Anxious and Worried About Your Odds of Getting into Medical School? My Admissions Consulting Program Takes the Stress Out of Applying to Medical School
Thanks for taking the time to read this message. I sincerely feel that if you are willing to put in the effort, you can absolutely get accepted to medical school and become a doctor.
I feel so strongly about this that I have dedicated over 20 years to making this come true for students like you.
How I Can Help You
Have you ever ...
- Wondered whether your gpa is competitive enough to get in to medical school? And what to do if your gpa is not high enough?
- Felt worried that your that your MCAT score and GPA aren't enough by themselves to make you stand out?
- Started to think that maybe you don’t have enough activities or research … the kind of activities that make medical schools STAND UP and pay attention?
- Been really dissatisfied because it seems like no one will give you straightforward, step-by-step advice on what to do and when to do it? Does it ever feel like you are just being patronized?
- Secretly panicked, your mind begins to go wild, because if you don’t get into medical school then all of the work you have done in college will be for nothing?
- Felt real fear because if you don’t get in to medical school, then what? What’s going to be your back-up plan? What can you actually do with your degree, if not go to medical school?
"You are not alone"
In fact, this list of questions was created from years of talking to and working with thousands of pre-meds about the problems they faced, the worries they had and what made them feel unsupported.
If you are like most college students, your life is on overdrive and you are constantly on the go. You find yourself running from one deadline to the next … and you feel like you never have enough time to complete anything as thoroughly and completely as you’d like. You think about medical school admissions — and the thought, “I have to get working on my application” — may be nagging you, something you know in the back of your mind you need to go working on, but you never seem to find the right time to do.
For Parents - You are an Important Part of This Journey
As the parent of an aspiring doctor, you should be proud. Your child is smart, hardworking, ambitious, and capable and as each year passes your son or daughter becoming more and more independent. It’s at this crucial juncture that they may need your love and support the most.
Getting accepted to medical school is a long and complicated process, especially if your child is a full time student. The stakes are high — their future is dramatically affected by acceptance or rejection, so the whole process might feel like one big emotional struggle.
I’ve been there too — I struggled to achieve my own career dreams, and now I have dedicated myself to helping students like your child to discover how to navigate the admissions process and improve their chances of acceptance.
I’m here to help — both you, and your son or daughther. The services I offer give you the information and structure you and your son or daughter needs to move through the process with success and ease.
If you'd like to talk more about your child's unique situation, schedule a meeting with me or enroll below.
My Story - My Admissions Background and Experience
My name is Don Osborne. I am the founder of INQUARTA, the leading medical school admissions advising program in the country. I have been coaching pre-meds since 1994 and have worked with over 10,000 students since then.
I have written three books on medical school admissions (here's one at amazon.com), as well as a book on MBA school admissions and one about how to get a great letter of recommendation. You can say I’ve been around.
I first became involved in medical school admissions as an instructor for The Princeton Review. I taught Verbal Reasoning for the MCAT. That was in 1991. In 1996, Princeton Review merged with Hyperlearning, and the owners asked me to be a part of the team that rewrote the Verbal Reasoning section of the course. I became an Instructor Trainer, training other teachers how to teach the MCAT. I also wrote the course “Verbal Accelerator” for Princeton Review. This course has been very impactful on MCAT students’ verbal scores.
How I Got Started as a Premed Coach and Consultant
My MCAT students asked me if I would help them draft their personal statement to medical school. We would work together to create a great essay, and sometimes medical schools would accept that student right away.
But other times, seemingly for no reason, medical schools would ignore a great candidate, and accept a student who had a lower gpa and lower MCAT scores. I knew there was something going on, something that students weren’t being told about … which meant to me that the pre-med advisors didn’t know either, or they would be telling the students like crazy. After all, a university’s reputation for high medical school acceptance is a very valuable thing.
I spent months studying the admissions process, looking at what could be the cause of this weird result -why would a student with lower grades and scores get in, when a student with a high gpa and top MCAT scores didn’t? What could be the cause of this? It’s something that just didn’t make any sense.
I had to figure out what was going wrong. I studied the entire medical school admissions process and reviewed the applications of hundreds of applicants. That’s when I discovered the most amazing thing!
“Am I Doing Enough? Is My Premed Advisor Doing Enough?”
Trust me on this one. I know you may be wondering, “Am I doing everything I need to be doing … and have I done enough? Have I done enough of the right things? Are there other things I should be doing, but don’t even know I should be doing?”
Maybe you have spoken to an on-campus advisor or other mentor. When you asked them, “What should I do to make myself a better candidate?” the answer you get is nearly the same every time, “Don’t worry; you’re fine. Just keep doing what you’re doing.”
This makes you feel like you have been dismissed. An empty, nagging feeling remains … is there something I should be doing that I don’t know about? Am I doing everything I should be doing to get into medical school?
The truth is that medical schools use a variety of criteria, many of them very subtle, to determine who should be offered an interview – and most importantly, an acceptance. But medical schools won’t be e-mailing you a list of their criteria anytime soon. Sorry.
On-campus advisors simply do not have the perspective to determine what medical schools are looking for – too many applicants for them to provide individual, customized advice to fit each applicant’s unique background and experiences.
What Are Medical Schools Really Attracted To?
How do you find out what medical schools are really attracted to? The easiest, best and most reliable way to do this is to send medical schools tens of thousands of applications from thousands of applicants and watch what they do. On-campus advisors do not have anywhere near the resources to do this kind of research, they same kind of research that is used in medicine to find out what actually works … it’s called “evidence-based” research.
Unless you have this kind of fact-based research result, it’s nearly impossible to figure out what to do. How do you fix something that you don’t know you’re supposed to fix?
The truth is, it’s not your fault! The entire admissions process is set up to work against you … UNLESS you know how to manage the process to your advantage.
The Admissions Process is Engineered Against the Applicant!
The entire medical school application process is designed for the convenience of the people who manage it. As a result (and frankly, quite by accident), the admissions process has been designed to make it more difficult for you to get and sustain an advantage.
I found dozens of little errors that applicants were making in their application because they didn’t really understand the “inner world” of medical school admissions, how the application process actually worked, and how a medical school admissions office manages the flood of information they receive.
Unless you really study how medical school admissions committees respond to a applicant’s application, it’s difficult – nearly impossible – to uncover what elements create a significant advantage and why medical schools pick one applicant over another, despite lower gpa or MCAT scores.
My Full-Service Admissions Coaching Program
I have a private admissions coaching service that is limited to 5 applicants each year.
I re-engineered the entire admissions process to give applicants in my coaching program every single advantage possible in the admissions process, from the very early stages all the way to the last acceptance letter. This system turns the whole admissions process on its head, exploiting every step along the way so that you can be assured that you have done everything possible to make yourself the strongest, most compelling, most attractive applicant possible.
Over 10,000 clients during the last 14 years have used my system to eliminate the worries and nagging doubts that plague pre-meds. You will learn how to experience greater confidence, commitment and clarity about who you need to be and what you need to do to truly stand out to medical schools. My program will make medical schools really want to read your application, invite you to an interview and then offer you early admission!
My admissions advising program is specifically designed to help applicants figure out how to make themselves far stronger candidates than is possible otherwise.
You will receive the kind of direct, to the point coaching and mentoring that has worked for thousands of applicants. We are a group of committed experts who work hard to get you every possible admissions advantage. We know the in’s and out’s of every step of the medical school admissions process, and I have tested and experimented until I discovered exactly how to gain an advantage at each turn.
My Services: What I Do For You When You’re My Client
When you're my client, I'll start by giving you an assessment that evaluates your strengths and weaknesses as an applicant. After that, I'll give you an action plan that maximizes your competitive edge and puts you on the right path to apply on time. The next step is to identify your motivation to medicine -- the unique reason why you want to become a doctor. Following that, we'll work on your personal statement, letters of recommendation, school selection, resume, secondary applications, and finally interview prep.
All along, I'll follow up and follow through so you're constantly reassured that you're doing what you need to do.
Maximize Your Competitive Edge
I’ll help you find your true competitive edge and help you communicate it throughout the application in the most effective way possible. You need to know yourself, especially what makes you different as an applicant compared to all the others. If you don’t know what makes you different, you are hard-pressed to answer tough-minded essay and interview questions.
Leverage Your Experiences
There are specific experiences that medical schools consistently prefer. These are experiences you want to confirm you have, or obtain, before you apply. I’ll help you to identify where you’re strong, where you’re weak, and how you can improve quickly.
Personal Statement - Brainstorm and Edit
I will personally walk you through every step of the creation of your personal statement. The result will be your original work, fully exploring and describing your strengths … Your original answer to “Why do you want to be a doctor?” will show why you are a highly motivated candidate for medical school.
Letters of Recommendation
You may already have recommenders picked out, but how do you manage the confidentiality requirements that medical schools require? Did you know that different medical schools want different kinds of recommenders? Not all medical schools operate the same way. I’ll help you earn powerful letters and avoid the last-minute race.
Smarter School Selection
What medical schools should you apply to? Which ones are the “right fit” for your specific circumstances? I often save applicants hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in application and travel fees by pointing them in the right direction.
The individual description for every one of your experiences is an added opportunity to help you stand out as an applicant. What you say here will make a subtle and important difference to help you shine against other applicants. I will help you shape and hone your resume into a persuasive powerhouse.
Secondary Essay Brainstorm and Review
Finding your authentic voice can be a tough challenge when you are writing your personal statement. When it comes times for the secondaries, you will be writing over 75 pages of essay content. My editor will help you stay focused and consistent all the way through your applications.
Complete Interview Preparation
One of the most important 30-minute conversations of your life. In my program, you will be more prepared for the interview than any 30-minute mock interview will get you, because I won’t be doing a mock interview with you – I will be evaluating your interview skills and coaching you to maximize your credibility, your connection to your interviewer and your authenticity as an applicant.
GPA and MCAT Score
What you can do about these? Does it really make a difference which college you attend or which major you declare? The answer will surprise you … it’s not “Yes” and it’s not “No.”
Follow up and Follow Through
You will continue to press your advantage with the right kind of follow up. Know what to send and when to send it after you have completed your interview; show medical schools that you are committed to medicine.
This is not your typical medical school admissions ‘pre-med advising’ feel good series of platitudes. This is not an hourly advising program where you have to bring all the questions to the table. This is not an over-hyped essay editing service.
Who Needs My Program, and Who Doesn’t?
You don’t need this program if one of your relatives is on the admissions committee of your favorite medical school. You don’t need this program if you are absolutely clear about what you need to do and when you need to do it. And you don’t need this program if you have advising and coaching resources with a 14-year track record and who are dedicated to your success.
But if you’re like most applicants, with limited access to information, and with advisors who are so busy they can only offer the most superficial support, then this is the program for you. Personalized and personal, your editor and I will get to know you very well.
What Makes My Program Different?
- An Evidence-Based Approach to Advising
I use data collected from more than 20 years of admissions cycles to guide the strategies we'll use to improve your chances of acceptance. There's no guesswork involved in what we'll do - Be assured that what I've done has worked for applicants in the past and has high probability of working again for you.
- Personal Touch - I Work With Only Five Students Yearly
By limiting my program to a maximum of five applicants each year, I can give you the attention and care you need to overcome any obstacle and perfect each and every component of your candidacy.
- Live Review and Feedback
I read and critique your essays live on the phone or Skype to simulate how a real admissions official reacts to your applications, essays, and interviews.
- I Focus on Your Story, Your Journey, Your Future Career
The things that are unique to you are what medical schools . When you're my client, you and I will discover how your journey and your motivation to medicine can make stop, listen carefully, and think, "I want this applicant in my medical school." My focus is your authentic and original motivation to medicine, and you will learn how to convey that motive powerfully and persuasively – in your primary application, through your recommenders, in your secondary essays and – most important – in the interview.
How to Enroll in One-on-One Coaching
Enrollment in the program begins with a no-charge admissions consultation. Schedule a 15-minute consultation and let’s talk about your unique circumstance and how my program can help.
You can either pay a one-time payment or sign up for a payment plan.
AMCAS Review + Personal Statement Editing
- AMCAS Review
- Personal Statement Editing
- Resume Review
- School Selection
- Ongoing Consultation for one Admissions Cycle
Comprehensive One-on-One Coaching
- AMCAS Review
- Personal Statement Editing
- Resume Review
- School Selection
- Secondary Application Editing
- Interview Preparation
- Ongoing Consultation
- Two-Year Guarantee: If you don't get in the first year, I work with you a second year for free
Comprehensive Coaching Program - My Guarantee to You
I am so confident in my Comprehensive One-on-One Program that if you are not accepted to medical school the first time, I will work with you again a second year for free. I have helped over 10,000 applicants apply to and get accepted to medical schools and I am committed to your success, too.
I understand that these prices may be out of reach for some
The program described on this page is intended only for applicants who really want private, one-on-one guidance, coaching and high-level access to their coach.
For alternative solutions that have worked for hundreds of other applicants, consider my online courses:
- The MCAT Club - Access more than 350 hours of MCAT subject review. A comprehensive prep resource.
- How to Write Your Medical School Personal Statement - 27 sample personal statements and 8 how-to videos that show you how to write a better personal statement.
- How to Write Your Medical School Secondary Application - Learn the best answers to all the common secondary essay prompts, and learn how to submit your secondaries within only 48 hours of receiving them.
- The Medical School Interview Video Course - Develop better interview skills by learning the best way to respond to the questions you'll hear at any medical school interview.
If you’d like to learn more about my consulting program, I encourage you to schedule a chat with me. I am always willing to talk with you — especially if you’re a parent of a pre-med applicant — about your concerns.
Sincerely and with respect,
Don Osborne, President
PS: My promise – and my personal commitment to you – is to give you not just one or two ways to gain an incremental advantage, but an entire re-engineering of the admissions process. My method has worked for thousands of other applicants and I believe my system will also work for you.
Feedback From My Premeds Clients
Applying to medical school these days is tedious and overwhelming. The enormous amount of highly qualified applicants battling for a finite amount of spots makes even the slightest edge important to your success. In January of last year, I felt pretty confident that I knew the ropes of applying to medical school. I was more worried about my MCAT and GPA which were not as competitive as I had hoped for.
I shudder to think where I would be now without the guidance, insight and prodding from INQUARTA. From their instruction I not only learned how important timing is, but how to prepare months in advance to actually meet the deadlines.
INQUARTA picked my brain and gave me the confidence to include things in my application I would have never thought of. Their techniques helped me create a unique and compelling application—A far cry from what I would have produced on my own. I think admissions committees were impressed—I received interviews at Tulane, New York Med and St. Louis . . . All before September.
Thank you so much for your help and support this year! It has been a memorable and productive one! I had never imagined that it would turn out so well and I am very thankful.
I will definitely recommend INQUARTA, especially to people like me, without a pre-med advisor. The support of the team is priceless! I was accepted to UC Irvine, Northwestern, Georgetown, MCP-HU, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine!”
Thank you for all your help in the medical school application process. I am sure that without your assistance I could not have made it this far. I had average grades and a 34 on the MCAT. Out of 36 schools which I applied to, I interviewed at four schools so far, two of which are top schools. I am still waiting to hear about acceptances.
Basically, how I performed on the MCAT and the interview was up to me. What you did was place me on a strict timeline allowing me to interview early and take advantage of the rolling admissions process which many schools have. I stuck to your formula of a one-day turn around time for secondaries and it paid off.
I have many other friends who have a much better academic profile than I, but they lagged for so long on getting the primaries and secondaries out on time, they missed the boat and were rejected from all the schools they applied to. You also helped me get the essay and interview format down. I highly recommend your service. Thank you!
I have been getting interviews from places that I did not think I would. I can not believe that with an MCAT score of 25 I have already been accepted to two places. INQUARTA helped me a lot through this hectic process and the one most helpful aspect was the essay.
I feel like the editor worked day and night to perfect my essay and I believe that I have gotten more than my money’s worth. The school selection was also helpful and the mock interviews over-prepared me. This is why all my interviews seemed like a breeze. Most importantly, INQUARTA gave me peace of mind and the notion that I am doing my best to get into a medical school. Even if I had an MCAT score of 40, I would still have used INQUARTA’s services.
I am also glad I used INQUARTA because if I didn’t, and I didn’t get any acceptances, I would have regretted not enrolling. A little investment goes a long way with INQUARTA. I have a future ahead of me.
I must admit I was one of many pre-meds chanting yet another variation of the bandwagon slogan: “I want to become a doctor because I want to help people.” Generic or not, my desire to help others formed the very core of my reasons for pursuing a career in medicine, and I struggled to express my true feelings with a refreshing voice.
INQUARTA offered a very effective approach that enabled me to guide listeners and readers with my life stories. In all successful interviews, I never had to explicitly explain why I wanted to become a doctor; I only had to tell them different stories about my life.
INQUARTA undoubtedly helped me to find a truly unique voice that was engaging, relevant and most importantly, my own. I highly recommend INQUARTA as it helped to transform my average repertoire of numbers and experiences into a highly competitive and memorable package. Thanks again!
First off I would like to thank you. I am not sure if you remember, but about two weeks ago I had called you with a question. The Pediatric Cardiologist I research under was so impressed by my work ethic and passion he wanted to call up medical schools personally, so he told me to pick 3.
You told me to go with VCU, Vermont, and USC. I would have gone with completely different schools. But you were right! You are a GENIUS! I have recommended all the undergrads I have met here at UCLA to enroll with INQUARTA!
Within one day of his email, the VCU med dean replied and told him she is releasing my file for an interview based on his praise. So now, I have an interview December 15th. Thank you so much for that.P.S. In addition to those 3 medical schools, I also talked him into emailing Brown (my dream school). The dean responded and said she would personally review my file! I’m very excited!
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