Being on the premed path is no easy feat– there are a mountain of decisions to make, endless criteria to fulfill, and very big shoes to fill. On top of all of that, the process is dynamic and constantly evolving, especially in the ever-changing world of medicine. Needless to say, the good news is that you don’t have to forge the path alone – our advisors within medical school admissions consulting are here to help through every step of the way!
It’s never too early to know that medicine is the place you were meant to be. We can help you get a jumpstart by helping you make educated decisions about your journey, classes, MCAT studying, and extracurriculars from the start so that you can enjoy the process without the confusion.
There’s a lot of boxes that premed students need to check to prepare for medical school and there’s no singular right way to get everything done. Whether it’s deciding if you want to take a gap year, self-studying biochemistry for the MCAT, or applying to go straight into medical school — Our advisors can help you create an individualized plan to balance your academic and personal life.
Medical school applications differentiate activities into very specific categories: research, clinical vs nonclinical volunteering, employment, non-clinical employment, leadership, tutoring, shadowing, and more. So what do you need? Can you still pursue your own interests? How do you build your story and your extracurricular cocktail? Our advisors have successfully done all of the above and will not only help you find your path, but can share their experiences as well!
A lot of a student’s success during an application cycle depends on their strategy. Do you have questions on how many schools to apply to? Whether to apply to DO or international programs? There’s a lot of decisions to make and we can help you to narrow down a list that will give you the best return on your investment.
Are you preparing to apply to medical school soon? We have your best interest at heart, will be open and honest about your competitiveness as an applicant, and help create a game plan to put forward your best application. The application cycle is a stressful and hectic time, developing a strategy will make all the difference.
There’s never a right way to become a doctor! Many students come from non-traditional backgrounds but have been just as successful as their traditional peers who have known they’ve wanted to be doctors since elementary school. Let us help you pave the road for the most seamless transition.
Getting into medical school is hard. As a matter of fact, only 40% of applicants matriculate into medical school in a given year. We can help take the stress off your shoulders by helping you analyze what went wrong in the previous cycle and help build a strategy to help you reach your goals.
You want to be a doctor but is that it? Maybe you have a knack for business. Maybe you see yourself testifying on Capitol Hill on behalf of the medical community in the future. Maybe you want to pursue a PhD and pursue research. Let’s talk through the options and figure out what is the right decision for you.
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Hey! My name is Quinn and I am a second year medical student at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. I am currently a MiniMentor at NYU where I mentor a group of four first year students! At the University of Florida prior to medical school I was a volunteer director for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society, and helped lead a group of 15-20 pre-health students in volunteer activities, as well as being available through our website to give advice for premed students in our program. I am currently in-press for a write-up about a new vascular procedure here at NYU, and a published author in a paper exploring a potential treatment for myotonic dystrophy. I have also volunteered at UF’s pediatric oncology and hematology unit and currently work as part of the referrals team for the Free Clinic here at NYU.
Hey! I’m Khyati and I’m currently a second year med student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. I’ve been working with Motivate MD for the past 2.5 years and am excited to be on the MyMentor team this year. I truly value the unique relationship of a mentor and mentee and began working as a mentor in undergrad where I facilitated small groups of students in science courses. I served as a mentor for underclassmen interested in medicine as a senior in undergrad and loved the experience! I look forward to developing those unique relationships once again. I worked in a neurobiology lab during undergrad where I was involved in projects, presented at the national ENDO conference, and published my long term project. Currently, I’m an active research student at Fox Chase Cancer Center working on a study focused on metastatic breast cancer patients. I’m also a dual degree student, concurrently enrolled as a masters in Urban Bioethics student. Happy to be a resource for all of you!
Hi! My name is Sam, and I am currently a second year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, located in the Twin Cities. Prior to medical school, I studied biology and global health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of my studies, I participated in research, volunteered at a non-profit organization focused on women’s health, served as a hospice volunteer, and spent a summer interning at a rural family medicine clinic. I also stayed connected to my childhood passion of figure skating by coaching private skating lessons for both children and adults. Helping skaters overcome their fears and build confidence overtime, by maintaining a fun, encouraging learning environment, was the most rewarding part of being a coach. My experiences as a skating coach, as well as my gratitude for my own mentors, motivated me to volunteer as a mentor for pre-medical students through the American Medical Student Association during my first year of medical school. As a first year medical student, I also received mentorship from a second year medical student through my school’s peer mentorship program. My role as a mentee heightened my appreciation for the support and guidance that mentorship provides, and I now serve as a mentor for two first year medical students through this program. I absolutely love being a part of the Motivate MD team and look forward to working with you!
Hi! My name is Emma Fenske and I am currently a third year medical student at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in New Mexico. While I was born in AZ, I grew up in Albuquerque, NM and graduated summa cum laude from The University of New Mexico (UNM) with a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences. After graduating college, I relocated to Baltimore, MD where I worked as Clinical Laboratory Scientist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for two years prior to beginning medical school. I enjoy writing and am humbled to have had two articles published in 2020 as well as currently contribute to the Motivate MD blog. At BCOM, I have created the Burrell-Aggie Mentorship Program which is a program created specifically for NMSU Pipeline and pre-medical students. I hold mentorship to the highest regard as none of my own family members were doctors or even in the medical field, so I learned as I advanced along my journey. I had always wished I had a mentor guide me through the pre-med years, medical school application process, and early years in medical school, so my goal is to be that mentor for students. I know what it feels like to be uncertain whether you are making the right moves and decisions in the pre-med realm. If this feels like you right now – I am more than happy to assist in any facet of your medical school journey!
Hey everyone! My name is Erin and I am a current 3rd year medical student at the University of Miami. I went to undergraduate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where I served on the Premedical Eboard and as a Peer Advisor for the Office of Career Development. It was through these two opportunities that I learned the value of mentorship. I have experience through my job in Career Development Office editing CVs, doing interview prep, and job searching. During medical school, I am a part of an organization through which we mentor undergraduate students applying to medical school. During the time between my 1st and 2nd years of medical school, I took an extended summer to complete research through the NIH at the University of Michigan. Here I was able to study the effects of VO2 on weight loss and continue to stay involved in the project today. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and be a part of your journey.
Hi All! My name is Karan and I am a third-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Middletown. Fun fact about me- I got into medical school without ever submitting an AACOMAS or AMCAS application! I completed my BS in Biology and Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. It was here that I was able to continue my passion for research in two different labs in the college. I was fortunate enough to be able to present my research at multiple local and regional conferences including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists, and CSTEP. While in college I embarked on creating a nonprofit organization geared specifically toward providing high school students with experiences and mentors within different career fields so they are better prepared for college. This allowed me to expand on my mentoring skills in a variety of aspects, most notably with career and education preparation. While in college I was fortunate enough to work with ScribeAmerica as a leader within their hiring team tasked with interviewing and training new scribes. This not only gave me experience with interviews but also some invaluable medical experience. After graduating from college, I decided to complete an SMP at Touro College and was able to matriculate into medical school through its bridge program.
Currently, I am continuing my research passion, and have multiple manuscripts submitted within the topics of social media impact on vaccination, using a hemoglobin alternative to treat sickle cell disease, the role of platelet aggravating factor within all of the body systems, and the success of breast cancer screening. Additionally while in medical school I was a mentor for MedAchieve which paired med students with high schoolers interested in medicine to teach them the process and what life as a medical student is like. My leadership roles include National Liasion for the Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons, Vice- President of the Stimulation Club, and Anatomy Teaching Assistant.
My name is Jabre Millon, I am currently a second year at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine. I was a track and field athlete all four years of undergrad before graduating from USC in 2015. I completed a post-bacc at Keck Graduate Institute in 2018. I am a three time re-applicant! Aside from the post-bacc, I worked non-health care jobs and volunteered plenty during my four gap years. I’ve been a part of the Motivate MD team for a little over a year now. I also mentor premed students through programs developed by my school, other on campus organizations and anyone who receives my contact information from a mutual connection. The students I meet come from diverse backgrounds, and I am always happy helping them leverage their strengths in their application and on their path to medical school. I had plenty of struggles in my premed career ranging from my GPA to extracurricular activities to personal conflicts. Im passionate about ensuring future premeds don’t have to endure the same struggles I did! I look forward to meeting and working with you all.
Hi all! My name is Haley and I’m a 1st year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. My path to medical school has been challenging to say the least and I feel incredibly honored to be able to use my experience to advise others on their own journey to medicine. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with my bachelor’s in Sociology and certificates in Gender & Women’s Studies and Global Health. In college, I most enjoyed being involved in my community which led me to experiences such as working with students at an adult English Second Language school, volunteering as a medical assistant in a free clinic and serving as a support advocate on a crisis helpline. After graduating, my passions for service and mentorship led me to dedicate a year of service with AmeriCorps in Louisiana where I was a 3rd grade math instructor and near-peer mentor. I know from my own experience just how crucial it is to have reliable mentorship and advising while navigating the complex process of medical school applications, and I look forward to having that opportunity to support you on your journey to medicine!
Hi guys! My name is Dr. Ravin Patel, I am a Family Medicine Resident based out of NJ! I am a recent graduate of a 7-year accelerated B.S./D.O. program at Nova Southeastern University. Outside of medicine, I also work as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I’ve participated in mentorship since high school both as a mentee and a mentor as I progressed from undergrad, medical school to residency. I was involved in my college’s mentorship program which gave me an early insight into medical school applications and how to succeed as a medical student. As I transitioned to medical school, I continued to mentor undergraduate students on how to have a successful transition to the professional school setting. I am so excited to get to know you all and help motivate and work with you guys to help you reach and exceed your goals!
My name is Olivia and I am a second year MD student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. As the first in my family to enter the field of healthcare, I understand just how overwhelming it can be to navigate the journey to becoming a physician. My background in advising includes serving as a mentor for Medicus, an organization that helps build bridges and increase transparency between our medical school and premedical students. We aspire to provide opportunities for application building, networking, experiences in clinical or research settings, and encouragement to help students navigate the long (and often intimidating) path to becoming a doctor. My academic interests include surgery, pediatrics, and oncology/immunology, which I fell in love with while doing cancer immunotherapy research. My path to medicine has also been shaped by my Catholic faith identity. I strive to show others that you can balance religion and spirituality with science. In addition to starting school, I was married during my M1 year and enjoy spending free time with my husband and family. I believe that if you want it badly enough and for the right reasons, you WILL become a doctor, and I would love to help you get there!
My name is Emma and I am a 4th year medical student at Kansas City University, currently in the process of applying to residency. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my bachelor’s degree and loved every minute! As a student, I was able to participate in several medicine-related volunteer trips abroad, worked in academic research at the medical school, and was able to help create several publications, including earning a first authorship. After college, I took some time off before medical school and worked as an emergency medicine scribe in the Twin Cities and then transitioned into clinical and academic research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. As an undergrad, I always knew that I wanted to pursue medicine but wasn’t entirely sure how to get there. It would have been helpful to have a mentor for guidance throughout the complicated process of being a pre-med student!
Throughout medical school, I have been fortunate to serve as a mentor to younger medical students and have also spent time tutoring, participating in research, pursuing a masters in bioethics, and volunteering. I was also selected to serve as a nutritional coach for school-aged children at risk of obesity and worked to create motivational and educational plans for developing healthy habits. I am thrilled to be a part of Motivate MD and look forward to helping you on your journey to medical school!
My name is Kyle and I am a first year medical student at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. I did my undergrad at Arizona State University and after difficulty getting into medical school, I did a post-bacc Master’s program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Throughout school, I worked as a home caregiver, a scribe, and a research assistant for a neurodegeneration lab where I was published in a paper for my help in finding novel proteins mutated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. I volunteered at the emergency department, as well as a pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. When I moved back from Virginia, I got a job for 2 years as a nursing assistant on a cardiac monitoring unit in a large hospital. My other passion is writing and making music and during this time I volunteered as a music mentor/teacher at my local Boys and Girls Club. It took me a few years and tries to get accepted into medical school, but every year I got a chance to truly evaluate myself and my application and learn how to improve both. Without any real mentors to speak of, I learned from my own successes and failures and am excited to be given the opportunity to help others through this sometimes-daunting journey that is the path to medical school.
My name is Jamie, and I am a second year medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (CCOM). I completed my undergraduate education at Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Exercise Science. I took 1 gap year before starting medical school. During my gap year, I continued working at a hospital in Northern Chicago as an Emergency Room technician, while completing research in T-cell mediated cancer therapy. Currently, I am working on my manuscript for publication of a systematic literature review on various prediction models for severe illnesses caused by COVID-19. I have always valued the impact that my mentors have had on my own journey to medical school, so I want to help other students in the same way. During my undergraduate years, I worked with the writing center on our campus to help students brainstorm ideas, cohesively write a paper, and edit grammar and punctuation to polish off their papers. I also helped out in the pre-med office where I gained extensive insight into the application process and what goes into making a competitive applicant for medical school. Since starting medical school, I have become a pre-med mentor for undergraduate students at the University of Iowa who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and I help direct them in their path and the application process. I am also a CCOM peer mentor, where I am paired with a first year medical student to assist them with their transition to medical school through building connections and fostering a sense of community. Finally, I currently do one-on-one tutoring for first year medical students at CCOM to help aid their success in their classes as they transition to life in medical school!
Hi, my name is John and I am currently a 3rd year medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Since I’ve come to medical school, I have had the opportunity to mentor and advise students in a variety of ways. During college I worked with the campus career center and continue to act as a liaison for them by advising pre-med students currently at the college. I advise students on all aspects of their application including general overview, school selection, personal statement, test scores and planning, experiences, secondary applications, gap year activities, interview prep, and more. I have also been part of Downstate’s MCAT tutoring program and their peer to peer program, in which I speak on the phone to applicants interested in Downstate. I have also participated in teaching sessions for the more junior medical students at my school. My emphasis during advising is to provide applicants with both the strategic and tactical tools needed to make their applications as strong as possible. I also like to focus on ensuring students have the proper support and mindset while dealing with the stress of applying. Aside from medical school, I hold an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Clarkson university and enjoy reading, particularly in the areas of business and finance, aviation, and history.
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Hey all! My name is Sunny and I’m a third-year medical student at the University of Vermont. Throughout my pre-medical years, I did research in neuroscience, physiology, and immunology/vaccinology. After graduating in 2017, I took a gap year to continue research and work as an EMT in Rochester, NY. As a medical student, I have continued pursuing both basic and clinical research, and have been awarded grants to support my projects. I have published papers in public health and medicine, and have pending publications in rheumatology, dermatology, and urology.
As an undergraduate student, I served as co-President of the Neuroscience Undergraduate Council where I organized an annual mentorship program to assist underclassmen in selecting courses that would best fit their schedule. I also served as a mentor for students who were interested in getting involved in undergraduate research on campus. As a medical student, I have continued my mentoring role by tutoring local students in math and science, as well as serving as an advisor for minority undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. I am excited to bring my mentoring and advising experience to the Motivate MD team.
My love for mentoring students arose during undergrad where I mentored students from the underserved communities that surrounded my school. I found that this experience equally benefitted both my mentee and I—while she learned about time management, study habits, and life skills, I was able to learn how to creatively tailor my assistance to her specific needs. As I moved through college on my journey to medical school, I realized it was hard to find a mentor to answer my questions about the application process and medical school in general. Without guidance to broaden my application, I sought out the few opportunities that my small college had to offer by completing the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, partaking in class research, becoming President of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, and shadowing the very few physicians that my school had a connection with. This experience drove me to continue mentoring during my Master’s program and in medical school. As a first year, I worked closely with the admissions department to share the knowledge I had learned from my journey with the prospective students. I found great pleasure in knowing I could help these students effectively navigate the application process and understand how to find research, volunteer, clinical, and leadership experiences that would bolster their knowledge and application. As a current second year medical student, I am still using these strategies to better myself throughout medical school. This year I’ve had the opportunity to work with a renowned biochemical researcher to investigate the effects of Cannabidiols on mitochondria, become Secretary of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and partake in plenty of volunteer experiences to assist a regional hospital during the COVID pandemic. I am very eager to assist the new generation of incoming medical students!
My name is Nicholas Verdini and I am currently a second year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. I grew up in Lynn, MA and went to high school and college in the area. During my undergraduate time, I had multiple involvements in mentoring. I served as a mentor for incoming first-year undergraduate students to help with their adjustment to college. Additionally, I served as a fellow for the Science Living-Learning Community at my college, which involved mentorship for first-year science majors at the college. After college, I worked at the National Cancer Institute for two years through a scholarship program for low-income students. There, I conducted research on CAR T-Cell therapy for pediatric leukemia, as well as performed research on bladder cancer imaging modalities. This past summer, I researched the role of sociodemographic and social determinants of health have on rates of COVID-19 diagnosis. Since starting medical school, I have mentored students from my undergraduate college in applying to medical school. Additionally, I mentor first-year medical students in the Community Service Learning program at the school. I do not have medical professionals in my family, and went to a small college that did not have a robust pre-medical advising program. I hope to be able to provide advising and mentorship to those seeking to attend medical school, regardless of their family’s professional status, where they attend college, or their financial status. I look forward to working with you!
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