Medical School Admissions

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Process

Dreaming of med school?

You shouldn’t embark on one of the hardest journeys of your life without a map or navigator. We will help you chart this course and make your path as easy and direct as possible.

1

Earn As in those premed prerequisites

Your science coursework and GPA are crucial 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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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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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.
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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 holds a PhD in French Literature from Harvard University. Previously, she earned her BA and BM, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her doctoral dissertation examined the representation of music as a tool of social critique in the modern French novel.

Henry

Henry graduated with an MD from Columbia University in 2022 and began psychiatry residency at the University of Rochester. Formerly a professional classical ballet dancer, he earned his BA in Biology from Columbia University, where he was also the first male synchronized swimmer in the Ivy League.

Claire D.

Claire earned her BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology from Yale University. After earning her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she is now a Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale.

Chelsea M.

Chelsea is a fully funded MD-PhD student in the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD in Population Health Sciences, Epidemiology from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in 2023 and will graduate from medical school in 2024.

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.

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.

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 holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She also 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 resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his MD at Harvard Medical School and 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 in the Health Sciences and Technology Program at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she earned her degree in Chemistry at Caltech.

Priyanka N.

Priyanka studied Molecular and Cellular Biology, Global Health, and Spanish at Harvard College (summa cum laude). She is now a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

John C.

John is an MD student and 21st Century Scholar at UPenn. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Politics and History (Phi Beta Kappa), and earned his premed postbacc at Goucher College in Baltimore.

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.

Victor O.

Victor is a dual MD/MPP candidate at Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government as an Eisenhower Global Scholar.

Mariam R.

Mariam currently teaches at UCLA in English and Comparative Literature, after earning her PhD there. She's also 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.

Ross

Ross is an MD/PhD at Harvard and UPenn. They 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 is currently pursuing his dermatology residency training at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program in Boston, MA.

Matthew R.

After spending two years studying the effects of fasting on immunology at the National Institutes of Health, Matthew began pursuing his MD at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Vassar.

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 postbacc fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

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.

Abraham C.

Abraham attended Brandeis University, graduating summa cum laude with highest honors in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Neuroscience, and Chemical Biology, along with a minor in Legal Studies, and his Master of Science in Biology. He then received his MD at Harvard Medical School. He now works as a medical resident at NYU Langone Health.

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.

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.

Daniel Fr

Daniel is a PhD candidate in Chinese History at UC Berkeley. He holds a BA in English & French literature and Chinese language (University of Texas), a JD (Yale Law), and an MA in Sinology (University of London).

Gus

Gus is currently in his fifth year of pursuing his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. He is currently conducting psychological research using experimental and survey methods and serves as the doctoral student leader of the Internet, Disclosure & Psychotherapy Lab.

Michaela W.

Michaela is an MD/PhD at Harvard-MIT. She holds a BS in Biochemistry with minors in Philosophy and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Colorado (summa cum laude), where she was an NCAA Division I, All-American track athlete.

Tong

Thomas earned his BS in Chemistry at Duke. He is currently an MD/PhD at Harvard-MIT. In the Harvard Immunology Program, he is studying how the immune system responds to severe viral infections such as COVID-19

Cameron H.

Cameron graduated summa cum laude with an AB in Neuroscience and a minor in Linguistics from Princeton, earning election to Phi Beta Kappa. He is currently pursuing an MD degree at Harvard Medical School with the eventual goal of working in academic medicine.

Grey A.

Grey received his BA in English from Reed College, and his MA in French and his PhD in History from Yale. His dissertation, published in French in 2018 and under contract in English with Verso Books, examines the military coup that returned General Charles de Gaulle to power.

Stefan O.

Stefan attended the University of Scranton, where he majored in Biochemistry and Biomathematics. There, he received Excellence in Biochemistry, Excellence in Biomathematics, and American Chemical Society Awards. He's currently pursuing his MD at Harvard Medical School.

Matthew G.

Matthew holds an AB in Government from Harvard and a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. He's a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Kellen H.

Kellen holds a BA from Princeton in History & African American Studies, and a PhD from Columbia in History. She was a Predoctoral Fellow at UPenn’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and is now working on her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Penn State University.

Nate L.

Nate earned a triple major in Biochemistry, Cognitive Sciences, and Psychology at Rice University, his MD/PhD at Georgetown University, and his PhD in Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. He is now starting his neurology residency at Stanford.

Emily F.

Emily is a PhD candidate at Columbia University in Religious Studies. She teaches Western and East Asian philosophy classes at SUNY Purchase, where she earned her BA in philosophy.

Udodiri

Udodiri is a PhD Candidate in History of Science at Harvard University; she previously earned a BA in the same field at Harvard College. Her honors thesis on the biomedicalization of Civil Rights Protest in the 1960s and 1970s received the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.

Sarge

John has been a professional writer, editor, and teacher for almost 40 years, working with everyone from students to corporate executives to help them get their good ideas down on paper in a clear and comprehensible way. He has taught at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT., and at Moses Brown School, in Providence, RI.

Hugh S.

Hugh graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University, where he studied Biochemistry. During his time at NEU, he led RAISE, a chemistry and engineering student research group dedicated to tackling planetary health issues. He's now an MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School.

Samantha H.

Samantha attended Stanford University, where she explored the role of synaptic proteins in visual system development for her honors thesis research. She graduated with a BS in Biology conferred with honors and with distinction. She is currently pursuing a combined MD/PhD at Harvard Medical School and MIT in the Health Sciences and Technology program.

Austin G.

Austin is a Duquesne alumnus and current medical student at Harvard Medical School. He has three-years of experience as a teaching assistant in organic and general chemistry at Duquesne.

Haley V.

Haley went to Bryn Mawr College, double majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry and completing an AB/MA degree in Chemistry. She was recognized as a 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholar for her efforts in and out of the laboratory. Her dual passions for biophysical and chemical pathogens research led her to the Harvard-MIT MD/PhD program, where she is currently a NIH-funded MSTP student in the Health Sciences and Technology track.

Fang

Fang is a MD candidate at Harvard Medical School, spending his time conducting research at the Harvard Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. He holds a DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Sunny

Sunny is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she spent seven years researching neurodegenerative diseases. Notably, she was a part of a group studying cell replacement therapy for Parkinson’s disease which, in 2021, entered a Phase I clinical trial for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease

Marta

Marta is an MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School. Prior to matriculating at Harvard, Marta headed to Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright scholar. There, she conducted research related to Parkinson's disease and expanded her German language skills.

Samantha F.

Samantha graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a BS in Human Biology, Health & Society and a minor in Education. After obtaining her Master in Medical Education at the University of Nottingham as a Fulbright Scholar, she is now an MD Candidate at NYU.

Isabel T.

Isa designed an independent major at Williams College titled “Critical Health Studies,” combining philosophy, sociology, and anthropology with the goal of complementing her science-oriented pre-medical education with a humanist and critical exploration of health and medicine. After graduating with Highest Honors, she is now an entering MD-PhD student at the University of Michigan where she will complete her doctoral work in sociocultural anthropology.

Olivia B.

Olivia attended the University of Rochester, studying Neuroscience and American Sign Language. She's pursuing her MD at Harvard Medical School, where she’s exploring her interests in pediatrics and neonatology.

Jalen

A Florida native, Jalen traded sunshine for scholastics and is now an MD and MPP Candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School respectively. He spent his undergrad at Dartmouth College where he majored in Ecology.

Wilton

Wilton is pursuing an MD at Yale School of Medicine (expected graduation in 2026). Previously, he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Pav

Pav graduated magna cum laude with a BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering and minors in Engineering Biology and Global Health Policy from Princeton. He is now an MD-PhD student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary S.

Mary is a resident physician in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and an incoming Stanford dermatology resident. She received her MD degree from Yale School of Medicine and her BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.

Rasheca

Rasheca was a Robertson scholar who attended Duke University and also had the opportunity to simultaneously major at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. At Duke, Rasheca majored in Public Policy and at UNC Rasheca majored in Nutrition. She graduated in 2020 summa cum laude, with distinction, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently pursuing a medical degree at Harvard Medical School.

Diane H.

Diane is a MD/MS candidate at Columbia University, where she has recently published a first author manuscript in cardiothoracic surgery research. Previously, she studied Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Sam C.

Sam graduated with a degree in Physics from Princeton University. After graduation, she taught physics at a high school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She's currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Mary T.

Mary completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. She previously completed her MD at Harvard Medical School and her MPH at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Miki

Miki received her PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at UIUC. After receiving her BA magna cum laude from Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College, CUNY, she completed a U.S. Fulbright grant in Nepal, worked at the Harvard School of Public Health and NIH, and did MA studies at Universität Heidelberg in Health and Society in South Asia.

Nic

Nic found graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Creative Writing, cum laude. Then, Nic completed a research year at Princeton Neuroscience Institute prior to starting at Harvard Medical School, where they are currently an MD candidate. They have received Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Scholarship and the REACH Scholarship.

Kanan

Kanan attended Yale University, where she earned a BS Intensive Degree in Molecular/Cellular Biology. Kanan completed medical school in three years through acceptance into NYU’s highly selective accelerated-MD program. She is now a resident physician with the NYU Langone Hospital System.

Tarika

Tarika graduated with dual degrees in Philosophy and Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. She then spent a year as a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Research Program in Rochester, Minnesota before moving to Boston to pursue her MD at Harvard Medical School.

Matthew J.

Matthew is pursuing an MD at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he graduated from Roanoke College as the Class Valedictorian, as well as summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Michae O.

Michael holds a BA in Mathematics and American Studies at Wesleyan University, and a PhD in American Studies at Harvard University. His studies focus on 19th century US history and the history of the life sciences.

Lois

Lois earned her BS in Biochemistry, Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. Lois is currently pursuing her MD at Harvard Medical School. Through medicine, Lois aspires to improve the health of rural communities (like the one that raised her).

Connor M.

Connor is a PhD Candidate in Religion at Columbia University; his dissertation focuses on the relationship between religion, science, and technology in contemporary America. He also holds an MPhil and MA in Religion from Columbia, an a BA in Religion from Vassar College.

Preeti K.

Preeti holds a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. She is now an MD/MBA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles and is interested in pursuing internal medicine.

Amalia Gr.

Amalia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Biology (Honors) where she graduated with High Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently pursuing an MD/MBA at the University of Michigan and will apply into the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Jason L.

Jason is an MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he conducted research as a Fulbright Fellow in China, and graduated with honors from Stanford University, where he earned his BS in Human Biology.

Anne S.

Anne is a practicing pediatrician and the Chief Medical Officer of a community health center organization. She completed her residency at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill. Anne holds an MD from Brown, an MBA from Duke, and a BA from Harvard College.

Kiran

Kiran holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master’s in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Political Science from Barnard College.

Kendall G.

Kendall is a doctoral candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford with a specialization in political theory. Before moving to the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar, Kendall attended Tulane University, where she graduated summa cum laude in two degrees – a BA in Political Science and a BSM in Legal Studies in Business.

Isaac Jf.

Isaac is a doctoral student at Yale University in the Departments of African-American Studies and American Studies. His research interests include black studies, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and sound studies. Previously, Isaac earned his BA from Columbia University in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, graduating cum laude.

Alex S.

Alex holds a PhD in English Literature and an MA in English from Rutgers. Previously, he graduated from Rice University with a BA in English, magna cum laude. He is now an assistant teaching professor in the English Department at Rutgers.

Alexandra F.

Alexandra holds a BA in Social Studies Education from Miami University and Master of Arts degrees in History from Miami University and University of Reading (UK), where she was a 2019/2020 Fulbright Scholar. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in History of Science from Harvard University, where she is pursuing a PhD in African American Studies.

Devin D.

Devin graduated from the University of Notre Dame as the valedictorian, studying Neuroscience and Education, Schooling, and Society. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied school-based mental health interventions. Devin is now an MD Candidate at Columbia University.

Isita

Isita graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BS in Neuroscience and a minor in Disability Studies. She is now pursuing an MD at Harvard Medical School.

Miriam S.

Miriam is an MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School. Prior to medical school, Miriam majored in majored in Sociology and minored in Chemistry at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Hannah L.

Hannah earned her BA from Yale University, where her undergrad poetry thesis won her Yale’s Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship. Hannah got her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015 and is currently an English PhD candidate at the University of Virginia.

Jahnavi

Jahnavi is an MD Candidate at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and an MPH Candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, she earned her BA in Neurobiology and Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard College.

Darja

Darja earned her MD/PhD from Harvard/MIT, graduating cum laude. She was a resident in general psychiatry at Yale and is presently a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at LIJ/NUMC in New York.

Luke H.

Luke is an MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School. Prior to medical school, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he worked as an EMT and studied drug delivery systems, and authored numerous peer reviewed articles.

Kaitlyn L.

Kaitlyn played D1 softball at Stanford, where she majored in Computer Science (3.8/4.0 GPA). Presently, she is an MD-PhD student at Harvard working on her PhD in Bioinformatics.

Pallavi

Pallavi attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a BA in Biology, a BSc in Economics, and an MS in Biology. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and she is now pursuing an MSc at Oxford University.

Elizabeth Be.

Elizabeth received her PhD in English from New York University, where she specialized in eighteenth-century British literature and Romanticism. Before NYU, she received an MA in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a BA in English from the University of Central Florida.

Emily Y.

Emily is now pursuing an MD degree from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. Previously, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Biomedical Engineering (4.0/4.0 GPA, Research Honors) and was selected as her program’s 2020 Outstanding Leader and Scholar.

Helen W.

Helen is an MD Candidate at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Previously, she studied Arabic and graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in Middle Eastern Studies and minor in Biology.

Gift

Gift graduated with a 4.0/4.0 GPA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Honors Biology and obtained a certificate in creative writing. Toting a Dean’s Distinction in research and multiple recognitions in academics, Gift is now an MD candidate at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Rob F.

Rob holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University. Previously, he worked for Bain & Company and graduated from Stanford with a major in Political Science. He currently writes poetry, fiction, and art criticism.

Sanjana K.

Sanjana graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and minors in Music and the Sociology of Health & Medicine. She is now pursuing her MD at the University of Michigan.

Salman

Salman is an MD Candidate at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously attended UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in Biology and graduating with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

Joe G.

Joe graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with a BA in Psychology. He's presently an MD Candidate at Columbia University, pursuing a specialization in psychiatry.

Arielle S.

Arielle majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale. She received the Class of 1971 Summer Science Research Fellowship, Dean’s Research Fellowship in the Sciences (twice), and Mellon Senior Research Grant for her research in the transfusion biology and immunology. She is now an MD candidate at the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis.

Danielle J.

Danielle majored in English modified with African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College, where she graduated cum laude with high honors. She is currently a PhD candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.

Jamie M.

Jamie is a PhD Candidate in the History of Science at Harvard University. She also holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BA in Communications from the University of Portland.

Shae

Shae holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MA in History from Harvard University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University.

Irving

Irving is pursuing his MD at Harvard Medical School, where he was awarded the Dean's REACH Scholarship. He seeks to merge his passion for neuroscience and advocacy to increase access to behavioral healthcare in underserved populations.

Frances

Frances holds a PhD from Harvard in the History of Art and Architecture and a BA in Art History from Bard College. Her research focused on imperial and late Roman memorial art and the “afterlives” of these types of objects.

Brian P.

Brian holds a PhD in English Literature at Rutgers University, where his research was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Modern Language Association, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. His prize-winning personal essays have appeared in Avidly, Literary Hub, TriQuarterly, and Electric Literature.

Winnie

Winnie is currently pursuing an MD at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Previously, she studied Molecular Biology at UCLA, where she was named UCLA’s Class of 2020 Distinguished Senior for her community service, mentorship, and research endeavors.

Hyaewon

Hyae Won graduated from University of Washington with a double degree in Bioengineering and Biochemistry. She's currently pursuing her MD at Harvard Medical School.

Albert A.

Albert holds an MPhil in Economics from Oxford, an MFA in Fiction from NYU, and a PhD, focused on the theory of comedy, from the University of New South Wales. He is a published novelist and a playwright.

Bethany

Bethany is currently pursuing an MD at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she completed a bioethics research fellowship at The Hastings Center and graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota.

Taylor Y.

Taylor is an MD Candidate at Duke University School of Medicine. Previously, she majored in Chemistry with a Neuroscience focus at Bowdoin College.

Maryam

Maryam graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History and a Minor in Arabic from Princeton. After her Master’s in Early Modern European History at Oxford, she went on to pursue her PhD in in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard.

Alyssa K.

Alyssa is an MD-PhD student at Yale School of Medicine. Previously, she earned a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard College.

Mary M.

Mary accepted a full-ride scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Biology and Spanish. She is currently pursuing her MD at Harvard Medical School, where she is learning about the expansion of global surgery.

Alex L.

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Duke University. She then took a year off to pursue research and clinical work before enrolling at New York University Grossman School of Medicine. Alex is applying to residency programs in otolaryngology (ENT) and will soon be able to live out her dream of being a surgeon.

Corinne A.

Corinne is a student at Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD program. Previously, she attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which she holds a degree in violin performance with minors in music history and chemistry in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University.

Lake

Lake graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kansas with a degree in Ecology. After graduating from the Yale School of Medicine, he matched into an Emergency Medicine Residency in Denver, Colorado.

Julia F.

Julia earned a degree in Neuroscience at Pomona College, graduating with a 3.92 GPA and Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently pursuing an MD at Harvard Medical School.

Amara

Amara is currently in her final year of the MD/PhD program at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and will be starting her residency in Neurology next year. She holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

Rodrigo

Rodrigo is a 4th year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. Originally from Los Angeles, he studied nutritional science at Cornell University, where he graduated with honors and distinction.

Ephraim

Ephraim graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was selected as a Barry Goldwater Scholar, BP-ENDURE scholar, and regional finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. He is currently an MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School.

Kaiz

Kaiz graduated from Williams College, where he pursued a dual major in biology and psychology. He is currently pursuing his MD at Harvard Medical School.

Jessie D.

Jessie studied biochemistry and psychology at Tufts University, earning a 4.0 GPA (Phi Beta Kappa) and several awards for her leadership in the Chemistry Department. She is currently in her fourth year at Harvard Medical School and is pursuing a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Meet everyone

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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

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.

$ 140

$ 180

$ 260

$ 340

First Time Package

6 Hours

The First Time Package allows for 3 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.

$ 840

$ 1080

$ 1560

$ 2040

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.

$ 2660 You save $140

$ 3420 You save $180

$ 4940 You save $260

$ 6460 You save $340

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.

$ 3990 You save $210

$ 5130 You save $270

$ 7410 You save $390

$ 9690 You save $510

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.

$ 700

$ 900

$ 1300

$ 1700

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.

$ 7560 You save $840

$ 9720 You save $1080

$ 14040 You save $1560

$ 18360 You save $2040

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
    $140/hour

  • Senior

    150-200 hours
    $180/hour

  • Guru

    250-300 hours
    $260/hour

  • Master

    350+- hours
    $340/hour

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