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Anonymous asked: Hey I read your blog post on the application process and it was extremely helpful! Also, congrats on getting into medical school. :) I was just wondering what's the significance of submitting your app the day it opens? I still am I waiting one 1 transcript and I can't decide if I should submit or just proofread some more. Any advantages or disadvantages that you may know of? Thanks!

Well, since it is rolling admissions, obviously anything earlier is better. But don’t let the quality of your application suffer just to submit it a few days earlier than you would if you submitted your best work. That being said, applications are accepted for the next few months, so I don’t really think that waiting a few more days to submit it would be detrimental because you will still be ahead of anyone who submits in July, August, etc. Good luck!

Anonymous asked: Hey! I was just wondering. Did you do any internships? If so, how did you get them and how was the experience like?

I did not do any internships. I was a research assistant but it wasn’t an internship. Sorry!

Anonymous asked: Hi, I´ve read a lot about puling an all nighters I understand pulling all nighter before exam to cram last info for the test, but I don´t get how can someone pull it and function normally the next day. One time you have to sleep, so why not sleep at night and study that stuff in the morning/afternoon and not to be dead next day? :)

I feel like how well a person functions on little to no sleep depends on who the person is.

Anonymous asked: How are the interviews like a Midwestern? Group or single? Just any tips would be nice!

Single and super laid back. A very stress-free day. I recommend looking at the studentdoctor.net page about school-specific interview tips.

Anonymous asked: Hi TPMM! I saw that to apply to Midwestern you need a physician recommendation letter. Did you have a D.O. letter? Is having an MD letter instead a big disadvantage?

I did have a DO letter. I don’t think an MD letter would be a big disadvantage, especially if you still had some exposure to the osteopathic field. So I would recommend still trying to shadow a DO because I was asked during my interview about any experiences I had with DOs.

endlessopportunity asked: In response to anon about studying, a good and proven method is this: Study for 30 minutes straight without distractions and completely focused on the task. Take a 10 minute break afterwards. Repeat. I supposed this is more of a scaffold and less of a method. Also important to note: no texting or anything during the 30 minutes. It must be studying only.

Wonderful. Excellent advice.

Anonymous asked: Could give us some tips on studying, eg what´s your secret method, or something to help study impossible subjects? Thanks! Any detail appreciated

Sad to say, but I do not have any fool-proof study method. It depends on how you learn best. I love flashcards, so websites like quizlet.com are great resources for me. I make flashcards for everything. It depends on how the professor tests as well. I study differently for an essay-based exam than I do for a multiple choice test.

Anonymous asked: Might have missed it, but when did you definitively start studying for the MCAT? How many months in advance should we start seriously preparing?

I deactivated my facebook and stopped going out after St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and took my MCAT April 20. But I did study occasionally throughout the entire second semester.

Anonymous asked: Why are you going DO instead of MD? Especially with a 33 MCAT. Did you get into any MD schools? I am genuinely curious and don't mean any disrespect, it's just that DO is typically thought to be less prestigious.

I did expect to get into an MD school and I applied to a lot of them. But it didn’t work out, not sure if it was something with my letters of recommendation or maybe because of my institutional action. Then I thought about doing a masters program and reapplying. However, while in the middle of that application process, the medical school called to offer me a seat. The DO school I will be attending is very close to home (a huge factor because I’m really tight with my family) and it is known to be one of the best DO schools in the nation. When I interviewed, we were given their match list for 2013 and they had everything from IM/FM/EM to surgery and anesthesiology. Although some people may think DO schools to be less prestigious, my pediatrician was a DO and I adored her. I think it truly has more to do with the actual person than the educational institution when it comes to determining how good a physician someone will become. Sure, some schools may offer more opportunities than others but Midwestern offers plenty of wonderful opportunities for their students. Furthermore, there has been a continuous upward trend in the number of osteopathic medical students these past few years and I anticipate that it will continue the next few years. Those who were accepted into an allopathic school are very lucky to be granted such an opportunity - but so am I for being given the opportunity to attend such a well-respected osteopathic school.

I really recommend anyone who has had trouble with gaining acceptances to allopathic schools in the past or is anxious about something like their GPA or MCAT to look into what DO schools have to offer.