1. F

    Challenge essay ideas?

    Is it okay to write about dealing with the loss of a loved one as a part of the 'describe a time you face a challenging situation' essay? I am unsure if it is too emotional/personal a topic to be addressed. (If anyone is willing to look over a rough draft to see if it is appropriate, then I...
  2. bouncydidit

    Writing "challenge" secondary question about being a reapplicant

    Hi everyone, I'm wondering if it is appropriate to write about being rejected from medical school as an answer to UCI's challenge secondary question. To give some context, I know this would not be appropriate as a response to a "greatest adversity" question, but from reading several secondaries...
  3. HalJordann

    WAMC-School List help 3.9 GPA 511 MCAT CA ORM

    Hi SDN, I am making this post with the primary intention of helping with my school list for the next cycle. Any feedback on my school list or application would be great. Thank you all in advance! Stats and Background CA, ORM, graduated from small private school in SoCal cGPA=3.93 sGPA=3.87...
  4. H

    Any advice for gap year?

    Hi you all very nice people, I am taking 2 years off and applying during the 2023-2024 cycle! I would like to know if there is anything else I can do to improve my application during this year, especially about the leadership part. My plan wasn't for MD until my Junior year, so everything...
  5. H

    Gap year research or clinical experience for top 20 med schools?

    Hi y’all I humbly need some advice on this. I’m a graduating senior in biochemistry taking two gap years before med school. I have research experience in 2 organic synthesis/drug development labs over the course 2.5 years, yielding ~1200 hours tho with no publications nor thesis work (I forgot...
  6. deus_dominus

    School list help!! (MD ORM, cGPA 3.89, sGPA 3.86, 511 MCAT)

    Hi guys!! I am making this post to get help with making my school list as I get ready to apply for this upcoming cycle! Any feedback on my school list or what I should do for my application would be amazing. Thanks in advance!!! Stats/Background State: Maryland, ORM (AA), graduating senior...
  7. M

    Take Acceptance or Reapply

    Hey Everyone just looking for some advice on what to do, I recently applied to multiple schools but granted my fault I submitted late near October/September. This is my first app cycle and I am 22. My stats are as follows 3.91 cGPA, 3.85 sGPA, 505 MCAT, and solid EC. Because of my late...
  8. HalJordann

    School list help/advice 3.93 cGPA, 3.87 sGPA, 511 MCAT, CA ORM

    Hi SDN, I am making this post with the primary intention of helping with my school list for the next cycle. Any feedback on my school list or application would be great. Thank you all in advance! Stats and Background CA, ORM, graduated from small private school in SoCal cGPA=3.93 sGPA=3.87...
  9. send_help

    Do schools care about course load

    My senior year I took 20 credit hours both semesters while working part time in a research lab. Wound up with a B+ instead of an A in one class partly because I was stretched kind of thin. Will med schools looks at course load + job as mitigating or not really?
  10. N

    Help picking part-time clinical experience

    Hi, I'm looking to work part time next semester to gain more experience and have been offered several positions. What would you choose between: PCT in ICU 12 hours/week PCT Neuro 12 hours/week PCT Innovation floor 16 hours/week (tries out new ideas for the health care system, getting a robot in...
  11. N

    What areas do dentists need to be fully skilled in? Do they have to remember every topic they have taken in college? Such as math and physics?

    Good morning, everyone I keep asking myself what areas of topics do dentists needs to be skilled in. I have taken lots of math, college algebra, calculus 1,2,3, linear algebra, plane trigonometry, statistics, general education math, and differential equations. Those were one of the boring...
  12. Abby Smith

    Clinical Experience vs MCAT

    So...hi guys. After lurking on this page for quite some time I finally find myself needing to post for some advice on MCAT vs. clinical experience. For some background, I just graduated this past May 2021 with a cGPA of 3.78 and started working as a clinical assistant at a dermatology practice...
  13. R

    Application updates for schools with no upload?

    Hi! I am a current EY2022 applicant who graduated in May 2021 so I am doing a gap year. Due to COVID-19 my plans were extremely tenuous at the beginning of the application cycle so I put down one of my degree plan options on the primary (Plan B), and then both of my possible options on all of...
  14. O

    Religion in Work/Activities Section

  15. Snoop32

    Volunteer/Service Mission Abroad

    Hello! Have a question about one of my most meaningful experiences. Thank you so much for helping me out. Spring break of my freshman year, I did a mission trip through my school to a children’s home/orphanage in a developing country. We raised money, and also had most of the trip covered by my...
  16. H

    Summer Classes and MCAT studying

    Hey guys I’m really confused as to what I should do and can really use some advice. (Also apologies if this is not the correct area to post this). I originally wrote my MCAT last summer and I didn’t do as good as I wanted to (Canadian). If I don’t get accepted to med school this year I should...
  17. M

    RN to MD! Obtain a BSN or BS Chemistry/Biology?

    Hello to everybody who's reading this. As you've seen, this question has been asked dozens of times, but I wanted an up-to-date answer for this. I'm currently a freshman in my second semester of college. After this semester, I only have one semester left to complete all my prereqs to get into...
  18. T

    taking another gap year?

  19. Leftpaw

    Berkeley Optometry Admissions Question

    Hello! I applied to UC Berkeley's Optometry Program and I have a few questions: -I completed my application prior to the November 30 deadline. Thus, my interview notification date is January 4. Does this mean that is when the committee will make a decision to give me an interview or will...
  20. DuckDoc98

    Is submitting all my secondaries by August 8th too late for this cycle?

    Hi, This is my first post on SDN. I couldn't pre-write secondaries cuz of the MCAT and making school list. I will have something close to 30 secondaries coming my way soon. I would assume that most of the essays can be recycled for other prompts, so I think I can finish all by August 8th. Is...
  21. GreatSageDoc

    MCAT AAMC BB Section Bank #20

    Hello, I don't understand why we would look at the initial velocity instead of vmax for competitive inhibition. Wouldn't it be simpler to look at the vmax and see if there is a difference? Please help.
  22. bsneuroscience

    Is it worth it?

    Hi all, I am currently a junior in undergrad on the premed track and I would appreciate some guidance on my path before I continue forward. I posted this in the r/premed forum but I wanted to get more insight. This pandemic has given me a lot of time to think, reflect, and soul search. One of...
  23. I

    IVC filter and Pulmonary embolism- make it make sense!

    Hi all, Would really appreciate someone explaining this one to me. For patients that have an established pulmonary embolism that have a contraindication to anticoagulation how do IVC filters actually help? My understanding is that the embolism is now sitting in the lungs and so has passed the...
  24. a_zed24


    Hello, there! So we know antacids are bases and they neutralize the stomach acidity, but why antacids do not rise the pH above 4? What exactly would happen if our stomach would be neutral? I know about achlohydria and rebound acidity, but I was wondering, is there any other significant...
  25. R

    Medical Oncology (without hematology)

    Completing a palliative care fellowship and matched to heme/onc fellowship that starts in July. I would be very happy to find a job (open to private practice or academic) as a medical oncologist or even split position palliative and medical oncology. That being said, I am considering medical...
  26. J

    Clinical Experience vs Clinical Volunteering

    After reading a lot of threads here on SDN, I'm getting a little confused at what exactly is "clinical experience". Going with the whole "if you can smeel the patient, it's clinical experience" definition, I always thought volunteering at the hospital would be considered clinical experience...
  27. J

    Does being a part time student your whole college career look bad when applying to medical school?

    So, my whole college career I have always been a part time student because I have needed to work to afford to live/pay for school. I have had a few semesters where I had 15 credits, but the vast majority were 12 or less. I don't know if it makes a difference that I have been working as an...
  28. whosnisarg

    Rutgers NJMS 3 Year PC Program

    Hey guys! I was looking into Rutgers NJMS 3 Year Primary Care track. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Question: In the FAQ, they discourage anyone in the accelerated program from sub-specializing. However, if we would be board certified in Internal Med by the end, what prevents going onto an...
  29. a_zed24

    Filling of capsules

    Hello there! in our last Pharmaceutical Technology lab, we've prepared some capsules and our teacher told us that, obviously, only the capsule's body should be filled with the powder and not the cap. She said that this would produce a "space" and that space is necessary for the "swelling of the...
  30. T

    Jefferson College of Pharmacy Interviews

    Hi guys! I wanted to start this thread to see who hasn’t heard from Jefferson College of Pharmacy yet, after their interview? It’s been 6 days and I haven’t heard from them. Does anyone know how long Jefferson Pharmacy takes to respond?
  31. D

    OMFS Externship Questions

    Hey guys! D1 here and am seriously considering the OMFS route. 2 quick questions on the externship process: If there is a school/city I know I want to end up in, should I externship there closer to the application cycle? Or does it not matter when I do it. The reason I ask is because I plan on...
  32. D

    Last MCAT acceptable for this cycle

    Hello Everyone, I was wondering what is the latest possible MCAT I can take this summer for this application cycle. This will be my second MCAT exam. Would August 2 or 3 be feasible? Thanks in advance.
  33. S

    How many classes?

    How many classes do medical students take on average per year?
  34. L

    My Best Option...

    Hello all, I'm pretty new to sdn but I really like the community and a lot of you seem to be very knowledgeable about these topics. Right now I find myself in a predicament with respect to applying to schools, and I wanted to see what my best options are. I'll just give my stats straight away...
  35. S

    Interview Prep Class of 2023

    Since interviews are coming up, we should all be preparing! Let’s work together and share all of our tips, ideas, or questions. What worked for you in the past? Have any questions that leave you stumped? MMI vs student panel?
  36. A

    Bad question from Princeton review? or just my error?

    So I've always been taught that the formula for torque is T=FcosTheta * R .............however this princeton review practice problem on torque is using the formula T= FSinTheta * R When solving for torque do we always use Sin in the torque formula?? Or is this just a bad question...because...
  37. mwnewt

    Considering a gap year...

    So, I'm a senior right now, studying for my finals and this semester I've found really hard. Attending class and focusing in class had been tough, and this will probably be the worst of my semesters. I actually think I might be just slightly burning out and I'm heavily considering a gap year...
  38. H

    NHSC Question

    Hello SDN. I am a currently applying to dental schools and I heard about NHSC. I read about it online but I wanted to know some of the pros and cons from current recipients of the NHSC or people who already graduated and are working in NHSC approved sites after graduation. Thank you!!
  39. S

    Institutional Action Question

    Hey guys, I attend a small Christian school that requires you to attend chapel every so often. When I was a freshman I pledged a fraternity and was asked by a senior to attend a chapel for him. You must swipe your student ID to get credit for the chapel you attend so I attempted to swipe this...
  40. I

    Anyone have a link to the early-july release of the Shamim Zanki edit with hierarchical tagging?

    rather elusive, this deck...