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Medical School Spotlight: The Path to Serving the Underserved at VCU School of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine's International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship Program (I2CRP) brings together like-minded students who want to make an impact on underserved communities. Program Director Mary Lee Magee describes the success of one student who credits...

Advisor Corner: Preparing for Committee Letter Process

Students are often strongly encouraged to obtain a committee letter of evaluation to support their medical school application if it is available through their undergraduate or post-bacc program. We asked four pre-health advisors to give their best advice to students who are seeking a...

To Apply In-State or Out-of-State?

Based on your comments to a recent AAMC Premed Team Twitter Poll, one of the most important factors when choosing a medical school is location, specifically, whether the school is in-state or out-of-state. Location is certainly a valuable consideration, but before ruling out medical schools...

Active Learning the Focus for the Larner College of Medicine

At every medical school, the way courses are structured varies. For the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, traditional lecture style classes are about to be a thing of the past. By 2019, all classes will be based in active learning methods. Learn how active learning within the...

Before You Apply! 8 Tips to Completing your Fee Assistance Program Application

The AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program helps to alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing for and applying to medical school. Here are eight tips to help you complete your application.

6 Steps to Creating an MCAT Study Plan

If you haven’t already, there will come a time when you ask yourself, “What’s the best way to prepare for the MCAT exam?” One way to prepare is to develop a study plan. But where to start? We have six steps to help you create a study plan that works for you.

4 Reasons to Take a Service Year Before Medical School

Increasingly, students are taking time off after their undergraduate programs before entering medical school. One way to make the most of this time and gain real-world experience while working in the community is to take a service year.

An Artful Approach to Medicine

A few times each month during the fall semester, a group of first-year students at the Perelman School of Medicine spend their day observing works of art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art instead of in the classroom. No, these students aren’t simply taking a break to enjoy the museum; they...

How to Maximize Your Pre-Interview Research

Congrats for landing that important medical school interview! But now what? How do you make a good impression? How do you set yourself apart? The key is to do your research. Asking questions is one way to make a big impression—not only to show you’ve done your homework, but also that you’re...

Top 10 Questions Pre-Meds Should Ask Medical School Financial Aid Officers

The cost of attending medical school is high and most medical students will need to borrow some federal student loans to cover their medical education. However, paying for medical school is possible. We've developed a list of 10 questions to get the conversation started about financial...

9 Medical School Blogs to Follow

A current medical students’ perspective is valuable when researching schools that might be a good fit for you and where you might apply. One way to get this perspective is through medical school blogs, which are often written by current medical students.

Staying Motivated: Advice from Current Medical Students and Physicians

Pursuing a career in medicine is an incredibly noble and rewarding career path, but it is challenging and rigorous. Sometimes the journey to medical school can seem overwhelming and daunting. But you’re not alone. Current medical students and practicing physicians have all experienced the...

Gaining Experience: Summer Health Professions Education Program

Getting health-related experience will not only help you enhance your medical school application, but will ensure you like working in a health field, give you a chance to take on leadership roles, and build your resume. While there are many opportunities out there, as a college freshman or...

Advisor Corner: Balancing it All

Balancing difficult science courses, leadership in student organizations, research, community service, campus jobs, and numerous other commitments—all while applying to medical school—is no easy task. We asked three pre-health advisors to give their best advice for premeds who are preparing...

What Medical Schools are Looking for: Understanding the 15 Core Competencies

As you navigate the application process, you might start wondering how medical schools evaluate your application. Many medical schools use holistic review and to help define holistic review further, they use 15 Core Competencies as a tool to evaluate you and your application.

Celebrating Women in Medicine Month

September is the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Women in Medicine Month, created to recognize the growing number of women in the profession. To celebrate the importance of current and future female physicians, we’re spotlighting five blog posts written about, and by, women in medicine...

Tips for Interview Day from Current Medical Students

An invitation to interview is a huge accomplishment and indicates that a medical school is interested in learning more about the person behind the application. We asked five current medical students to share their best advice for having a successful interview and making a positive impression....

5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Premed About How to Pay for Medical School

Medical school is expensive. Kevin Keith, a third-year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina, remembers being overwhelmed by the cost of medical school as a premed student. Now well into his medical education, he has come to realize that paying for medical school is...

5 Tips for Finding and Working With a Mentor

A mentor can be key in helping you throughout your journey to medical school. Whether a physician, medical student, or a professor, a mentor is someone who has experience in the medical field and can listen, relate, and be supportive as you navigate this process. To help you identify and...

Tips from Admissions on Maintaining Professionalism Throughout Your Interview

Being invited to interview is an indication that a medical school is interested in understanding more about the person behind the application. An interview is a chance for medical schools to look at the intangible qualities not captured on paper. Professionalism is one of those important...

Dealing with Pre-Med Stress

Being a pre-med student is stressful. Even with a busy semester behind you, you might be using your summer to volunteer or do research, prepare for the MCAT exam, or work on your medical school applications. But summer is also a good time to unwind and begin to practice healthy habits.

Physician Perspective: Why did you choose your specialty?

Did you know there are more than 120 specialty and sub-specialty options to choose from? As a pre-med student, thinking about what you might want to practice is a long way off. And you may even change your mind several times during medical school. That said, you may have wondered how someone...

Lifestyle Medicine at the USC School of Medicine Greenville

Every medical school is different in terms of values, missions, goals, expectations of their students, and learning environment, as well as the unique elements or traditions that define the school. Jeanne Petrizzo, academic communications coordinator for the University of South Carolina (USC)...

Great Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians, Vol. 2

Summer is a great chance for students to read for fun, so we’ve compiled our second annual list of ten great books for aspiring physicians.

Four Tips for Using the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®)

The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) is an online database that allows you to browse, search, sort, and compare information based on your personal requirements for every MD-granting, LCME-accredited medical school in the U.S. and Canada. This year, the MSAR received major...

Advisor Corner: Crafting Your Personal Statement

Being able to articulate an answer to the question “why medicine?” is critical for an applicant as they apply to medical school. One of the first opportunities for an applicant to convey this message to admissions officers is through their personal comments essay in the AMCAS application. We...

Four Tips for Completing Your AMCAS Application

The 2018 AMCAS application cycle is now open. While the information entered in the application is straightforward, it can be easy to make simple mistakes that may delay processing time. We asked the AMCAS Verification Team, who reviews and processes thousands of applications each year, to...

Celebrating Your Mentors: David Acosta, MD, AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

For Dr. Acosta, becoming a doctor was something he knew he wanted to be even as a child. But getting there wasn’t always easy. Without the important people in his life who inspired and motivated him to pursue a career in medicine and never give up, he wouldn’t be where he is today. In this...

Becoming an Officer and a Physician at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine

No two medical schools are the same. From one school to another, differences abound: in values, missions, goals, expectations of their students, and learning environment, including the unique elements or traditions that define them. In this article, Aaron Saguil, dean of admissions, describes...

Where to Apply? Factors to Consider When Making Your School List

As you create the list of schools where you’re planning to apply, think about where you see yourself being most successful. Remember, this will be your home for at least four years! We’ve put together five questions for you to keep in mind as you compile your list of schools.

Advisor Corner: Preparing to Apply to Medical School

As a pre-health advisor, what advice do you give students who are preparing to apply to medical school? How can they work to ensure that their candidacy is competitive in this application cycle?

Is an MD-PhD Right for Me?

Do you want the opportunity to train in both medicine and research? An MD-PhD allows you to do just that. But what does it mean to become a physician scientist? We asked AAMC experts to explain why you might want to consider this type of training.

What Made Your Medical School the Right Fit for You?

Whether you're narrowing down your list or just beginning your research on different medical schools, it’s also it’s important to ask yourself, “Is this school the right fit for me?" So we asked current medical students to tell us how they knew their school was the right choice for...

The Dos (and Don’ts!) of Attending a Virtual Medical School Fair

Before you attend a Virtual Medical School Fair and begin chatting with admissions officers from medical schools, these do’s and don’ts will help you make the most of the event and put your best virtual self forward.

Five Ways to Gain Experience Without Shadowing

Gaining experience is an important part of the medical school application process. But to be considered a competitive applicant, do you really need to shadow a physician?

Fact or Fiction: Reviewing Data from the Official Guide to Medical School Admissions

As you prepare to apply to medical school, your decisions about where and when to apply can be based on a variety of factors. To help you navigate through the process, The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions covers a wide array of topics related to the application process. It also...

New Student Success Stories: How I Prepared for the MCAT Exam

As you begin to study for the MCAT exam, you may find many different opinions on what, when, and how to study, making preparing for the exam a potentially overwhelming and challenging process. To offer ideas and stories from the pre-meds who came before you, the AAMC has developed a new...

Medical Student Perspective: What’s Your Advice for Pre-Med Students?

We asked current medical students to give us their best advice for any aspiring physician.

AAMC Spotlight: Ross McKinney Jr., MD

Growing up, Ross McKinney, MD, always knew he was going to be an academic. Inspired in high school to pursue a career in medicine, it wasn’t until a ward rotation in his second year of his pediatric residency that he understood what he really wanted to do. This ultimately led him to discover...

Apply to AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program

To help those who would be unable to apply to medical school without financial assistance, the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP) covers some of the costs associated with the application process.

When is the Right Time to Take the MCAT Exam? Three Questions to Ask Yourself!

It’s not surprising that one of the questions we’re asked most frequently is, “When should I take my MCAT exam?” Between class, extra-curricular activities, a job, and remembering to relax and have fun every now and then, it may seem hard to find time to also prepare for your MCAT exam.

Medical Student Perspective: The White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage for medical students, and was created by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1993. During the ceremony, a white coat is placed on each student’s shoulders and often the Hippocratic Oath is recited, signifying their entrance into the medical...

A New Career Opportunity in the Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), is an unique, free summer opportunity for college freshmen and sophomores to experience first-hand what medical school is all about. SHPEP is expanding to accept...

Is a Post-Bacc Program Right for Me? Seven Benefits to Consider

Increasingly, students are taking time off in between completing their undergraduate and medical school, often referred to as “gap” or “bridge” years. For many, this additional time is used to help strengthen their applications to medical school. While there are many different ways to do...

Women in Medicine Month Spotlight: Janis Orlowski, MD

Dr. Orlowski was given the opportunity to design, build, and test a pacemaker at the encouragement of her undergraduate mentor. Through that mentor and others like them, she found her passion for medical research.

Advisor Corner: The Value of Working with a Pre-health Advisor

As the new school year begins, it’s important to remember the valuable resources already available to you on your campus. One of those resources is your pre-health advisor. We asked three pre-health advisors to share their perspective on the value they can bring as you prepare for and apply...

Budgeting to Pay for Medical School

Before entering medical school, its important to begin thinking about your financial situation while in school. One way to get a handle on your finances is to create a budget. Learn about tools to help you get started and tips for managing your budget going forward.

An AAMC Summer Intern Perspective: Symone Jordan

Every summer, the AAMC hosts a number of undergraduate and graduate student interns who gain real world experience working in several units across our association. Over the summer, these students have the chance to learn what the AAMC does on a day-to-day basis, and are also given the...

Medical School Interview Do's and Don’ts

One of the most important phases of the application process is your interview. It’s your chance to demonstrate your communication and interpersonal skills, judgment, maturity, and the qualities that are important for a future physician. It’s also your opportunity to see if the school’s...

AAMC Spotlight: Atul Grover, MD, PhD

While in college, Dr. Grover, AAMC's executive vice president, spent a summer at a rural hospital in India where he learned a very valuable lesson during his few weeks experiencing clinical work for the first time.

Financial Health Checklist

Being financially healthy is just as important as being physically healthy. Below are a few activities that can help prepare you for a healthy financial future as you begin your medical school journey.

Online Advocacy Helps #SaveStudentAid

While medical education is an excellent investment, federal financial aid programs are critically important to helping ensure medical school remains affordable for all students. Many federal programs also provide support and incentives for physicians to practice in public service.

Top 3 Myths about MCAT Scores Busted

As with any high stakes exam, it’s not surprising that there are a number of rumors circulating around the MCAT exam. So we are busting three of the top myths about the MCAT scores and score scale.

Great Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians

At the end of the school year, hopefully you will find a little bit of downtime. If you are looking for a good book to take with you on vacation or to read on breaks during your summer experience, we’ve compiled ten great reads for aspiring physicians.

AAMC Spotlight: John Prescott, MD

Dr. Prescott, AAMC's Chief Academic Officer, always knew he wanted to be a doctor, but college proved to be more challenging than anticipated. It wasn’t until a volunteer experience in the emergency department confirmed his path to medicine and inspired him to keep pushing forward.

Medical Student Perspective: Gaining Summer Experience

While summer is the time to catch up on sleep, hang by the pool, and binge watch your favorite show on Netflix (we don’t judge), summer is also the time to gain valuable experiences and exposure to the field of medicine.

Managing Your Student Loans After Graduation

Congratulations! You graduated! Now what should you do with your student loans before you start medical school? Depending on your plans for applying to medical school and the type of loans you have, you have options that will fit your needs before, during, and after medical school.

Your Pathway to the White Coat: 7 Tips for Writing Your AMCAS® Personal Comments Essay

The Personal Comments Essay section of the AMCAS application is your opportunity to tell medical school admissions officers who you are and what makes you unique. Here are seven tips to help you as you write your essay.

Advisor Corner: Choosing the Right Letter Writers

Letters of evaluation are an important component of your application to medical school. We asked three pre-health advisors about their advice for choosing the right individuals to write letters of evaluation on your behalf and what best practices they have for approaching these people.

Tips to Get the Most from the Medical School Admission Requirements™ (MSAR®)

The MSAR is the resource with detailed profiles for medical schools and baccalaureate-MD programs. With the addition of over 30 new enhancements to the MSAR edition in 2016, we wanted to provide you with a few tips to help you make the most out of the MSAR.

How Federal Budget Changes Could Affect Your Future Medical Training

Educational and research opportunities offered during medical school are federally funded. Find out how the president's requested budget could affect you and your future medical training.

What Does it Mean to Make Sure You “Fit” with a School’s Mission?

It's important to learn what your desired school's mission statement is and explore how it fits your medical career goals.

Pay for Medical School Through Service

Some students who want to borrow less, or who want to have some or all of their loans forgiven, might want to consider providing medical service for a particular organization, employer, or program after medical school (or licensure).

New Study Materials Complete the Khan Academy MCAT Collection

Like others who are preparing for the MCAT exam, you probably wonder how you can prepare for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section, which doesn’t require you to study specific content. The Khan Academy MCAT Collection now includes new study and guidance materials for this section...

Advisor Corner: Advice on Applying to the Application Cycle

We asked five pre-health advisors what their advice would be to a pre-med student applying for an application cycle. Here’s what they had to say.