Dr. Mike Frazier is a graduate of the School of Medicine at UCLA, and is currently training to become a psychiatrist. He absolutely dominated his USMLE Step 1, with a score of 257 (for those who don't know, this score is a huge determinant of your future residency). However most importantly for many of you, he served as a member of UCLA medical school's admissions committee. The fact that Dr. Frazier just applied to (and got into) medical school a few years ago, was a member of the admissions committee, and was widely successful in medical school makes anything that he writes about worth paying attention to. I asked Dr. Frazier some questions about his eBook: 10 Steps to Accepted - An Insider's Guide to Getting Into Medical School
Me: In one sentence, describe your own medical school application process:
Dr. Frazier: Busy, and kind of confusing.
Is that one of reasons you decided to write this eBook?
When I was applying, there seemed to be a lot of opinions about what to do and what did and didn't matter in a medical school application. While on the admissions committee at UCLA, I was able to get the perspective of what really was important in an application and interview and I wanted to share that with premeds to make their preparation more directed and worthwhile.
What makes your eBook worthwhile or different than other guides for pre-meds?
The biggest difference is that it's written by someone who actually sat and helped make decisions on who would be considered for acceptance and who would not. I got to see first hand what committees really look at and what it takes to stand out.
In your opinion, what is the most common reason for applicants to NOT get invited for an interview?
I would say missing major parts of what committees look for, such as having minimal clinical experience.
What separates a "great" application from the pack?
Someone who sets himself or herself apart in each of the main categories schools look for, which include humanism/compassion, leadership, and academic performance, among other things explained in the eBook. There are 8 main categories that schools look at and the "stars" are the ones who shine in each (or at least most of them).
I have read the eBook, and it is chock-full of great information for those interested in the long and winding road to becoming a physician. It is obvious that Dr. Frazier put a lot of time and effort into writing it and if you have questions about applying and what is expected/needed of you, then this is a great resource. I particularly agree with his 8 main categories that admissions committees look for in an applicant. You can learn more about Dr. Frazier's eBook and website at this link. If you are just getting started on your path towards medical school, I definitely think it is worth the investment. Being unprepared or uneducated about getting into medical school is the best way to never getting accepted.