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What Are the Top Medical Schools Looking For?

Introduction You’ve earned competitive grades and scored well on your MCAT. Is that enough? Well…… Yes and No! According to Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He meant that without self-discovery, self-reflection and self-assessment, how can you envision the perfect future; and thus plan for it. There are approximately 200 medical schools in[…]

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You Got Rejected From Medical School

Introduction You poured your ‘heart and soul’ into your medical school applications. Yet, they sent you a polite yet terse ‘denial’ letters. You felt shocked; or perhaps you said, “it’s okay. I knew it would be tough.” The questions now are, what next? Do you give up, regroup and plow ahead with Plan B? Outline[…]

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November 1, 2020
Stanford University School of Medicine: Discover the new ‘Discovery Curriculum’

Mission Statement: Our mission at Stanford is to educate and inspire leaders in medicine and science who will improve the human health condition through discovery, innovation, scholarship, education, and the delivery of outstanding patient-centered care.   Following the aftermath of a report from the National Institutions of Health (NIH) that described major obstacles facing the[...]

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October 1, 2020
Health Care Disparities: Why Does it Matter?

  Health care disparities in America effects every American either directly or indirectly. It certainly impacts the poor, the underserved and the disenfranchised disproportionately. But, it also effects the affluent either personally or to the extent that it influences society as a whole. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), health care disparities[…]

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Measure What Matters to Get into Medical School: Engaging Your ‘A’ Game

    Adapted from John Doerr’s book entitled ‘Measure What Matters’   There are several ways to keep you on track toward accomplishing  your goals. Some simply develop goals. Others define their mission of today and vision of tomorrow. A more comprehensive approach is to add an annual strategic plan, quarterly objectives and key results[…]

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Medical School and Social Media: The Internet Doesn’t Forget

  Introduction If not already, soon you will soon be applying to medical school in earnest. There are a few things that can sink your ambitious medical school plans faster than an inappropriate post from one of your social media accounts. Whether you frequent Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, “Big Brother” is watching and the “hammer[…]

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The 5 Disciplines of Execution needed in the Medical School & Residency Application Process

  Adapted from the New York Times Bestselling Authors Sean Covey, Chris McChesney and Jim Huling, from their book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.” (Please note, I added a discipline).   The authors set to ask the question, “why do most people’s best ideas rarely come to reality?” Two things you can do to influence[…]

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Building the Optimal Medical School List: Part B

Interestingly, most applicants apply to medical school with good intentions, but flawed execution. They apply based on prestige alone; or they’ve concluded that their state, public medical school is more affordable that the better fit private school. Candidates must keep in mind that medical schools are not all the same. Columbia has a very different[…]

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Building the Optimal Medical School List:  Part A

There are 191 accredited medical schools in the United States, 155 MD or allopathic programs, and 36 DO or osteopathic programs. There are perhaps 60 Caribbean medical schools, of which 4 may be considered “of quality.” Like finding a spouse or selecting a vehicle to drive, the most important thing is compatibility, fit. Do you[…]

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Top Mistakes When Preparing for the MCAT

The MCAT is a “marathon,” a six-hour war that when planned and prepared for properly is the gateway to elite medical institutions and vast opportunities. Your goal is to master the content and perform on test day. Consistent with the teachings in Sun Tzu’s treatise, “ the Art of War,” if you know yourself, the[…]

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