Sunday, March 18, 2018

How Do You Compare to Last Year’s Admitted Medical School Applicants?

How do you compare to last years admitted medical school applicants

How do you compare to last years admitted medical school applicants

In reviewing the matriculation data for the 2017-18 cycle from AMCAS, there are several trends that can be used to inform your application strategy and increase your chances of acceptance. For last cycle, 816,153 applications were submitted by 51,680 applicants, and 21,338 were accepted. In other words, 41.3% of applicants matriculated.

AAMC’s data about applicants and matriculants can inform your strategy in several ways:

1. Percent of medical school applicants who matriculated to in-state schools

Last cycle, 60.7% of applicants matriculated to in-state schools while 76.7% of applications went to out-of-state schools. This data indicates that students should apply to the schools in the state in which they are considered residents. This link provides the percentages of students accepted in-state and out of state for each medical school. Looking at these numbers will help you decide whether it is worth applying to a school.

For example, UC Riverside, Mercer, Southern Illinois, Mississippi, East Carolina-Brody, and CUNY accepted only in-state residents. If you’re an out of state resident, it’s obviously not worth applying to these six schools. Conversely, George Washington, Yale and Georgetown accept an overwhelming majority of their students from out of state—you’re less likely to get accepted as an in-state resident. If a school accepts less than thirty percent of students in-state or out-state, depending on your status, it may not be worth your time to apply, unless you have other compelling reasons.

2. GPA Averages of Medical School Applicants

Looking at the GPA averages will help you decide whether you should apply this cycle or complete postbaccalaureate coursework first to become a more competitive applicant. The average cumulative and science GPA’s are listed in the table below for applicants and matriculates:

Average Cumulative and Science GPA’s for Allopathic MD—AMCAS

Average Cumulative GPA Average Science GPA
All Applicants 3.56 3.45
Matriculants 3.71 3.64

While these numbers can be disheartening, it’s important for you to keep in mind that the medical schools do not share in the MSAR the full range of scores that they accept—only self-reported averages. If your MCAT score is higher than average, you can safely apply with a somewhat lower than average GPA—as long as you have exceptional activities and essays. The lower your numbers, the more important it is that these other areas of the application be strong.

3. MCAT Averages of Medical School Applicants

The same strategy applies here. If you have a higher than average GPA, your MCAT score can be somewhat lower than average. In the table below, the average MCAT scores for applicants and matriculates are listed.

Average MCAT scores for Allopathic MD—AMCAS

All Applicants 504.7
Matriculants 510.4

The MCAT and GPA averages above are for all schools. When you are deciding where to apply, you should compare your stats with the averages for your specific target schools and adjust accordingly.

4. Ethnicity of Medical School Applicants

If you are a person of color, I think it’s a good idea to review the data on ethnicity for matriculates, available at this link. Howard, Xavier and University of Florida accepted the highest percentage of African American students. University of Oklahoma, University of New Mexico, and University of Arizona accepted the highest number of Native American Students. University of Puerto-Rico, University of Florida and Florida International accepted the highest number of Latino students. Choosing to apply to the schools that have the highest number of acceptances of students from your particular ethnicity is a good strategy for success.

Using data from these four areas can help you create an application strategy that will work best for you. For more assistance, work with me or my colleagues to receive the personalized feedback and guidance you need to become part of the 41.3% of applicants who matriculate!

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3 Ways to Prepare for Your 2018 MBA Application

3 ways to prepare for your 2018 MBA application

3 ways to prepare for your 2018 MBA application

You can feel it in the air: the excitement of the just-published U.S. News and other business-school rankings, the proud chatter of accepted candidates on MBA forums worldwide, the articles speculating on just how many more people will apply to business school this year and how acceptance rates seem to be getting lower and lower. Whether you’re a first-time MBA applicant, a reapplicant (or re-reapplicant), or even if you haven’t yet decided if you’ll be applying this year, it’s time to start doing some deep thinking about your candidacy.

The sooner you start your MBA engines, the more successful your ride will be. Head to the starting line and with the following tips get ready…get set…and go!

1. Build your experience – now. 

Yes, the GMAT is important. And yes, where you went to college is (somewhat less) important. But what truly distinguishes successful applicants from unsuccessful ones is this: their professional and extracurricular experience.

B-schools love to admit proactive candidates, and it’s never too late to volunteer for new experiences at work and in other roles. Is there a cool new initiative that requires as many hands as possible? Sign up for it. Are there opportunities to reach across functional lines, maybe to find new customers or reposition products and services? Go for it. It doesn’t even have to be within your current workplace. Especially for applicants without formal business experience, having something to say in this domain can go a long way to setting you apart. For example, maybe you have an IT/engineering background and have been involved in friends’ startups, advising them on tech strategy, operations, and other key components. Be creative – it’s a key skill for any aspiring MBA.

And this doesn’t just apply to experiences in the workplace. It’s never too late to add to your outside-of-work experience too. You may not have time to establish a new non-profit, but you can certainly contribute your time to existing service efforts (they don’t seem to have quotas on volunteers!).

2. Clarify your goals. 

If you’re applying to business school, then you need to have goals. Ideally you’ll be able to lay out what you’d like to do immediately post-MBA and in the longer-term, and why.

Don’t be lazy on this point – “I’d like to be a management consultant and eventually an entrepreneur” is simply not specific enough.

Why are you interested in consulting? Maybe you’re already a tech consultant or love problem-solving in multiple domains. What firms would you like to work with? McKinsey, BCG, and Bain are the usual suspects, but think more broadly too. Are you big on operations? Then Booz Allen or A.T. Kearney may be great fits. Do you come from a healthcare background? Then ZS Associates may be worth mentioning. You’ll want to mention firms that recruit at the school in question.

For the long-term goal, you may not have to be quite as specific, but you should still try to paint a clear picture. If it’s entrepreneurship, why? Ideally you have some entrepreneurial experience already or can demonstrate your passion for the field in some other way. What type of business would you like to establish? Why? What trends suggest this is a “hot” area? Ask yourself these questions and work on developing concise, detailed answers.

3. Start thinking in stories. 

Story is a highly powerful tool that’s too often overlooked in the business world and elsewhere. If the schools weren’t interested in your stories, then they would only look at your grades, GMAT, and resume.

But they want to know why you’re interested in an MBA and how you achieved what’s on your resume. They want to know what obstacles you faced at work and, sometimes, in your personal life. They want to know what lessons you learned.

Frankly, they want to know if you can tell a good (true) story; holding your audience’s attention is a critical skill, whether that audience is made up of classmates, professors, future colleagues, shareholders, boards, or Congress.

So think about what went into that great project management experience or consulting engagement or fundraising effort. What would be a good way to open the story? What were the obstacles you faced and how did you overcome them? What was the ending? Great stories aren’t just for novels or movies.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Participating in a Special Masters Program (SMP)

Why you should consider particpating in a special masters program (SMP)

Why you should consider particpating in a special masters program (SMP)

You’ve completed your undergraduate degree and are looking forward to attending medical school, but are looking for a way to set your application apart. If you have a strong undergrad science GPA, pursuing an SMP can be a fantastic way to do just that.

There are currently more than 75 different science-based SMPs nationwide. There are two different types of SMPs: one-year programs and two-year programs. The one-year programs offer a strong science foundation, while the two-year programs include a research project thesis and/or literature review. Some of these programs are located on grad school campuses while others are offered through med schools themselves. Students attending programs affiliated with med schools take classes with the med students. The advantage of this arrangement is that the credit you earn towards your Master’s Degree may also be used to satisfy some of your med school requirements.

Any coursework that you complete as part of an SMP will be calculated separately on your AMCAS application, as part of your graduate coursework GPA. If your undergrad GPA needs that improvement, an SMP may not be the way for you to go. Look into postbaccalaureate coursework instead.

10 Ways to Benefits From Doing a Specialized Masters Program Before Applying to Medical School

An SMP will allow you to:

1. Gain additional science coursework.

Since these programs are science-based, you will spend the year – or two – immersed in science courses. You will have the chance to increase your knowledge of some subject areas, and possibly get a higher grade than you did in your undergrad class. New and different courses will also be available to you, thereby broadening your science base.

2. Access valuable mentors.

Your SMP professors will be able to help guide you to where your talents most lie. Never thought about research? This may be where you shine. Classes will be smaller than most college lectures, which will give you the opportunity to form relationships with your professors. Their letters of recommendation can be very influential on your med school app. Your professors want you to succeed.

3. Demonstrate that you can excel at the graduate level.

Excelling in your SMP will show the med school adcoms that you have the ability to conquer the demanding science courses in med school. Often the courses that you take will be the same as first-year med school courses, and sometimes with med students. This will give you a chance to take these courses without the additional pressure of med school, and see how you fare.

4. Gain expertise in the area of your interest that may inform and guide your long-term career goals.

Being able to take additional courses in your area of interest can cement your plan to pursue this in med school and in your career as a physician. Interested in pediatric oncology? A two-year SMP can give you the time to do a research project or literature review of the subject. The material that you learn can help you become a better clinician.

5. Earn an additional credential.

Having a Master’s Degree can help your application stand out from the others. It boosts you in terms of life experience and clinical experience. It shows the adcoms that you have motivation, and can show additional research experience. Taking the time to pursue an SMP shows that you have a passion for medicine.

6. Network with other students, medical students, researchers, professors, and other experts in the field.

We all know that building a strong professional network can lead to limitless opportunities. Take time to get to know others in your classes, your professors and others – and let them get to know you. Often a well-placed word from the right person can open doors you thought were closed to you. You never know who the right person might be, so always be well prepared, friendly and offer assistance to others.

7. Gain the opportunity to request current letters of recommendations from graduate or medical school faculty.

This is connected to benefit #6. Giving your professors the opportunity to get to know you, your work ethic, and passion for medicine can lead them to write letters of recommendation that will truly impress the adcoms. Volunteer to work in their labs or on research projects. Ask intelligent questions during class. Find creative ways to make yourself stand out and your letters of recommendation will do the same.

8. Conduct an independent research project at a university, hospital, or medical center.

Doing a research project at a medical facility will allow you to have hands-on experience in this environment instead of a sterile academic environment. You will also have access to possible mentors or others who can guide you in your path to a medical career. Candidates to write your letters of recommendation also abound in these settings.

9. Demonstrate and establish your expertise through poster presentations, abstracts and journal presentations.

Emphasize the role you played in your research project. Any opportunity you have to prove your importance in the project is a positive for you. Having your name appear as a participant in a research project is very important and will make you stand out.

10. Gain valuable life experience and confidence.

Pursuing an SMP will directly enhance your ability to guide patients towards the best resources and most current information available. Taking extra science courses, participating in a research project, and networking will all give you these life experiences and increase your confidence in your abilities as a future physician. Use your time inside and outside the classroom wisely, and this can be one of the best decisions of your academic career.

An SMP can help you become a more competitive med school applicant in a number of ways. It can set your application apart by highlighting a graduate-level GPA, as well as showing that you’ve had the guidance and endorsement of a mentor. Furthermore, it informs the direction of your career and provides resources and learning opportunities that will result in a year or two of intense self-development and professional achievement.

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Check out Alicia's bio! is an Accepted advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs. Want Alicia to help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!


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