Medical School and Other Graduate School Admissions Consulting
"One of the most difficult things to do when applying to medical school is to decipher which advice is accurate and which is not. The main problem is that most of the people giving advice have never actually gone through the admissions process themselves." Dr. John Zebala, Dr. Daniel Jones, and Dr. Stephanie Jones, Medical School Admissions
Even if you're not applying for medical school
you should still read this page! There are important principles that either hold true or require stark contrast for college admissions and graduate school admissions that you can learn here.
The Wrong Type of Eagerness
It seems that both Millennials and Generation Z tend to be quite eager to obtain success. However, they often seem to overlook many of the important steps required to develop success and/or look for too many shortcuts. Therefore, their eagerness should be focused not upon the immediacy of attaining a dream but upon the eagerness to do what is important to carefully build up the foundation that they need. In that way, they can develop higher success and sustain it. Otherwise, they may be judged as rather superficial and overly fixated upon status instead of knowledge, skill, and careful growth.
Similar to so-called experts about medical school, many "college experts" have never applied to, studied at, and graduated from the type of competitive colleges and graduate school programs that they sell expensive opinionated advice about. In Plato's Protagoras, Socrates warns against opinions and exhorts his listeners to seek truth instead. In other works by Plato, Socrates demonstrates that education is troubled because even supposed experts may have flawed perspectives about their field of expertise. As a result, it is even more important for anyone to actively investigate and develop discernment.
What Got You There Won't Get You Here
Marshall Goldsmith, a Professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, wrote a couple books with that very title for professionals. The same principle holds true for different stages of academics. One must change and develop.
Medical school and many other graduate programs are nothing like college in several ways. Most importantly, the manner of rigor, the narrow concentration of subjects, the type of application, the relationship with professors, and the professional and/or research bent are quite different. More importantly, successful graduate school applications typically start from strategies and preparation that begin in either freshman or sophomore years of college.
Going backwards in development, the same holds true for top colleges. Strategies and preparation for top college requires strategies and preparation that begin by the freshman year of high school.
That said, the types of strategies and activities for a successful college application do not really work for many medical schools and graduate school programs. In fact, what a college admissions office might consider favorable for college acceptance can often be considered rather unfavorable by graduate schools. For the perspectives and criteria for college and graduate school admission are quite different. This is even more true for postdoctoral applications for corporate jobs, postdoctoral research, medical residency programs, fellowships, and positions for professors.
Thus, there are fun, creative, and personal things that a young person can do with their college applications that they cannot do with any applications that they later submit for the remainder of their life.
"The key to successful admission is knowing the specific qualities that medical schools are looking for and then beginning a strategy that will boost the odds that you'll be one of the lucky few that get into medical school." Dr. Andrew Goliszek, The New Medical School Preparation and Admissions Guide
Success with ECRIT Graduate School Admissions Consulting
ECRIT provides significant longterm perspective not only about graduate school applications but also about graduate school stresses and life after graduate school, for these are crucial for a student to consider as they create strategies and apply.
For instance, regarding medicine, not only does ECRIT talk with Pre-Med students about medical school application preparation, but ECRIT also explains and discusses medical residency applications, medical residency training, medical fellowship training, and job prospects that all cover the span of at least a dozen years. Knowledge about what a future applicant would prefer to do in the future then guides the specific advice that we provide.
"I wrote this book primarily for my students who, not knowing the complex and changing systems, often got lost in the morass of details as they progressed through medical school, searched for the "right" specialty, and applied for residency positions. Many told me that they were just happy to survive the process, not knowing that they often missed options that would have saved them time, money, and grief." Dr. Kenneth V. Iserson, Getting into Residency: A Guide for Medical Students