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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Successful Book Opening!

Thank you to all the family, friends, and clients who attended the DC book opening for The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD's Week-by-Week Handbook at lovely Bar Dupont on Friday night. It was quite a turnout with festivities extending from evening to night to morning!

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The Medical School Admissions Guide!

Board of Advisors members Scott Talan and Chris Kiple with Drs. Suzie Miller and Tara Sheets
Joe, Tracy, and Cindy - RN/NP's extraordinaire!
Sharon Kim, Dr. Suzie Miller, book editor Jen Abbott and husband Erik
Jillian Orfeo, Nicole and Dave Krug, and Dr. Suzie Miller

Fairfax Crew

Monday, December 20, 2010

Medical School Interviews – Current Events

Many interviews now include questions regarding ethics, policy, and current events. During interview season, be sure to stay up-to-date on all current events, but especially those related to health care. Health care reform is again in the headlines given the recent election – do you know the specifics of the debate? What do you think about the healthcare reform bill passed by the Obama administration? What do you think about some of the Republican ideas to change it? You don’t have to be an expert, but you should know the lingo and be able to intelligently express your opinion. Ethics questions on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and stem cell research have also become popular.

How can you prepare? I suggest reading your local paper but also browse national papers such as the New York Times. The Economist politics and business in review sections at the beginning of every magazine provide excellent current event summaries. Subscribing to The Economist is pricey but you can read these two sections at the library in less than ten minutes.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Medical School Interviews – Final Prep

It’s game time. You’ve polished the shoes, reviewed the application, and practiced and practiced and practiced questions. Before you leave, remember these final details:

1. Pack all clothes in a carry-on. Airlines lose baggage – frequently. Always carry on your luggage.
2. Bring copies of all publications in case the interviewer would like to see them. You can keep them safe in the pocket of leather legal pad. The legal pad can be used to take notes.
3. Ensure you have all directions or public transit options mapped out. Being late to a medical school interview is NOT an option.
4. Bring:
Blank thank you notes
A snack
Extra pantyhose/stockings in case of runs (if you are wearing hose)
Dental floss (very handy for post-lunch interviews)
5. Ensure a good night sleep not just the night before the interview but the “night before the night before.” Studies have shown that sleep two nights before an event most dramatically affects performance.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Medical School Interviews – Practice, Practice, Practice Questions

Whether you are preparing for your first medical school interview or your tenth, practice is the key to a successful interview experience. Practice the most typical questions asked in medical school interviews. There are many lists out there on the Internet.

Practice answering questions out loud in front of a mirror. You will be surprised by the habits you will discover, such as playing with a ring, wrying hands, or foot tapping. Practice limiting such distracting movements. Practice by tape recording your answers. Isn’t it amazing how many times your say “like” and “um.” Practice not using those unprofessional, filler words.

Ideally, you should arrange for a mock interview with an admissions consultant or medical school counselor. This mock interview should be as close to real as possible – do everything you will do on interview day including wearing your suit, using an office setting, and answering each question to the best of your ability.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Medical School Interviews – Review AMCAS and Secondary Applications

Everything on the AMCAS and secondary applications is fair game in the medical school interview. This includes every course and activity listed. You may have taken some of those classes four years ago (or, for some of you, 10 years ago). Review each class and activity to ensure that you recall enough details to answer any question on the topic. Also be sure to read over the personal statement and secondary essays to remember how you specifically spun yourself to a particular school.

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