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Making Your AMCAS Application Stand Out

Are you stressed about getting your AMCAS application to stand out? Don’t worry! Our Cracking Med School Admissions team is here to help you shine. Here are two big pieces of advice we give our students for their AMCAS application: Themes, themes, themes: Make sure your entire medical school application highlights 1-3 themes. Are you a global health guru? Love research? Figure out your niche. And highlight these strengths throughout your medical school application. Paint a picture Read more [...]

The Multiple Mini Interview: What it is, and How to do Well

The Multiple Mini Interview What are multiple mini interviews? How are they different from “normal” medical school interviews? In this blog, the Cracking Med School Admissions team will dissect the multiple mini interview. Read our blog “5 tips to ace the MMI interview”  if you want more tips for the multiple mini interview. Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has successfully prepared students for the multiple mini interview, and our students have received acceptances to top schools, Read more [...]

5 Tips to Ace the MMI Interview

Our Cracking Med School Admissions team have been interviewers for the MMI interview. And we’ve prepped several students to ace their medical school interviews. Remember, there’s usually not one right answer to the MMI interview questions. Interviewers want to see how you communicate information. Here are FIVE tips to ace the MMI interview: 1. Create a structure for your answer This is one of the most important pieces of advice our Cracking Med School Admissions team can give. Your interviewer Read more [...]

Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015

Medical School secondary application essay have been distributed to applicants since the first week of July! Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has been busy helping students submitting their numerous secondaries. Whether you're a pre-med wondering what types of prompts you will receive in the future or whether you're a current applicant looking at the wide variety of essays, check out our list of medical school secondary application essay prompts for the 2015-2016 application cycle. If Read more [...]

AMCAS Work and Activities Example

AMCAS Work and Activities Example In this blog post, we show examples of how to write your AMCAS work and activities descriptions. Contact our Cracking Med School Admissions team at info@crackingmedadmissions.com and we can help you edit your AMCAS, which make your overall application much more attractive to admissions officers. Here is an AMCAS Work and Activities Example. We'll walk you through what you should also do with your AMCAS activities descriptions. Common Mistakes on AMCAS Work Read more [...]

Medical School Secondary Essays are so Overwhelming. Help!!

Medical School Secondary Essays We've had some applicants ask us whether we would advise re-using some of their medical school secondary essays for other schools. Here are tips to write your medical school secondary essays:  Some schools have similar secondary essays. Answer the specific prompt and follow the word count guidelines. If you reuse secondary essays, change the name of the school to which you are applying and tailor the secondary to the specific school. How? Provide specific Read more [...]

Secondary Applications, and How to Nail Them

Right about now, you’re probably at that time when you’ve submitted your AMCAS Application or close to turning it in. You may or may not have worked with us to craft a winning AMCAS primary. Pat yourself on the back because a big portion of your application is successfully complete! The thing is, it seems like only a few weeks have passed and you’re now beginning to receive essay prompts from the medical schools you applied to, signaling the next battle in the medical school admissions process: Read more [...]

Medical School Committee Letters of Recommendation: Why They’re Important

Medical School Committee Letters of Recommendation 101 Some schools provide pre-med students with the option of having a committee letter. A committee letter, which is written by a faculty member or a pre-med advisor at your school, summarizes the comments from all your recommendation letters. Visit the AAMC website for more information about a committee letter vs. a traditional letter of rec. If your school will write a committee letter for you, take advantage of this opportunity! It can also Read more [...]

How to Prepare for Medical School Interviews

Medical school interviews are in full swing, and by now you’ve probably absorbed your own fair share of pain from preparing for these interviews, and may have even already endured a few rounds! Our team has done a multitude of medical school interviews. We have done interviews while working abroad and during a full-time job. We have experienced tough interview questions, and we have had several interview formats (group, multiple mini interviews, one-on-one). We have helped dozens of our friends Read more [...]

What to wear to a medical school interview? Fashion Fanatics, Please Stand Up

There’s been quite a bit of debate in other non-medical industries lately about interview attire. With the surge in technology-related startups where people dress casually, for example, interview attire has become even more ambiguous. It’s important to recognize, however, that applying to medical school is a professional activity and medicine is a fairly traditional industry. It’s best to project an image of professionalism in front of an admissions committee during a medical school interview. When Read more [...]

Medical School Interview – What if you don’t get one?

Hopefully, all you med school hopefuls are having a happy (and not too stressful) holiday, as you wrap up secondary applications, medical school interviews, and wait for acceptance letters to start rolling in. Of course, this sequence of events assumes that everything went according to plan in the med school application process -- but what if it didn’t? What if you are still waiting for a medical school interview? Many other people are in your shoes and some of the authors of Cracking Med School Read more [...]

Choosing Which Medical Schools To Apply To

Medical School Have you asked yourself: what medical schools should I apply to? Deciding where to apply to medical school is an extremely important, and very challenging part of the application process. It takes a lot of time and can be expensive - not only because of the application fees themselves, but from campus visits as well. The decision is ultimately yours to decide which schools will be best for you. At Cracking Med Admissions, we’ve helped hundreds of students make these decisions, Read more [...]

5 Common AMCAS Application Mistakes

AMCAS Application Do's and Don'ts   5 Common AMCAS Application Mistakes Our team has worked with hundreds of applicants on their AMCAS applications, and along the way, we’ve met some really amazing people who’ve done impressive things that have changed lives. We’ve been around Olympic swimmers and founders of nonprofit organizations. We’ve also, however, seen our share of critical mistakes made when filling out the AMCAS application. Even some of these amazing people have made Read more [...]

Top 3 Reasons People Get Rejected From Medical School

Top Reasons People Get Rejected From Medical School Rejected from medical school For many people, the involved process of filling out an AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) application is just about the last thing they would want to do. However, it’s something you will have to do -- sooner rather than later -- if you don't want to be rejected from medical school. Sadly (I know, more bad news), the truth is that many of these AMCAS applications don't even make it past the first Read more [...]

AMCAS Application Tips: The Work/Activities Section

Journeying deeper into the AMCAS application, you’ll come to the Work/Activities section, where you must fill in the most important and meaningful activities you engaged in during your undergraduate time. No pressure, right? In reality, this is a particularly difficult section of the application.    If you want to get the full INSIGHTS about preparing your AMCAS application, then go check out our eBook! You'll see examples of how you can make your AMCAS application shine.   Let’s Read more [...]