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OITE Pre-med Resources

Professional (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Nursing, etc.) School Advising for Postbacs
Online Resources for Pre-meds from the OITE
Other Resources for Medical School Applicants

Online Medical School Personal Statement Prep Course (PSPC)

Professional (medical, dental veterinary, nursing, Etc.) school advising for Postbacs

The OITE Career Services Center includes Elena Hernandez-Ramon, MD/PhD, Director, Pre-Med Program, and Bill Higgins, PhD, Pre-professional Advisor.  They can help you with deciding where to apply, crafting your application, writing your personal statement, preparing for the MCAT, and interviewing. The following guidelines and resources will help you to make the best possible use of the time you spend with a pre-med advisor.

IMPORTANT NOTE 1: When you schedule an appointment for advising, counseling, or a mock interview, you should be prepared to honor that commitment.  If you learn that you will be unable to keep an appointment, please cancel it immediately so that the time can be given to another trainee. 

IMPORTANT NOTE 2: If you schedule an appointment, be certain to prepare in advance. Attend any workshops devoted to the topic you wish to discuss or watch the corresponding OITE videocast. If you wish to discuss a resume, CV, cover letter, or personal statement, write and edit it carefully prior to the appointment. You should also check out our online resources on resumes and CVs and cover letters. If you have scheduled a mock interview, practice examples of possible responses to questions in advance.

Limitations on Pre-professional Advising for Applicants to Graduate and Professional School:

The OITE is committed to assisting postbacs and summer interns with the application process for graduate and professional school. Counselors and other OITE staff members can help you be a competitive applicant by assisting with application strategies, writing personal statements, and practicing mock-interviews. However, given the large number of trainees interested in this service we want to clarify the extent and nature of the services we can provide.

  • Most applicants schedule a maximum of two advising appointments during the application process. Usually the first appointment strategizes applying and the second reviews a personal statement.
  • Personal statement reviews critique the structure and organization of the (almost final) essay and whether the message intended by the applicant is being effectively communicated. The service does not include correction of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. 
  • Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to review a personal statement multiple times. Therefore, please do not ask multiple staff members to review your statement.
  • We will be happy to discuss strategies for composing answers to diversity questions or questions relating to being a disadvantaged applicant.
  • We do not review "secondaries" for medical school applicants.
  • We find that group mock interviews are an efficient and effective way to prepare for interviews. Only in unusual circumstances would we expect applicants to seek more than one mock interview.

Online Resources for Pre-meds from the OITE

Applying to Medical School: Assessing Your Application (6/25/2013) an overview of everything you need to know to get into medical school.

Interviewing for Professional School (9/21/2009)

Advice from the Trenches: Getting to Professional School (6/30/2009) medical school deans of admission talk about the admissions process.

MD/PhD: Is It for You? (7/20/2012)

Applying to Medical School (1/18/2011)

Writing Personal Statements for Professional School (3/29/2012; NOTE that you may need to click on "CC" to make the closed captioning visible.)

Preparing for the MCAT 2015 (NOTE: this is a YouTube video)

Medical School Application Schedule for Admission in Fall 2019 (handout)

Identifying Medical Schools for Your AMCAS application (handout)

Guidelines for REAPPLYING to Medical School (handout)

Osteopathic Medicine and the AACOMAS Application 2016 (5/21/2015) External Link NOTE: Only the audio and the slides were captured; our sincere apologies.

Other Useful OITE Resources


Other Resources for Medical School Applicants External Link

 

Application-related Reources

AAMC Competencies: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/core-competencies/

MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements): https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/applying-medical-school-process/deciding-where-apply/medical-school-admission-requirements/

AMCAS Application Grade Conversion Guide (applicants don't have to do these calculations, this is just for students' reference; AMCAS makes these calculations for you after you submit your application): https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fastly.net/production/media/filer_public/10/ab/10ab9407-7134-4477-9fc9-140d8acb35af/amcas_grade_conversion_guide.pdf

AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide: https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fastly.net/production/media/filer_public/e5/68/e5687e03-f55e-4ce6-a4e4-892eaab328dc/amcas_course_classification_guide.pdf

MCAT resources from AAMC: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/online-practice-mcat-exam/

MD/PhD Program Policies: https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fastly.net/production/media/filer_public/71/8b/718bcf9f-21a3-4d77-9423-a2fce84408f1/faqtable.pdf


Clinical Exposure and Community Service Opportunities

Clinical Center Rounds Opportunities are summarized at http://gbamsa.weebly.com/clinical-opportunities.html.  These include

  • The Undiagnosed Diseases Program/Clinical Rounds on Thursdays at 9:00 am
  • Liver Rounds on Thursdays at 8:30 am
  • Intensive Care Rounds every morning from 7:45 to 10:00 am.  Email icurounds.shadowingprogram@gmail.com to sign up and get location.

Information from the University of Maryand website on local hospitals/clinics and other opportunities: http://www.prehealth.umd.edu/clinical-opportunities
http://www.prehealth.umd.edu/volunteer-opportunities

Information about shadowing DOs: http://www.aacom.org/become-a-doctor/applying/preparing/shadowing

Check out the Greater Bethesda American Medical Student Association.


Financing Your Medical School Education

National Health Service Corps: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): https://www.aamc.org and https://students-residents.aamc.org/choosing-medical-career/medical-careers/aspiring-docs/

American Medical Association: https://www.ama-assn.org/ or go directly to AMA Financial Aid, https://www.ama-assn.org/content/apply-medical-school-scholarships

National Medical Association: http://www.nmanet.org

The Student National Medical Association: http://www.snma.org

The National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc. (NAMME): http://nammenational.org

Finaid.org, a list of financial aid resources for medical and graduate school: http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/medical.phtml

 

Online Medical School Personal Statement Prep Course (PSPC)

The OITE Online Medical School Personal Statement Prep Course is now open. This course was designed to provide you a structured guide to writing a strong personal statement for your Medical School Application. We invite you to read the information below and register to participate!

Eligibility:
Be a Postbac or Special Volunteer at NIH applying to medical school for fall 2019 enrollment (submitting in summer 2018).

Course Goals:
1. Learn the purpose of the Personal Statement for Medical Schools
2. Reflect on and select the appropriate experiences to share in the Personal Statement
3. Get guidance at the middle of the process from a pre-medical advisor on what experiences to write about
4. Learn strategies to organize Personal Statement paragraphs
5. Learn how to edit the Personal Statement

This year we will have frequent live chat discussions to answer quick questions.

After finishing the course, the student will be able to make an appointment with an OITE pre-medical advisor for a final review of the statement.

Please register HERE by February 24th to ensure that you are able to submit your assignments in a timely fashion and schedule your mid-process and final appointments.  (NOTE: Registration will remain open after this date.  You will just have to work a bit faster to complete the course.)

If you have any questions, please contact Elena E Hernandez Ramon MD/PhD, OITE Pre-medical Advisor.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A new type of 15-minute appointment will be created for postbacs completing the Medical School Personal Statement Prep Course and ONLY for those postbacs. After you have completed the first two course modules and submitted your list of 5 to 6 meaningful experiences and first paragraph, please select one of the appointments listed as 15minPSPC. Drs. Elena Hernandez-Ramon, Bill Higgins, John Taborn, and Pat Sokolove will be posting appointments. The goal of the appointment will be to help you create your personal statement backbone and review your first paragraph.

Check Out Posts on the OITE Careers Blog Related to Professional School

Titles include: Staying Sane during the Waiting Game for Professional School Admission; MD/PhD: Is It Right for You?; MCAT Meltdown - Dealing with Test Anxiety; You Didn't Get into Medical School - Now What?  And that's only the beginning.