Category Archives: Getting Ready to Apply

4 Reasons to Take a Service Year Before Medical School

Taking one or more gap years before medical school is becoming more and more common. In fact, of the 2016 incoming medical students who responded to the AAMC’s Matriculating Student Questionnaire, 60.6% say they took at least one year between undergrad and medical school. Many premeds use that time to take additional coursework, study for and take the MCAT exam, conduct research, shadow physicians, or work as an EMT or medical scribe. But those are not your only options.

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Health Professions Scholarship Webinar

Please register for Medical School and the Health Professions Scholarship Program on Oct 25, 2017 4:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2759606346461524995

Are you considering Medical School? This is an exciting time as you prepare for a Career in Medicine and a future of making a difference in the lives of those you care for. Not only can Medical School be rewarding, it can also become a large financial liability. Learn how the Army Medical Department’s Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) can ease the financial liability of Medical School. Attend the Medical School of your choice, in the United States, and continue your Graduate Medical Education in the Country’s top GME programs. Find out how you will become part of the World’s Largest and most comprehensive Health Care System.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

January-June MCAT Test Dates Now Open for Registration

Registration for the January to June MCAT Dates Now Open.

 Please be advised that registration for the MCAT exam is now open.  Students can select a date and location for January-June 2018 exam dates. Test dates in July-September will open in February 2018.   Please go to https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/register-mcat-exam/.

Remember that the MCAT will now be administered through Pearson VUE and is no longer offered through Prometric Testing Centers.

2018 MCAT Registration

Attention: 2018 MCAT registration will open on October 18, 2017 for January-June test dates. July-September test dates will open in February 2018.

New this year: Start your registration early! Any time between 10:00 AM ET on October 12 and 5:00 PM ET on October 17, you will be able to fill out the necessary background and biographical information, as well as complete the necessary consent forms in the MCAT Registration System. You will not be able to select your date and location at this time.

Starting the registration process early will allow you more time to enter your personal information and read the important MCAT policies and forms carefully before you begin searching for a test date and location on October 18. Completing your personal information and consent forms in advance does not give you priority in selecting your test date and location.

Follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter and the MCAT registration website for further announcements.

Free webinars for predentals

Below is information on upcoming webinars as part of National ASDA Predental Month in October. All webinars will be recorded for registrants to access later.

Some of the listed webinars are free for ASDA members only.

Predental timeline 
Oct. 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT

DAT resources & study habits
Oct. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT

Paying for dental school
Oct. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members only

Scholarships for aspiring dental students 
Oct. 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT

Interviewing for dental school (live mock interview) 
Oct. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members only

Non-traditional paths to dental school 
Oct. 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members only

 

Brian Jones, membership development manager
American Student Dental Association

211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 700 | Chicago, IL 60611

312-440-2841 | ASDAnet.org

Tips from Admissions on Maintaining Professionalism Throughout Your Interview

Being invited to interview is an indication that a medical school is interested in understanding more about the person behind the application. An interview is a chance for medical schools to look at the intangible qualities not captured on paper. Professionalism is one of those important qualities and can easily make or break an otherwise outstanding interview. To help you put your most professional foot forward and avoid any missteps, we asked admissions officers to reveal their best tips for before, during, and after an interview.

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While this was written for medical applicants, it is applicable to all of the professional health schools.