About our guidebooks
What will you find in each of the Medical School Application Guides?
Each guidebook is unique in the information it covers but the books in the collection have key elements in common. To write the guidebooks, I have:
Contacted all the medical schools to obtain complete, accurate and up to date information on 115 medical programs
Created partnerships with academic advisors and career services of universities who have years of experience in advising applicants
Obtained reviews and feedback from users and academic advisors to improve the quality and user friendliness of the guidebooks
I have asked applicants what they would like to see in a guidebook, and I have read what is available on the internet and in other guidebooks. I have taken the challenge to go a step further with a unique attention to detail and completeness of information.
I have summarised in a few pages for each medical school all the key information that you may want to consider in choosing where to apply. This includes for each medical program: admissions policies, selection formulae, entrance statistics, degree requirements, GPA requirements, secondary school requirements, entrance examination requirements, interview structure and interview information, extra tips, tuition fees and contact details. You will see this attention to detail and completeness in every section of the guidebooks. I do not simply tell you how many students apply to a medical course and how many get in, but instead I also calculate the selection ratios, and write it in a summarised table for easy comparison and explain how to interpret the ratios. I am very confident that the guidebooks are very relevant to medical school applicants, are presented in a user friendly format and that they bring together valuable information that is not readily available elsewhere.
In the personal statement section, you will find not only advice and tips, but more importantly plenty of real personal statement/essays extracts fully commented on for you to read and learn from. The interview section discusses what admission committees are looking for in the interview, provides marking schemes and information on the MMI format used at several schools. It gives several example answers from successful applicants to questions like "What would you do if you go to work and one of your colleagues smells like alcohol?" and "What do you think of abortion?" Interview preparation is a key part of the application, and unsuccessful applicants frequently gain admission the following year by preparing better for their interviews. The section teaches applicants how to approach interview questions, and prepares students by discussing many of the most frequently asked interview questions. These sections are not short add-ons to the main book but instead form a big part of it and are complete enough that they could constitute a separate book.