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Caribbean Medical Schools (International MD Schools) - The Inside Scoop

Learn the inside information about Caribbean Medical School (also known as international medical schools or international MD schools). We explore some of the pros and cons of going to the Caribbean for medical school including St Georges (SGU), Ross and the many other medical schools in the Caribbean. Make sure to understand the implications for going to a Caribbean school and look at what they offer besides just their MCAT and GPA requirements

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MCATs… the struggle is real ya’ll!

Everyday I’m like this praying 🙏 that I improve my mcat score and get into medical school next year.

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stayingmedicallyinspired:

thenotquitedoctor:

Dr. Kevin Ahern (premed advisor at Oregon State) has a series of videos on YouTube that are absolutely excellent for banishing pre-interview jitters. He has some wonderful advice about how to prepare for an interview, how to dress, body language, how to handle tough questions, etc.—you name the scenario and he has covered it. 

I watched his videos before my interviews and felt much more confident. I would say his videos are the next best thing to a personal coach (seriously who can afford that?) and mock interviews. It’s a 2-3 hour time investment, but I was glad I watched them. Hope they might be helpful for those of you who are still anxiously awaiting interviews or who are preparing to apply next cycle. 

Here’s part 2 of the video as well!

Just watched the first part - this is some amazing advice for any type of interview!

sammbaamm asked:
I'm sorry, I like asking you questions lol. Do have any tips for writing your personal statement on the med school application?

ladykaymd:

Lady Kay’s 10 Steps To Writing A Genius Personal Statement

**I can’t guarantee that your personal statement will be genius. That’s on you.**

1) Tell a story

A personal statement shouldn’t be a long list of why you’re awesome. Instead tell a story that highlights this. Find a story about a time something meaningful happened in your life, or a moment that tells why you chose medicine. 

2) Tell them why you’d be a good doctor—don’t just say you’ll be one

Don’t just say “i’m caring and compassionate so I’ll be a good doctor”. Instead you should tell them how you’ll be one. Because almost everyone who applies to medical school would be a reasonably good doctor. But instead show them a time in your life where you already had the qualities that would make you a good one. Everyone can say they’re “doctor material”, but have you proven it at one point in your life?


3) Tell what makes you different from all the other candidates

What’s your unique story? What is it about you that makes it so they should pick you over the 1,000 other people? Go ahead and talk about whatever it is you’re really passionate. Talk about how you love to run marathons and that taught you about perseverance. Talk about how you love to work with animals and volunteer at your local shelter and that taught you about helping out other beings on the planet. Whatever it is that you love, talk about that!


4) Be memorable

Remember they have to read 800 of these a day. So tell a joke. Write one line of your personal statement in your native language of Chinese or Spanish. Tell something unexpected about you—about how you were the bully in middle school or you won a contest for rapping. Tell them something that makes you stick out in their mind. 


5) Be honest

Don’t say you want to be a primary care doctor in a small town if you don’t want to! BE HONEST! Tell them your real motivations for why you want to do medicine and stop worrying about saying the “right things”. Just be you.

6) Have other people read it! 

Ask a couple people you trust to read your personal statement—ask friends and family members, ask councilors and bosses and professors. Get it into as many hands as you can to get opinions on it! You need to know what a bunch of people think. 

7) Ask your personal grammar genius friend to read it.

You can’t proofread your own stuff very well because you know what you “meant” to say. That’s why editors exist. So find whichever friend is sending you back the texts that say “you’re*” and have them check your commas and your spelling. I did this for several people over the years because I am definitely that friend. 

8) Check the Reqs

Make sure you don’t go over the word count, make sure your formatting is as requested, and be positive that you don’t get your submission thrown out for something as stupid as a formatting error! 

9) Read it out loud

A personal statement should feel like YOUR voice. Could you see yourself telling your friend all this about you over a glass of wine?? Don’t try to sound like someone you’re not in your personal statement. Do your best to sound like you. If you read your personal statement and it sounds fake or saccharine coming out of your mouth, that’s a red flag! 

10) Put it down and walk away

Once you’ve written one draft, put it away for a week or two so you can come at it with fresh eyes. I went through several drafts of my personal statement before I found one that I really liked. Don’t be afraid to scrap it and start over if you don’t find what you like when you reread it the next week. 

GOOD LUCK!