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Medical Case Studies

Real students, real problems. Our consultants share their thoughts on some tougher applications - and how their clients succeeded in getting into their target school!

Showcasing Your Extracurriculars Helps
     "Activities and interests can make a great impact on a medical school application, if the student has a grasp on how they can be shown as assets to their story, rather than just a list of accomplishments. Students have a wide variety of interests and experiences; they don't need to be medically-oriented in order to be 'relevant' to an admissions committee..."

Direction Important in Med School Admissions
     "One of my main goals when I sit down with a client is to discuss at length with them their direction, hopes, and aspirations in regards to pursing a medical degree. How far are they willing to go? What level of commitment do they have, even when faced with life's unexpected challenges? Can they do what needs to be done in order to achieve their goals?"

Understanding Extracurriculars in Med School Admissions
     "A lot of applicants put too much faith in the ability of their numbers – their GPA and MCAT scores – to get them into medical school. They underestimate the weight that harder-to-quantify things play in admissions decisions. Those things include qualities like an applicant's motivation for becoming a physician, their work ethic, and their commitment to the medical profession..."

Getting an Applicant Back on Track
     "The road to an M.D. is long and hard. Even the most gifted and well-intentioned pre-meds sometimes get off on the wrong path. One of the things I do as a consultant is to help students in that situation get back on track again..."

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