How Hard is it to Get Into Medical School? And How Hard is Medical School Actually?

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The age old question: how hard is med school and how hard is it to get into medical school? This question invokes strong feelings of scholarship, rigor, success, and difficulty. It is common to have mixed feelings when contemplating medicine. It is a long and arduous undertaking. Every step of the way is made to weed out students and cut the crowd in half; your SATs to get into undergrad, your MCAT to get into medical school, and your USMLE to get into residency. Each milestone is marked by an examination that will either get you to the next level or leave you behind. This is one of many components that makes medical school and after so challenging. While students often get caught up in focusing about these initial elements, they sometimes to forget to ask them selves an even bigger question: how hard is medical school once I'm there? Feeling overwhelmed? Let me help you see what you’re getting yourself into.

Getting into Medical School

Medicine is a subject that encompasses science, methodology, practicality, patience, personality, and empathy. The shear amount of knowledge required for medicine is difficult, but just getting into school can be even harder.  Medical school requirements are made to be challenging. Read more…

What are the Best Pre-Medical Schools for Undergrad?

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Have you tried to research this topic yourself? You google the topic and up pops top pre medical schools, forums, and blogs all trying to steer you in different directions. The standard list of ivy league schools dominates searches. Advice from doctors, students, and advisors giving their opinions floods your computer screen. Read this blog. Take this test. Consider this advice.  Click here for a list of the top pre med schools.  So much information leads to misdirection and before long you’re overwhelmed with click bait articles and are no better off than when you started. Having been in your shoes many years ago, I remember the pressure of trying to decide not only your next 4 years, but your next 4 years after that and the next 4 after that. Choosing your pre med school can feel like a monumental decision. Let’s declutter this problem together.

Your Top Schools

Everyone has their dream school. The place they would want to be if they could get. You might even have a list of schools your interested in. That’s a great start. Read more…

Will a Master's or PhD Help My Medical School Admissions Chances?

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Let's face it; each year getting into medical school is proving to be more difficult.  What are you supposed to do when becoming a physician seems so close, yet so far away?  How do you even get into medical school?  You already need awesome grades, MCAT scores, and extracurriculars.  Now you might be thinking you need another degree altogether!!  Before you freak out and start searching online forums (note: spare yourself the pain, don't do it!)  let BeMo help you understand graduate school and medical school acceptance.  So do you really need a graduate degree to get into medical school?  Let's find out.

Why are you thinking of going to graduate school?

First things first, ask yourself why grad school.  Do you want to pursue something specific?  Are you having doubts about medicine?  Are you unsure of a masters of PhD route?  Are you afraid you won’t get in?  Whatever the reason, answer that question.  Grad school isn't something to be taken lightly.  It's challenging and it comes with a hefty price tag.  The decision to enter grad school takes time and should not be thought of as a backup plan to medicine.  It is still an excellent idea if you are passionate about a discipline or you want to further your education.  If you are worried your application is weak, examine what those underlying factors first.  Maybe you need more clinical experience.  Shadowing a physician would be a better step in the right direction.  Are you worried about your grades?  Graduate school could help show the admissions committee that you can handle advanced coursework.  Keep in mind that each committee will evaluate your graduate GPA differently.  Some might average it or they may even replace your undergrad GPA.  Again remember, that is specific to each school so bear that in mind.

How does a graduate degree help your chances of medical school acceptance? 

Many future and current medical school applicants are faced with the question of whether or not they “need” a graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) to gain successful admission into medical school. Read more…

Navigating ERAS Application: The Definitive Guide

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Overview

  • Introduction
  • Timeline Overview
  • Part I: BeMo ERAS Match Pearls
  • Part II: The 16 Steps to Navigating ERAS
  • Part III: The Interview, Match Day, and Post Match
  • Part IV: Concluding Remarks 

Introduction

You have come so far from your first day of medical school; now you are getting ready to pick a career.  The totality of your experiences, knowledge, hardships, and joys have shaped the physician you are about to become.  Applying for residency with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) can be stressful, but BeMo is here to virtually hold your hand.    

Before we dive into this Ultimate Guide to ERAS, let’s start out by outlining the general ERAS Application Timeline, and what your 3rd and 4th year of medical school should look like.  This will help you organize your time and priorities accordingly.  Below is an abridged timeline using the information, dates, and resources provided by the AAMC.  You can access the following link anytime to get the specific dates for your application year: Read more…

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