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Top 3 Tips for Your Med School Application
Posted by Nick Lunig

Congratulations! You've chosen a career as a physician. You have a meaningful life full of helping others, perpetual learning and ... applications.

Your med school application is just the first of many as you progress through your journey of becoming a physician. It is a long and tenuous process and is certainly intimidating. I still wake up in a cold sweat from time to time, dreaming that I spelled physician wrong on my essay after I submitted it (let’s be honest, it's a hard word to spell). But fear not! We are here to help.

Sitting on the admissions committee at my medical school and subsequently advising pre-med students on their own applications through MST pre-med admissions consultants, I have learned a lot about what makes a successful med school application. 

Some Med School Interview Tips to Really Reel Them In
Posted by Nick Lunig

During my time in medical school, I had the pleasure to interview applicants for seats in the incoming class.  During the three years I did this, I interviewed some amazing candidates in which the 30 minutes we had flew bye, and I interviewed some candidates where this wasn’t necessarily the case (30 minutes can be a very long time).  After a while, I started noticing things those great candidates did that really made them stand out.

Four Ways To Find “Meaning” In Your Med School Application
Posted by Nick Lunig

When I advise students on their medical school applications, I am always a little surprised by how difficult it is for students to choose their three most meaningful activities and elaborate on them within the extra space provided. Many seem to think that it is a multiple choice exam in which there are only three right answers, and if they don’t pick those three, their application immediately goes into the trash.

To Delay Or Not Delay: Submitting Med School Applications
Posted by Nick Lunig

It is really hard to have a perfect medical school application. There is so much that goes into it (grades, MCAT scores, and extracurriculars, to name a few), so almost all students have a “weakness” in their application. I once had a prospective student say that applying to medical school felt like a dream where you show up to school on the first day with everything ready to go: new backpack, fresh collared shirt, and all the supplies you need….except you forgot to wear pants and it’s the only thing anyone notices.

How to Write a Med School Personal Statement That’ll Blow Them Away
Posted by Nick Lunig

Death, taxes and personal statements; three things that are unavoidable in your career in medicine. Personal statements are tough — it’s challenging to talk about yourself in a positive light without sounding cliché or arrogant. The personal statement is also stressful because it’s the one part of the application you have control over until the very second you hit “submit”. It wasn’t until I became a member of the admissions committee at my medical school that I really understood what made a powerful personal statement. So, while I can’t help you with the death or the taxes part of life, I can help you with the personal statement.  Here are some tips that can help your personal statement shine: 

What Do Med Schools Look For?
Posted by Nick Lunig

There’s no way around it: admission into medical school is really hard. In the 2016- 2017 application cycle alone, 53,042 people applied while only 21,030 matriculated. That means that over 60% of applicants didn’t get accepted to a single medical school.  So what do the 40% have that the rest don’t? What are medical schools really looking for?

When It's OK to Cancel Your Residency Interview
Posted by Nick Lunig

I have a good friend who applied to plastic surgery for residency. As is often the case for plastics, he applied to all 70-something programs in the country. He was a competitive applicant and ended up receiving multiple interviews.

The Write Stuff for Residency: Who (and How) to Ask for Those Important Med School Letters of Recommendation
Posted by Nick Lunig

A lot of people have good advice on studying for Step 1 and Step 2, succeeding during third year clerkships, and writing a strong personal statement – but not so much on asking for letters of recommendation. This is somewhat surprising, as residency directors across all specialties rank it as one of the most important parts of the ERAS application. And while it isn’t especially challenging to get a generic “good” letter, it can be to get a great one: a letter that paints a detailed picture of you and really makes your application stand out. As such, here are four pieces of advice to make the process less painful while also helping improve the quality of your letters.

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