personal statement before your interview. Bring interview invitation and information with you.

24. Know yourself. Be able to express yourself. Think about how you can express the following: Areas/attributes of importance in preparing for a career in medicine. Your past experiences and accomplishments that relate to these areas. Your strengths and weaknesses in the following areas: academics, personal attributes, and motivation. Preparing for the Interview

25. Preparing for the Interview Again, research the school Check out their websites Pick a few things that you like about the school Strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum Do mock interview

26. The Interview Start off with a firm handshake, address the interviewer with title (Dr.) Maintain good eye contact LISTEN Relax and be yourself Answer the question that you are asked Answer clearly and concisely

27. The Interview, cont. Be humble. Avoid any trace of arrogance. Avoid inconsistencies in your responses to different interviewers. Avoid the appearance of fatigue

28. Communication Be mindful of nonverbal communication Lack of focus Posture Nervous habits Nail biting , toe tapping, hair twirling Verbal Communication Proper grammar Avoid the non-essentials: like, umm, yeah

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