So you're not the cookie-cutter, straight-from-college, bio major, science nerd-that doesn't automatically ruin your medical school candidacy and disqualify you from the med school marathon. In fact, med schools like diversity, so all you need to do is learn how to turn your non-trad qualities into assets that will boost your appeal and help you get accepted.

Use these resources to guide you along the way:

  1. A Second Chance at Medical School: The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs, a free guide
  2. Medical School Reapplicant Advice: 6 Tips for Success, a free guide
  3. Different Dimensions of Diversity, a podcast episode
  4. HMX – Harvard Medical School’s Online Option for Everyone, a podcast episode
  5. Writing the Diversity Personal Statement, a short video
  6. 6 Simple Steps to Writing an Excellent Diversity Essay
  7. Med School Admissions for Non-Science Majors
  8. 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Participating in a Special Masters Program (SMP)
  9. Med School Admissions for Applicants with Research Backgrounds
  10. Med School Admissions for Older Applicants
  11. 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Applying to Medical School as an Older Applicant
  12. Med School Admissions Advice for Nontraditional Applicants: The Experts Speak
  13. 8 To-Dos for Canadians Applying to the U.S. Med Schools
  14. Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR): Who, How, & Why?
  15. 4 Tips for Applying as an Underrepresented Applicant in Medicine
  16. How To Write The Statement Of Disadvantage

Student Interviews:

  1. One Older Med Student’s Path: From Grief to Growth to Giving, a podcast episode
  2. The Leonardo of Langone: Dr. Michael Natter, a podcast episode
  3. Amy Ho: An ER Resident Who Connects with Patients and Society, a podcast episode
  4. Insight from a Successful, Non-Traditional Premed and Now M2, a podcast episode
  5. What is Med School Really Like?, a podcast episode 
  6. The Unbelievable Story of an Orthopedic Surgeon, a podcast episode
  7. Be a Happy Doc!, a podcast episode
  8. How This Inspiring Med Student Overcame the Odds – And Six Brain Surgeries, a podcast episode
  9. Rejected From Medical School 3x – Today a Pediatric Resident and Mom, a podcast episode
  10. Pediatrician and Social Entrepreneur: Meet Dr. Anne Steptoe, a podcast episode
  11. Dr. Calvin Sun, ER Resident, Entrepreneur, and Adventurer, a podcast episode

Do you have questions about how your non-traditional background may affect your application? View our medical school application consulting services and work 1-on-1 with an experienced medical school admissions expert!

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