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The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all areas of our lives. For medical school applicants and medical school students the effects are widespread. The American Medical Association recently had a blog post that summed up some of the issues impacting medical … Continue reading

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              Does studying art enhance physicians’ observation skills, thereby allowing them to pick up subtle signs of illness? In recent years, there has been a general acknowledgment that studying art–and fine-tuning the art of … Continue reading

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CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) is an online exam that is used increasingly in the medical school admissions process. It assesses an applicant’s situational judgment in various scenarios. According to the organization that administers the CASPer, it “increases fairness … Continue reading

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The impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching, affecting every segment of society all over the world. The pandemic has also had an impact on medical students, many of whom had early, virtual graduation ceremonies.  Students graduated early so that they would … Continue reading

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An editorial in AAMC news advocates including more topics related to the health of LGBTQ patients.  It cites a study, now dated, that surveys the LBGTQ-related content in medical education curricula. A study in 2012, published in the Ochsner Journal, … Continue reading

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US News has come out with its annual ranking of medical schools. In the research category, here are the top 10 (some are tied in rank so the total number goes over 10): Harvard Johns Hopkins University of Pennsylvania NYU … Continue reading

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A study from Tulane and Thomas Jefferson shows the distinctive benefits of engaging in the arts and/or the humanities while in medical school. The results, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, showed that such activities helped to promote … Continue reading

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Being on a medical school’s waiting list offers the prospect of an acceptance but it can also be agony waiting for that acceptance to come through. Waiting to be accepted can be a time of stress as you wait to … Continue reading

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As a medical school admissions consultant and as the former director of both the Johns Hopkins and Goucher Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs, I have extensive experience guiding medical school applicants. I am fortunate that many of my former advisees have been … Continue reading

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The Multiple Mini Interview format is spreading rapidly among US medical schools. Here is a list of schools using MMI in the 2019-2020 application cycle. “Hybrid” means a combination of a traditional interview with MMI stations and sometimes a group exercise: … Continue reading

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