School (MD & DO) Admissions Consulting
Note: I focus my practice only on the special concerns of the
Entering Class 2016: The interview "season" continues well into April for some schools. Plan to do a mock interview before you hit the interview trail.
Entering Class 2017: These applicants should be assessing their qualifications for medical school and preparing for the spring application process.
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What I do (in a nutshell): I counsel those who are interested in what it takes both academically and non-academically to become a well-qualified applicant to medical school.
Virtually no medical school admissions consultant has this combined background of both a decade as an Admissions Committee Voting Member AND as an on-staff university pre-med advisor.
Assistant Director of Medical School Admissions at Stanford University
(1990-1999), and as an Academic Advisor to pre-med freshmen and sophomores,
I understand your questions and uncertainties. With
my 10 years medical school admissions committee, I have a unique
knowledge of the admissions process from the "inside."
Current Applicants to Medical School:
you are within a year of applying, you and I will:
Current Applicants for Residency Programs:
PHILOSOPHY AND OUR GOALS TOGETHER
want you to know the joy of a congratulatory acceptance
Working with college and post-college students has been the highlight of my recent career. Not only have I spent 18 years volunteering as an Academic Advisor for Stanford University freshmen and sophomores in their adjustment to campus life, but for 10 years I was Assistant Director of Admissions for Stanford University Medical School. I have reviewed tens of thousands of applications, and have been a member of the admissions committee - admitting, and rejecting, applicants. I have experienced the great joy of calling admitted students and giving them the good news. It was the best part of my job! I want to share that joy of acceptance. . .you becoming a successful healthcare professional. This may even mean looking at educational and career opportunities other than medical school.
You will define and focus your path toward your profession, not in order to "look good" to an admissions committee, but for you to know "who you are." You need to know yourself before an admissions committee can know you. And you need to be able to relate this knowledge to those evaluating you.
We will address questions involved in the general application process; we can discuss interviewing; and if you have been an unsuccessful applicant in the past, we will review ways to improve your candidacy.
It is my desire to help you as much as possible so that you, too, will experience the joy of hearing "Welcome to our medical school!"
APPLYING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL
As you go through the daunting process of applying to medical school, or even considering if medicine might be your career, you may have many questions and concerns. Your campus pre-med/pre-health advisor is there to help you, but sometimes you need more personal attention than they have time to give you.
I will coach you through the admissions process, helping you through the application maze.
At our first conference. . . We will discuss and evaluate your application credentials. In future discussions we will continue to explore your progress toward your goal. You will have the opportunity to talk about your interest in medicine, how it began, how it is part of your life now, and how you envision your future career.
When I give workshops and talk with interested applicants, I am often asked, "Just what exactly do you do for me?"
Applying to medical school can be a long-term arduous project. We begin as soon as you decide that you will be applying to medical school within the year.
As a non-traditional applicant, we begin first by:
Evaluating your current credentials.
Discussing whether or not med school is even "a viable option."
What are the challenges?
a plan (if necessary) to "fill in the gaps" and/or improve the academic
At this point we pick up with the time-line/activities appropriate for any medical school applicant, traditional or non-traditional.
is different - beyond the standard needs of the application process, someone
may need to improve study skills, or develop time management skills, or
learn stress-reduction techniques; whatever the issue, someone is dealing
with it. I can be a useful resource for these other challenges.
(Some success stories) Client