All Access: Med School Admissions Episodes

Christian Essman

Episode 00:  Welcome!

April 20, 2019

Episode 1:  Medical School Admissions Lingo & Application Timeline (don't skip this)

April 27, 2019


  • AAMC - Association of American Medical Colleges  Bookmark this site now!
  • MSAR - Medical School Admissions Requirements
  • AMCAS - American Medical College Application Service
  • MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
  • Aspiring Docs - Provides resources and inspiration to help you get started on your path to medicine.
  • General application timeline 
  • AACOM - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pathways to Medicine

Flavia Nobay

Episode 2: Dr. Flavia Nobay and the University of Rochester School of Medicine; Listener Questions 

May 31, 2019

Dr. Nobay is the Associate Dean of Admissions at Rochester and a physician in Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Nobay hits the first full episode out of the park!  We talk all about the University of Rochester with some excellent tips sprinkled throughout the interview.  The show wraps up with us answering listener questions about gap years.  


The University of Rochester School of Medicine

Dr. Nobay's Interests & Recommendations:

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Joel Maurer

Episode 3: Dr. Joel Maurer and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Listener Questions 



May 31, 2019

Dr. Maurer is the Assistant Dean of Admissions at MSU CHM and an OB/GYN physician.  Dr. Maurer gives us an entertaining and informative discussion about the curricular highlights at MSU and their admissions process.  We conclude the show answering listener questions about activities and life experiences. 



Jenn Steffen-Kimble

Episode 4: Jenn Steffen-Kimble and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Listener Questions


May 31, 2019

Jenn Steffen-Kimble is the Director of Admissions at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  She brings a unique perspective to the admissions world as a former pre-health advisor at Georgia Tech and Emory University.  Mrs. Steffen-Kimble gives us a comprehensive view of their admissions process and unique aspects of their curriculum.   We spend the final part of the show answering listener questions about medical school interview days, what to expect, and how to prepare for them.



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Guest on The Undifferentiated Medical Student Podcast


June 3, 2019

Graduating CWRU medical student and host of "The Undifferentiated Medical Student" podcast, Dr. Ian Drummond, was kind enough to invite me to be on his show for a brief episode in conjunction with the launch of my podcast.  Have a listen and be sure to check out Ian's podcast to learn about the myriad of specialties in medicine!

The Undifferentiated Medical Student - Episode "Calling All Pre-Meds"

Episode 5: Bonus! Podcast Update & Thank You!

June 10, 2019

Paul White - JHU

Episode 6: Paul White and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Personal Statement Tips



June 17, 2019

In this episode we have a wonderful conversation with Paul White, JD, Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Mr. White has a long career in admissions with roles in several undergraduate institutions to medical schools.  Mr. White provides us with interesting insight into the JHU admissions process and highlights of the Genes to Society curriculum.  Since Mr. White and I have read literally thousands of personal statements, we wrap up our conversation with some do's and don'ts of personal statements.   



David Neumeyer

Episode 7: Dr. David Neumeyer and the Tufts University School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Shadowing & Medically-related Experiences

July 3, 2019

Dr. Neumeyer is the Dean for Admissions at Tufts and a Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Specialist.  Tufts is unveiling a new curriculum with the entering class of 2019 which we talk about along with the usual tips and advice that are sprinkled throughout these interviews.  The show wraps up with us answering listener questions about how to go about finding opportunities to shadow physicians, what to expect when you are shadowing, types of medically-related experiences, and why they are important!  


The Tufts University School of Medicine

The Maine Track

New Curriculum Overview

Dr. Neumeyer's Interests & Recommendations:


Guest on The PREMED Years Podcast

PreMed Years

July 11, 2019

Dr. Ryan Gray, host of the well-known podcast "The PREMED Years," invited me to be a guest on his show.  Dr. Gray and I have a lively conversation regarding a variety of topics about the medical school admissions process.  Have a listen here


Joel Daboub

Episode 8: Joel Daboub and the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; TMDSAS Explained

July 15, 2019


Mr. Joel Daboub is the Director of Admissions and Records at the Dell Medical School.  Dell Medical School is a relatively new medical school coming on the scene in Austin, Texas.  Mr. Daboub provides listeners with an interesting history of how the Dell Medical School was established and how it has influenced their mission.  Not only does Mr. Daboub give us some detailed insight into their admissions process, including some innovative approaches, but he also provides an easy to understand breakdown of the TMDSAS application process.   While they accept primarily residents from Texas, much of the material discussed in this episode about the application process can be applicable to any medical school applicant.   


The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School 

The Leading EDGE Curriculum

TMDSAS - Texas Medical Dental (and Veterinary) School Application Service

Texas JAMP - Joint Admission Medical Program

Mr. Daboub's Interests & Recommendations:


Coming Soon: The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and their Director of Admissions and The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and their Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management