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Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to be able to make an informed decision; whether it is about working with us or about applying to a specific medical school. Below are frequently asked questions from our clients as well as our responses. Though this list is fairly comprehensive, please do not hesitate to call us at 1.800.809.0800 or email us regarding any other questions you may have.

What differentiates your firm from other admissions consulting firms?

Will you provide me with an honest assessment of my chances?

Is there a package only for personal statements?

Why don't you advertise a 100% success rate, like some other consultants do?

What payment options do you offer?

Will you write my essays and personal statements for me?

Who will be my consultant?

How will I work with my consultant?

Do I have to work with a consultant who lives near me?

What is the company's background?

What differentiates your firm from other admissions consulting firms?

Our consultants have medical school admissions committee experience at a wide variety of AAMC accredited U.S. M.D. programs. Collectively, we have made over 50,000 accept/reject/waitlist decisions.

You wouldn't call your dentist to complete your tax returns, and you wouldn't ask your accountant to repair your roof. Why would you want to consult with someone other than a professional with medical school admissions committee experience for your medical school applications?

We offer a very comprehensive set of medical admissions consulting services. Our consultants are not simply glorified proof readers who examine your personal statements and essays for grammatical mistakes. They will also ensure that you state what the admissions committees want to hear. They are qualified to offer you comprehensive admissions advice and they will get to know you personally, through one-on-one consultations, so that they can devise the admissions strategy that will work best for your unique circumstances. Simply put, we will maximize your admissions chances at the medical schools to which you apply.

Note: Grammatically-correct essays by themselves will not gain you admission to medical school. We can assure you that admissions committees see many more grammatically-correct essays and personal statements than could be accommodated by available admissions slots.

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Will you provide me with an honest assessment of my chances?

Absolutely. AdmissionsConsultants values integrity in the client relationship. We can never guarantee admittance to any school. However, we can maximize your chances with your preferred schools by helping you prepare applications, essays, and interview responses that do justice to your unique strengths as a medical school applicant. We cannot stress enough the importance of setting realistic expectations for your top-choice schools.

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Is there a package only for personal statements?

All of our fixed-fee packages are comprehensive. The admissions committees review your applications holistically and we need to do the same to maximize your chances. So, we need to see how the letters of recommendation, test scores, etc compliment your essays and vice versa.

To look at your essays in a vacuum would be to do you a grave disservice. As former admissions officers, we know this and we take your future too seriously to sell you short with an incomplete service.

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Why don't you advertise a 100% success rate, like some other consultants do?

We help our clients maximize their chances of gaining admission to stretch schools – not to 'sure bets.' That means that we succeed much of the time, but not always. The success rate for our Platinum Package clients is just over 75%. We could, without much trouble, make that rate 100% by steering clients toward less competitive schools. But that would be serving our interests, not our clients' interests. We won't tell a client to do something just because the outcome would make our statistics look good. We won't tell someone to apply to a school of osteopathic medicine if they want to go to Harvard Med and pursue a research career. And we won't tell a client he or she needs our help to get into a school when we know they could apply successfully on their own, either.

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What payment options do you offer?

We appreciate the financial investment you are about to make as you pursue medical school. Our aim is to make the process easier and less stressful for you. That said, we offer two payment plans for our consulting services: Hourly Rate: Our medical school admissions services bill at an hourly rate of $150. A minimum consultation of one hour is required. Moreover, you pay only for the services (hours) you desire. Fixed Fee Rate: Our fixed-fee rates include unlimited essay revisions and support for a set number of applications.

Finally, we will allow you to deduct the cost of the first hour paid from the cost of a Platinum, Diamond, or Ultimate Package if you wish to continue with our services after the first hour! For more information, please visit our fee structure page.

With AdmissionsConsultants, what you see is what you get. There are no hidden costs. It is just one of the many reasons over 95% of our clients return for additional consulting services.

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Will you write my essays and personal statements for me?

A key step in the admissions process is when admissions committees determine whether, and how, your character reflects the school's values. Essays are a critical component in this evaluation. Essays therefore need to illustrate your unique personality, your admissions objectives, and your writing style. For that reason, no one but you can write your essays.

We are happy, however, to give you guidance on how to draw out your strengths in your essays. We will also edit for grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Essay assistance services are included in the application fee.

Beware of anyone who offers to write your essays for you. The move is likely to backfire. "If [this] school feels any part of the application is not the student's own work, they are immediately disqualified," stated Robert Alig, the former director of admissions and financial aid at the Wharton School of Business. His statement is just as applicable to medical school admissions as it is to business school admissions.

Keep in mind, too, that submitting someone else's writing or even a canned outline would deprive you of an important chance to tell the admissions committee who you are. What can set you apart from thousands of other applicants is the content and quality of your essays AND the degree to which they reflect and highlight your nature not that of some stranger.

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Who will be my consultant?

We want to give you your best chance at success. We do this by matching you with a consultant who has medical school admissions committee experience. When more than one consultant has hours available, we will be glad to give you your choice of consultants. Call us at 1.800.809.0800 to find out who currently has availability.

Please note that we do not oversubscribe our consultants. We ask our consultants to commit to replying to all client queries within 72 hours of receipt. Once a consultant has accepted the maximum number of clients that he or she can work with and still honor that deadline, we stop assigning them new clients. (At peak times on the admissions calendar, it often happens that all of our medical school consultants wind up being fully booked at the same time. In that situation, we continue accepting new medical school applicants as clients, but make it clear to them that we can only offer the services of graduate school admissions consultant whose admissions committee experience does not include med school.)

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How will I work with my consultant?

You will receive one-on-one attention from your assigned consultant. This arrangement garners an accurate and thorough understanding of your needs, objectives, personality and strong points. Moreover, our consultants collaborate and brainstorm with each other, so that no detail of your application process is overlooked.

If you are interested in working with someone face-to-face, please call us to discuss availability.

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Do I have to work with a consultant who lives near me?

No. As a virtual company, we are set up to provide seamless consulting services by taking advantage of all modern communication mediums. We are proud to serve a diverse clientele of applicants hailing from North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and Latin America. Our client base knows no bounds.

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What is the company's background?

Before AdmissionsConsultants was formed, David Petersam, the company's founder, successfully guided several friends and acquaintances through the turbulent admissions process that guards the nation's elite business schools. After witnessing how successfully his admissions strategies worked for these individuals – and being told by these same applicants that he should start an admissions consultancy – AdmissionsConsultants was formed. Soon thereafter, we expanded into medical school admission consulting using the same successful formula of hiring the most highly qualified consultants. Since our founding in 1996, we have helped thousands of applicants gain admission into their top-choice med schools.

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If you still have any unanswered questions about AdmissionsConsultants, please do not hesitate to call us at 1.800.809.0800 or email us. We strive to provide a personalized response to all inquiries within 24 hours including weekends and holidays.

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