Getting In


Contrary to popular belief, applying to medical school doesn't have to be stressful and time-consuming. Getting In shows students caught in the web of medical school admissions boards the right way to apply by setting themselves apart from the crowd. Jung takes pre-med and second-career aspirants through the entire ordeal and lets them know, for example, how crucial it is to apply as early as possible. From preparing a must-read application that will be noticed by the admissions committee to information on the MCAT or surviving common interview traps, this book gives inside tips and helps applicants through what can be a stressful and uncertain time. The author allows readers a glimpse into errors that others often make in their quests for acceptance, such as taking all required science courses in one semester or leaving large chunks of a medical application blank. With a realistic, down-to-earth approach, Jung acknowledges the pitfalls and misconceptions that applicants have to confront and even provides alternative solutions for discouraged students. The result is a well-written book that offers solid, practical information on how to succeed.
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Editorial Reviews

A guidebook to successfully applying to medical schools. Topics include the MCAT test, common interview traps, researching medical schools, in-state preferences, and other topics that may prove useful to the undergraduate applying for admission. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452221601
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Inc.
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Why, when, and how should you read this book? xiii
Section I. Preparation Is Everything: Which of these mistakes are you making? 1
1. First Principles: What is your unique individuality? 3
2. Do You Hate Biology? Science majors have lower admissions rates than nonscience majors 7
3. Candy Striper? Cleaning bedpans is not always related to success as a physician 11
4. Researcher or Rat Killer? "Science slavery" may not be your most productive option 13
5. More Is Better, Right? Will more sciences boost GPAs and excite admissions committees? 15
6. Older and Wiser: Postbaccalaureates are unique applicants who need unique advice 19
Section II. In the Thick of It: Every single step in the application process is an opportunity for disaster 25
7. The MCAT: The dreaded exam and when to take it 27
8. M.D. or D.O.? What's the difference, if any? 33
9. They're All the Same, Aren't They? Not all medical schools are created equal 35
10. Truly Unique Programs: Find one for you 47
11. How Many Applications? Should I apply to every single school? 53
12. U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools: A complete list of addresses, phone numbers, and Websites 57
13. AMCAS and AACOMAS: What are they and which is for you? 91
14. Writing Your Personal Statement: Are you Ernest Hemingway? 95
15. Deadline Dummies: Your application deadline should be June 1. That's right, June 1 99
16. "Early D" Tragedy: Early decision is not for everyone. Chances are, it's not for you 101
17. Secondaries and Recommendation Letters: There aren't "good" and "bad" letters, just "right" and "wrong" letters 105
18. Your Interview: What to expect, what to ask 109
19. Which One? Now that you've been accepted, how do you choose? 113
20. By Association: Now that you're a doctor, you may want to join your colleagues 117
Section III. Never Give Up: There are plenty of health care options outside of medical school 121
21. Should I Try Again? This isn't as easy a question as it seems 123
22. Hey, Man, I Just Want to Help People: You don't need an M.D. to help people in health care 125
23. Hey, Man, I Just Want to Be a Doctor: Options off the beaten path that you may not have considered 129
Index 133
About the Author 141
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