Our approach to Medical School Applications

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Whether using AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service), TMDSAS (Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service), or AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service), it’s no news that your medical school applications are one of the most rigorous and demanding selection processes you will ever undertake. But the medical school admissions process is evolving. Schools increasingly find ways to get to know their applicants beyond their MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores. They want to know who you are as a potential doctor, not just as a potential student. Personal statements, essays, activity descriptions, recommendations, and interviews are all pivotal elements of a successful application. Most programs also offer secondary applications along with the AMCAS, but others may simply look at your AMCAS and make an initial cut based on your personal statement, recommendations, experience descriptions, MCAT, and GPA. Medical school admissions requirements vary from school to school. Check out more information from the American Association of Medical Schools HERE: Ivy Eyes editors are here to help!

Note to self: this is not your college essay. You must show pertinent medical skills and experience. The medical school personal statement and secondary essays are your opportunity to bring intangibles to the table. Qualities that are crucial for physicians should be immediately evident in your essays, like EI/emotional intelligence, leadership, collaboration abilities, and a keen business sensibility. Your essay(s) should be strategically positioned to humanize your candidacy, clarify transition moments, position strengths. Here, your writing becomes a barometer for your potential bedside manner and a screening tool for the type of physician you’ll be.
  Secondary essays typically address specific topics, like fit, your most meaningful clinical experience, and honestly assessing your biggest strengths and weaknesses as a prospective physician. The best answerfor each applicant is found through a close, comprehensive, and strategic analysis of your application. If you are applying to a school of osteopathy, you will need to address your unique interest in osteopathic medicine. Moreover, these essays will require you to do some research on each distinct university environment. Be thorough—it’s imperative to craft secondary essays that are even more targeted and specific than your first round. 
The Total Package Physician The recent announcement about the MCAT overhaul (check out “Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science” from the New York Times) makes one thing clear: medical school isn’t just for the grade-A perfect bio majors anymore. Medical admissions processes are being tailored to select for humanistic skills, diversity and goals that defy convention. The multiple-mini interview format—being adopted by more and more medical institutions—reflects an increased demand for well-rounded physicians.   Intuition. Teamwork ability. Leadership. Adaptability. Emotional intelligence. These criteria will all be increasingly important to your medical school admission. 
  We’ll work with you to craft your AMCAS, TMDSAS, AADSAS, or ERAS applications, crafting high-impact personal statements, experience descriptions and CVs. With secondary applications, we take a deeper dive, helping you to strategically market yourself to your dream medical programs.
  Your path to a career in medicine has been difficult and hard-won—let us put you on the right long-term track with the strongest application possible!