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Monday, October 31, 2011

Medical School Admissions: Money

      We start this journey discussing an unmentionable – money! Getting into medical school takes more than top-tier grades, cutting-edge research, and saving-the-world community service. The medical school admission process is obscenely expensive (as is medical school itself), and I want to ensure that you have the appropriate amount of cash (or credit or government loans) available before proceeding with the process. Applying to medical school will cost you anywhere for $2000-$10,000. When you take into account the cost of a MCAT course/books, the AMCAS application, about $75 for each secondary application, interview travel, interview clothes, and the possible use of an admission consultant, you can rack up a large bill quickly. Given that you will likely spend over $200,000 attending medical school (not to mention the opportunity cost of not working during that time), the money is a drop in the bucket. If you want to be a physician, do not let the cost of applying dissuade you. But be an educated consumer and set aside the appropriate amount of savings before you start applying.

      For step-by-step advice on how to get into medical school and more details on budgeting for the application cost, check out The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD’s Week-by-Week Admissions Handbook. If you’d like to communicate directly with Dr. Miller, medical school admissions expert, please email or call 415.939.5251.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Scrubbing the Dirt (Volume I)

Scrubbing the Dirt

Hello Everyone!

Check out our new YouTube series, Scrubbing the Dirt.  

A great new way to get the dirt on the day-to-day in a hospital, and who better to talk to then those actually in the scrubs?

These quick interviews answer the question we all have on our mind: What's it actually like?

We'll let the videos, and the "scrubs," speak for themselves. So without any further adieu, let's get down to the nitty gritty ...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

I am often asked about volunteer opportunities abroad. It can be tricky trying to find the right fit and not get ripped off. I found this article on very interesting:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD's Week-by-Week Admissions Handbook

The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD's Week-by-Week Admissions Handbook just received a glowing review I'd like to share with you:

"This book is a fantastic, well-organized guide to the admissions process. The numerous examples (with commentary) of personal statements and work/activities narratives have been a huge help to me, especially since I had no idea where to start as I began to put my application together. I've been carrying this book around me with everywhere for the past couple of months, and I rarely have a question that isn't answered in this book. The week-by-week layout is great too and helps keep me on track. There are a lot of med school essay and admissions guidebooks out there, but I would hands-down recommend this one to anyone applying to medical school. Also, I'd recommend you buy it around the fall before your application year (or before you sign up for the MCAT) so you can take full advantage of all of the MCAT and letters of recommendation advice." --MR

You can purchase The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD's Week-by-Week Admissions Handbook at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you'd like to buy the book from your college bookstore, you can simply ask at the information desk and they can order it for you through Barnes and Noble or Efollet.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011