Tyler initially described himself to us as a “pre-med in theory.” He had spent most of his college career studying business with the occasional pre-med class thrown in, and being part of many different kinds of extracurriculars from radio jockey to government advocacy clubs. Tyler simply loved to explore eclectic interests, while also passionate about a career in medicine. Despite some experiences in clinical medicine, Tyler’s initial attempts to complete his med school apps resulted in frustration as he simply didn’t know how to put it all together
Turning Frustration Into Insight
At Inspira, we work with many candidates who have difficulty turning their work and life experiences into a cohesive application. Our team’s approach starts by taking a step back and looking at a candidate’s story from at third-person perspective. We then help guide applicants to the salient parts that will interest medical schools.
With Tyler, we started by training him to refocus from being a “business major applying to medical school” to a “future physician who happens to be a business major today.” This, along with a number of other insights, had a dramatic impact on how Tyler was able to make sense of his candidacy.
Creating The Collage
Tyler’s major frustrations stemmed from not knowing how to combine all his eclectic interests into one application. Luckily, Inspira consultants have readthrough thousands of applications and know exactly how to put everything together.
We helped Tyler identify the core activities that all relayed back to his passions in healthcare, making sure each diverse experience was part of a larger collage. This way, admissions committees could see Tyler’s interests as a reflection of his future career as opposed to a mix of unrelated topics.
Tyler had applied to 25 medical schools prior to graduating college. He was accepted into 8 medical schools, including Mayo, Creigton, Wayne, UPitt, UCDavis, Einstein, NYMC, and Univ of Rochester. He chose to attend Mayo.