Surviving Medical School

July 16th, 2015

There’s no better source for tips on surviving medical school than those who’ve done it. The following tips come from a resident physician at the University of Chicago’s emergency medicine program:
“There’s a lot of literature out there, and good med school tips are not easy to come by. Here are a few thoughts….
Your Specialty
The toughest part, I think, is figuring out what specialty you want to pursue and what to do next. Most importantly, people will tell you in the first and second years and even the third ‘Oh, you have time to decide, don’t worry.’ That is a …

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Stanford Prof Alvin Roth Provides Admissions Tips

June 11th, 2015

Alvin Roth, economics professor at Stanford University, has an interesting new book out about matching markets, Who Gets What and Why, and Quartz asked him about one of those markets — university admissions.
Quartz: One of the power tips I found in this book was a little tip that might help you get into the college of your dreams: Sign the guest book.
Prof. Roth: “So college admissions is a matching market. You can’t just go to Stanford. You have to be admitted. Stanford is a pretty fancy university. So my guess is our admissions office doesn’t worry a whole lot …

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Earn an EMBA or Certificate Like Harvard’s PLD or GMP?

June 9th, 2015

This excellent question was recently posed to me on Poets and Quants for Execs, the most comprehensive executive MBA site in the multiverse:
I am considering an eMBA or Certificate program, like the Harvard PLD [Program for Leadership Development] or GMP [General Management Program] and wanted to get your thoughts on pros and cons. As some background, I am approximately 40 years old and a senior executive/manager at a smallish publicly traded financial firm. My primary goal is to move into a senior leadership position at my current firm and hopefully the C-Suite area… Having said that, I Have a solid …

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What Tuck Wants to Know…

June 2nd, 2015

… from applicants who decided not to apply. Dartmouth Tuck’s admissions office has sent a Why Didn’t Apply? survey to applicants who started but didn’t submit an MBA application this past admissions cycle. Many of the questions are exactly what you would expect to find in such an ‘lost customer’ survey: Did you take a standardized test? Did you visit Tuck or attend a Tuck event?
But other questions shed light on how concerned top-ranked admissions offices are these days with their competition. In one question, Tuck asks you where you applied and lists the schools you would expect Tuck …

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Pharmacy School = Law School = Business School?

June 1st, 2015

From Martin Ford’s must-read Rise of the Robots:
“In the first decade of the new millennium, nearly fifty new pharmacy graduate schools opened their doors (a 60 percent increase), and existing programs also dramatically increased enrollments. The number of newly graduated pharmacists could hit 15,000 per year by 2016; that’s over twice the number of degrees granted in 2000. Something very similar (and perhaps even more extreme) happened with law schools, and the law school enrollment bubble is now famously bursting. Law school has always been a well-traveled path toward monetizing a liberal arts degree. Pharmacy offers similar potential for an …

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Michigan Ross Releases 2015-16 Deadlines & Essay Questions

May 21st, 2015

From Michigan Ross’s web site; posted May 20, 2015:
Round 1 October 5, 2015 ………. December 18, 2015
Round 2 January 4, 2016 ………. March 18, 2016
Round 3 March 21, 2016 ………. May 13, 2016
“We just finalized our Fall 2016 essay questions. Here they are:
What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)
What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)
The first question is intentionally broad. We want to give you the option to pick something from either your personal or professional life. The context (personal or professional) is less …

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Stanford GSB Releases Class of 2018 Deadlines & Essay Questions

May 6th, 2015

Stanford GSB has released its deadlines and essay questions for the 2015-16 admissions cycle. They remain basically the same as last year, with a modest 50-word uptick in allowed total word count, from 1,100 to 1,150 (yep, you read that right: a business school is increasing its length limit).
Deadlines for MBA Class of 2018
Submit your application by1 22 Sept 2015 12 Jan 2016 05 Apr 2016
We will notify you on2 09 Dec 2015 30 Mar 2016 11 May 2016
Your reply and deposit are due by TBD TBD TBD
15:00pm Pacific Time, including your letters of reference. We cannot guarantee that we will review information you send to …

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Columbia Business School Releases 2015-16 Essay Questions

April 22nd, 2015

The 2015-16 MBA admissions season is officially underway with the release by Columbia Business School of its essay questions and deadlines for Early Decision and the January Term (both October 7, 2015). The essay questions have been slightly changed but not shortened:
Instructions: In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. There are no right or wrong answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully. The “What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal?” question, Essay 1, Essay 2 and Essay 3 …

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Client Case Study: Chinese Male with 2.35 GPA

April 6th, 2015

“Chen Qu” was a Chinese graduate of Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree in accounting, which he’d used to build a career on the Hong Kong treasury teams of corporations in the transportation and real estate industries. By age 26 he had earned his CFA, and was now an assistant treasury manager seeking admission to the MBA programs of London Business School, Oxford or Cambridge. Piece of cake, right?
Not so fast. Chen’s GPA at CUHK was 2.35 (including a D in accounting), which he attributed to “laziness” and sports. His highest GMAT was an unbalanced 670, with …

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My 2013-14 Client Success Rate at the Trinity Schools: ‘H/S/W’

March 23rd, 2015

Here are my admissions success rates for last year (2013-14) for clients applying to the 3 most selective business schools: Wharton, Harvard Business School, and Stanford GSB:
1. Wharton: I worked with 23 full-time MBA clients applying to Wharton in 2013-2014 (excludes Executive MBA clients). Of these, 14 were accepted by Wharton. Another 2 were waitlisted and eventually dinged, an additional 2 were interviewed and dinged. So my Wharton success rate was 61% with a 78% ‘hit plus near-miss’ rate.
2. Harvard Business School: I worked with 25 MBA clients applying to HBS in 2013-14. Six were admitted. Another 3 …

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Michigan Med School Changes Admission Requirements

March 10th, 2015

Applicants applying to the University of Michigan’s medical school for entry in 2017 will encounter a new set of admissions requirements, The Michigan Daily reported today. Currently, applicants are asked to demonstrate that they have academic credits in eight course areas: organic chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, biology (with lab), physics (with lab), intensive writing, non-science courses, and the applicant’s choice of a range of medicine-relevant courses such as epidemiology, health policy, human physiology, statistics, etc. But applicants for admission in 2017 will be asked to fulfill a broader set of “Admissions Prerequisites” and “Core Competences.” These Prerequisites will be:
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Case Study: 33-year-old Indian Male with 690 GMAT and Low GPA

February 28th, 2015

“Akbar” came to me in mid-February 2014 with several major challenges. First, though it was well after the second-round deadlines he wanted—of course—to gain admission to the top business schools in 2013-14, though the odds of admission so late in the admissions year are rarely good. Second was the reason why he was such a hurry: he was 33—putting him squarely in the oldest 5-10% of most top business schools’ student bodies. Third, he had a 690 GMAT score with a 75th percentile verbal score—a solid score but not one that really offset his 57% GPA which I agreed “seemed …

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Med School Applicant Trend: The Gap Year

February 27th, 2015

The Harvard Crimson is reporting that more and more Harvard students are taking time off between their undergraduate experience and medical school. The year 1999 was the first in which the bulk of Harvard students/alumni applying to medical school were not undergraduate seniors. By 2004, already 60 percent were taking at least a year off before applying, and in 2013 that percentage had climbed to 71.
To be sure, many of these applicants are still “in school,” including earning master’s, PhDs or postbacc degrees, but for many ‘time off’ means travel fellowships (or travel, period), research projects, teaching or community …

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New Med School Not Best Way to Supply New Docs

January 31st, 2015

It’s conventional wisdom these days both that the U.S. needs more primary-care doctors, especially in rural areas, and that building new medical schools is the way to produce them. But Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle begs to differ, at least on the second point. Rather than erect an expensive new med school in Spokane, as Washington State University wants to do (with funding from the state’s legislature), Representative McDermott suggests (in the Seattle Times, Jan. 30, 2015) that resources would be better focused on an already functioning and effective program for educating physicians to serve the rural poor: the WWAMI …

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QS MBA World Tour San Diego: Factoids

January 27th, 2015

In no particular order, here are the more interesting comments made by admissions officers at the QS MBA world tour in San Diego this evening:
• the representative for Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool in “beautiful” coastal Suzhou (“the Venice of the East”) said that Liverpool University offers a “guaranteed internship” in London for every student as part of the joint MBA with Xi’an Jiaotong.
• the University of San Francisco School of Management’s EMBA is “taught only by PhDs—no TAs.”
• 61% of Hult International Business School MBAs get jobs outside of their home countries. Hult also said that it only considers applicants’ GMAT …

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