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Medical School Admissions: From Application to Acceptance

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9 Lessons (1h 20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Creating A School List

    • 3. Activities and Experiences

    • 4. Personal Statement

    • 5. Secondary Application Process

    • 6. Standard Interviews

    • 7. Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

    • 8. Financial Aid Negotiation

    • 9. Conclusion

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I know exactly how you feel. You’ve put in countless hours into your courses, worked in various research labs, clinical opportunities, and volunteered in your local community. Now you’re wondering if all of it was worth it as you prepare to take on the immense challenge of applying to medical school. As someone who just successfully went through this ridiculously demanding process, I am here to walk you through it step by step. It is my hope that with the information presented in this course, you will be prepared to crush your admissions cycle and be able to attend your dream school in the fall. 

In this course, I will give a complete overview of the admissions process from preparing an application all the way through receiving an acceptance. I will physically walk you through my primary application, including several activities and experiences descriptions as well as my personal statement. In addition to this, I will present helpful tips and tricks for navigating the secondary process and the methods I used as I traveled across the country interviewing for medical school. Finally, I will present a useful template to negotiate financial aid at your choice institution, which I was able to utilize and gain full-tuition scholarships at multiple schools.

The lack of transparency in the medical school admissions process was one of my main drivers for creating this course. I have been very lucky in my life to have mentors that have been able to guide me throughout my academic career. I cannot imagine navigating applying to medical school without their help. Because of this, I have created this course to be a concrete resource for all people applying to medical school regardless of their connections or mentors. 

I truly hope that this course will serve you well as you prepare to apply for a life-long career of service!

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Khalid El-Jack

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My name is Khalid, and I am a current student at The Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania.

I am deeply passionate about accessibility to medical education within the United States, and as someone who just successfully went through the rigorous admissions process, I have subject matter expertise within the space. Because of this, I have decided to create classes on how I was able to successfully navigate the admissions process from my application through my acceptances.

If you find my content helpful, please do follow my SkillShare profile, and if you have any follow up questions or class ideas that could be useful, feel free to email me at [email protected] 

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my course on medical school Admissions from application to acceptance . My name is Caliph Al Jack. I'm a recent graduate of Boston University where I studied human physiology in the fall, I'll be attending the parole in school medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I've been incredibly thankful to have had a successful 2019 through 2020 medical school admissions process accumulating 11 acceptances over the past year. As someone who just went through the tedious application process, I was always searching for affordable and reliable information about Hado flight of medical school successful. Unfortunately, I was only met with these expensive consulting services that somehow could guarantee and acceptance for student. I knew it was gonna cost thousands of dollars to apply to medical school already, and frankly, this wasn't a reliable option for me. Because of this, I decided to start this course as a low cost alternative for students looking for reliable information of a hot apply to medical schools in the future. This course is designed to be a complete walk through the application process and have decided to break up the content into three key parts in the first part, I'll be going over the primary application process. Specifically will be looking at the MP's are tool to show how to select the school is that is a good match for us. Second, I'll be going over my own activities, experiences, descriptions and, third, I'll show you my personal statement and go over the psychology on how to write. A compelling personal statement in the second part of the course will be going over the secondary application process and how I was able to stay organized, receiving tons of essays and having to push them out very quickly. Also over the interview process, both the Standard Interview and Emma In the third part of the course, I'll be giving you helpful tips and tricks on how to negotiate financial aid, your choice school at the end of the process, as well as wrap up the course. I truly see a lot of value in the information that I will be giving, and I really hope you do, too. Looking forward to seeing you in the next video 2. Creating A School List: hi. In this video, we'll be talking about how to use that. I'm star tool to create an effective school is before talking about some of the factors to consider while selecting schools. I think it's very important to discuss managing expectations and goals when applying to medical school. There's this that that every private office will throw at you that in any given year about 40% of people who apply to medical school will be admitted. Throughout the 2019 to 2020 medical school admissions cycle, about 20,000 people were accepted to medical school while 50,000 people applied. It's my job to make sure that your within the 40% that I get accepted rather than 60% that do know. And as some of you may already know, applying to medical school is incredibly expensive. For example, when going through your AM cast application and cast is basically like the college after undergrad before medical school, the first school that you apply to it will cost you $170 each additional school that you add to them. Cast application will cost you $40. The majority of schools that you find. Two will also send you a secondary application, and each secondary application can end up costing upwards to $100 says you could see when we add all this stuff up, it can end up costing thousands of dollars to apply to medical school. That is why I want to make sure that you're part of the 40% that get in the first time, rather than the 60% that you know, with that in mind, selecting a school list that is effective for you and for the school that you're trying to is incredibly important. And I think the key thing is to make a balance. School is I see many applicants get incredibly prideful about their application and only select high tier schools. This puts you in a very difficult situation because it's hard to get these hard to get into any school in the first place. That only gettinto hide your schools puts you in a situation where you're at risk of not getting into medical school at the end of the day. Medic School school is a medical school in the United States, and any one of them will make you find Dr So with that in mind, what are some of these factors that you'd consider when applying to medical school? The 1st 1 I think, is you should look at your application statistics specifically year McAdam g p A. And compare that to the median data available before the school that you're applying to. I'll go over that more in depth when I go over the M start to later on in this video. Second, I think it's important to consider your career goals. You know, if you're somebody that is looking for a duel degree, maybe an M p h R N b A. Certain schools have more prestigious programs, so you should look at that prior to applying to medical school. That's where you see third, this wasn't something that was really important for me. It's specialty matching. If you are someone who was born to be an orthopedic surgeon, the school that you apply to may have a higher percentage of students matching into these competitive residency programs, so that could be something you look into before applying. Fourth. I consider opportunities within the school. I'm someone who is really interested in global medicine, for example, so I was looking at schools that offered international research opportunities for their students that were paid, and that's something that was really important to me. So if you see yourself folks in global medicine or community health, certain schools may be better suited for you in those cases. Fifth, I would consider location of the school. If you have certain ties to the state or you want to be in a certain area of the country, that puts you at a higher percentage of getting into a school, because you could make a more compelling argument as to why you should be admitted versus somebody else. And finally, the most important factor that you hear throughout the entire medical school application process is whether this school has a pass fail grading system count. Nowadays, the majority of schools do a pass fail grading system, but this will make your life so much easier while you're applying to medical school. In undergrad, you tended to compete for your grains, and that created a very competitive culture in an undergraduate setting. However, medical school, the goal of medical school is to simply understand the information. If you're being grated, you're not placed in a collaborative environment where you can work well with your classmates. So having a school that is pass fail is almost mandatory. In my opinion, Teoh live a cohesive lifestyle throughout your for medical school years. With all these factors in mind, now we can move on to the MSR tool where I'll show you specifically some of the things I would look into when I was applying to schools. So now that we've spoken about some expectations and goals while applying to medical school and some factors to consider while applying, I think it's really important that I actually take you into the EMS are tool and show you some of the things I would look at when applying to schools. So now we're on my laptop and you can see that we're in the A M C M Star tool M star send for medical school admission requirements. So this tool allows one to basically search for all the schools within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean and basically look at all the different factors that would be considered when you're applying to medical schools. So if you could see on the left we have three ability to filter what school we're looking for so we can filter by a location such as the country or state we can filter by our statistics, like our cat and G p. A. We can even filter by what combined degrees program we're looking for, like the M d M B A at the MGM pH. How larger class sizes, whether school is public or private and then the campus type. In addition to this, when looking through schools, we can add schools to our favorite list so we don't have to keep looking through. All the schools in orderto reflect on what we've already selected for this video's purpose . I'm just gonna be going over the information for the school that I'm attending, and that'll be the problem. School of medicine, you pen. So I'll be looking at right now on we're going in just taking the time to load. So now that we're in the promo School of medicine on the left, you have a line of what's in every school that you look up. And in the beginning, there's a highlight of quick facts about the school. So combined programs at the school offers what kind of school. It is the media M cat Medium GP A tuition deadlines and the breakdown between men and women will go more over the status. We go lower into this page. Some other quick stats about the year founded the enrollment within the school and some people to contact within the school. I think specifically, if you are, you are I'm students, underrepresented minorities. Soon it's very important to take advantage of the diversity contacts at the university's you'll be applying to, because these air the point people that can really help you application out. So when I was applying, especially the schools I was really passionate about, I would actually reach out to the people being highlighted under diversity contact. So it's a special note that I suggest to student to identify as you are moving forward. We have more information about graduate degrees within the schools, the mission of the school. This is important, I think, to read for every school that you apply to. It just helps you to understand some of the important things that the school believes in, and whether that aligns with your own personal beliefs as well. It can help you when you come to interview as well. In terms of admissions, they talk about application deadlines and when the review of your application would begin. Additionally, every school has a different policy on letters of recommendation. You know, some schools may accept three some schools. Me five makes up seven. So it was really important to read the specific requirement of what your school requires. There could be a discrepancy between what I'm sorrys suggesting and what the actual school has a policy. So sometimes it's good to double check with both specifically for this school. A minimum number of letters accepted his three while Nice Thomas 10 before they tell you their preferences on whether they'd like a committee letter or letter packet or individual letters. So a committee letter is created by your premed office. Not every school offers this. For example, Boston University My undergraduate school, didn't offer it and is basically a collection of your letters of recommendation that you're pre med office will then forward and write some sort of recommendation about your application. You shouldn't have to really worry if your school doesn't offer it. They may highlight here that is preferred. However, it's not like a game changer on your application. If your school doesn't create one for you, I would just ignore it and send whatever whatever here capable of doing based on your school moving forward. We have some information about secondary applications. Asai mentioned earlier secondary applications caused northwards of $100 even more than that in some cases. Also, it talks about when you can start submitting your secondary so as soon as July, and I'll be going over more information about secondaries later on in the scores. I personally didn't apply to the early decision program. However, if that's something you're interested in, there's some information about that in every school that you look in the MSR tool. The interview information was something that I did pay attention to. Interviews tend to be rolling for many schools, so even though it says interview, Invitation said, beginning Sept, you can get interviews for some schools all the way into February March, so I wouldn't be too concerned with the idea that they started September. It's just good to know that that's a possibility and then the interview format is also important because you know that it will be individual in faculty in this school rather than MME. So later on this course, I'll be going over interviews, and at least we'd be able to figure out what we'd be going into. Based on that, I'm sorry, too. Moving forward, uh, just additional information about what kind of applications are accepted, whether you're out of stay international in state Thea application timeline highlights important due dates with an application period. It's not really important. The beginning. It's just something toe to keep in mind. April 30th 2021. You have to commit to enroll or plan to enroll to a school. This acceptance information can be especially helpful when you're anxious throughout the application period it says. Accepted. Noticed the earliest date it could possibly sign be sent for the school's March 1st 2021. So if it's like December and you just interviewed, you won't be anxious about whether you got in because you know for a fact that acceptances won't be sent out to the school until March. At least March 1st 2021. Deposit information is really only important after you've been admitted, so it's nothing to worry about while applying and way this information something to think about if that comes up later on in the cycle selection factors air pretty standard throughout all schools is you can go over it, but it's not really gonna change. Your application is just something to consider when applying the part that I really wanted to get into was the cat breakdown on the G P A breakdown. So that would be especially helpful to see if your competitive for the school so often times you see a median GP and immediate cat. And that might be extremely high compared to what you're scoring, right? So it's very important to use that I'm sorry tool to actually look at percentile breakdowns of Captain GPT scores. So when you come to them cat GP a section, you'll be ableto choose accepted students in state or out of state and matriculate matriculated student. So for me, I'm out of state applicant for the University of Pennsylvania. So I click out of state. And as you can see, the impact scores have changed because I've selected out of state. So even though the media and scores a 5 20 to the 10% I get score for this school is a 517 so you may not be at the media, but you may be at least within the 10% out of the school, so that should not If you're at least within the 10% on the school, you shouldn't be discouraged to apply. Like you should apply to the school if you feel that you may be competitive. So don't just look at the median scores. Actually, look at the breakdowns between percentiles. Same thing goes things. The breakdowns per sections. The same thing applies to that being the 10% hopefully for each of these sections. But even if you're not in one section, but you are there, maybe consider applying as well as the GPS. So we go to GPS accepted students out of state because that's what I want to see and I'm going to go, and I'm gonna look a 10%. If I feel that I'm at least in the 10% out, then maybe I should consider applying to the school Moving forward. We get a breakdown of matriculation data and state versus out of state applicant for the school, as it's a private institution, it doesn't really make a difference. Percentage wise, it's about a 10% interview rate between applications. And then, um so overall is it's not that big of a different scene inside and out of state. Here's more information about metric into year to year, and then this was very important to me because I, like I was considered under represent minority student. So I focus on black or African American students. However, overall is good to see this data. If you care about the diversity of the school, you'll be entering. This advantage status is actually something that they've added since I've applied last year . It was interesting to see those statistics for private institutions. Age range of the school is also something toe look for. If you're maybe going straight out of undergrad, there could be people much over than you and medical school. So maybe checking that out before applying as a factor to consider. And then overall, there's just more additional information about where students come from in the class on a lot of other data points that get really granular. However, I think this is good enough toe to stop for overview on em star and hopefully have you be ableto use the tool in order to slight to school this for you. Thank you 3. Activities and Experiences: Hello again. In this episode, we'll be talking about the primary application and the activities and experiences description specifically within the application. But before I go into activities, the experiences, I think it's really important that you understand the timeline of how the primary application works. So in May, the past primary application will open and you'll be able to start filling out things like your courses. Your M cat scores, letters of recommendation as well as your activities and experiences descriptions. On May 28th this cycle, the 2020 through 2021 cycle will be available to submit your APP cast application. It takes a while for you to be able to become verified because the M cast service has to verify your transcript grades compared to the grades that you entered into the application . So the earlier that you submit closer to May 28th you have a higher likelihood of getting your abacus application verified quickly. The Abkhaz states that in peak times it may take up to six weeks for your application to get verified. So if you wait a while after May 28th a lot of applications are gonna be in the queue for verification, so your application could take a long time to become verified and then be sent to schools. The first day that a school can receive your primary application that's been verified and then send you secondaries for this year cycle is July 10 and I'm just going to read a quick note that and Kasas wrote up about the Corona virus pandemic in regards to timelines of applications. So they state that at this time the 2021 cast application is open and data transmission to medical schools has been delayed two weeks. This transmission delay, moving from June 26 to July 10 will get additional time to complete their application during this rapidly changing situation due to Kobe 19. We do not expect this two week delay to impact on cast operations, including application, processing and verification, so traditionally, applications would have been processed and able to be sent to schools on June 26. However, this year is July 10 So as long as you can get your application in closer to May early June , hopefully it won't take six weeks to become verified, and you'll be able to have your application process by July 10 just start receiving secondaries. So now that we've heard about the timeline of the Parliament application, I can shift into the activities, experiences, descriptions, and we can look at my primary application. So before transitioning into my AM class application on my laptop, I think it's important that you understand what the activities and experiences section is in the outcast application. So this area of application is your opportunity to highlight everything you've accomplished structure, undergraduate or graduate career before applying to medical school. This is where you get analyzed for everything you've done and be able to present it in a way that medical schools will be able to see if your competitive applicant beyond just your cat and GPS. So you can put up to 15 activities in this section, and they can be in various categories, such as research publications, volunteering, clinical work and awards that you've accomplished throughout your undergraduate career. And I have a specific strategy that I think has worked very well for me on how I presented my information so that medical schools could see exactly what I was doing and see the experiences in a compelling way. So my strategy for this is something that I call W W W. The three W's. The first W is specifically saying, What is the activity? And when we go into my activities experiences, I'll be able to highlight what I mean by this. The second W is what did you do while you were in the activity? So, for example, if you were a clinical volunteer, what were your duties and roles in that position? And the third W is Why does it matter? How is this relevant to your career? Slash your progression into medical school by falling these three W's weaken compellingly describe our activities experiences in a way that will make us a more attractive applicant to medical school. As I mentioned earlier, you could have up to 15 activities in the Activities and Experiences section, but beyond that, you can highlight three of your activities as most meaningful experiences. So what this does are these air the three activities and experiences that you want medical schools to focus on with a deeplens. So when you go to interviews, a lot of times, the three activities that you personally highlighted will be analyzed a lot more intensely and that I should be brought up more often in interviews by highlighting that was most meaningful. You also get additional characters, so traditionally you get 700 characters for each activity that you highlight in the Activities Experiences Description section. But if you highlight something is most meaningful, it gives you an additional 1325 characters to write more information about this activity. Now that we've gone over my strategy for the section as well as what the section is about, we can transition into my laptop and I can show you some of my examples. So in this section of the video will be transitioning into my laptop and going over four examples of my activities and experiences description with in my application. Well, now we're in my laptop, and one thing I want to highlight before going into these activities and experiences is my submission date on my application. So when I applied, the application was available for submission on May 30th at 9 30 I was very neurotic about this and I submitted 9 31 AM one minute into the application process and my processing date as you could see is literally 35 minutes after I submitted. So as I mentioned earlier, it can take up to six weeks to be processed. But the closer you are to the submission date makes your application one the first in line to be processed so as process in 35 minutes. And I know a lot of you may be getting this information either around submission day or even much after for some of you. So don't get caught up in this and get really nervous about submission. But the only thing I can suggest is just try submitting as close as you can to the day that the application opens for submission, which this year is May 28. With that in mind, let's transition to the activities and experiences descriptions themselves. So in every activity experiences description, there's gonna be the same breakdown of information. So first you'll categorize your activity. What type of activity is so in this case, it was a researcher lab activity. Was it most meaningful? I haven't selected. This is one of my three most meaningful. However, later in the video go over one of the most meaningful essays the experience name So this was the summer undergraduate minority research scholar, the dates in which it occurred and how many hours you participated in during the project. Please do not lie about the hours he participated in during an activity. A lot of times and casts or the school that you're specifically applying to can contact the contact person or contact email you set out and they will actually verify some activities. So if you're lying, it could ruin your entire application. Then you get the organization name on the location of the activity. But here I want to talk about the actual activity description. So remember we had the strategy of the three W's so the first sentence. The summer program provides underrepresented minority students the opportunity to explore health services research. That's the first W. That's exactly what the activity was highlighted in one sentence. So you know exactly what what the program was. The next sentence is the what I did my actual responsibilities. So under the program, I worked on two projects with Dr Scott Halpern and Dr Karmann Ghia, respectively, with Dr Helper and I tested the comparative effectiveness of strategies for smoking, cessation of underserved patients eligible for lung cancer screening with Dr Gara, I conducted a cost effectiveness analysis of the pen medicine colorectal cancer screening navigation program. So even if you don't understand what that means, at least I have highlighted exactly what went on in that activity. So that is the second W three. What of your activity? And the third is why it matters to me in my career as a physician or why would matter to me entering medical school. So through the summer program, my understanding of research has expanded to include qualitative measures and in health research. I found a connection between business and medicine that interest me. So this tells you exactly why this activity matters. So by utilizing the three W's, we have laid out a plan of how to write a compelling and effective activities experiences description. The next active you highlight is a clinical activity, just so you can get a different feel of how these descriptions will look so in this one. I was a stress test intern at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. So the what The clinical physiology Lab B I. D. M c. Complete exercise and form a logical stress test for both in patient and out patients right away. You know exactly what this experiences about. I had the duties of preparing patients for the test by taking patient histories, placing electrodes on patients and obtaining consent for the test. This is what I did my rules in this activity. I also describe the test with the technician. Here comes the why it's important. This opportunity was incredibly valuable to me. As I experienced first hand the collaborative nature of the medical field to complete a test, I had to effectively communicate results to physicians, physiologist, interpreters and technicians. I also gained experience in reading E K GS, and this is sparking potential interest in cardiology. So this activity description really shows that I was able to communicate effectively and work on a team two qualities that are incredibly sought after by medical school admissions committees. By laying out the information in this www strategy, you are able to write these effective, compelling descriptions that can make you stand out as an application. With that in mind, I'm gonna take you now to one example off my most meaningful experiences and to show you how that's a little bit different So here we are in on the bottom of the page, experienced side physician shadowing clinical observation. So this experience highlights my time working in a hospital in my family's native country of Sudan. And this personally was one of the large inspirations of why I wanted to pursue medicine. Why it's considered the most meaningful experience. So I worked with this physician Dr Over Booker, also nosy in Royal Care International Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan. The experience description is similar to the past ones, or we'll still follow the www strategy. However, it's the most meaningful experience remarks that make it a little bit different. So already both. So I shadow Doctor s a nosy for inpatient outpatient work ups in his orthopaedic clinic. The first w what? I also observe several surgeries such as knee and hip replacements during my time at the hospital. Another example of what my duties included directing patients to Dr Cnooc's clinic, preparing patient rooms entering patient, dot online and translating between Arabic and English for patients. This is the part where I say what I physically did in this experience, Doctor said. No see was excellent mentor between patients. He would take me to the radiology department to go over X rays as well as reviewed the cases today. Doctor CNOOC had worked in England, progess to done and his determination to return to his homeland conserve. The Sudanese truly inspired me that concludes the beginning Experience description. However, the most meaningful experience, your marks are where you get into the personal part of these experiences. This is more of a say format and kind of tapped into the emotional aspect of why it was most meaningful for you. So throughout my adolescence I would visit Sudan to spend time with my extended family have doing became a second home to me. Every year I spent three months in the city. I noticed disparities between American life and life, if our to him from a young age, many people experience poverty in America. However, I recall me stopped on almost every street corner by family, struggling to survive for two from working in the hospital systems issue done, I found that these disparities and quality of life are only magnified in a clinical setting . A harrowing example of this that has stuck with me was from a man who came to Dr Elson OSI's clinic from Juba, South Sudan. The man had come in complaining of lower back pain and had brought it back straight from his position back home. However, the patient had no understanding of why the I three was done. After observing the extreme doctor, CNOOC returned it to the man and sadly pointed out that the patient had bone metastases. This left the man in tears, and I observed how Dr CNOOC handled the situation by physically holding the man's hand, working to find a plan of care with the oncologist. Cases such as this one is still in me, a deep desire to help marginalized communities as it is not only abroad where such a situation may occur. So this experience was most meaningful to me because it showed the impacts of having bad clinical care. This patient came in with the X ray that showed that he had cancer, but yet he didn't even know what the X ray was for. And by seeing Dr CNOOC actually hold this man's hand, it showed me that a physician has his duty empathetic care for their patient, and it really opened my eyes to the power of medicine in a clinical setting. So this experience basically single handedly inspired me to a career towards medicine. And is somebody asking the question Why medicine? I would highlight this experience almost immediately. That is, why is most meaningful to me. I think now that you've seen examples of standard experiences falling the www method as well as the most meaningful experience example, you have a well rounded perspective of what you should accomplish when completing the primary application in the nights video over my personal statement and strategies for writing a compelling personal statement looking forward to seeing you the 4. Personal Statement: Welcome back in this video, we'll be talking about the personal statement. I'll be going into my laptop and actually showing you an example of mine. So the goal, the personal statement, is to answer the question, Why medicine and you have 5300 characters to do it, which is about 1.5 pages in length as size 12 fun single space. And that may sound like a lot, but when you're writing your personal statement, you actually become very difficult to fit the information in just a page and 1/2. So I sentenced in tricks to get a started. Before we look at my personal statement, the first tip I have is have a cohesive theme when you're writing your essay personally. My essay was about my identity as an immigrant, and that theme followed throughout the entire narrative. If you don't have a theme that falls here, say it becomes very easy to forget your application. So if you have this cohesive theme throughout the entire narrative, when you come to interview, it'll be very easy to talk about your personal statement because you've identified the steam that's been perpetuated throughout the whole asset. In addition to that, don't be afraid to completely start over often. Time to get a lot of feedback on your essay. And if your essay doesn't necessarily sound like you, it's okay to completely scrap it and start over. I started over, I think, three or four times on my personal statement and actually even just like two or three weeks before the application open, I completely started over my personal statement because I didn't feel like it sounded like me. Another tip is have people that, you know, read your personal statement that are far removed from the application process. This could be your partner, your mother, your father. Somebody who has potentially no idea about the medical school application process can actually give you really targeted feedback about your application because they can tell you whether it actually sounds like you speaking or whether this could just be about somebody else. So the voice that you put your essay because very important because, as it's called, is a personal statement, it should be very personal. So having people that are close to you give you feedback can help a lot. This next tip is very important don't just restate your activities and experiences. One of the reasons I scrapped my entire essay several times because I felt like I was just relisting. My tickets experiences over and over again in different ways. The activity Experiences section, as I highlight in the past video, is really to highlight your resume. What you've done to prepare yourself to get into medical school with the personal statement is to get to know you as a person and why you aspire to pursue this Korean medicine. They're two very separate things that should be treated differently. The personal saying it is OK to reference some of your activities experiences if they motivated you towards the Korean medicine. But don't just go on and on about the stuff you've already said. You only have a very little amount of space to provide the most information that you can about yourself. So really use the personal essay as an opportunity to do this. In my opinion, a fantastic personal statement can take a bad applicant in terms of stats and really boost them up in the eyes of an admissions committee. On the other side, a bad personal statement could take a very good applicant. You know, maybe you have a 4.0, in a perfect and cast score and really, really degrade their application Eyes of Admissions Committee because you will have to provide a compelling argument why you want to go into medicine with these tips and tricks in mind. I think it's time I take you into my personal statement, and I can go paragraph by paragraph about my thought process in writing this now, many people would do this, and honestly, this statement is very personal in my life. However, I think it will add a lot of value to people find medical school. I also put my email address below Al, Jack Kennedy bu dot edu. And if you have any questions about your personal statement, please feel free to reach out. The point of this course is to add as much value as possible so we can ensure a generation of future doctors. So I'm doing my best to do that. I show you my own personal statement. So now that we know more about what a personal statement is in some tips and tricks of writing a good one, I'm gonna go into my laptop and actually go paragraph by paragraph on my own personal statement. So now we're in the M cast application under personal comments. Personal comments is just another name for the personal statement. I'll begin reading the first paragraph. I envied my father not because he was tall, funny or good at recalling facts from National Geographic. It was because he was revered in our community. My father was a urologist in a town of only 3373 people, which meant that he never had trouble making an impact on my hometown of Chicago was going . I came to appreciate this impact at the age of 10 when an elderly woman approached me in a local store, embracing me and telling me that my father had performed a lifesaving kidney surgery on her husband. My father's ability to make such large changes to our small community and connect with residents who had different political, cultural and religious beliefs demonstrated me that the field of medicine eclipses cultural barriers. Tar Town. My father was never considered a foreigner but rather an integral member of society, always willing to extend a helping hand. So what's important about this paragraph. I know that my life story might be completely different than you, but my job is to give you some take ways that you can go ahead and apply to your own personal statement. So I think the first thing about this paragraph I envied my father. This is a pretty captivating statement, you know, right away. When somebody reads this, it would be like, Why? Why does he envies Father? What's going on? So that entices you to read more and get a little bit more interested. In addition to that, this sentence my father's ability to make such large changes to our small community and connect with residents of different political, cultural and religious beliefs that inspired me. And this idea of cultural competency is really important medicine, especially with so many health disparities impacting minority patient toe mention These key insight at such a early point in the personal statement tells you a little bit more about what the rest of the essay is gonna be, and it makes the reader more interest in continuing. So moving onto the second paragraph. Unfortunately, my mother, brother and I had incredibly different experience living in push to go My mother gave up her career as a pediatrician into that to raise my brother and me. After my family had immigrated to America, she often struggled to find a community that welcomed her. And this coughs are great pain. I, too, felt this pain when trying to find a place of belonging in my majority white Christian school. Other than my brother was one of only a handful of black students and the only black Muslim in my school. From a young age, I would call feeling and almost overwhelming pressure to possibly represent my culture, my heritage and my beliefs to my community. I often felt that was an ambassador of Sudan as I walked through the hallways of my school . Once live up and I could sway an entire classes opinion of my people. To remedy to this, my team yourself compulsively saw academic excellence as an avenue towards bridging the gaps between my peers and me, I quickly realized that the classroom was more than simply a place to learn. It was an equalizer that transcended race, So this paragraph is very powerful. Without mentioning all my activities and experiences and everything that I mentioned the passports of my application. I'm giving you a lens into my life. Growing up here, I talk about some hardships that I face with my family's background as immigrants, but then also showing that I took those hardships and I put all my energy into the classroom as a means of success. So this shows that I'm academically focused but academically focused with an inspiration as to why, This way. So the take away from these two opening paragraphs is I'm really painting a picture of the background in which I grew up with. That could be something you incorporated your essay. If, for example, instead of identity and race being your key, fulcrum of your say, it could be maybe a sport to load or a hobby like music. There are many different areas and waste to navigate a person. Save it. But mine is identity, and these 1st 2 paragraphs are the lens of I wish the rest of that, I say, goes with moving forward. We have the second page, so this pressure only intensified is my family visit for tomb. Every summer is part of the way to expose me to my roots. I pray that being in my homeland with service and escape from Wisconsin. In fact, I often felt justice ostracised, cartu. As I roam the busy market streets, foolishly bargaining prices, I was reminded that I was a philologist, a foreigner, even when I don the traditional wear. Every time I spoke in Arabic, my accident confirmed that I did not belong. One day, as my mother drove to my grandparent's home, a teenager with one like approached our car. The child could not have been much older than me. However, his somber eyes told a different story. Immediately he began wiping our car with a rift washcloth, hoping that we would give him some money. I imagine how long he had been outside in the scorching heat, and I pleaded for my mother to give me some cash to help him out. As I rolled down the window and handed him the money, he sincerely thanked us and told me that we were one of only a few cars to stop and help this encounter stuck with me for the rest of my visit. Is that reflected on it? I realized that at that moment I did not feel the pressure of seeking a community for the first time, I felt that I made a genuine connection to my student, his roots, and it only came through helping those around me. So this paragraph is a very key shift in the essay. Now you're seeing how this idea of identity that used to play me, that I used to not be able to be comfortable with the idea of being immigrant being different than other people. Now, this issue of identity is actually a motivation for me to help others, because through helping others, I feel that I have this personal connection to people that transcends any identity issue that I may have had in the past. So now we're transitioning into why I'm interested in medicine and you can see a shift in the in the essay. So this could be a technique that you use, you know, you talk about some problem that you had in the beginning and how that problem changed over time, and eventually it led to an interest in a career in medicine. So movie for I really want to get to the part where medicine is involved. This connection to my heritage only grew stronger as I visited for to him during university , Having mature it since my interaction with the boy, I yearn for meaning full opportunities to assist the mediums to done. Soon I began volunteering in a large community hospital. It was there that I met off the Latif, a six year old boy with a severe elbow fracture. As he sat shaking in the office chair, I gently approach Abdellatif and held his hand as his cast was replaced. The process was very painful for him, and I chose to make silly faces to describe him from what was happening. Much to my surprise, Abdellatif came to greatly appreciate this as his tears turn into laughter. At the end of the visit, he walked away with a smile on his face and even thanked me personally. This, as I have now come to appreciate it was one of the formative moments in my conviction to become a physician because I found that through medicine I could connect to people with ease. Ah, feeling I had craved my whole life. So this is a very powerful paragraph. I'm using compelling stories that reference my activities and experiences, but not explicitly saying like Hi, My name is Callin and I volunteered at this hospital for this long. Instead, I'm giving you a personal story of what happened in the hospital, and I'm spelling it out. This, as I have now, come to appreciate with one of the formative moments in my conviction to become a physician . So there's no question as to why I'm interested in medicine. I'm telling you, by using powerful language that these experiences were the beginnings of my interest in medicine. So this is a technique that I strongly recommend you use. There shouldn't be a question. Is the wire entering medicine after you read your personal statement? That should answer that question. So using powerful and compelling language to literally spell it out sometimes is the most effective manner. The next paragraph. After experiencing clinical Carisa down, it's always to explore the academic nature of medicine. This led me to the world of research in his intimate connection to patient care, working in both wet lab and clinical research, environment transformed scientific concepts from lecture notes into concrete methods, ensure a higher quality of care from these academic endeavors. I now understand the role I would like to play in the medical field. I seek to become a physician who works at the frontiers of scientific discovery while also working on solutions for greater accessibility to care for marginalized communities. This is perfectly, I'm telling you, my mission in what I want to be as a physician. So if you're a medical school admissions committee meeting for leaders in medicine in the future, you would be interested applicant like this because they know what they want to accomplish in the field of medicine. So highlight specifically your career goals and how that relates to your experiences and you'll stand out. Is that application your personal statement? This concluding paragraph. I'll now read it. The envy I once had towards my father has now become a feeling of hope. Hope that one day I, too, can use medicine as a way to bridge cultural barriers. I now realize that my background does not serve to exclude me, but is rather the understanding of exclusion that will allow me to connect patients as their physician. This concluding paragraph is a perfect summary ization of everything that I just spoke about in the 1st 5 paragraphs. It talks about the beginning where I was lost and confused about my identity. And now I see my identity actually, as a way to connect to people who have ailments and work well with them is their physician . So this theme of identity has perpetuated throughout the entire essay. But I've connected the theme to the practice of medicine. And that is something that I strongly suggest you accomplished while writing your personal essay. Even though we may have completely different lies, I really hope that walking you through my s a paragraph paragraph has allowed you to imagine what a powerful essay could look like. I'm not here to brag about this essay. However, when I interviewed and I interviewed quite a few schools, my personal state was brought up in every single one of those interviews because the interviewer was already very familiar in my life and the difficulties that it took to become in the position that I waas at the interview day. So by writing a personal statement that is effective, compelling and honestly, very interesting, you wouldn't be bored reading his essay. You're setting yourself up to be a very competitive medical school application, so hopefully I've been able to help you by walking through my personal statement. And in the next video, we'll be talking about the secondary application period. Thank you. 5. Secondary Application Process: Hello and welcome back in this video, we'll be talking about the secondary application process and how to go about it in the most effective way. So in the beginning, we talked about the primary application period. So the primary is your and cast application that gets sent out to every school. Now. The school that received your primary application will then decide whether or not they will send you a secondary application. The majority of schools will automatically send you a secondary application. However, some of them are a bit pickier, and you may not receive secondaries from every school that you apply to. And remember the dates that although you can submit your primary in late May, schools can't start sending out your secondaries until July 10. So potential I 10th comes around and you're gonna start receiving secondaries and you'll receive them very rapidly. Pretend you apply to 30 schools. A lot of these schools are going to start sending your secondaries right away after you've been verified in July 10th it's and these secondaries can often take up five pages, eight pages of essays, whether you're in a summer internship or you're still working, you could be very overwhelming, trying to get through all these secondaries quickly. So I've developed a template method that I was able to stay organized, which I'll go over a little bit later in this video. Before I go into that, I want to talk about the timeline off the secondary application period. So even though you start receiving them around July 10 if you have a quick turnaround of your secondaries, you can actually expect to see interview and vice shortly after receiving those secondaries . Some schools have different policies on interview invites, and you might have to wait months after submitting your secondary to see if you will get an interview. But others you can hear back very soon after submitting a second day and one pro tip, I really suggest, even though I was guilty of this, don't go on sites like Student Doctor Network or Reddit searching about other students who have received applications of secondaries because you may see that somebody who has completely different stats in you that you may think is less qualified than you get an interview much earlier than you or get an interview for a school that you're not even gonna get in inner before. So you go crazy looking through these threads, waiting and anticipating your own interviews while watching other people succeed. Just worry about your own application and just keep an eye on your email. And if you get one, you get one. If you don't, you don't. But hopefully we've written a compelling primary application and develop the balance school list that will see success in this application cycle. So with that tip in mind, I'm gonna dive right into the template that I use to stay organized throughout this process . And what I should be going over one of my secondary applications for Weill Cornell Medical College because it's relatively short and I can go over a lot of information in this video using that second day so we'll head into my laptop on check out that template, which I will attach to The resource is of the scores so you can access it for free. So now we're in my laptop, and I'm going to discuss the template that I used to stay organized while receiving and tons of essays. So beginning on the left hand side, I have a calm with school name, so There's just a list of all the schools that I put on my primary application. The second column is category of secondary, so my biggest tip when it comes to secondaries is that you should be pre writing your secondaries. So what does this mean? There's a website which I will link in. The resource is of this course that list historical secondaries for each school, as available in Abacha's. So these secondaries don't really change your two year. And even if they do, that's OK as long as you have written the majority of the secondary. By the time you get the updated secondary with new essays on it, it shouldn't be laugh hard to fill in the remaining essays. If you submit your APP Fast application in late May all the way up through July, you should be pre writing as many secondaries as possible so that when you get these influx of secondaries, you can submit them right away. So I categorized. The secondary is based on the problem questions, so I have, like categories like adversity, Gap Year, group project ah, lot of secondaries talk about diversity, but basically categorizing them on what kind of essays they are so I can remember. Oh, this school has this secondary associated with the Gap years so that I think about the Gap Year essay that I've written and I try accommodating that to the criteria set on the secondary. The next category is M start interview invites beginning. So this data is data that I scraped from EMS. Are this especially for the 2019 to 2020 application cycle, So it may not apply to you, but just highlighting when I could possibly hear about interview invitations. I then went on Student Doctor Network and scrape the data on the earliest self reported interview of the year. Acceptance is beginning. This is data scraped from M. Sorry. So I would know when is the earliest I could hear about a potential acceptance. These air strictly just dates toe have in mind. Your application could very completely from that. You may hear back then you may be here back way later. So then these next two categories about my personal application When did I receive the secondary? So I would note that date so I would be able to stay organized that way. The secondary submission day is when I turned in my secondary completely to the institution . And then time to submit secondary was really important. So I was aware of how long I was holding the secondaries. You can see throughout this column that I had a relatively fast turnaround time for my secondaries, and I think that was a very big advantage of my application. So some of these secondaries I was submitting same day even, and what that does is, if you can see like, for example, will put pull up George Washington. So George Washington School Medicine. I submitted their secondary one day after receiving it on July 2nd, and I was invited to interview on July 16 2019. Some students are still in the AM cast primary application verification period on July 16 but I had already received an interview, and I knew that I was gonna be interviewing for medical school midway through July, and the only way you could do that is by submitting early and submitting on time. So this is a serious advantage when it comes to hearing back, and when you hear back, if you're someone like me, who I guess I was looking for a media result, and the application cycle could be almost a year long. So if you're someone who gets anxious about when you hear back the earlier you submit, the higher the chances are that you hear back relatively early for schools that do rolling admission. And then I highlighted the interview day and what there was accepted or rejected and acceptance date. This whole table seems kind of overwhelming with the colors. The colors are just accepted. Waitlist rejected on an orange signifies whether I would drew for the school or not. Um, when I first got this list or created this list, all the colors were white. So what I suggest is down with the template cause I'll put this template up in the resource is put your schools in the school name column and then start filling out this template for yourself and use it as your home base when going through the secondary an invitation, period, because it was really helpful. Now that I've gone over the template, I'm just gonna go over the Weill Cornell secondary because I feel like it's a good secondary that goes over a lot of categories of essays pull it up right now. So here is the not the official Weill Cornell secondary is just my Google doc Copy of this is that I wrote, which I would then copy and paste into the secondary portal. So the first say it says if you are not attending college during the upcoming 2019 through 2020 I couldn't hear What are your plans? So that s a you will see a lot of the time. It's basically a gap year. I say, What do you see yourself doing If you're not in college currently So I did take it gap years. So this is that I say I was able to write. If you are in college, you simply put, not applicable or you skip this essay. So I just read this over quick. I'll take a Gap year between college graduation, medical school matriculation. During this year, I'm participating to full time employment opportunities from May to August 2019. I'm working on to 20 hours a week Health Services research project under the University of Pennsylvania's summer program. My first project involves studying smoking cessation techniques among underserved populations in West Billy. My second project explores the cost effectiveness of the pentacle rectal cancer screening navigation program. Upon completion of summer, I was there full time was a city year America, remember and teach in under served schools in Boston. I've chosen this opportunity because I hope that they're sharing my college experiences. I'll be able to inspire underrepresented students to pursue higher education and possibly careers in medicine. But my small, underfunded high school in Wisconsin often felt that peer mentors would have made my college application process easier. I hope to use my privilege is a college graduate to get back to my community prior to attending medical school. Overall, it's true for it to not only guy since their courses, but also furthering. My passion is a mentor outside the classroom, So this essay only had 1525 character limit. So you have to put a lot of information in a little amount of space. You don't have to use this very articulate language when you're describing this essay. Just get straight to the point of what are you doing here? Gap here For how long? How many hours? Just so the admissions committee is well aware of what you'll be up to in the next year. This type of essay overlaps in many secondaries. The second I say, Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying a while. Cornell Medical College This type of us a overlaps in many secondaries. Well, it's like a why this school essay, and they vary in length. But, uh, this one specially for Wilde Cornell. So my specific interest in the empty program Weill Cornell Medical College sent for my passion for eliminating health disparities and serving the underserved. I developed a deep interest in global medicine through my clinical experiences in Sudan, and I believe that these exposures conserve is an avenue for clinical research abroad. If given the opportunity, I would take advantage of Cornell's International Summer Experience Abroad program to further understand health disparities in my family's natives, who then by 70 health disparities globally, I aspired to expand my research capabilities in order to work on local projects that can improve access to care for vulnerable populations. So this far I have shown specific reasons as to why won't apply in college. Don't give generalities about Oh, I enjoy this or that specifically say programs within the school that interests you and have inspired you to submit an application towards the school. Gaining clinical exposures and community service opportunities early on in my medical education are key factors I consider when applying a while The ability for students to engage in student run health plan expert for the under served to the Wild Cornell Community Clinic while also working towards establishing key physician patient relationships under the league programme. Make while and I deal with school for me while his location in New York City further draws me towards the school. Do the presence of a diverse patient population which I hope to serve in my career is a physician. Furthermore, a thriving hub of Sudanese Americans occupy the NYC area by soniya Cornell. I hope to connect to this community in New York and work to become its advocate in both my clinical practice in academic development. So these air reasons that are very specific to me, you know, there are Sudanese people in New York. There are all these programs a while that it made me interested and that's why I submitted an application. I suggest that you to look for specific reasons as to why you want to apply to school and put them in the secondary. And where you find that is both the M start tool as well as the school's Westside directly . Look for programs within the school that have attracted your interest and that'll make you really stand out is African and Third. Please describe a challenge you face and how you addressed it. So this is gonna be a personal challenge of mine. Uh, the burden of raising two Children while becoming physician America was too much for my mother. She gave up her role as an international practicing pediatrician to care for my brother and me, a sacrifice I've always admired. During my senior year of college, my mother called me and explain that see an opportunity to return to Sudan and complete a specialized residency program to practice medicine There. Again, while I was expecting my mother could follow the dream that she had deferred for so long, I felt tense that she would be half a world away. This tension escalated as the political climate in Sudan turn catastrophic. Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese youth protest in the streets to uproot a regime that has oppressed them for decades, as chaos unfolded, I could only think about the safety and security of my mother. As a result, I encountered the significant challenge of balancing education responsibilities and this undue pressure to remedy my stress. I made every effort to contact my mother while also having my father late messages he received from her. My relationship with my mother only strengthened during this period because we both knew that we were always looking out for each other. Looking back in my undergraduate career, I realized that I often put my family life on hold because of the immediacy of school work . Though deeply painful, this experience tell me the importance of investing time into the people that mattered to me the most is the reason I selected this essay to highlight is because the prompt only asked for a challenge, right. But when you're writing an essay about a challenge or weakness, you must think of how that challenger weakness has impacted your life for the better. So this last paragraph, though deeply faithful, this experience taught me the importance of investing time into the people that mattered to me the most. That is a lesson that I learned through a difficult situation. These challenges say's come up in many secondaries. So having a template challenge, I say that you can either expand or shortened, depending on the character limit will serve you well. So hopefully all this information on secondary applications is help, and going through my own personal secondary will serve you well. When you go through the secondary process yourself, I'll attach the website that has problems with secondary applications, as well as my template for organizing secondary applications and interviews throughout the rest of the process. Both of those resources will really help you out throughout the application process, and in the next video, we'll be talking about interviews. See you there. 6. Standard Interviews: Well, welcome back in these next few videos would be talking about the interview process. In this video, talk about the standard interview, and in the next one I'll go over the mm i interview process. So first of all, you are very lucky to have been selected to interview for medical school in some schools, only 10% of applicants he selected to interview. So first of all, you should be very confident and calm when you go into interview. The medical school has already showed a lot of interest in your application and has selected you as one of the few students will be able to interview for a position at that school before going into more information about facility. What happens in an interview day? I think it's important that we break up. What are the types of standard interviews? So there is the open file interview and the closed file interview. The open file interview means you will go into the interview room either with a student or someone on the admissions committee, and they will know everything about your application. They have already ready personal statement, your primary and your secondaries, and they will be very well informed about your application before you walk in any closed file interview, the interviewer knows nothing about you. So the way you answer the questions are a bit different. You have to give more specific examples, and you can kind of control the conversation a lot better because they don't know anything about your application before seeing you. Now that we know about the types of standard interviews, I want to talk more about traveling to the interviews as well as what goes on interview day . So first of all, you have to pay for all your flights to go to medical school interviews, so that can add up to a lot of money over the course of the yearlong process, trying to schedule your interviews close together so you can complete all the interviews within an area very quickly. In addition to that, you have to pay for the stay at the interview location. However, many schools offer a program where you can stay with the student host, and I seriously recommend that because the student hosting give you helpful tips and tricks for the interview day, as well as some of the things they like and dislike about the school that they attend. When dressing for an interview, make sure you dress business formal for both men and women for men, I've seen some applicants try to stand out by wearing like bright color suits or suits that are non traditional. I personally don't think that's a good strategy to use. In fact, most people would generally just stick to black suits or Navy suits. Personally, I wore a grey suit. It stood out a little bit from Applicants Harbor. It was nothing crazy. One more thing before I get into specific examples of interview questions is that a medical school interview isn't like a typical job interview. It's mostly considered an interview day, so you get there. Brighton. Early in the morning, you typed out breakfast, and then there's usually a talk or a speech given by the dean of admissions or a dean at the school that talks about the curriculum or some highlights about school itself. Then, throughout the day, you get some tours, you'll have lunch, and your interviews will either be in the morning sessions or in the afternoon for some schools. Also, you may only have one interview with the faculty member or you might have a series of interviews with students, faculty members, Dean's staff. It can all vary within a school, depending on the school's policy. One tip is that you should definitely take the student interviews Justus seriously as any other interview that she'll encountered throughout the process. Students who are on the admissions committee have just as much say as some of the other admissions officers. So just because they may be similar in age to you, they're definitely not your colleagues yet. And you should take those interviews incredibly seriously. Now that we know a little bit more about what goes on in an interview day, I'll be giving you specific examples of general questions that I faced throughout the interview cycle way. So in this portion of the video, I'll be giving specific examples of interview questions that I faced throughout the cycle, as well as the ways that I would answer them, even though our lives they're gonna be completely different in the way you answer these questions will vary incredibly from how I enter them. The things to take away our my demeanor when answering and how I'm answering the specific question being also my number one tip for medical school interviews is, regardless of what you say, the most important thing about the interview process is how you say it. If you sound incredibly compelling and you're very easy person to talk to throughout the whole interview, the interviewer will generally like you at the end of the day. The only thing they're looking for really is if they can see you as a student in their class. If you've been invited to interview, you're already qualified to be a medical student at that school. They just want to see if you're fit in in the class. So the biggest take away from these examples is just look at my demeanor when I'm answering these questions immediately, when you walk into the interview room, you'll shake the interviewer's hand. You'll sit down, and the first question you probably asked is either tell me about yourself or why medicine . They're generally the same answer there just asked in different ways. So if I were to answer this question, I would kind of answer it chronologically about how I came to be interviewing at the school . My answer would kind of go like this. Hi, my name is Khan Al Jack and I was born in Waterford, Ireland. However, my family's originally from Sudan, and I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin called Peshtigo Wallace in Wisconsin. I would visit Sudan every summer, and that's where I noticed intense disparities between my quality of life in America and those living into the I then went on to study human physiology at Boston University, and in my first winter break in college, I visited Sudan to shadow a physician who had returned to Sudan from working in Ireland. Before that, the idea that this position had returned to his native country to help out his community really inspired me towards a career in medicine. I then went back to Boston and continued working on political activities that I noticed that this was a career that I could see myself in from my activities in clinical settings in Boston as well. A. Since you then I not see medicine as the field that I'd like to be in. And that's really how I've come to be interviewing at this institution. That's a broad overview of how I would answer that question. Some things The highlight is I explained some of my activities in Boston instagram, but I didn't go into great detail. What that does now is it allows the interviewer to be like, Wow, that's interesting. Tell me more about these experiences in Boston. Tell me more about growing up in Wisconsin and then living into that. So I'm teasing the interviewer with information, but I'm not giving them everything because that allows me to know where the conversation is going and be prepared for the next few questions. Another question that you're definitely going to get is why this school and I suggest you prepare for that question by going through the MSR tool, looking at your secondaries before interviewing and also asking your student host about things that they enjoy about school. And then you can bring those up in interview the following day. Some other questions you're gonna get are these. Give me an example of a time questions and they tend to be Give me an example of the time you failed. Give me an example of the time you succeeded. Give me a time. You work well with others. Give me a time. You didn't work well with others. Give me a time. You struggled in a class and you were able to overcome that. So these give me example, type questions. You should have a Google document prior to your interview where you just have all these examples ready so that you don't have that memorized, but so that when they get asked, you'll be able to just Oh, I haven't. I have an example of that. And here's a tip. If you get a question that you're completely blindsided by, you've never heard of it, You've never practiced it. The one thing that you have to do, it just asked the interviewer if you could have a little bit more time. So just say, excuse me, man. Uh, I just need a little bit more time to think about this question. Is that okay? 100% of the time they're gonna say yes. You just have to take a moment to think about it. Just calm down, breathe. Look down at the floor, gather your thoughts and then come back with your answer. You don't have to rush anything. It's more of a fluid conversation rather than you getting grilled about every single thing on your application at the end of the day, For the most part, you're talking about you. So that should be easy because you know yourself better than anybody else. Those are the main questions I wanted to go over in this video. Realistically, the interview process is more like a tennis match. Your interviewer will serve you the ball, and you have the ball on your side of the court and you'll be able to decide where you want the conversation ago. Based on your answers. Just make sure the conversation remains fluid throughout and tease your answers so you know where the conversation is about to go and you'll be set for the rest of the interview cycle . I hope these tapes that's really helped you out, and in the next video, we'll be going over the MMR. 7. Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI): So in this video, be going over the MM I interview process. Mm. I stands for multiple. Many interviews is very different than the standard interview processors went over the last video, So I feel like it deserves its own video. Some interviews you'll go to will have a hybrid interview day, and part of the interview day will be standard, and part of the interview day will be Mm I Others will strictly be standard. Or am I? I suggest you go on MSR tool before your interview day to see what kind of interview is at the school. So now I'm going to give a little bit of overview of What am I interviewed? A. Looks like it's similar to the standard interview that you still get the breakfast. You still get the talks. You still get the tours. The actual interview is the difference between the two. So with the mm, I You don't know the problems at all before going in. And you don't know who your interviewers are? They could be student. They could be faculty. They could be a staff member. That could be a dean. You're not aware They're just your interviewer. Second the station's generally last about 5 to 10 minutes, it could be more could be less you could have. There are multiple stations throughout the day. Some range fivesome could be up to 10. So you go through these different stations with different problems, and you do these interviews throughout the day. The one good thing about having many different stations is if you completely mess up one. They're all graded independently and then told Total that the end by the admissions committee So you could completely mess up one and still be fine and be admitted. It's not an issue. So really, take them as individual interviews and move on mentally between each Mm I. The format off the M I is that you will walk up. Usually a door is closed and they'll be a proctor and they'll say, Okay, you have two minutes or one minute to read this problem so you will open an envelope or folder, and they'll be a prompt about exactly what the interview is about. You'll read that for probably 1 to 2 minutes and say, OK, you could now enter the door, you open the door and then you just fulfill exactly what the problem said with the interviewer for 5 to 10 minutes and move on. It sounds very stressful. And honestly, it can be. I interviewed at 15 schools, and I was very lucky to be accepted to 11 of those schools. Two of them. I was wait listed, and then two of them. I was rejected right after the interview and the two schools that I was rejected at, where schools that offered mm, I. So it's a very challenging interview process, but hopefully, because I've already gone through it, I can give you some of the tips and tricks that I wish I would have had prior to go again. Let's talk a little bit about what these problems can be about. Problems contest many areas of the students intellect, including their ability to handle ethical situations, their decision making ability, the communication ability on their ability to work well on teams, though they're just several of the common themes that I noticed throughout my mm I cycles. Now that we have that in mind, what are some tips that I have been talking these questions? My biggest tip is when you read the prompt pick a side of the argument and stick to it. Don't flip flopped between side. There's only a few minutes to argue your point. And if you're spending half the time going from one side to the other, it does not sound like a compelling argument. Even though you're only picking one side and sticking to it, please acknowledge the other side of the argument. It shows that you're using higher level thinking skills to think of both sides of the argument, but you're still speaking toe one of them. Another tip that I have is prior to going into your mm I date read a little bit about medical ethics. Some basic terminology such as autonomy. Anonima Leftist. Since beneficence and justice will go a long way in your answers throughout the M I and finally each mm I is a rather short period of time, so if you could just stay calm and focus for 5 10 minutes at a time, you do really well throughout the process. Also, remember, as I mentioned earlier, there are graded individually, so if you completely messed up one just please move on mentally. When you go into the nice interview and treat it as if it's a brand new day With thesis in mind, I'm going to give one example of a general and the my prompt an answer this specific prompt was not from any of my interviews is just a general problem, because we're not supposed to release information that we've had in past interviews. So please remember that this is just a general way. So in this portion of the video, I'll be going over my problem that I've written up and go through kind of my thought process behind how I would answer this question. So here's the scenario. Imagine a situation in which you are a physician in a community that has had increased cases of measles. A pregnant woman comes in for her checkup, and she indicates that she will not be vaccinating her future child for measles. What would you do in such a situation as her physician? So you can imagine you just read this? Mm, I prompt you don't even really know how measles can progress in a person. But you have to answer this question in the next minute and 1/2. So in order to do that, I thought of a four step process that you should follow in any. Mm, My question. Step one. Pick a side of the argument step to justify your side. Step three technology. Other side of the argument and step for provide a solution and, if possible, provide a creative solution. So for this mm, my prom. Step one. Personally, I feel very strongly that this woman should vaccinate her child. And as your physician, I would strongly recommend doing so. That is my side and ness aside that I hope to stay through throughout the rest of the argument said to justify the side. So why is it important that she vaccinate your child? I would state that by not vaccinating her future style, she's putting the child at risk for contracting a life threatening disease. Beyond that, measles is increasing in our community. So if you don't vaccinate your child, you're putting other members of society at a race. So at that point, you're not only a danger to your own family, you're a danger to society. And that sounds kind of extreme. But that's just the reality of a situation like this. Step three of acknowledging the other side. As a physician, you have to respect the woman's right to autonomy and the right for her to make her own decision about her future child. So I would ask Follow up questions About what? What? What are your reasons for not getting vaccinated? Maybe it's a religious belief. Maybe she's scared. Vaccinations can cause problems in the child. And that would provide evidence based solutions to counter act these arguments and hopefully convince the patient that I say her child is the right course of action. Step four would be offering creative solution to the problem If the woman is still strongly against vaccinations. I think it creative solution in this would be to show her a video of the impacts of measles . This is going one step further than simply verbally saying that measles is bad or measles can hurt your child. But by showing the woman of video, it can really open her eyes to the impacts of measles. As an interviewer, you would not be expecting the applicant to come up with such a creative solution. And by calling these four steps, you could really have a focus answer and get the best out of mm. I interview one thing to know is when you're answering these questions, it's not gonna be you talking for 5 to 10 minutes. For example, in between steps, one into the interviewer, my add more information or the interview of my counteracted argument, and you might have to add more to it. So it's really still that fluid conversation you get into standard interview, but you are driving the conversation rather than interviewer. Hopefully, this concrete example has opened your eyes of what Emma my interview could look like. And in the next video, we'll be talking about what happens after you accepted into medical school and negotiating financially, looking forward to seeing you there. 8. Financial Aid Negotiation: Welcome back in this video, we'll be talking about negotiating financial aid, your choice school at the end of the medical school process. So congratulations, you've gone through the entire medical school process. You're not part of 40% of applicants who got in rather than 60%. That is not, and I'm really proud of you. Unfortunately, medical school is really expensive. In the United States. The average medical school student will graduate with $200,000 in student loan debt from the four years of medical school. This, coupled with the price of the application process and some undergraduate debt for some of our viewers, will be an incredible amount of money with interest. So is my job to help you negotiate financial aid of your choice institution? I've been incredibly thankful to have been offered full tuition scholarships while applying to medical school, and I think part of that has been my ability to negotiate financial aid with the institutions. So in this video, I'll be talking about a template email, which I will attach to the course resource is that you can send to medical schools, toe hopefully be able to negotiate financial aid as they know I'm specifically talking about merit based aid rather than need based aid. Also, in order to be able to negotiate financial aid, you have to be lucky enough to have been selected for a merit based scholarship at one institution. And I'm talking about ways toe leverage, that scholarship at another institution. So pretend you got accepted to two schools. One of them is your dream school. On the other is a school that you could attend. The second school offers you money, but your dream school doesn't. This is the method to be able to negotiate. They'd so that you can get it at your dream school. I'll be going over this template on my laptop, and hopefully you can use it to negotiate a at your dream school in the future. So in this part of video, be going over that template that I was talking about. One thing is, it's a general template. Please change it according to the school's that you'll be applying to, I don't want everybody to be using this exact same template because then medical schools will start getting suspicious and then it might not be as effective in the future. so please adjust it for your own needs. Okay? Going into my laptop, dear insert the financial aid had name or a dean that you've been in contact with throughout the process. My name is blank, and I'm a recently accepted suit into the blank school of medicine. I want to thank you in the office of admissions for extending me an offer of acceptance into blanks entering class of Enter the year that you'll be applying. And I'm extremely humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to train at such a prestigious medical institution, though fully prepare me for my future as a physician dedicated to blank area of career focus. So for me, I was really focused in helping marginalized communities, so that's what I would put into that area. I have gained. Acceptance is to multiple top institutions, and here you list all the institutions that you've been accepted to. Hopefully, it's many and I received blank scholarships from X y Z school. So whether you received a full tuition merit based scholarship, half aid, anything, just say what the aid was explicitly in the email and attached those financial aid documents to the email that you're sending Why would be such a privilege to attend the school that you want to go to and serve the area that the school is in? It will be difficult to do so From a financial perspective, financial aid is a very important factor for me in selecting a medical school, and I was wondering if there's anything you could do to help reduce the cost. At the end of the day, they're either gonna help you or they're not. But by you, asking your at least making it a possibility that they will bump up your I would like to reiterate how incredibly excited for the opportunity to attend the school that you'll be attending. And I'm looking forward to remaining in contact with you throughout this process. Thank you for your time and then place your name. Don't ever be embarrassed to send an email like this. Schools do have extra money to negotiate with students, and they will give it to some choice applicants. But only those that would ask always asked, and the worst thing that could happen is they'll tell you no, but still, I really suggest you send some form of this template to your dream school if you have the ability to negotiate in the future, which I really hope you do. With that in mind, I thank you so much for attending all these videos and in the next video will be concluding the course. 9. Conclusion: thank you so much for speaking through This course I know is a lot of information, but I hope I've been able to add value in your application process. In this course, we went over the entire primary application from selecting schools all the way through to the person state. He also went over how to stay organized by receiving a ton of secondaries and how to tackle the stressful interview process. Finally, we discuss negotiating financial aid, and I really hope you can use that template to negotiate a that your dream school. I started this course with the mission of being completely transparent about what I believe allowed me to become a successful medical school application. If I can help even just one person fill their dream of becoming a physician, I'll consider that one of my biggest successes. Please make sure to check the resource is at the bottom of this course, as I will attach key documents that can help you throughout the process. If you have any further questions, email me at Al Jack 10 at eu dot edu. I hope to see a lot of success stories. Also, if this course was helpful to you at all. Please feel free to share it to other people. That could benefit off information. And don't be afraid to leave comments for feedback on these videos or any other videos you'd like to see in the future. Hopefully, I'll see you all as future leaders in the field of medicine.