Why hire an Experienced Premed Consultant?
Because you need an experienced, caring, detail-oriented, professional who will take the time to advise, edit and support you through the entire medical school application process. You may have high grades and top scores but if you cannot 'package' yourself to stand out to the medical schools, you will not realize your goal. Let me help you create an outstanding, compelling, authentic medical school application that accurately reflects your demonstrated motivation and qualifications to be a physician. With 27 years of university advising experience including 15 years as an Assistant Dean and 10 years as a premed advisor and dean, I have the skills and background to help.
The role of a premed consultant is a different role than an on-campus advisor. I have been an advisor so I would know. I am fee paying and therefore I am available to you for however long you want. Having said that, I will not waste your time. We will be very efficient with our meetings and we both will prepare before each meeting to get the most out of our time. Follow up emails are encouraged as well as ongoing discussions. I will do my best to make sure you have to do lists with action items between our appointments so we make the most of our time together.
I am a focused specialist. I only advise students applying to medical and dental school...that's it. In the past, I advised all health professions students but as a consultant I wanted to focus on just med and dent. Let me put it another way..... It's kind of like going to see a specialist instead of your family physician. Both would do a great job but a specialist is a expert and goes into much more detail.
Build Your Team
Applying to medical school is a team effort. It is your responsibility to assemble and coordinate a team of supportive, knowledgeable people to help you build your application. Your team may include friends, family, mentors, premed advisors, professionals, doctors, professors and consultants. Each person has a different role to play. You need to first establish a relationship with each individual, then follow through to maintain each relationship. Relationships take time to develop and nurture so be patient and start assembling this team right away as a freshman. As a consultant, I can help you assemble this team and I can play a significant and vital role in your success as an applicant.
Resource for the long haul
I want you to succeed and I will go out of my way to make sure you feel supported throughout this process. My role is not to replace your physician mentors or premed advisors. I have a different role. I am more of a comprehensive coach, cheerleader, brainstormer, editor, motivator and resource to you for the long haul. Often times, university advisors have heavy advising loads and do not have the time to devote to your numerous application questions and editing requests. This is especially true in the early summer when applications are due. I will be there for you for the long haul; even if you graduate from your undergraduate institution, transfer schools, take a gap year or attend graduate school I will stay with you. Many schools don't assist alumni so students are without an advisor for guidance.
So let me be part of your team and help you celebrate your acceptances! Time and dedication at the beginning of the application process prevents waste and delays at the end of the process.
Be a Smart Consumer: As with every industry, there are unethical players out there so be mindful. Be aware when companies promise you an acceptance to medical school or your money back or boast their 95 - 100% acceptance rate when the national average is only 39%. Many prescreen clients or only take students with certain scores. Statistics can be manipulated in many ways for marketing purposes so be an educated consumer.
The bottom line is YOU and only YOU can get yourself into medical school. Yes we as consultants can do a massive makeover on your application but we are not magicians. Yes we all love to celebrate our success stories but sometimes things are out of our control. If you have all the 'right stuff' to get in and you don't bother to apply until late September.....you shot yourself in the foot regardless of how strong an applicant you are. You could have gotten in but you chose to procrastinate instead.
You need someone who will be honest and give you valuable feedback on your candidacy and application. I'll be honest...I'm really honest. I'll tell you what I see and where you need to improve. This may be 'new' news to you or it may confirm what you already suspected. It's the feedback from an expert that you trust that matters in this process. Together we can strategize how you can improve and make a timeline to achieve your goals. Everyone has room to improve!