Trends in Medical School Enrollment

M.Megill_2Interested in a career in medicine?  You’re in luck – according to a recent news release by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), U.S. medical schools are on track to increase enrollment 30 percent from 2002 to 2017, a goal that AAMC had called for in 2006 in order to meet the medical demands of aging baby-boomers.  AAMC has projected that there will be a shortage of 90,000 primary care and specialty doctors in the U.S. by 2020.

The news was not all positive, however, as federal funding for residency positions has remained stagnant.  According to AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch, this is a problem because students studying medicine are required to complete these training programs in order to become practicing physicians.  Congress’s failure to increase funding for residency programs has caused the enrollment increases at medical schools to have only limited effectiveness at increasing the number of practicing physicians.

Given the highly competitive nature of medical school admissions, how can you best prepare yourself for acceptance?  Check out these trends in medical school admissions for some helpful hints:

1. Medical schools are implementing holistic review

While medical schools traditionally relied on GPA and MCAT scores to evaluate applicants, new research that found MCAT scores highly correlated to test takers’ race, gender and socioeconomic background has caused schools to re-think the way they review applications.  Groups like the AAMC have promoted holistic review processes where applicants’ intellectual achievement, employment experience, personal background, community service and leadership qualities, among other intangibles, are evaluated as well.   According to a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, an early proponent of holistic review, saw its 2012 entering class GPA and MCAT scores rise to 3.66 and 33.62 from 3.57 and 31.68, while students underrepresented in medicine rose to 20% from 12%.

Take away: Get involved in community programs and volunteer groups that match with your interests, especially if they are relevant to your future career in medicine. Think about attending events run by Globemed, a student group that addresses global health inequity, becoming involved in Dartmouth’s Emergency Medical Services, or volunteering at events run by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical School in order to round out your classroom interests with relevant extracurricular programs.

2. “Early assurance” programs are expanding

Schools like Dartmouth, Georgetown, Northwestern and Tufts, offer undergraduate students a chance to apply to their affiliated medical schools as rising juniors.  The goal of such programs is to allow students a chance to broaden the scope of their college academic pursuits and avoid the substantial time and energy investment students usually make studying for the MCAT exam.  Dartmouth began offering an early assurance program to Geisel in 2012-2013 and extended admission to five members of the class of 2014 through the program.

Take away: If you are sure you want to pursue a career in medicine, check out Dartmouth and other programs that offer early assurance admission as a way to reduce stress during your senior year and avoid preparation for the MCAT exam.

3. More students are taking time off before medical school

80 percent of Dartmouth students take at least one year off before attending medical school, a percentage that pre-health advisor Sarah Berger said she expects to see grow in coming years. Some students pursue academic programs to help round out their medical school applications or gain further research and lab experience, while others take time off to pursue opportunities unrelated to medicine, Berger said.

Take away: If you know you want to attend medical school, think about whether it would be helpful to take a year or more off.  This time might contribute to stronger professional skills that you can list on your application, or it might help you narrow the focus of your medical studies.

Looking for further advice about pre-health academic advising? Visit Berger at the student advising offices located on the first floor of Baker-Berry library or her colleague, Lee Witters, at his office in the Life Sciences Center.  Career services can help you to navigate your search for off-term or post-graduate internships and fellowships related to health, but see Berger and Witters for specific MCAT test preparation practice or pre-health academic planning.

Alumni Story: S. Caroline Kerr ’05, CEO for Joyce Ivy Foundation

Courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr.

Photo courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr.

S. Caroline Kerr ’05 is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs and scholarships to help young women from the Midwest attend college. At Dartmouth, Kerr majored in Sociology major modified with Women’s and Gender Studies. She also earned a minor in Education. She was also a member of Palaeopitus senior society, competed on the women’s crew team, and was Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance co-chair, among other activities.

Kerr is president of DGALA, Dartmouth’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alumni association. She has previously worked in Dartmouth’s admissions office and recently completed a master’s degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do.

I lead a non-profit organization that seeks to raise and broaden the college aspirations of talented female high schools students. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works with a variety of partner organizations across different sectors as we engage in our work.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I believe in the mission of helping to connect talented youth with educational opportunities at highly selective colleges and universities (such as Dartmouth.) I enjoy the variety in my work: developing strategy, launching new initiatives, managing a team, and thinking creatively about how we contribute to the national landscape of college access.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation works specifically in the realm of college access, and I have previously worked in college admissions and college counseling. In an entrepreneurial setting, thinking creatively about partnerships and bringing an enthusiasm to relationships with potential partners, donors, and other supporters is invaluable.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Take advantage of volunteer or internship opportunities as a way to gain exposure to the field or work of interest, and use those opportunities to build your network.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

My undergraduate courses, jobs and internships, and involvement in student organizations prepared me to work effectively with a range of colleagues. I worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office after college, and the work environment and mentoring I received prepared me well for graduate school and other professional roles. I have also been active in Dartmouth alumni leadership, such as the Alumni Council and affiliated groups, which has significantly contributed to my leadership development as well as provided me an opportunity to  stay engaged with Dartmouth.

On-Campus for Summer? Join us 6/21 for Prizes, Pics & Play

Friday, June 21, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
2nd Floor Bank of America building, 63 South Main Streetroger

Meet our new director, chat with staff, play games and learn how we can help you have a great summer! Stop by Career Services on your own or with a friend and get your career in gear in three ways:

  1. Help us give a Big Green welcome to Roger “Rog” Woolsey, our new Director!Over the course of his career, Rog, has worked as an award-winning college professor at Boston College, in senior leadership positions in the fashion, communications, and healthcare industries – and, most recently – as Director of the Career Center at Colby College. At Colby, Rog developed innovative programs ranging from LinkedIn industry alumni chats and entrepreneurship initiatives to Colby Connect, a career curriculum that takes students from first year orientation to graduation. Rog’s interests include corporate communication, integrated marketing and ice hockey (as a spectator sport).
  2. Learn how our office can help you this summer – and in the future. From workshops and programs designed specifically for ’15s to fall internship recruiting and self-exploration – we’ve got you covered.
  3. Get your game on! Participate in a few activities, eat some free food and throw your name in the hat for a few awesome prizes – including airline tickets, gift certificates and overnight hotel stays.While you are in the office, smile for the camera and get a new headshot to use on LinkedIn or social networking sites as you build a professional presence online.

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!



education-150x150TOPICS INCLUDE:

  1. Arizona Teaching Fellows are now accepting applications for our Summer 2013 program!  The FINAL deadline has been extended to April 29.
  2. Achievement First Teachers-in-Residence – Start Date:  July 2013.
  3. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL)Teacher Residency Program and/or Staff positions
  4. The National School Climate Certification
  5. Tutor Clearinghouse/Academic Skills Center @ Dartmouth:
  6. What Can I Do With my Teacher Education Program?
  7. School Spring has many Summer Opportunities all over the USA
  8. Program Support Intern for TNTP AmeriCorps (Summer 2013)


  1. Arizona Teaching Fellows are now accepting applications for our Summer 2013 program!  The FINAL application deadline has been extended to April 29. Apply and interview as soon as possible to secure your candidacy.
  2. Achievement First – Start Date:  July 2013.  Teachers-in-Residence are exposed to best practices in education reform, gain hands-on experience in the classroom assisting teachers and learn about the administration of a high-performing charter school.
  3. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL)Teacher Residency Program and/or Staff positions – is a non-profit organization that improves student achievement in Chicago’s chronically failing schools through a disciplined turnaround process, built on a foundation of specially-trained AUSL teachers. There are a variety of ways to work with AUSL in providing real change for the children of Chicago.
  4. The National School Climate Certification is an advanced educational credential that complements, but does not replace, a State’s teacher/administrator license.
  5. Tutor Clearinghouse/Academic Skills Center @ Dartmouth:  accepts applications year round.  Great way to help our fellow students and get some extra practice in the subjects you know well.
  6. What Can I Do With my Teacher Education Program?  Here’s a great site which outlines all the different roles within an educational environment. Not every person is a “classroom teacher”:
  7. School Spring has many Summer Opportunities all over the USA – the Employment source for Educators.  Check out the result of this search:
  8. Program Support Intern for TNTP AmeriCorps (Summer 2013) – Part-time for 30-35 hours/week from June through August, supporting the Teaching Fellows Program.

For more information on a career in Education:

To make an appointment with a Career Advisor call:  603-646-2215


Open to ALL Students!

  • Meet recruiters and make valuable contacts for the future
  • Learn about the culture, structure and opportunities in different organizations and careers
  • Hear what a typical day on the job entails (hours, responsibilities, work environment, tools)
  • Discover which skills you’ll need for each position and how employers will help you develop professionally
  • Ask questions, such as what they seek in a resume and how you should prepare for interviews

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*When you RSVP, we notify our guest speakers of your intent so they plan accordingly. Upon registering for an info session, you will receive an email from with a cancellation link.  If you find later on that you are unable to attend, be sure to use this link to cancel your RSVP.

*Recommended Student Attire: Business Casual

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 2 at 7pm in Haldeman 041

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding job? Interested in healthcare? How about technology? Then Epic is the place for you! Seniors are encouraged to attend, but all years are welcome!
What: Epic is a leading healthcare software company in Madison, WI that is revolutionizing the way patients receive care. We are seeking bright, talented, and motivated individuals from all majors to join our team and make a difference. Come to this informal information session and hear Molly Khalil ’12* talk about the company and her experience transitioning from Dartmouth to Epic. Why: Here at Epic, you have the chance improve patient care and lives. Don’t you want to do something Epic? (*Molly graduated in 2012 with a bachelors in Psychology. She was captain of the varsity softball team and a member of Tri Delta sorority.)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 3 at 7pm in Carson L01

Interested in helping youth, but not committed to teaching yet? Not sure what you want to do after graduation? Looking for a rewarding gap year opportunity? City Year is an organization that puts talented young adults in under resourced schools to mentor and tutor students with the goal of getting and keeping students on track to graduate high school. With one year of your life, you could drastically change the lives of young students. For more information, join us for an informal info session to learn more and see why you should apply!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 4 at 7pm in Carson L02

Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime and offers two years of international development experience immediately upon graduation. The application process takes 9 – 12 months from the day you apply to your date of departure; so NOW is the time to start preparing! Stop by the Peace Corps Info Session at Dartmouth  to learn about Volunteer experiences from a local Recruiter and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Learn about current sustainable development project opportunities in the field. We are working in emerging and essential areas such as sustainable agriculture and microfinance, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Imagine where Peace Corps service can take you and your career!

Questions? Email

Alumni Conversations: Charles Li, Manager of Mobile Strategy at EF Education First (Part 2)

This is part two of our interview with Charles Li ’12. In our first installment, he spoke about EF (Education First), a leading private education company.

Picture of Charles Li '12 for Interview on EF Fellow Program

In today’s installment Charles, who is part of the EF360 Global Management Trainee program, explains how Dartmouth prepared him for his work at EF and why he likes his job.

1. How did your Dartmouth Education prepare you for the work at EF?

I learned everything from economics to drawing to skeet shooting at Dartmouth. Overall, I learned three things both inside and outside the classroom that I put to work every single day:

  1. How to work in a team,
  2. How to creatively solve problems, and
  3. How to become a leader.

My group projects were invaluable. My out-of-class experience in a fraternity was also helpful. Even in college before I worked in mobile, I was always buying the latest phone.  I think I went through seven different phones in one year.  My economic studies got me interested in the business of this particular industry.

2. What’s the most challenging aspect of your current position?

There is not a huge amount of structure inside EF, which is sometimes challenging. It’s up to everyone on the team (34,000 people around the world) to take a great deal of initiative to find solutions to the business challenges they face. You have a mentor you can ask for advice when you need it, but it’s up to you to make things happen.

3. What are the tangible results or rewards of the work that you do?

In addition to seeing progress on the products we’re creating, it is exceptionally rewarding to see the team come together since we’re building it from the ground up. I also really appreciate the opportunity to support a company with a mission to break down barriers of education, language and culture. EF’s mission is particularly meaningful to me as my parents worked in education.

4. What are you working on right now?

I am currently recruiting a mobile development team that will bring programmers and designers together to work on new initiatives. As a global society, we are increasingly using mobile technologies over traditional desktop PCs and mobile usage is expected to overtake desktop usage by 2015.  Our mission is to break down barriers of culture, geography and language. 

5. What’s been the most interesting project you’ve worked on at EF?

My current project with mobile applications is the most interesting one I have worked on in my five months at EF. I get to brainstorm ideas for apps and then hire the people to make it happen. I’m learning a lot about management, hiring, and product development; essentially I’m learning how to transform ideas into tangible user experiences, and then bringing those ideas to life.

6. Where have you traveled?

In the past five months, I have been to London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Shanghai. I am exceptionally grateful for these opportunities. You definitely want to have a passport before you apply to EF. At EF, experiential learning and travel is an essential component of education.

7. In your opinion, what’s the most important thing that students can do as undergraduates if they are interested in working in the consulting field?

Use your time at Dartmouth to find opportunities to solve problems creatively. My position is all about coming up with creative solutions – and implementing them! Sometimes this skill is easier gained in the real world, through internships or by launching some sort of initiative that is meaningful to you, rather than in the classroom. My advice would be to get out there and see the world, learn about education, and always attempt to find ways to hone your creative problem solving skills.

8. What’s the one question that most people don’t ask you that they really should?

What are your hobbies? I am an audiophile. I am obsessed with music. I am now obsessed with technology. I keep on buying and selling phones because they fascinate me. I use them, I explore them, and I sell them when I have learned how they do and don’t work. Now I get to do this as part of my work, too.

9. Any parting advice in two sentences or less?

When you look at jobs, make sure the mission speaks to you – and where you can see your role as helping to drive that mission forward.

Alumni Conversations: Charles Li, Manager of Mobile Strategy at EF Education First (Part 1)

EF Education First, commonly referred to as EF, is a leading private education company, offering “every imaginable way to learn a language, travel abroad, experience another culture, or earn an academic degree.”

EF recruits at Dartmouth for the EF360 Global Management Trainee program, a hands-on program that provides one-on-one mentoring with senior leaders, the opportunity to learn the company’s unique entrepreneurial style, and the chance to oversee a major project central to EF’s business.

We sat down with economics major Charles Li ’12, an EF360 Global Management Trainee, to learn about his work and get advice on best practices to prepare for this type of unconventional management track program.

1. Tell me about the EF360 program.

For the 360 global management training program, you work with a senior executive who serves as your mentor and guide, and you begin by rotating through departments such as sales, marketing, finance and operations.   Trainees then work with their mentors to identify a challenging project or projects to lead which will have a tangible impact on EF’s business, and you spend the remainder of your first year as a 360 implementing those projects.

2. Describe your job.

Everyone’s career path is unique. I’m fascinated by mobile technology and did a great team project on mobile application development while at Dartmouth. I now work as a Manager of Mobile Strategy, and my 360 project within EF is focused on recruiting mobile developers and other “digital natives” to help drive our mobile business objectives.

Many management training programs at other corporations hire a large number of people to work in specific positions and weed out based on performance. The EF360 program works in reverse.  They hire a small number of people, identify their strengths, and groom them to fit a position that capitalizes on their interests and the company’s needs. Because we travel to each of EF’s global headquarters for training, we have an opportunity to work closely with a small group of management trainees who share a passion for education and the company cause. Yet at the same time, each EF360 is working on his or her own unique project.

3. What’s most surprised you about the position?

The level of responsibility. After four months, I am already hiring a team. I’m grateful for the responsibility.  It demonstrates a level of trust that EF has in its recruits, and that trust naturally supports creativity and collaboration both within teams and across product lines. 

4. Is it necessary to have advanced coursework in Economics, Education, or any particular subject area to join the EF360 program?

Absolutely not. We don’t hire skills, we hire people. We recruit at Dartmouth because graduates have the leadership skills, problem solving ability, and a can-do attitude.  The recruiters here would rather find someone with a passion for education, travel, and learning languages, and the ability to problem solve, than someone who is an expert at one skill and only one skill.

5. EF is known for having a really unique interviewing process? Can you describe this, and share a few tips on how to best prepare?

EF is looking for creative thinkers. I was asked “what is the best business to create using the items in this hypothetical box?”  I created a business plan.

Once you make the interview round, you begin a series of meetings with key leaders across EF business units.  You do not receive a schedule of meetings before you arrive at EF.  The first few interviews focus on identifying your strengths and specific areas of interest.  Then you meet with executives within several specific products with whom they think you will have the greatest synergy.

The best advice I have is to simply be yourself.  Hopefully you’ll bring a love of learning and a passion for education and travel to the interview too.


Topics include: 

  1. Edventure More – Curriculum Development Intern
  2. Overland Summer Program Leaders – DEADLINE Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
  3. Master of Arts in Teaching, Brandeis University – Open House January 31, 2013
  4. Match Teacher Residency (Post-Grad) – 2 year program
  5. Teach English Abroad – some basic questions to ask your potential employer.
  6. Education Sector – an Educational Think Tank
  7. Achievement First Schools (Post-Grad) – closing the achievement gap one student at a time
  8. Teach for America – next DEADLINE is January 11, 2013.
  9. Eduventures – Internships in Research/Consulting or Marketing for Higher Education
  10. Math for America Fellowship (Post-Grad) – DEADLINE:  February 5, 2013


1)      Edventure More – Curriculum Development Intern.  Working with the Curriculum Manager, learn the ins and outs of curriculum development.

2)      Overland Summer Program Leaders – DEADLINE Dec. 10, 2012.  Great opportunity to learn some teaching skills, group management, and have fun at the same time!

3)      Master of Arts in Teaching, Brandeis University – Do you care about Social Justice?  Become a Teacher and change the world! Come to the Open House on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

4)      Match Teacher Residency (Post-Grad) – 2 year program to train and support rookie teachers.

5)      Teach English Abroad – be careful when looking into these programs; this link provides some great questions to ask that will help you evaluate offers and protect yourself.

6)      Education Sector – an Educational Think Tank.  Do you want to make a difference in regards to educational policy and/or reform?  Check out this organization:

7)      Achievement First Schools (Post-Grad) – this organization hired 250+ new graduates for the 2012-2013 school year.  Keep an eye on this website for future opportunities:

8)      Teach for America (TFA) – are you considering applying to TFA?  The next application deadline is January 11, 2013.  Use the interim time wisely to construct an excellent application.

9)      Eduventures – Internships in Research/Consulting or Marketing for Higher Education. Learn about the business involved in education.

10)   Math for America Fellowship (Post-Grad) for graduates who are interested in teaching Math and science.  Application is now open.  DEADLINE:  February 5, 2013

For more information on Education:

To make an appointment with an Advisor, call 603-646-2215


‘13s make note of the deadlines in the following opportunities; ‘14s, ’15s & ’16s get an idea of what you have to look forward to in pursuing a future in education.

  1. NYC Teaching Fellow – (POST-GRAD) Fellowship Program
  2. Math for America Fellowship (POST-GRAD)
  3. Teach Kentucky – (POST-GRAD)
  4. Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program – (3 year POST-GRAD commitment)
  5. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Boston University – (POST-GRAD)
  6. CIEE: the Council on International Educational Exchange – teach English abroad
  7. The National Education Association (NEA) – Student Membership Program
  8. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) – nationwide opportunities for Independent Schools
  9. Stratton Mountain School – (POST-GRAD) Tutor for 7th to 9th grade
  10. St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA – (POST-GRAD)
  11. Association for Experiential Education – learn the benefits of student members


1.      NYC Teaching Fellow – (POST-GRAD) Fellowship Program.  DEADLINE for application Nov. 5, 2012 for 2013 Fellows Program.

2.      Math for America Fellowship (POST-GRAD) – want to teach math and/or science?  Check out the post-graduate program available:

3.      Teach Kentucky – (POST-GRAD).  A multi-step application process including the Praxis II exam.  Be prepared and start preparing now.  DEADLINE March, 2013

4.      Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program – (3 year POST-GRAD commitment). Make a difference in the children’s lives. 

5.      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Boston University – (POST-GRAD).  Prepare to become a classroom teacher in as little as 12-months.

6.      CIEE: the Council on International Educational Exchange – teach English abroad in one of 7 countries.

7.      The National Education Association (NEA) – Student Membership Program. Learn about the benefits at

8.      National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) – stay in touch with opportunities with Independent Schools all around the country.

9.      Stratton Mountain School – (POST-GRAD) Tutor for 7th to 9th grade from late November to early March.  Located in prime ski country.

10.  St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA – (POST-GRAD) Assistant Athletic Director, Head Girls’ Varsity Hockey Coach.

11.  Association for Experiential Education – learn the benefits of student members for only $55/year.

For more information on the Career Field of Education, go to:

For an Appointment with an Advisor call:  603-646-2215


Topics include:

  1. Today is:  World Teachers’ Day, Oct 5th!
  2. United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – a worldwide educational mission
  3. Speaker:  Tracy Packiam Alloway, Oct 18, 2012 @ 4PM
  4. Student Volunteer Program – United States Department of Education
  5. Montessori Education – learn what it is and how to become involved
  6. Educational Outreach – outreach opportunities available through the Reading Brains lab.
  7. Success Academic Charter Schools, NYC – several opportunities available through DartBoard
  8. Reading Brains laboratory – undergraduate and graduate positions available on campus.
  9. Teacher Education Program at Dartmouth – What the program is & how to apply.


1. World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

2. United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

3.  Speaker:  Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ph.D Dept. of Psychology, UNF

Working Memory and Learning: Why Does It Matter?
18 October 2012, 4:00 PM, B03 Moore Hall.
Refreshments will be served. Open to all.

4. Student Volunteer Program – United States Department of Education. Learn about the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure quality education is delivered in this country. and

5. Montessori Education – Member Organizations & Teacher Training Courses (world wide).

6. Educational Outreach – there are a number of ways by which students can reach out to the local communities while gaining valuable experience and knowledge of the educational system.  Check out the opportunities:

7.  Success Academy Charter Schools – NYC.  K-6th Grade (soon 7th & 8th will be added). Check out the numerous opportunities available through DartBoard

8. Reading Brains LabDepartment of Education:  positions and opportunities available for both undergraduate & graduate students:

9. Teacher Education Program @ Dartmouth:  Apply early in your college program – applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to ensure a spot in the program and to guarantee that applicants will be able to fulfill program requirements while enjoying a rich and varied college experience.

For more information on Education as a profession, check out:


To make an appointment to speak with an Advisor, call 603-646-2215.