Confessions of a Premed Advisor (1994-2013)
Hi. My name is Don Osborne, and for the last 18+ years, I have been a medical school admissions advisor. I have made it my mission in life to help students who struggled with the medical school admissions process, and help them get accepted with less frustration, confusion, anxiety, worry, stress and tears.
Over the last 20 years, I’ve worked with well over 6,500 students, personally walking them through every step of the medical school admissions and application process.
I have a personal confession I need to make. I created a system that is very successful at helping students make it through the minefield of medical school admissions and get in to med school. My system works incredibly well, and solves a lot of the problems that keep many students from getting in to med school (like what to do about a bad grade, or an MCAT score that’s not super high, or a college that isn’t one of the super-elite Ivy League schools.)
Although the work I did with students was incredibly rewarding, I really didn’t (and still don’t) like the whole “haves” versus “have nots” aspect of medical school admissions. I really don’t like the idea that there are pre-med students out there (and maybe you’re one of them) who have a sincere passion to become a doctor, but there’s just no way they are going to be able to afford thousands of dollars in private medical school admissions guidance.
I’ve always felt guilty about this, and every year there are students in my office who ask me not to turn them away just because they can’t afford to spend the money on private coaching. There are a lot of students whose hearts are in the right place and who would make first rate doctors, but who cannot afford to get the kind of help that many elite, wealthy students can easily afford.
I’ve always felt guilty and remorseful that these students — real people with a real passion for medicine and a strong personal desire to help other people — weren’t being given the same advantages as other students. And I didn’t have any way of changing that. Until now. (I’ll share more about this in a minute.)
First, let me share with you the core elements of coaching that I would do with you if you were one of my one-on-one students. Here are the main six steps that I put my one-on-one coaching students through that will absolutely, unequivocally make a substantial impact and greatly improve your odds of getting into medical school.
Big Hint: If I were you, I’d print this out and save it, because people have had MAJOR SUCCESS getting in to medical school with this advice. Here you are.
My 6-Step Medical School Admissions System
Step One: Evaluate Your Chances and Create Your Customized “Admissions Strategy”
In my one-on-one coaching program, I would give each student a personalized, custom assessment of his/her viability as a candidate. My assessment looked at the obvious things like GPA and MCAT score, but because I had created a proprietary, predictive admissions model that could accurately predict your odds of acceptance weeks or even months before you apply, you would get a customized “Admissions Strategy” so you would know what to do to maximize your chances of an interview and an acceptance.
With assessment results in hand, it was easy to create an overall timeline with deadlines, follow-up meetings, check-in dates, and other crucial assignments. It truly became a “follow the bouncing ball” approach, and it works extremely well.
Step Two: Write a Unique and Outstanding Personal Statement
When my clients were just a few months away from applying, I began to help them write their personal statements. I wasn’t just an editor — I was a writing and story-telling coach. Working closely with each premed, I helped them to discover their unique motivation to medicine, then form a persuasive and entertaining essay that would impress the admissions committees, and make them want to meet and talk with my students.
Eventually I saw so many personal statements that I was able to create templates for successful personal statements, and I collected the very best personal statements and gave them to premeds as samples to lean on if you got stuck.
Step Three: Earn Strong Letters of Recommendation
Most premeds and premed advisors overlook letters of recommendation, but my coaching clients were so successful because they put major emphasis on getting very high quality letters of rec.
I would hold a specific meeting with each of my students to teach them who to ask, how to ask, and when to ask for a letter of recommendation. Practice conversations — basically rehearsing a “script” — helped to clear up any anxiety that was holding them back from earning their best letters of recommendation. I literally wrote out a script they could use to help them ask for — and receive — the very best quality letter of recommendation. I also taught students to put together a “Letter of Recommendation Packet” for their recommenders, so that recommenders could get right to the “best stuff” and use it in their letters.
Sometimes, my students would get asked to write a draft of the letter themselves. The recommender would say, “Write me a draft of the recommendation and I’ll take a look at it.” If a client was asked to write a draft of the letter, I provided samples for them to follow and coach them through the writing process
Step Four: Submit Your Strongest Application at the Perfect Time
While most premeds guessed their way through the medical school application (I call this the “medical school admissions trial and error approach“), my clients learned how to write an application that perfectly highlighted their strengths so they could successfully distinguish themselves from the crowd.
The timing of your application — when you send your application in to medical schools — makes a very significant difference in your success. Discovering when to send your application can account for as much as 20 percent of the total factors that determine whether you’d get into medical school, or not. Often, timing was the difference between acceptance and rejection for a lot of students, especially students with marginal MCATs and GPA.
Step Five: Write the Secondary Application – Quickly!
After submitting the AMCAS application using smart timing, secondary applications would begin to come flooding in and overwhelm my students. They needed immediate solutions so they could submit strong secondaries quickly and efficiently.
Most premeds are stumped by the secondary prompts, and overwhelmed by the sheer number of new essays to write.
So I invented something I call the “Super Secondary,” which organized all the secondary essay prompts into approximately 12 common themes. Armed with the “Super Secondary” and my timeline for admissions (Step Four), my clients quickly turned around secondaries that impressed medical schools and earned them early interview invitations.
Step Six: Ace the Medical School Interview
Near the end of the admissions race, right when most applicants start to burn out and lose momentum, my clients would be training, practicing and rehearsing their interview questions and answers so that they could finish the admissions cycle in the strongest way possible.
With a collection of the most-common interview questions in hand and armed with years of experience coaching premeds through interviews, I gave my clients everything they needed to answer any interview question with poise and confidence. I even have a technique for how to answer a question when you don’t know what to say. Nothing caught them off guard, and they sat relaxed in their interviews and talked their way into an early acceptance.
My System Worked, But There Was a Problem (or two).
Although my one-on-one coaching system worked for more than 6,500 premeds, I continued to struggle and feel remorse that I could not put this proven method into the hands of many, many deserving students. I really needed a way to completely revolutionize how I was delivering this counseling and advice so that I could share the secrets to medical school admissions with many thousands of students, instead of just a few.
And then I had a realization that would change everything.
My AHA! Moment
I had long thought about using the internet to deliver my admissions strategies, but my friends and business associates kept telling me, “It’ll never work. You can’t deliver admissions consulting online.” The trouble was that, years ago, websites on the internet were picture-and-word heavy, and I knew that many of my methods needed more than that to give a full explanation.
My big realization — my “AHA!” moment — came when online video became commonplace. Thank God for Youtube! I realized I really could use the power of the internet via online video. I knew that students had access to “big pipes” and that I could deliver all of this amazing information to as many people as possible. Finally, I could package all of my admissions coaching expertise into a few multimedia courses, put them online, and make them accessible anywhere, anytime.
For the past two years, I’ve been working hard to create a set of online admissions courses that address each of the 6 Steps with as much care, detail and reassurance as I give to my one-on-one coaching clients. And I’m happy and proud to share that I’ve finally done it!
Now that my online courses can be used by any premed anywhere in the world at any time of day, I don’t need to turn anyone away, I charge far less than other online advisors, and I serve many, many more students.
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