Although Christopher’s high undergraduate GPA (3.9) helped him fortify his med school applications, he found the rigor of instruction to be a cut above what he was used to. Balancing a part-time job and extracurriculars with his courseload was challenging enough; unfortunately, Christopher also had personal issues to contend with on top of his hectic schedule and time management struggles.
As a result, Christopher’s GPA dipped in his first and second years of medical school, though he managed to boost it in his third year. With a cumulative GPA of 3.3, Christopher was concerned residency programs would only see his transcript’s shortcomings.
We began by reassuring Christopher that many students find the transition from college to medical school difficult. After getting to know him better, he opened up about personal issues that had prevented him from doing his best in class. We helped him address the “why” in his ERAS application and ran through interview question responses that would best demonstrate what he’s learned from the experience.
We helped Christopher focus on the elements of his application he could control: his personal statement, supplemental essays, resume, letters of recommendation strategy, and interview prep.
Christopher told us how important following an application schedule was to him and was thrilled to see how we make breaking down the many pieces of a residency application easier.
Our detailed project tracker helped Christopher keep track of everything he needed to prepare well in advance of deadlines, helping him balance his last year of med school with residency application building in a way that seamlessly integrated with his busy schedule.
Christopher received 11 interview invitations and matched with Brigham and Women's Hospital!