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 Enroll in our new Virtual Clinical Education Series to:

  • Shadow dozens of different medical specialties.
  • Earn extracurricular hours to boost your medical school application.
  • Collect Completion Certificates to amplify your resume and stand out when you apply to medical school.

Earn Extracurricular Credits with Virtual Shadowing Opportunities

There are more than 20 medical specialties available through the Virtual Clinical Education series. If you’ve been looking for a way to shadow a doctor in a field not available in your area, look no further. Take a look at a few of the specialties you could shadow!

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Shadowing

By shadowing a physical medicine practitioner, you’ll be able to learn some of the unique ways these doctors are improving people’s lives. Be inspired and learn from someone who is passionate about medicine and has years of experience!

You will shadow Dr. Cara Thomas. Dr. Thomas is a spinal cord injury specialist in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Her path to medical school was non-traditional since she completed her undergraduate degree in math and political philosophy at Brown University, and then her Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University. After completing a post-baccalaureate degree, Dr. Thomas attended Stony Brook for medical school. She has since trained at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida. Dr. Thomas works in the inpatient setting as a physiatrist, helping patients with a range of injuries, including spinal cord injuries. Patients are recovering from gunshot wounds or strokes.

Ophthalmology Shadowing

Numerous ophthalmologists specialize further in order to better deal with the intricacies related to the eye. In this session, you’ll follow Dr. Kelly, whose daily work as an ophthalmologist involves treating a variety of eye conditions, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Kelly explains several treatments, including medications, lasers, and surgery, for other eye disorders, such as cataracts and strabismus. Dr. Kelly works mostly in the clinic, but some ophthalmologists spend much of their time performing surgeries in operating rooms such as cataract surgery, LASIK, and retinal surgery.

James Kelly MD earned a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree at Georgetown University and completed a residency in ophthalmology at North Shore/Long Island Jewish. In addition to helping patients, Dr. Kelly guides students interested in medical school.

Urology Shadowing

A urology shadowing experience can be a fascinating experience regardless of whether or not you are interested in becoming a urologist. Learn more about urology, get some answers, and take part in lectures.

You will be shadowing Edward Chang, MD, who is currently training as a urology resident at the University of Washington. Chang received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Dr. Chang went on to receive an MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Chang is also one of the founders of, which helps students interested in medical school. He also works as an advisor for MedSchoolCoach. While Dr. Chang’s free time is spent watching sports (especially the Lakers), watching e-sports, and trying out Korean cuisine.

Calculate Your MSC Score to See Your Chances of Getting Into Medical School

All premed students have an MSC Score that identifies how competitive a medical school applicant they are. MedSchoolCoach built this calculator by drawing upon thousands of data points from real medical school applicants. The result? Now students can now determine their likelihood of acceptance into medical school. And elite students can learn how to stay ahead of the competition from other top universities.

Dr. Sahil Mehta is the creator of the Med School Competitiveness score (aka, the MSC Score) and explains how it can help medical students determine their chances of acceptance.

Why Pre-Med Students Need to Know Their MSC Score

How is the MSC Score Calculated?

Even for undergraduate students at top colleges, getting into a Top 10 med school is difficult. There are many factors involved in the application process that determine whether you will get accepted.

GPA and MCAT score are part of the calculation, but that’s just the beginning. MedSchoolCoach advisors who served on admissions committees and who have worked with thousands of students know the other key variables: Extracurriculars, research, clinical work, shadowing, volunteering, life experiences, your undergrad school, and if you’re an underrepresented minority or not.

The MSC Score calculates these variables and spits out a score for each student with an approximation of where they stand compared to other pre-meds.

The MSC Score You Need to Get Into the Medical School of Your Dreams

An MSC Score falls between a 0 to 99 (since nobody is a perfect 100).

Most students will score between 40 and 70 if they’re a good candidate for medical school. If they get a low score, it will show their likelihood of getting into any medical school at all.

Elite students seeking to get into a competitive program often score 65 and higher. For competitive students, their score shows them the importance of staying ahead of their peers if they want to get accepted into the top medical schools.

Neither high scores nor low scores account for how well a student interviews or writes a personal statement. But the score does provide a strong guide based on the student’s track-record of academics and extracurriculars.

Advice on Raising Your MSC Score to Get into a Better Medical School

By the time a student learns their MSC Score, it’s often too late to change it. There are several tricks to raise your score to make difference, though.

If a student scores poorly because of a low MCAT score, getting some MCAT tutoring and then retaking the exam and raising their MCAT score will increase their MSC score.

Let’s say a student received an MSC Score of 55. Since only about 40% of those applicants will get into school, they must be regarded as the best candidate of the students receiving that same score. They need to be the best 55 scorer. These students can achieve this by putting together a strong application, performing strong on their interview, writing an excellent personal statement, and wrapping it up into a package that breaks through the clutter

What if a student scores a remarkable 90? Amazing! So did everybody else looking to get into a top school. How did they rise to the top? Did they put together a great application? Did they score well enough to get into the elite medical school they desire? A 93 sure could provide an edge against the competition!

Once you know your score, it’s all about how you put it all together. How well you perform in the interview, how you write your personal statement, and what your narrative is – these are all skills that MedSchoolCoach physician advisers and mentors can help students bring out.

MedSchoolCoach helps students regardless of which end of the spectrum their score falls. MedSchoolCoach admissions advisors provide comprehensive help through every aspect of a student’s medical school application. Need some medical school admissions help? Let MedSchoolCoach help make your dream of becoming a physician a reality.