All Access: Med School Admissions Episodes

Christian Essman

Episode 000:  Welcome!

April 20, 2019

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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
  • Choose DO Explorer – online search tool created for prospective students interested in osteopathic medicine
  • 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
  • AACOMAS – American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service
  • Pathways to Medicine

Flavia Nobay

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

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:

Podcasts & Blogs:

Joel Maurer

Episode 3: Dr. Joel Maurer and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Listener Questions about Activities & Life Experiences

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 about Interview Days

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.



Think Tank by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (   Artist:

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:


Kathi Muhlenbruk

Episode 9: Kathi Muhlenbruck and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; Listener Questions about Reapplying to Medical School

July 26, 2019

In this episode we talk with Kathi Muhlenbruck, Director of Admissions at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  Since Kathi has been in admissions for nearly 22 years and was also a pre-health advisor, she is able to give us a 360 view of the admissions process.  She hits us with some "Pre-Med Gold" tips during our discussion that everyone should here.  She walks listeners through their curriculum and, most importantly, their admissions and interview process.  Kathi and I spend time at the end of the interview to answer listener questions from applicants with concerns about reapplying to medical school.  This is a must-listen if you may be in a similar situation. 


The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

CCOM Rural Iowa Scholars Program (CRISP)

Distinction Tracks

The Short Coat Podcast

AAMC FACTS Data about Applicants to Medical School 

Kathi's Recommendations:

You can't go wrong with the MSAR!


Christina Grabkowski

Episode 10: Dr. Christina Grabkowski and the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Choosing Medical Schools

August 2, 2019

All Access takes you down south for incredibly informative conversation with Dr. Christina Grabkowski, the Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management, and Assistant Professor of Education.  Dr. Grabkowski's entire career has been in admissions - from undergraduate, graduate, and now professional school admissions.  She is also active at the national level in helping to shape admissions policies and developing new initiatives.  We conclude this episode answering listener questions around the topic of things to consider when choosing medical schools in which to apply.  Dr. Grabkowski's experience should sound like ear candy to you the listener.  Sit back, sip some sweet tea, and get informed with Dr. Grabkowski.  


The University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine

Assessing your preparedness site (excellent PDF checklist)

Rural Medical Programs

Dr. Grabkowski's Recommendations:

All of the wonderfully curated resources found on the AAMC's Aspiring Docs site.  Aspiring Docs provides resources and inspiration to help you get started on your path to medicine.


Dr. Steven Gay

Episode 11: Dr. Steven Gay and the University of Michigan Medical School; Listener Questions about Non-traditional Applicants 

August 8, 2019

All Access is taking you back to the state of Michigan to get you inside the Office of Admissions at the University of Michigan Medical School with their Assistant Dean of Admissions, Dr. Steven Gay.  Among the many topics we discuss, you will get the insight into what they are looking for (and not looking for) in their applicants.  Dr. Gay and I also spend time answering listener questions from non-traditional applicants. 


University of Michigan Medical School 

Prerequisites and Core Competencies

U-M's Evaluation of an Applicant

The Michigan Curriculum


Lina Mehta

Episode 12: Dr. Lina Mehta and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Interview Day Advice

August 15, 2019

All Access takes you inside the home of this podcast - The Office of Admissions at the CWRU School of Medicine with our Associate Dean for Admissions. As with other episodes, we discuss some of the unique curricular features and, most importantly, some of the things we value in our applicants.  Since we're on the cusp of another interview season, Dr. Mehta provides you with some of her tips for interviews and interview days. 


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

CWRU Pathways

CWRU Interprofessional Education

Doc Opera

Dr. Mehta's Recommendations:

Read and understand what Imposter Syndrome is.  Here is a research article from 2016 about Imposter Syndrome and burnout in medical students.  The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article provides some advice for overcoming this topic.  

Mindfulness and Meditation -  Insight Timer

Medication Techniques -

Fitness - Sydney Cummings Workouts (get ready to sweat!)


Melissa Friedman

Episode 13: Melissa  Friedman and Harvard Medical School; Listener Questions about Personal Statements & Interview Day Tips

August 29, 2019

All Access is taking you back to Boston to get you inside Harvard Medical School.  That's right - the Office of Admissions at Harvard Medical School with their Director of Admissions, Melissa Friedman.  We take you through some of the unique aspects of their curriculum and, most importantly, what their screening and interview process is like.  Melissa Friedman and I end the show answering listener questions about personal statements and interview day tips.


Harvard Medical School 

HMS Admissions

Pathways Program & HST (Health, Science & Technology) Program

Pathways Curriculum Video by Dr. Hundert

Melissa's Recommendations:

If you don't have a pre-health advisor, you may request one from the members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). 


Joni Krapec

Episode 14:  Back to School with Joni Krapec, Pre-Med Advisor and former Med School Director of Admissions

September 9, 2019

All Access is deviating from our regular show style and med school guests and taking you "Back to School" with a Pre-Med Advisor from the University of Chicago, Joni Krapec. Joni has a unique career background as a former Director of Admissions at a top medical school.  Dr. Mehta, CaseMed Dean of Admissions, also joins me on this episode where Joni provides us helpful insight for pre-meds and how advisors can help them through this process. 

Joni's Recommendations:

Very much like Melissa Friedman's recommendation, Joni would recommend the "Find an Advisor" resource through the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).  This site can help you identify the pre-health advisor on your campus (if you don't know who they are) or find a volunteer advisor if you do not have one at our school.  

Keme Carter
Emily Sharp-Kellar
Balaji Jothishankar





Episode 15: Dr. Keme Carter, Emily Sharp-Kellar, & Balaji Jothishankar and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

September 23, 2019

I'm bringing you multiple guests - the Admissions Team from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine!  The Dean AND Director of Admissions get in on the conversation along with a current medical student.  You will hear the student perspective about Pritzker along with some insight into the value that medical students bring to the admissions process. 


University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Scholarship & Discovery

Student-Run Free Clinics

Their Recommendations:

Dr. Carter's:  Read books about the patients they are serving in their communities!

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

Emily's: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee  

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer.

Balaji's:  Educated by Tara Westover

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties.

Podcast:  Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell.  


Darrell Nabers

Episode 16: Mr. Darrell Nabers and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Masters vs. Post-bacc Programs

October 3, 2019

All Access is talking with another med school in Chicago and is bringing you the Assistant Dean for Admissions from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.  We go pretty deep into everything Loyola offers and what they are looking for in their applicants within a Jesuit value-based institution.  We wrap up the show answering listener questions about masters vs. post-bacc programs which is a popular topic.


Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Stritch Visits

ASPIRE Program - Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence

STAR Program - The Student Training in Approaches to Research Program

Ignatian Service Immersion

AAMC Resource On Post-Bacc Programs

Post-Bacc Program Search


Coming Soon: Washington State University Elson Floyd College of Medicine later in October, among others!

Send Me Your Questions!

If you're reading this, it is highly likely that you are a pre-med student, and we know that pre-meds always have questions for admissions people.

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