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Secrets of Medical School Admissions. Julia Landry Director The Princeton Review [email protected] 850.574.8378 • www.PrincetonReview.com. Agenda. Welcome Research Finding the Right Med School Applying and Getting In

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Secrets of medical school admissions

Secrets of Medical School Admissions

Julia Landry

Director The Princeton Review

[email protected]

850.574.8378 • www.PrincetonReview.com


Agenda
Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Research

  • Finding the Right Med School

  • Applying and Getting In

  • Factors of Admission

  • The Princeton Review

  • Questions and Answers

    TIP: Strategies for Making Yourself a Competitive Applicant


Research
Research

Where Do I Start?

  • School websites and materials/publications/media

  • PrincetonReview.com

    • TIP: Advanced Med School Search - list of schools that match your needs and preferences- www.princetonreview.com/medical/research/advsearch/match.asp

    • The Princeton Review's Med School Recruiter

    • The Tuition Cost Calculator

  • Talk to professors, colleagues…

  • Call schools/admissions staff

    FSU Pre- Health Advising (850) 644-7678

  • Talk to current students & alum

  • Go to fairs and conferences

    Dean’s Day- October 2010

  • US News and World Report Rankings


Finding the right med school
Finding the Right Med School

  • TIP: Don’t Fall for the Brand Name Hype

  • Choosing a Med School – 3 Factors

    • Academic quality

    • Chances of getting in

    • Practical considerations

  • The Academic Fit

    • Well-suited

    • Specializations


Finding the right med school1
Finding the Right Med School

  • What Else to Consider

    • Rankings

    • Social atmosphere

    • Family factor

    • Career/job offers

    • Cost

    • Alumni influence/network

    • Environment

    • Size

    • Dr. Who?

    • Talk to the students

    • Research facilities

    • School curriculum


A v o
A v O

  • Allopathic Medicine

    • most widely available and recognized

    • two years of basic science followed by clinical rotations

  • Osteopathic Medicine

    • curriculum is similar - four years long

    • clinical training

      • spend more time rotating in primary care areas, rather than medical subspecialties

      • most do not have an affiliated teaching hospital; therefore, schools usually partner with a number of med facilities and doctor's offices

  • More similarities than differences


FSU

  • Florida State University

  • Early Decision Deadline: August 1

    *Extra Required Courses: Biochemistry

    Recommended Courses: Psychology, Social Science, Spanish

    Classes begin May 24 (Summer)


UM

  • University of Miami

  • Early Decision: NONE

  • Recommended Courses:

    • Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Immunology, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology


USF

  • University of South Florida

  • Early Decision Deadline: August 1

  • Recommended Courses:

    • Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Embryology, Comparative Anatomy, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry, Statistics, Histology


UCF

  • University of Central Florida

  • Early Decision Deadline: August 1

  • Recommended Courses:

    • Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Embryology, Comparative Anatomy


UF

  • University of Florida

  • Early Decision Deadline: NONE

  • Extra Required Courses: Biochemistry

  • Recommended Courses:

    • Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology, Embryology, Comparative Anatomy


Applying and getting in
Applying and Getting In

  • The Application Process

    • State of Affairs

      • Roughly 67,828 test takers

      • First-year enrollees total almost 17,800 students, a 2.3% increase over 2006

      • 42,300+ applied, an increase of 8.2 percent over 2006

      • 32,000 were first-time applicants, the highest number on AAMC record

  • Commonalities

    • TIP: Apply Early

    • Secondaries


Factors of admission
Factors of Admission

  • Objective Factors:

    • GPA

    • MCAT

  • The Numbers

    • Students focus on the numbers first

    • The numbers don’t get you in but ________

    • GPA (science) x 10 + MCAT > 65 (admissions index)

    • GPA and MCAT are between 30 % and 50 % of the admissions decision

    • Consider the #’s a baseline requirement

  • Go to Demo.PrincetonReview.com to take a free practice test and to sample one of our lessons.

  • Call 800-2Review or visit PrincetonReview.com for more info about The Princeton Review test prep options.


What does it take to get in
What Does it Take To Get In?

Source: The Princeton Review’s Best 168 Medical Schools



Factors of admission1
Factors of Admission

  • Subjective Factors:

    • Recommendations

    • Essays

    • Experience

    • Activities

    • Interview

    • Resume

      The other 50 percent of admissions is based on

      motivation, passion, and sense of purpose.

      Stand out from the rest of the crowd.


Letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation

  • Choose Wisely

  • Academic

    • 2 science, 1 non-science - min 3, max 5

  • 5 areas of commentary

    • Classroom contributions

    • Interest in the subject

    • Level of achievement

    • Personal anecdotes

    • Likeability


  • The essay
    The Essay

    • What Makes a Good Essay

    • Do’s & Don’ts

      • TIP: Give Yourself At Least 2 Months To Develop Your Personal Statement

  • It should…

    • Be a sales pitch for yourself

    • Show committee something about yourself that they could never learn from your application

    • Demonstrate that you are a mature, intelligent and focused person

    • Show that you’re different from the rest of the pack

    • Be the most powerful, positive element of your application

    • Answer the question!


  • The rest of the package
    The Rest of The Package

    • Experience

      • Beyond shadowing, volunteering  goal is to make a connection

    • Exposure to the Medical Field

      • Genuine commitment to helping and serving others

        • Clinical

        • Research

        • Leadership/community service

        • Volunteer work

  • TIP:Don’t try to “beef-up” your application by joining every activity

  • Resumes

    • Highlight your professional achievements

    • FSU Career Center- Juliette McDonald [email protected] 850.644.9774

  • TIP: Take Courses of Interest (but don’t forget requirements)

    • Is major important?


  • Putting it all together
    Putting It All Together

    • Choosing Targets

      • Make a list

      • Eliminate - not academically strong enough or unacceptable due to practical considerations.

      • Divide the remaining schools into three groups: 1-2-1

        • 100% sure/shoe-ins

        • good “match”

        • schools you'll get into only if touched by the hand of God


    Application timeline
    Application Timeline

    • TIP: Make a Plan-of-Action Calendar & Stick to It. Don’t Miss Deadlines!

    • College Year 1-2

      • Successfully complete required premed coursework

      • Investigate available volunteer/paid medically related clinical or research activities

    • College Year 3 – Junior Year, Fall Semester

      • Begin prep and register for desired MCAT administration

      • Successfully complete first-semester required premed coursework – physics and/or chemistry

    • Spring Semester (January-April)

      • Prepare, register for, and take desired MCAT administration; best for timing on applications

      • Start researching schools

      • Contact potential recommenders

    • Spring Semester (May-June)

      • Finalize school list

      • Complete AMCAS application

    • College Year 4 – Senior Year

      • September

        • Complete and send supplemental applications

      • October - November

        • Send thank you notes to recommenders

        • Interview


    Admissions timeline 2009 2010
    Admissions Timeline 2009-2010

    MAY 1: Primary Application available to complete through AMCAS

    JUNE 1: Primary Application available to submit through AMCAS

    AUG 1: Most Florida Med Schools Early Decision Deadline

    AUG 15: Most Florida Med Schools EDP Secondary's Deadline

    OCT 1: Most Florida Med Schools EDP Admissions Notification

    DEC 1: Most Florida Med Schools Regular Decision Deadline


    Questions
    Questions?

    Thank You

    Julia Landry

    Director- Tallahassee & NW Florida

    [email protected]


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