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    How To Be A Successful Medical School Applicant How To Be A Successful Medical School Applicant Presentation Transcript

    • How To Be A Successful Medical School Applicant Ade Olasunkanmi Class of 2009/BALSA Co-President NYU School of Medicine
    • Medical School Overview
      • Medical School Programs
        • MD Degree
        • MD/PhD
        • MD/MPH
        • MD/JD
    • Medical School Overview
      • 1 st 2 years
        • The curriculum is devoted primarily to interdisciplinary biomedical science courses taking place in lecture halls, conference rooms and laboratories
        • There are small group learning sessions that emphasize topics covered in lectures
        • There are also courses in which students interact with patients, learn the basics of patient-doctor communication, acquire physical examination and diagnostic skills
    • Medical School Overview
      • 2 nd 2 years
        • In both inpatient and outpatient settings, students learn to apply clinical skills and the biomedical sciences knowledge of the 1 st 2 years to problems of human diseases and illnesses
        • Required clerkships during the 3 rd /4 th year include
          • Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Neurology, Ambulatory Care, and Radiology
        • There are also elective months during the 3 rd /4 th years during which the student can do research or pursue other areas of interest
    • Preparing For Medical School
      • General Requirements
        • English
        • Inorganic Chemistry
        • Organic Chemistry
        • General Physics
        • General Biology
        • Mathematical Statistics
      • Additional courses, not required, but very helpful
        • Genetics
        • Molecular Biology
        • Neurobiology
        • Anatomy & Physiology
      • FUN and LOTS OF FUN
    • Preparing For Medical School
      • DO NOT FORGET the mighty GPA
        • Take those classes that could get you easy As to boost your GPA
      • Plan on how and when you want to take your required classes
        • Taking organic chemistry, genetics and molecular biology in one semester could either mean you are a genius or you have not put much thought into it
    • Preparing For Medical School
      • Anybody could sit down and study all day and get As
        • What sets you apart is that you could get your As and also be good at other things
          • Mentoring other students
          • Club/Student leader
          • Volunteering outside the school
          • Research
          • Hospital volunteering
    • The New Computerized MCAT http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/testexpfaq.htm 5 hours, 10 minutes   Total Appointment Time 4 hours, 50 minutes   Total Test Time 4 hours, 20 minutes   Total Content Time 10 minutes   Survey 70 minutes 52 Biological Sciences 10 minutes   Break (optional) 60 minutes 2 Writing Sample 10 minutes   Break (optional ) 60 minutes 40 Verbal Reasoning 10 minutes   Break (optional) 70 minutes 52 Physical Sciences 10 minutes   Tutorial (optional) Time Questions Test Section
    • The New Computerized MCAT
      • It is NOT and adaptive test
        • The test is a fixed form, currently
      • The new test has the same content focus as the paper test
      • Test now offered multiple times during the year
      • You are allowed to take the exam 3 times in a given year, but you can ONLY register for one exam date at a time
      • Scores are released 30 days after test
    • The New Computerized MCAT
      • Resources
        • MCAT Practice Online
        • Kaplan/Exam Crackers/Princeton
        • Remember, the aamc website is your friend (http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm)
      • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
    • The Personal Statement
      • Your personal statement says a lot about you
      • Write, rewrite and rewrite!
      • Give your personal statement to 2 or 3 people to critique
      • One of the people to read your essay should preferably be someone who doesn’t know you
        • For example, one of your creative writing English professors
      • Take criticism in stride. Don’t get offended
    • The Application
      • Choose the schools you want to apply to thoughtfully
      • Know the schools’ application procedures
        • AMCAS
        • Secondary applications/essays
        • Deadlines
      • Your letters of recommendation are important
        • Ask if your professor would be willing to write you a letter
        • Don’t wait too late before you start asking for letters of recommendation
        • ONLY ask professors who know you well enough
          • A generic letter of recommendation will not do you any good
    • The Application
      • Submit your applications early
      • Follow through
        • It is your responsibility to call the schools and make sure that your file is complete
        • Everything in your application is fair game
        • Why you are interested in school
        • Current events: assisted suicide, Universal Health Care, HPV vaccine, cloning
        • Hypothetical social and ethical situations
        • Be prepared to ask at least 2 questions at the end of the interview
      The Interview*: Topics for Discussion Section adapted from Dr Polite’s presentation
    • The Interview
      • If possible, do mock interviews
      • Before your interview, research the school
      • On the day of the interview, dress professionally
      • Remember, anything on your application is fair game
      • Always, ask your interviewer questions
        • DO NOT ask questions you could find the answers to on the school’s website
    • Types of Interviews
      • Faculty
      • Deans
      • Student (most common mistake: being too casual, comfortable with your interviewer)
      • Group/Panel
    • Appropriate Dress: Men
      • suit (black or blue)
      • dark socks
      • polished dress shoes
      • hold off on cologne
      • good deodorant
      • well-groomed hair
    • Appropriate Dress: Women
      • suit (black, blue, or tan; pants or skirt)
      • closed toe shoes
      • pantyhose (bring extras)
      • well-groomed hair
      • manicured nails
      • hold off on perfume
      • good deodorant
      • little jewelry
    • Appropriate Dress
      • Ways to be individual/ creative
        • men: ties (sharp, crisp colors)
        • women: scarves, accessories
      • Inappropriate attire
        • open toe shoes, sandals
        • dresses, short skirts
    • Basics about the Interview
      • BE ON TIME. BE ON TIME.
      • Research the school prior to the interview
      • If flying, bring light luggage that you don’t have to check in
      • *** Be polite to everyone. (Treat everyone as a potential admissions interviewer)
    • Basics about the Interview
      • Turn off your cell phone
      • Winter time: wear boots, bring shoes.
      • Be prepared to go on walking tours.
      • Bring mints, mirror.
      • Did I mention be on time!! If you will be late, call the school’s Admissions Office.
    • Purpose of the Interview: Mutual Exchange of Information
      • Gather information about your character.
      • Give applicant an opportunity to explain interests or accomplishments which do not come across adequately on application.
      • Allow interviewer to provide additional information about the school.
      • Key Point: You are your own salesperson!
    • Preparing for the Interview
      • Reread your application and personal statement before your interview.
      • Bring interview invitation and information with you.
      • Know yourself. Be able to express yourself. Think about how you can express the following:
        • Areas/attributes of importance in preparing for a career in medicine.
        • Your past experiences and accomplishments that relate to these areas.
        • Your strengths and weaknesses in the following areas: academics, personal attributes, and motivation.
      Preparing for the Interview
    • Preparing for the Interview
      • Again, research the school
        • Check out their websites
        • Pick a few things that you like about the school
        • Strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum
      • Do mock interview
    • The Interview
      • Start off with a firm handshake, address the interviewer with title (Dr.)
      • Maintain good eye contact
      • LISTEN
      • Relax and be yourself
      • Answer the question that you are asked
      • Answer clearly and concisely
    • The Interview, cont.
      • Be humble. Avoid any trace of arrogance.
      • Avoid inconsistencies in your responses to different interviewers.
      • Avoid the appearance of fatigue
    • Communication
      • Be mindful of nonverbal communication
        • Lack of focus
        • Posture
        • Nervous habits
          • Nail biting , toe tapping, hair twirling
      • Verbal Communication
        • Proper grammar
        • Avoid the non-essentials: like, umm, yeah