Recent CCNY Grad Pens Medical School Admissions Guide

October 8, 2013 | City College

Alexa Mieses, a 2011 CCNY alumna, has written a guide book on how to apply for medical school from a student’s perspective.

It took just 30 days to write, but author Alexa Mieses, a standout member of The City College of New York’s Class of 2011, considers “The Heartbeat of Success: A Med Student’s Guide to Med School Admissions” a rarity among how-to-books for medical school.

“There are numerous medical school guide books out there, but few written by a medical student,” said Ms. Mieses, now a second-year student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Hospital), whose self-published book was released October 7. “What I tried to offer is professional advice from a student’s perspective.”

The 166-page text is a step-by-step guide to preparing a successful medical school application, and is based on her own experience getting into Mount Sinai. Topics include requesting letters of recommendation, preparing for the Medical College Admission Test and what to do on medical school interviews. The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats at createspace.com and amazon.com.

Dr. Irwin Dannis, MD, who co-wrote the book’s foreword with Dr. Lynne Holden, MD, called it “the most complete guide to medical college entrance I have ever seen.” He added that it would be a great help to minority candidates, who have “received a paucity of guidance.”

At City College, where she earned a BS in biology, magna cum laude, Ms. Mieses was a J.K. Watson Fellow and Salk Scholar.

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