Do’s and Don’ts of Medical School Interviews

Do’s and Don’ts of Medical School Interviews

Look No Further. Get Started Today. 888-839-9997 20 Minutes Free Consultation Tips for impressing your medical school interviewers By Daisy Kim, MD Phew… you let out a sigh of relief. After all those hours of MCAT and application prep, you are thrilled to realize you have somehow reached the final round. After a short while of euphoria, you find yourself growing anxious about the interview day. “What exactly are they looking for?” You wonder. “I guess they have some faith in me (on paper), but how do I convince them I am worthy of their investment amongst a sea of applicants?” Well say no more – here come some tips from someone who has been on both sides of the interviewing table. Do: relax and smile. As cliché as this sounds, it is true. Positive aura is infectious, and you can work the halo effect to your advantage. It is obvious from even the initial exchange of hellos how comfortable you appear, and this quite powerfully affects the mood of your interviewer during interview, better yet when they type up your evaluation. The most pleasantly memorable applicants are always the ones who are engaged in the conversations all the while keeping their cool. Showing that you can remain relaxed in this high stress situation is a strength. Of course, don’t be too comfortable – no slouching on the chair or using overly casual language. If you find yourself nervous during the interview, and maybe even making some verbal mistakes, it is actually okay to say “sorry, I am nervous!” When I heard this confession from some applicants, I thought...
Four ways for pre-dental students to have fun and be productive over break

Four ways for pre-dental students to have fun and be productive over break

Call us today for a free 20 minute consultation! 888-839-9997   You’ve spent the whole semester studying long nights in the library and acing those exams. Now, finally – finally! – You’ve made it to break. Winter break, spring break, summer break, and long weekends all present an opportunity for you to both work hard and play hard. How can you maximize your time off from your pre-dental studies while having a good time? Check out our four top tips to make the most of your school breaks to have fun and to benefit you on your journey to dental school. Make a list of goals Create a prioritized list of goals you want to accomplish over your break. Lists will keep you accountable and organized. Plan a specific deadline to complete each task and stick to your deadlines. You may find yourself working more efficiently by setting goals with a deadline. It can feel incredibly satisfying to complete goals on your list, one-by-one. Keep checking your list throughout break to stay on track. Make sure you balance your work with things that are fun and important to you, too, like resting or spending time with your family and friends. You’ll feel satisfied at the end of your break after you’ve accomplished most, even maybe all, of your goals. Travel Extended school breaks are opportunities to travel domestically or even internationally. Decide where you would like to travel based on your time and budget. Consider opportunities through your university, student groups, or local organizations. Your university may have study abroad programs. Make sure to start planning weeks in advance...
Use school breaks to improve your dental school application

Use school breaks to improve your dental school application

Call us today for a free 20 minute consultation! 888-839-9997   It always feels like a struggle to find the time to study, volunteer, eat well, exercise, have a social life, and the million other things you want to get done during the school year. Winter break, spring break, summer break, and long weekends are all times to take a deep breath. Breaks are also a unique time to improve your dental school application in ways that you can’t during the school year. Check out our top five tips to make the most of your school breaks to benefit you on your journey to dental school. Learn more about specific dental schools Breaks can allow you to explore what dental schools you want to attend. Reach out to admissions offices at schools to see if they offer open house events or tours. If they don’t, ask the admissions office if you could schedule an unofficial visit to see the school or if they could connect you with current dental students or alumni. Learning about dental schools will help you choose which schools you want to apply to. Connect with dental students and dentists Once you’ve determined a few schools you’re interested in, try to reach out to dental students through the admissions office or find local dentists that attended those schools. Dental students and dentists may have more time to chat with you over breaks and holidays. Set up informational interviews with dental students and dentists in-person or over the phone to discuss their path to dentistry and what advice they have for you. Shadowing dentists is challenging when...
Didactic Years and Team-Based Learning in Health Professional School: Preparing to be a Lifelong Learner

Didactic Years and Team-Based Learning in Health Professional School: Preparing to be a Lifelong Learner

Applying to health professional school can be daunting. There are pre-requisite courses, standardized tests, essay questions, and of course – interviews. It can be easy to forget what health professional school is really all about: gaining expertise in a subject area, and becoming a professional. Throughout all of this, one of the most important skills you’ll develop along the way is the ability to learn. Traditional programs can be thought of in two parts: didactic years and practical years. In medicine, didactic years are the first two years of classwork, spent learning about anatomy and complex pathophysiology. These are followed by practical years, two years in the clinic learning the practical application of your knowledge from the first two years. The skills you need to succeed in both environments – academic, and practical – are very different. Didactic years test your ability to absorb vast amounts of information, and demonstrate your knowledge on a multiple-choice exam. Practical years test your ability to build rapport with your team, and your ability to contextualize the information you’ve absorbed. Both sets of skills are important, but once you graduate, what do you really need to succeed in your future career? It comes down to your ability to learn independently. Times change, our understanding of complex pathophysiology deepens, legal precedents are set and broken. Your team, and your role on that team, will change – even the fundamental organizational structure of a hospital can change. Staying ahead of the curve won’t be easy, but it will be a part of your job. To become a leader in your field, you need to first...
Dressing for the Medical, Dental, or PA Interview

Dressing for the Medical, Dental, or PA Interview

Whether you are interviewing for medical/PA school or your future job, you need to look the part. Applicants receive points for and against their attire, so your clothes will be noticed. No, maybe attire isn’t the reason you will get into the school of your choice, but it can certainly be a negative mark on your file. Don’t let one outfit be the reason all your hard work is ignored. In fact, appearing ‘polished’ can help highlight some of your ‘real’ achievements, and make you seem like a much stronger candidate! Below are a few tips from someone who has survived the process and lived to tell the tale. Yes, you have to wear a suit. It’s far better to blend in that to be the “girl who came in the sweater” (actual quote from a faculty member). Men, the usual suit is fine with a tie and don’t forget a belt. Women, if you’re going to wear a skirt suit, ensure the skirt stays at your knee when sitting. Wear comfortable and appropriate shoes. Do not wear heels unless you know how to walk in them. You will be completing a tour at some point on your interview and you need to be able to keep up with the crowd. Men definitely wear plain socks with your dress shoes. If you’re not going to wear plain ones, make them interesting! My old program director loved to tell the story of how she couldn’t forget one of her applicants because of his socks. Now, it’s not the reason he was accepted, but not a bad thing to be remembered...