For many students, medical school has been an aspiration for many years. You need to make the best of your opportunity. Admissions are as competitive as ever, and residency and job competition makes attending a prestigious medical school a priority. Many resources claim to help you increase grades and test scores, but none can truly improve the strength of your application. And certainly none are able to personalize advice to your needs. Can an application assistance book assess your individual situation?–Of course not! Working one-on-one with a high-quality TutorNerds medical school admissions consultant is the best way to increase success. Whether your admissions cycle is just around the corner, or if you’re getting started years in advance, you can get started with us today!
TutorNerds Admissions Experts
TutorNerds admissions faculty is composed of seasoned admissions consulting professionals. Our admissions consultants have a deep understanding of the application process and have helped hundreds of applicants get into their target programs. Most of our admissions consultants have worked on admissions committees or as advisers—many at top universities throughout the nation.They bring real life insight into the admissions process and an idea of what admissions committees and officers are looking for.
Let us give our definition of exceptional admissions consulting: Presenting you in the best possible light. Schools need to choose you from among thousands of applicants. But their understanding of your potential is limited to what appears on the application. So the goal of TutorNerds consulting is to bring out the best version of you on the application. Our approach is highly personalized and comprehensive. TutorNerds consultants have the practical working knowledge of the field of admissions to advise you appropriately. In order to assemble the best application, it is best to start early so that our consultants have the opportunity to understand your strengths, and so you can carefully address each stage in the application process according to those strengths.
TutorNerds consultants empirically address every aspect of the admissions process, even which medical schools would be the right fit for you. You are not left on your own with anything; consultants are experienced in all the areas you need to have a strong application. Whether you know exactly where you want to go and what kind of medical you want to study, or if you are entirely uninformed about the available options, we are happy and motivated to partner with you in reaching your goals.
So what goes into a medical school application?
Admissions requirements vary from school to school, but you can count on a handful of factors to be consistent. We’ve made a point to emphasize what is unique to the medical school application process. Overall, there are two stages in the application process: primary applications and secondary applications. Primary applications consist of basic information, test scores, transcripts, and a personal statement. Following receipt of your primary, schools will generally request a secondary application, in which you will provide more information, additional essays, and perhaps attend an interview. Here is a (relatively) concise summary of application components:
The Applications Themselves
Applications go through AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service), the medical school equivalent of the Common Application. Applications are processed and go from AMCAS directly to whichever medical schools you would like. It is advisable to submit all documents and scores as early as possible, as AMCAS forwards the applications on a “rolling” basis, meaning they send them as they are submitted, rather than all at once. This may seem simple, but planning out your application process can be challenging. You need to budget your time according to your priorities, and students may need help navigating the website. TutorNerds medical school consultants can help you outline a plan for your applications, and they are fluent in all aspects of the process, so there is no unnecessary stress on you.
While American medical schools do not require specific undergraduate majors, they do require a certain number of science and English classes. Ideally you should be a designated “Pre-health” student. Ultimately, you want a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for medical school. Biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and even leadership classes are a few examples of topics. Throughout, a consultant can help you pick ideal classes and motivate you do succeed along the way.
Medical programs may be extremely specific in their requirements. But you can be sure that all programs are seeking high-caliber students, foremost. You need to do very well in whatever undergraduate major you choose. You will need to order official transcripts from your college to apply to medical programs. During the application cycle, consultants will be able to estimate which schools would be appropriate for you based on your goals, experience, and resume. If undergraduate performance is a concern, consider our academic tutoring services.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is an admission prerequisite for medical schools. It assesses skills and knowledge that are required for success in medical school. Your test performance is a major determinant of admissions competitiveness, and you may need to take multiple exams. Your consultant will be able to help you research data for any schools you are interested in, which will provide an indication of your desired performance and competitiveness. Most students invest in test preparation of some kind, so consider TutorNerds one-on-one MCAT prep.
Personal Statement and Essays
The AMCAS personal statement is the only creative aspect of the primary application. There is no prompt, so it is up to you to come up with an appropriate thesis. Secondary applications have you respond to one or more additional prompts. In all cases, it is important to write for admissions committees specifically; you want to emphasize certain things and avoid others entirely. Our admissions consultants know that admissions officers ultimately want to hear your voice, so they work with you to bring your ideas out in a sophisticated, academic way. Through their experience, they know precisely what is appropriate for admissions committees.
Letters of Recommendation
You will need to get at least a few recommendation letters from teachers, advisors, or managers who have worked with you. It is important to ask the right people in order to get high-quality letters. You may also need to provide them with a resume (different from those of applications) so that they may write you a comprehensive, personalized letter. Everything related to receiving exceptional letters of recommendation can be addressed by our admissions experts.
An interview is a great opportunity to put a face and character to your application. The down side is that admissions officers are scrutinizing your application specifically, so it is important to prepare for your interview thoroughly. In addition, interviews allow you to learn more about the program. Remember, you need to find the program that is right for you. With our consultants, you will be more than prepared to make the most of your interview. You will go through common interview questions in a mock setting so that you have your ideas outlined ahead of time. Most importantly, we improve your presentation skills so that you can take on your interview with confidence.
Medical School “Pre-Consulting”
Are you on the right track to a successful medical school application? TutorNerds can help you find out at any point.
Many years of planning and preparation goes into a high-caliber medical school application. With our medical school consulting, we don’t limit our involvement to any particular time. We want to make you the strongest applicant possible, and that demands effort throughout your undergraduate education. Our pre-consulting services are integrated into our consulting programs so that you have help at every step of the way. Our consultants meet with you periodically, at your preference, to advise you on class selection, MCAT preparation, extracurriculars, and any other necessary topics; and, equally important, they motivate you to continue to succeed. It takes a consultant who has the opportunity to get to know you as a student to give you the most accurate and applicable advice.
Struggle can come at any stage in the process. We happily help any applicant, any time. Even if you would like brief guidance along the way, or specialized help for a particularly challenging aspect, we have the expert services to make your application be unique and impactful.