Resources for Premeds
Audible: If you’re like me, you can’t get enough audio. It’s a great way to make use of time spent in the car, working out, or walking to class. If you want to start using all that wasted time to make yourself a more engaging and well-rounded medical school candidate, you can get a free audiobook from audible right now by clicking here… www.audible.com
- Med School Coach: Why do I like Med School Coach? Well first of all the founder, Dr. Sahil Mehta, is a radiology resident just like me. But he’s also very realistic about who does and doesn’t need premed coaching. Some premed advisory services seem like they don’t care if you need them or not, they just want to get paid. The people at Med School Coach are knowledgeable, generous with their time, and honest. They’ve become a great friend of Premed Revolution!
- The Academy: Founded by the hosts of the Medical School HQ Podcast, Ryan and Allison Gray, The Academy is economically priced “Do-It-Yourself” version of a personal premed adviser. For a small monthly fee, you get access to hours of tutorials and interviews, monthly webinars, and even live office hours with Ryan and Allison.
- Kaplan Test Prep: I’ve trusted the two most important tests in my life to Kaplan test preparation products. Using the Kaplan online self paced program, I was able to score a 30 on my MCAT with just one attempt. Not to mention the 3 Kaplan practice tests that I took were dead on accurate predictors for what my real score would be. In medical school I used the Kaplan Question Bank almost exclusively to study for the USMLE Step-1. I was so confident in the level of preparation that Kaplan would provide that I built in a 10 day Bermuda cruise into my 30 day study plan. I ended up scoring a 241, which wrote my ticket to radiology residency. www.Kaptest.com/MCAT
- MCATQuestion.com: Consistency is key and the guys over at MCAT Question will help you stay consistent with their free MCAT question of the day. You can sign up for a daily email or just go to their site to get it. If you’re looking for even more MCAT goodness, check out their tutoring services. They have live online class or recorded lectures for your convenience. www.mcatquestion.com
- Premed Revolution Explorer: Under Development
- MSAR Preview: The AAMC kind of has a monopoly on all the medical school application data, but you can get some of it for free. Check out the Medical School Admission Requirements Online – Preview. It offers some nice basic statistics with the option to pay for even more data.
- M Prep Database: Get a statistical breakdown of GPA, MCAT scores, and tuition costs. The best part is, it’s free.
- Resume Designer Pro: One day you’ll be asked to provide a curriculum vitae for your letter of recommendation and you’ll totally freak out. Stay calm and if you have an iPad, download Resume Designer Pro. I use this app to maintain my CV, because I like how simple everything is. It comes with over a dozen templates to help get you started. It even lets you put a picture into your CV. It would be nice to provide your potential letter writer a picture to help them remember all your great qualities. But be careful of using a picture on your CV for a job, as it is not a common practice. iTunes Link
- cvmaker: For those of you who don’t have access to an iPad, try cvmaker. You can create a CV using their online builder and download it without signing up for anything. If you want to come back later to make modifications, you’ll need to sign up for a free account. https://cvmkr.com/
- Edityour: This is a boutique personal statement editing business that I started in my 4th year of medical school. I was lucky enough to know a professional editor that gave me the hard truth about my personal statement for radiology residency. After seeing how much better my essay was after a thorough edit, I decided to share that experience with everyone! We specialize in health professions personal statements. www.edityour.net
- Essay Edge: Another personal statement editing company that is one of the largest in the space. They don’t specialize in the medical field, but they offer some larger, more expensive packages than edityour.net. If you’ve got some money to spare and think you’ll need more than a few revisions, Essay Edge is something to consider. www.essayedge.com
- The Premed Revolution Podcast: Coming Soon
- The Medical School HQ Podcast: Ongoing
- The Lost in Premed Podcast: Returning soon
Last Pass: This tools saves me several minutes a day and a ton of frustration. Last Pass is a password management extension that can be used in Chrome, Firefox, and IE. It keeps your passwords secure and it can automatically log you in to all your password protected websites. Do you have trouble remembering all the logins for your classes, MCAT prep, AMCAS, AACOMAS, social sites, and forums? This is what you need. www.lastpass.com
Yesware: Another great Chrome extensions, this time for Gmail. Check out my video review of Yesware. It has the fun capability to track when and where people open your emails so you can stalk them more efficiently. Do you send important emails to people but get no reply? Well you can set followup reminders for those who doen’t respond. Lastly, Yesware can help you create and organize email templates to help with things like prospecting for volunteer or shadowing opportunities. www.yesware.com