Free guidance for low-income students to improve their chances for admission into medical school

White Coat Admission Strategist is a team of medical students helping other students find their way into medical school.

If you’re a low-income student and need some guidance to improve your chances of getting into medical school, here’s some good news.

White Coat Strategists, a consulting firm run entirely by medical students, is offering free services for aspiring students who want to be medical professionals.

“As my friends and I were going through the medical school application process, we were disheartened to learn how expensive it was for students to get access to personalized mentorship during the application process,” said White Coat Admission Strategists Co-Founder Melaku Arega.

“We wanted to create an organization that allowed more students to get access to individualized mentorship and application support when applying to medical school. A core belief for us is that students from all backgrounds and incomes should have access to peer mentorship; that’s why we offer pro bono services to students who cannot afford to pay.”

Arega is a third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. The entire team of White Coat Admission Strategists is currently studying medicine at various medical schools across the U.S. Through a virtual platform, they offer one-on-one mentorship, general advice, as well as more concrete services such as personal statement brainstorming, edits and mock interview preparation.

More than 75 percent of White Coat students between 2017-2020 were accepted to medical schools compared to a national average of 41 percent. Their guidance has helped more than a hundred students enter American and Canadian medical schools.

The company asserts that students should seek primary help from their University Pre-professional advising offices but believes that their team of medical students provide a complementary role by offering peer-to-peer mentorship that lasts throughout the application process.

“We've all gone through the admission process and know what it's like,” said Arega. “We work one-on-one with each of our students to develop a strategy and application that stands out from the crowd.

“Grades and MCAT scores alone will not necessarily get you into medical school. There are people with high stats, who don’t always get in and that’s why it’s important to develop a strategic plan and a story worth telling,” said Arega.

Medical schools are taking a holistic approach when looking at an applicant’s experiences and skills; the ability to clearly discuss how those overlap to influence your decision to enter into the medical profession is really important.

“Letters of recommendation, school specific essays, along with a candidate’s life story are also important since medical schools are trying to evaluate the person as a whole. There’s also an interview component to the admission process. Having good interpersonal skills are important, especially for patient interaction in the future,” said Arega.

To be eligible for our free virtual mentorship and services, low-income students must also qualify for financial assistance on medical school application fees from the American Association of Medical Colleges.

“At the same time, we want to support as many students as possible, so we encourage all students to reach out to get the support they need,” said Arega.

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