Our consulting services cover all aspects of the medical residency admissions process. Below is a list of our primary services, as well as some examples of how our services add value for our clients.
Our overall goal is to serve our clients’ individual admissions needs. We expand our list of services when we need to in order to achieve that goal.
We recognize that each applicant is unique and has unique admissions consulting needs. We work with many so-called “nontraditional” clients who have unusual backgrounds or experiences. Each client receives customized advice from his or her personal consultant. Click here for more information on our services and fees.
MEDICAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM SELECTION
This is the cornerstone of a successful candidacy. Moreover, your admissions chances will be highest at the programs where you are the best “fit.” We can help you select these programs, thereby maximizing both your probabilities of gaining admission and of attending the optimal residency for you, based on your interests and goals.
We help each of our clients develop a personalized admissions strategy and formulate a “story” that will set the over-riding themes of their applications. We will also determine the best way to highlight the applicant’s strengths and to address any weaknesses or “holes” in their academic background or or extracurricular experiences.
DRAFTING AND POLISHING PERSONAL STATEMENTS AND ESSAYS
We help our clients select the content of their personal statements and essays, and advise them on how that material should be presented. We use our intimate knowledge of the residency admissions process to carefully scrutinize each essay to ensure the content advances the client’s chosen admission strategy. As a final step, we proofread each essay for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Please note, however, that we never write personal statements or essays for any client.
We help our clients prepare for their residency interviews. We advise them on what to expect, how to prepare, what to say, and how to say it. We conduct mock interviews and provide constructive critiques on interview performance. These mock sessions teach our clients what to expect in an actual interview, and they also help them to relax and therefore perform better when the time comes.
PRE ADMISSIONS CONSULTING
We often work with medical school students who want to know what they can do prior to their graduation, to increase their chances of being admitted to their top-choice residency programs.
The residency application process can be extremely stressful. Many clients have told us that we helped them enormously just by being there to answer quick questions or to give them personal statement ideas. Otherwise, they said, they would have just spun their wheels, or worried. While we view ourselves as admissions consultants who help our clients maximize their chances of getting accepted into their top-choice programs, we do acknowledge that stress relief is a very valuable byproduct for many of our clients.
ONE FINAL NOTE
This list is by no means all-encompassing. We have consulted clients on many other medical residency related issues. Each week we field many short, 5 to 15 minute phone calls from clients who have questions on a variety of topics. Chances are, if you’re facing an admissions issue, we have dealt with it before, either on behalf of a client or through our own experiences as former residency admissions officers