Medical School Admissions

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Process

Dreaming of med school?

You shouldn’t set off on the hardest journey of your life without a map or navigator. We will help you chart this course, so it’s as easy and direct as possible.

1

Earn As in those premedical prerequisites

Your science coursework and GPA are mission critical to your med school application and your career as a physician. Focus your attention on doing as well as possible in these courses.
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2

Develop a strong premed resume, with a balance of clinical and research experiences

Med schools will be looking to make sure that you are able to handle science as well as people, lab work as well as patient care. Your resume should display awareness and experience of both of medicine’s key pillars.
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3

Make an MCAT preparation plan

The MCAT is a comprehensive, content-based exam that covers all major premedical subjects and requires strong reading comprehension and standardized testing skills. Your overall timeline should include four to six months of focused MCAT preparation.
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4

Craft and polish your AMCAS

The work of a premed culminates in the AMCAS primary application, which requires strategic positioning and thoughtful written execution.

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Bolster your AMCAS with a compelling suite of secondaries

Once you submit your AMCAS, you’ll work on supplemental, school-specific prompts to support your candidacy at individual medical programs.
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6

Prepare for your interviews

Medical school programs require a range of different interview types as part of the admissions process.  In all cases, careful messaging and rehearsal are crucial to a successful outcome.
Learn how to tackle MMIs
7

Update letters and letters of intent

The medical school admissions process is long and sometimes requires additional documentation months after your initial AMCAS submission.  If you are still waiting for interviews or replies from programs well into the winter after your submission, a letter directed to a specific program might be the right next step for you.
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Coach spotlight

When you work with us on medical school admissions, you'll be matched with a writing coach and a strategy coach, both of whom are graduate-level, professional experts in their fields. Welcome to the dream team approach to your med school application.

Meet everyone

When you work with us on medical school admissions, you'll be matched with a writing coach and a strategy coach, both of whom are graduate-level, professional experts in their fields. Welcome to the dream team approach to your med school application.

Emma Zc.

Emma is a PhD student in French Literature at Harvard. She holds an MA in French (Harvard), as well as a BA in French Studies and BM in Cello Performance (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).

Claire D.

Claire earned her BS in Mollecular, Cellular, and Development Biology from Yale University. She is an MD student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Chelsea M.

Chelsea graduated from Yale with a BA in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Currenly, she is an MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Graham V.

Graham holds an MD (Vanderbilt University Medical School) and MBA (Harvard Business School). He earned his BS from MIT in Materials Science & Engineering. Currently, he is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Morgan

Morgan is completing medical school at Harvard in Spring 2021, after which she will be completing an Emergency Medicine Residency. During medical school, in addition to learning the practice of medicine, Morgan focused her time on social medicine/com...

Joyce

Joyce is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. She also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Anthropology from Harvard, where her thesis won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.

Susan

Susan studied English at Rice and graduated summa cum laude. After serving in Teach for America, she earned her PhD in English at Harvard. She has held faculty positions at Wake Forest and Yale and currently lives in London.

Paul C.

Paul is a PhD candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard, where he has received multiple awards for his teaching, as well as several research fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.

Elliot

Elliot earned his BS in Biology at MIT, and his MSc by Research in Clinical Medicine on a Rhodes Scholarshop at Oxford University. Currently, he is an MD/PhD student in the the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program.

Daniel G.

Daniel is a med student at Harvard Medical School. He earned his bachelor's in International Studies with a double minor in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Denver, where he received the prestigious Pioneer Award.

Logan

Logan is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BA in Neuroscience from Dartmouth, where he was named a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar for his research.

Sam D.

Sam is a med student at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BS in Neurobiology & Philosophy (Cornell). Prior to medical school, Sam was a fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics.

Amulya M.

Amulya is an Anthropology PhD candidate at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor's in Anthropology from University of Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Erin B.

Erin is a Fiction MFA student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She holds an MA in Modern & Contemporary Literature (University of Virginia) and BA in English (Rutgers University, summa cum laude with high honors).

Paul W.

Paul holds a BA in History (Yale) and MA in Global Affairs (Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University). A recipient of the Fulbright and Schwarzman Fellowships, Paul is currently a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington DC.

Maya B.

Maya is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a BS in Biology and Community Health, where she was also a member of Tufts' oldest all female a cappella group.

Damari

Damari is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. He earned his BA in Biochemistry and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist in 2016.

Elizabeth G.

Elizabeth is an MD/PhD student at NYU School of Medicine's Medical Scientist Training Program. She holds a BA in Biology with a minor in English from Hunter College.

Rana

Rana earned her BS in Biology and Molecular Biology at Brown, and then spent two years working in ovarian cancer research at Mass General Hospital. Currently, she is an MD student at Harvard Medical School.

Charlotte

Charlotte holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a BA in English and Spanish from Oxford University. She is a recipient of the Kossoff Prize for Leadership in Language Teaching.

Sanjay G.

Sanjay is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BSPH in Nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa).

Caroline B.

Caroline earned her Bachelor's degree from Harvard in Chemical and Physical Biology. After graduation, she conducted reserach in health economics and policy. She is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School.

Ellen Y.

Ellen is an MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School, where she conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry at Caltech.

Priyanka N.

Priyanka grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and spent a majority of her time in high school honing her classical Indian dance and debate skills (though never at the same time). She competed extensively and achieved success on a national level. After grad...

Chris D.

Chris is an MD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his pre-med training at Columbia University and was awarded the Harry G DeMeo Scholarship. He earned his BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College.

Vera T.

Vera served in the US Air Force for 6 years. After the Air Force, she double-majored in Neuroscience and Mathematics at the University of Arizona. She is currently completing her MD/PhD at University of Washington in St. Louis.

Daniel Be.

Daniel is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of 5 books of literary nonfiction. He holds an MFA in Fiction (Columbia University), and has taught at Saint Ann's School, Columbia University, and elsewhere.

Evan G.

Evan is currently a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Victor O.

Victor is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University, where he was awarded the Howard University Student Star Award for his servant leadership.

Mariam R.

Mariam is a PhD candidate in Comp Lit at UCLA and a Fiction MFA student at Columbia. She earned her BA in Comp Lit from Princeton (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology, with distinction, from Oxford.

Angela P.

Angela is an MD-PhD at Harvard and UPenn. She received an MSc in Medical Anthropology (Durham University), and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Chemistry (UPenn), summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kapa.

Michael C.

Michael earned his BA in Molecular Biology at Princeton University (magna cum laude). After graduation, he was a research assistant at The Rockefeller University in New York. He is currently an MD canditate at Harvard Medical School.

Alexandra M.

Ali is an MD/PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She received her BS from Boston College where she majored in Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities and was a Gabelli Presidential Scholar.

Joy

Joy is an MD/PhD candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She earned a BS (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology) and BA (Anthropology) from Brown, and completed a postbac fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Joseph F.

Joe is a Religion PhD student at Columbia University, where he also earned his MA and MPhil in Religion. He received his Bachelor's in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall.

Gabrielle M.

Gabby received a PhD in Government from Harvard University, where she won two Bok Center Awards for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her BA in Political Science and Spanish from Indiana University.

Maryann Z.

Maryann holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Pomona College (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where she was a nationally ranked NCAA tennis player. Currently, Maryann is pursuing an MD from Harvard-MIT.

Emily R.

Emily graduated from Yale, where she majored in English and was a varsity athlete. She then worked for a technology startup and a human rights nonprofit before pursuing her MD at Columbia University.

Pooja Ds.

Pooja studied Biological Sciences & Psychology at Cornell University before attending Weill Cornell Medical College. Presently, she's a pediatric neurology resident at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Phani P.

Phani holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers, and an MS in Bioethics from Harvard. He's currently working on a NASA-funded project at Brigham and Women's.

Morgan B.

Morgan holds Masters' degrees in Maritime Archaeology (University of Southampton) and European History (University College London). She is a member of the Oceangate Titanic Expedition scientific team.

Ivy D.

Ivy graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts and BAs in Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and French from Cornell University. She's presently a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Harvard.

Rahul

Rahul is an MD/PhD student at Harvard-MIT. He earned his BSE at UPenn in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Biology, where he also founded Access Engineering to offer free engineering courses to underserved high schoolers.

Adrienne

Adrienne received her English PhD from Harvard University, her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her BA from Princeton University. She is a nonfiction writer and poet, and teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University.

Sneha

Sneha studied Microbiology at Ohio State, minoring in French in order to combine her passions for the sciences and humanities. She's currently pursuing her MD/MS at NYU's Grossman School of Medicine.

Olivia K B.

Olivia graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She went straight from Tufts to Harvard Medical School, where she is studying in the Pathways MD program.

Tiwadeye

Tiwa graduated from Yale University with a BS in biomedical engineering with a focus on tissue engineering. As an undergraduate, she volunteered at a soup kitchen, performed cardiac tissue engineering research, built a website aimed at reducing healt...

Grey A.

Born in Humboldt Country, Grey grew up in California and Oregon. He received his BA in English from Reed College in 2005 and spent the following year as a foreign language assistant in Metz, France, and two seasons as a deckhand aboard a commercial f...

Christopher M.

Christopher has long nurtured a passion for learning about different periods and places. This interest prompted him to pursue a BA in History and a minor in Chinese (Mandarin) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following graduation...

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Testimonials

“Carla helped me organize my thoughts and show my unique journey towards becoming a physician-scientist. Carla helped me organize my writing in a way that made the most sense to the reader and was consistent with the rest of my application. Carla was very thorough and efficient, and she gave advice that I was able to apply to all aspects of my application. I would not have been so successful at telling my story without Carla's help.”

MichaelaMatriculated at Harvard Medical School

“My time with the coaches and with this company exceeded my expectations 100%. My coaches were both very knowledgeable and very helpful. They consistently checked in on me and got edits back very quickly. Dhruv was very available and provided resources for me to use that I had never heard of. I felt like he actually cared about me and my success rather than just getting paid. This company really cared about me and my application. I got my money’s worth.”

MadisonMatriculated at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

“Ellen has been an amazing coach and mentor throughout the MD application process. She has made me feel very comfortable sharing my story. Ellen has helped me craft essays that I feel truly represent me and my desire to pursue medicine. As a first generation college student, Ellen has shared so much with me about applying to medical school and what to expect later on. From primaries to secondaries to interviews, Ellen has helped me every step of the way. I could not have done this without her help. ”

AnitaMatriculated at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

“Josie really got to know me as an applicant. She helped me carefully sculpt my essays and my interview responses to present myself as the best applicant I could be.”

LucyMatriculated at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Testimonials

“Carla helped me organize my thoughts and show my unique journey towards becoming a physician-scientist. Carla helped me organize my writing in a way that made the most sense to the reader and was consistent with the rest of my application. Carla was very thorough and efficient, and she gave advice that I was able to apply to all aspects of my application. I would not have been so successful at telling my story without Carla's help.”

MichaelaMatriculated at Harvard Medical School

“My time with the coaches and with this company exceeded my expectations 100%. My coaches were both very knowledgeable and very helpful. They consistently checked in on me and got edits back very quickly. Dhruv was very available and provided resources for me to use that I had never heard of. I felt like he actually cared about me and my success rather than just getting paid. This company really cared about me and my application. I got my money’s worth.”

MadisonMatriculated at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

“Ellen has been an amazing coach and mentor throughout the MD application process. She has made me feel very comfortable sharing my story. Ellen has helped me craft essays that I feel truly represent me and my desire to pursue medicine. As a first generation college student, Ellen has shared so much with me about applying to medical school and what to expect later on. From primaries to secondaries to interviews, Ellen has helped me every step of the way. I could not have done this without her help. ”

AnitaMatriculated at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

“Josie really got to know me as an applicant. She helped me carefully sculpt my essays and my interview responses to present myself as the best applicant I could be.”

LucyMatriculated at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

“Ellen was instrumental in my receiving several interviews and acceptances to medical school. Through her coaching, she taught me skills that took my personal statement and secondary applications from boring to essays that I am genuinely proud of. Her compassion, kindness, intelligence, and expertise made this stressful, discouraging process much easier.”

SarahMatriculated at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

“Erica is an absolute life saver! I came to her in panic mode, just days before I needed to submit my primary application. Erica helped me craft a beautiful personal statement story, brainstorm ideas for secondaries, and prepare for interviews. The application cycle became a little less daunting knowing I had Erica in my corner to address any concerns and answer all my questions. I was fortunate to get into my top choice medical program, and I credit a large part of my success to her help.”

Medical School ApplicantMatriculated at University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

“Erica is truly the best! She was able to take my life experiences and help me craft the perfect personal statement. She also fine tuned my medical school list based on my MCAT score, GPA, and specific school statistics, allowing me to apply in a thorough and organized manner (saving me money and time). Lastly, Erica properly prepared me for perhaps the scariest part of the medical school process: interviews. She did an amazing job prepping me for whatever interview might come in my way. She genuinely wants her clients to succeed. ”

Medical School ApplicantMatriculated at Wayne State University School of Medicine

“I couldn't recommend Cambridge Coaching more. I had a windy path to medical school: I took some time off and had a low MCAT and GPA. However, with Erica's help I got into multiple programs! She never made me feel embarrassed about my scores. Rather, she made me feel confident in the other aspects of my application.”

Medical School ApplicantMatriculated at Tufts University School of Medicine

FAQs

  • What coursework must be completed before attending medical school?

    Prerequisites include at least four full years, with labs, in the basic sciences: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.  For specific details on course requirements, you should check the AAMC website.
  • Do I have to be pre-med in order to apply to medical school?

    No; as long as you have completed the required science coursework, either in undergrad or through a postbacc program, you are eligible to apply to medical school.
  • Is it harder to apply to med school if I’ve been out of school for a while?

    You are not at a disadvantage here: a lot of med school applicants take more than a year “off” after college. That said, it is very important to be able to submit strong MCAT scores taken within four years of matriculation; as such, it is important that you make plans to stay sharp academically.
  • What MCAT score do I need to achieve in order to get into medical school?

    The answer to that question depends on a variety of factors, including your target programs and the strength of the other components of your application.  The best way to determine a target score on the MCAT is to purchase access to the MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements), which will give you the stats affiliated with every American medical school, including MCAT medians.  You can purchase the MSAR on the AAMC website.

  • What should my GPA be in order to get into medical school? How about my science GPA?

    This answer is also variable based on your target programs and the strength of other areas of your application. Much like with the MCAT, the best way to determine whether your GPA aligns with a particular medical school's past admission statistics is to purchase access to the MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements), which will give you the medians for both cumulative GPA and science GPA. Should you find that your GPA is below the median of your target programs, consider redistributing your school list. If your GPA is significantly below the medians or the bottom 10th percentile of most American medical schools, it will be important for you to take stock and consider your options (including enrolling in a post-bacc or Masters program, retaking certain pre-med courses, or considering alternate career paths to MD and DO, such as PA school or nursing).

  • When is the deadline to apply to medical school?

    This is a bit of a trick question.  Though the deadlines listed on individual school sites list fall deadlines, it is important you apply in the month of June, when the AMCAS -- or the application portal for medical school -- first opens.  This is because medical school admissions is a rolling admissions process, and the earlier you apply in the cycle, the more competitive you are in the eyes of admissions committees.  For frame of reference, we typically regard anyone applying after June as late, and encourage them to defer a cycle based solely on the timing of their application.
  • I've decided to take a few gap years between my undergrad and medical school. How should I use the time to make myself a more competitive applicant?

    Unbeknownst to many, taking a few years off from school can work in your favor.  You can use the time to participate in diverse and meaningful experiences.  You should seek out clinical, research, and volunteer experiences that allow you to make strong relationships, which will hopefully yield strong letters of recommendation.  If at all possible, securing positions of leadership will strengthen your application all the more.  Finally, you should think critically about what draws you to medicine, and then engage with experiences that help you test that claim.  It's ok if there are some experiences that you don't like -- that's the point!  Through hours worked or volunteered, you will able to refine your understanding of why it is you want to be a doctor, which will shine through in your written materials and interviews when it comes time to apply.

  • I am an international applicant. How is my application process different?

    Although some American medical schools do admit a small number of international applicants each year, it is admittedly statistically less common. Though many of the application components are the same for international applicants, the requirements are slightly different (including demonstrating proficiency in the English language). Schools also have varying policies on accepting international applicants, so it’s important to confirm each school’s policy and admissions requirements before you apply. You can do this by checking on an individual school's website or by purchasing access to the MSAR. 

Plans

We’ve created plans for those looking for help on just one part of the process, and those looking for help on all of it.

Choose a Tutor Tier

Hourly Rate

1 Hour

All of our coaching is available on an hourly basis. If you're not sure how much coaching you'll need, you can enroll in our "pay as you go" option.

$ 120

$ 160

$ 240

$ 290

First Time Package

5 Hours

The First Time Package allows for 2 hours with a strategy coach and 2 hours with a writing coach, as well as an initiating “huddle” for both your coaches and Cambridge Coaching admin to align on the strongest possible narrative for your candidacy. Most students who complete this block of hours will have developed a general argument for admission, along with outlines for their personal statement and 3 most meaningful activities.

$ 600

$ 800

$ 1200

$ 1450

AMCAS Package

20 Hours 5% OFF

This package is designed for students seeking coaching specifically geared towards their AMCAS. Your coaches guide you through school selection, as well as the crafting of your essay and activities list. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team.

$ 2280 You save $120

$ 3040 You save $160

$ 4560 You save $240

$ 5510 You save $290

Secondaries Package

30 Hours 5% OFF

Your coaches guide you through research and outlining of your secondary essays, and then help you project manage this intense phase of the application process. Allows for hours with both strategy and writing coaches, plus a "huddle" for both your coaches and Cambridge Coaching admin to align on your candidacy. Represents our best estimate for 20 secondary applications. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team.

$ 3420 You save $180

$ 4560 You save $240

$ 6840 You save $360

$ 8265 You save $435

Interview Package

5 Hours

Your MD strategy coach will work with you to synthesize your candidacy into an eloquent interview performance. Typically includes an initial brainstorm and outline phase followed by rehearsal in the form of one or more mock interviews and feedback.

$ 600

$ 800

$ 1200

$ 1450

Comprehensive Package

60 Hours 10% OFF

Comprehensive guidance on the process with a coaching team consisting of a writer and MD strategist. We will guide you through your AMCAS as well as as, generally, 20 secondary applications. Team coaching will address school selection, writing, activities, interview preparation, and any other relevant aspects of the applications. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team. Represents our best estimate; applicants may need more or less time with their coaches.

$ 6480 You save $720

$ 8640 You save $960

$ 12960 You save $1440

$ 15660 You save $1740

Tutor Tiers

We have 4 tiers of coaches. The coach’s tier is based on the experience level of the coach with our team. All coaches begin working with Cambridge Coaching at the Standard tier.

  • Standard

    0-150 hours
    $120/hour

  • Senior

    150-200 hours
    $160/hour

  • Guru

    250-300 hours
    $240/hour

  • Master

    350+- hours
    $290/hour

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