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Benjamin Mittman

How to Create a Med School List for AMCAS

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A doctor wearing scrubs answering questions in a medical school classroom.

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As you start thinking about getting into med school and perparing for the upcoming medical school application cycle, you should be thinking about which schools you will apply to. There are well over 100 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, but the average applicant applies to just 16...

Reapplying to Medical School: What to Change?

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A group of medical school students in a classroom.

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If you are reapplying to medical school after an unsuccessful cycle and are looking for advice, this post is for you! Although it may feel disappointing and stressful to go through a long cycle all over again, keep in mind that you are in the majority.

How to Ace Medical School Secondary Essays

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A medical school applicant working on her secondary essays in a library.

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After completing the AMCAS primary application, you may understandably feel exhausted! However, despite your accomplishments thus far, there is one last step in the application process before you can start interviewing. You will now start receiving secondary applications and medical school secondary essays.   Unlike the AMCAS, secondary applications are...

How Common is Remediation in Medical School, & How Can Tutoring Help

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A medical school student meeting with his learning advisor to talk about remediation.

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Remediation can be an anxiety-inducing term. The thought of failing a portion of your medical education and needing to formally address it may evoke a sense of dread. However, remediation is quite a useful concept. Rather than viewing it as a form of punishment, it is best to think of...

How To Determine Which Area of Medicine Is Right for Me

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Medical school students speaking with a medical professional to better understand if their specialty is right for them.

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Choosing an area of medicine or a specialty is one of the most important decisions you will make throughout your entire medical career. And so you may find yourself asking "Which area of medicine is right for me?"   Unlike most other professions, you cannot switch to a different area...

How Can I Improve My Reasoning Skills for the MCAT?

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A premed student looking for MCAT study books in a library.

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Although the MCAT is notorious for its difficult science content, including chemistry and physics content, it also includes one deceptively challenging section — the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section (CARS). CARS does not just test your ability to analyze text and reason about passages or concepts within that text, as...

Can I Cancel My MCAT and Postpone It?

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A student surrounded by study books and thinking if he can cancel and postpone MCAT.

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If you are deciding whether or not you should cancel and postpone your MCAT, you are not alone! Many students experience the stress and frustration of being in this position, and in fact it is not uncommon at all. There are a great variety of unpredictable things that can impede...

How Important is Your MCAT Score for Medical School Admissions

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The MCAT is one of the most difficult standardized tests you will take, and it is a key component of medical school applications. However, its importance for medical school admissions, and specifically its value to admissions committees, remains shrouded in mystery. Placing too little or too much emphasis on the...

8 Overlooked Aspects of MCAT Prep

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A premed student studying for the MCAT on her laptop in a library.

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A premedMost key aspects of MCAT prep receive due attention, but there are several important factors that are often overlooked. These include study and preparation tips as well as strategies for maximizing test day performance. It is often difficult to make sense of all the available information from so many...

How to Study for the MCAT: 6-Month MCAT Study Plan

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A pre-med student circling their MCAT test date on their calendar.

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This MCAT study plan is ideal for students who will benefit from a long-term study period, or for post-baccalaureates who are working full-time and only have approximately 10-20 weeks available to study per week during evenings and weekends. However, anyone can follow this timeline. It has distinct advantages of avoiding...

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