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Admissions Straight Talk is a weekly discussion of what's new, thought-provoking, and useful in the world of graduate admissions. Linda Abraham, leading admissions consultant and author, covers the application process for MBA, law school, medical school, and other graduate programs.

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Admissions Straight Talk is a weekly discussion of what's new, thought-provoking, and useful in the world of graduate admissions. Linda Abraham, leading admissions consultant and author, covers the application process for MBA, law school, medical school, and other graduate programs.

    ​​Temple University’s Postbac Programs: A Plethora of Possibilities

    ​​Temple University’s Postbac Programs: A Plethora of Possibilities

    Learn how to increase your chances of acceptance to medical school or another health professions school. [Show summary]







    Caleb Marsh, Admissions Director of Temple University's CST many postbac programs explores the robust opportunities available to students preparing for medical educations and careers. 







    How can Temple University's postbac programs help you reach your career goals, and what does the Temple postbac admissions team look for in applicants? [Show notes]







    Are you considering a postbac program because your undergraduate grades are not exactly what you'd like them to be? Or perhaps because you lack required courses for the education you need to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, podiatry, pharmacy, or a physician assistant science? Pull up a chair, our guest today is head of admissions for Temple University's many postbac programs.







    Welcome to the 435th episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for joining me. This podcast is brought to you by Accepted's free guide, The A-Z of Applying to Postbac Programs, which teaches you how to apply effectively to postbac programs. That includes choosing the programs, writing strong personal statements, securing effective letters of recommendation, and more. Grab your copy here.







    Our guest today is Caleb Marsh, Admissions Director at Temple University's CST postbac programs. Caleb started his higher ed journey at Baylor University where he earned his Bachelor's of Computer Information Systems and Human Performance, as well as a Master's in Educational Administration. He began working in pre-health advising at Baylor in 2002 and continued at UT Austin and SMU before becoming Admissions Director of Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs at Temple in 2018. 







    How did you get so involved in pre-health advising with your background in computer science and human performance? [2:14]







    I wanted to actually be a coach when I was in college, and you had to pick a teaching discipline. So, I thought, "Well, I can teach computers. I enjoy computers." But my first job in college was as a student worker in a health professions advising office in which I was introduced to what life as a premed was like, which was very different from the life that I was leading as an undergraduate student. Through it and watching the journey, I just fell in love with working with health professions students and helping them go on and achieve their dreams and goals of going on to things like dental school, medical school and in a sense, being a coach along the way. So, I didn't deviate too far from the coaching aspect of things, just different sports, so to speak.







    Can you give an overview of the post-baccalaureate options at Temple University? [3:19]







    Sure. So first of all, I'll start with the two primary pathways students can take. One pathway is for students that are career changers. So, students that might have been teachers or lawyers or rabbis - all kinds of professions who decided they wanted to go back to school, pick up their prerequisite courses and go to professional school.

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    Duke Enrolls Its Strongest MBA Class Ever, Hear From Its Admissions Dean

    Duke Enrolls Its Strongest MBA Class Ever, Hear From Its Admissions Dean

    Would you like to be a member of Team Fuqua? [Show summary]







    Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, describes its collaborative MBA program and gives insight into what Duke seeks in applicants. 







    Duke Fuqua: Where decency meets diversity. [Show notes]







    You're interested in Duke’s collaborative MBA program and intrigued by its general management curriculum and the strength of its entering class as revealed by its newest class profile. But, you're also unsure how you can make your case for acceptance. Then pull up a chair. In today's podcast, Fuqua's Dean of Admissions is pulling back the curtain on what Duke seeks in applicants.







    Welcome to the 434th episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for tuning in. Before I introduce our guest, I have a question for you: are you ready to apply to your dream MBA programs? Are you competitive? Accepted's MBA admissions calculator can give you a quick reality check. Just go to accepted.com/mbaquiz, complete the quiz, and you'll not only get an assessment, but tips on how to improve your qualifications. Plus, it's all free. 







    It gives me great pleasure to welcome back to Admissions Straight Talk Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Shari earned her bachelor's at Dartmouth and her MBA at Harvard. She worked with several lead companies and in 2009 became Director of Recruitment for the Peace Corps. In 2012, she returned to the MBA world when she became the Associate Dean of MBA Admissions for Georgetown McDonough, which I think is around the time that we met. Then she joined Duke Fuqua as Associate Dean of Admissions in October 2017. Shari, welcome to Admissions Straight Talk.







    Can you give an overview of the MBA program at Duke focusing on its rather distinctive structure? [2:21]







    Sure. Absolutely. I think our curriculum is a huge asset in helping students really tailor their MBA to their specific needs and interests as they're going through the two year program. The curriculum is designed to allow students to have breadth in terms of the business fundamentals and the leadership components through the core as well as deeper specializations should they be interested with our concentrations. We have 16 concentrations, as well as certificates and our second degree which is the MSTeM, the Master's of Management Studies and Technology Management certificate.







    Each of those concentrations and certificates really allows students to customize their experience based on their career interests, or their own personal interests. Our students start their first month in the program, all in a course called the Summer Institute, and we really revamped that last year. It's a hands-on program, three courses that really emphasize how to think through business challenges critically and ethically, how to take ownership of your work, even if you're working for somebody else, and how to find ways to bring common purpose to a team as you're working together.

    • 45 min
    Would You Like to Get Rid of Your Accent in English?

    Would You Like to Get Rid of Your Accent in English?

    Is your accent in English holding you back professionally? [Show summary]







    Esther Bruhl is a speech pathologist and founder of Speak More Clearly, an accent reduction training program for non-native English speakers. In this episode she explains how accents are formed and how new ones can be learned. 







    Increase your marketability or productivity, by reducing your accent when speaking English [Show notes]







    Welcome to the 433rd episode of Admissions Straight Talk.







    Before we dive into today's interview, I want to mention a free resource at Accepted that can benefit you if you're applying to graduate school. The challenge at the heart of admissions is showing that you both fit in at your target schools and stand out in the applicant pool. Accepted's free download, Fitting In & Standing Out: The Paradox At The Heart Of Admissions will show you how to do both. Master this paradox, and you're well on your way to acceptance. You can download your free guide at accepted.com/fiso, which stands for fitting in, standing out. 







    It gives me great pleasure to have on Admissions Straight Talk for the first time Esther Bruhl, a speech pathologist who specializes in accent reduction for non-native English speakers. Esther is also the founder of Speak More Clearly, both the site and the YouTube channel, and I think she's the first guest we have had from down under, also known as Australia. 







    How did you get into the accent reduction field? [1:58]







    I'm a speech and language pathologist. I work with children who have speech and language problems, but I also work with adults who feel they can't be clear. Another speech pathologist and I started doing groups for people face to face in our clinic a long time ago, because in Australia, like in America, there are many people who have second languages. They've come from other places. In fact, in Australia, we have over 400 other languages that other people speak.







    So we started this for people who were professionals, working either on the phone or other sorts of professions - lawyers, whatever. And they were feeling not confident and not good about the fact that they couldn't be understood. People had to keep asking them to repeat themselves, et cetera, which is very frustrating actually. And so we started those at a very small level and then more and more people were coming along. She pulled out, she went on to do something else, and I just continued on. The more people we had, then we realized we had to make some courses. We originally just had audio courses, but now we have video and audio, the whole shebang, online. And that's how I started, and I got more and more interested in it as I went along. 







    I assume at this point you're mostly working with adults, no longer with children, right? [3:57]







    Oh no, I still do have a children case load.







    What causes accents? [4:09]







    Oh, I think this is a great question. When we're very, very young, and we start to learn language, we actually hear all the sounds that there are to make. When we babble, we babble all the sounds. All different sounds,

    • 45 min
    Deep Dive Into Duke Medical: An Interview With Dr. Linton Yee, Associate Dean of Admissions

    Deep Dive Into Duke Medical: An Interview With Dr. Linton Yee, Associate Dean of Admissions

    Early patient exposure and the option to pursue research or an additional degree during the program's third year, make Duke University Med School a unique choice for applicants [Show summary]







    Dr. Linton Yee, Associate Dean for Admissions at Duke University School of Medicine discusses the program’s integrative learning approach that offers students hands-on training from day one. 







    Interested in doing research during your time at medical school? Duke University School of Medicine might be the program for you. [Show notes]







    How would you like to take the entire didactic portion of medical school in the first year of medical school and spend your third year doing research or pursuing another degree? That's what students at Duke School of Medicine can do. We're going to hear from Duke School of Medicine's Associate Dean of Admissions right now.







    Welcome to the 432nd episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for tuning in.







    Are you ready to apply to your dream medical schools? Are you competitive at your target programs? Accepted's Med School Admissions Calculator can give you a quick reality check, just go to Accepted.com/medquiz, complete the quiz, and you'll not only get an assessment, but tips on how to improve your chances of acceptance. Plus, it's all free.







    Our guest today is Dr. Linton Yee, Associate Dean for Admissions at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Yee earned his bachelor's and MD at the University of Hawaii. He then did his residency in Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. From 1996 to 2007. He practiced and taught Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Hawaii and California, before taking a position at Duke University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Emergency Medicine, and a pediatric emergency room physician. He's also Duke Medical's Associate Dean for Admissions, and it's in that capacity that I have invited him back to Admissions Straight Talk for a show devoted to Duke Medical.







    Dr. Yee, can you give an overview of Duke Medical's highly distinctive curriculum? [2:11]







    We've had this curriculum in place for a number of years, and the goal is to produce leaders in medicine and also to help the applicant and the student, eventually, understand the link between clinical medicine and research, and how both of these things help to promote, advance, and improve medical practice. Our curriculum is changing right now, and we're putting in new elements in what we call ”patient first.” I think all the applicants and med students out there have to understand that the patient is the center of your universe and everything you do has to be done to improve their well-being. So we're shifting a lot of our thinking now, and actually using the immersion of the med students into the first year, from day one so you're seeing patients from day one. We're then integrating a lot of the biomedical concepts with that. So you'll have early clinical exposure, and you'll have a lot of the foundations within that first year. That first year is still your basic science year, but with a lot of clinical elements integrated in.

    • 32 min
    Are You Interested in NYU Stern?

    Are You Interested in NYU Stern?

    Get to know NYU Stern's top-notch MBA programs, and find out what Stern adcom looks for in applicants [Show summary]







    Lisa Rios, NYU Stern’s newly appointed Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions, describes NYU’s innovative MBA program and the COVID adaptations that have been made to elements of the program and its application process. 







    Interview with Lisa Rios, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern [Show notes]







    Are you interested in NYU Stern? Well, today we're interviewing the brand new assistant dean of MBA admissions at NYU Stern so tune in.







    Welcome to the 431st episode of Admissions Straight Talk, Accepted's podcast. Thanks for joining us. 







    Are you ready to apply to your dream business school? Are you competitive at your target programs? Accepted MBA admissions calculator can give you a quick reality check, just go to accepted.com/mbaquiz, complete the quiz, and you'll not only get an assessment but tips on how to improve your chances of acceptance -- plus it's all free. Again, use the calculator at accepted.com/mbaquiz, and you can obtain your free assessment right there. 







    It gives me great pleasure to have on Admissions Straight Talk for the first time Lisa Rios, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern. Lisa has been a member of the admissions team since 2008 and leads admissions for the full-time MBA programs. She has evaluated nearly 50,000 MBA applications and seen nearly 5,000 new full-time MBA students start their MBA journey during her time at Stern.







    According to Lisa, the best part of her role is that it does not feel like a job; she loves what she does. The biggest reason for this is the Sternies she works with every day. The second is the fast pace at which Stern innovates and challenges its people, including the admissions team, to ideate, try new things and continue to learn. Lisa also enjoys the travel that is part of her job, at least before COVID, and the chance to explore other cultures that comes along with it. Bombay, London, Istanbul, Tokyo, Toronto, and Beijing, are just a few of her recruiting stops, and the places that she doesn't get to visit in person, especially during the last year, she experiences through applicants’ vivid images and descriptions in their “Pick Six” visual personal expression admissions essays. Lisa, welcome to Admissions Straight Talk and congratulations on your recent promotion to Assistant Dean.







    Stern has a pretty impressive menu of MBA options. I think that's part of its innovative nature, can you give an overview of the different options? [2:43]







    Absolutely. Thank you for asking. So you're right, Stern does have a large portfolio of MBA program options available to prospective students. It runs the gamut from executive MBA, including a TRIUM program that partners with two schools on the other side of the globe to give a global experience to our students, as well as a part-time MBA program. And the areas that fall under my purview are the full-time MBA programs, which include the two year full-time MBA as well as two focused MBA programs, one in tech and one in fashion and luxury.







    Can you give an overview of the full-time program focusing on the more distinctive elements?

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    How to get an MBA from Dartmouth Tuck

    How to get an MBA from Dartmouth Tuck

    Are you smart, accomplished, aware and encouraging? Dartmouth Tuck may be the MBA program for you. [Show summary]







    Pat Harris and Amy Mitson, co-executive directors of the MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at Dartmouth Tuck, share all about the Tuck experience including its close-knit community, amazing alumni network, and unique location while offering guidance to those seeking to attend. 







    What the Tuck adcom looks for in applicants, and how to show you've got it [Show notes]







    Welcome to the 430th episode of Admissions Straight Talk, Accepted's podcast. Thanks for tuning in. 







    One of the questions applicants sometimes ask is, “Are Accepted's services worth the money?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” at least in my opinion. If you're curious as to why that's so, or why I’m convinced it’s true, check out the MBA consultant ROI calculator and find out for yourself how much not teaming with an Accepted consultant could cost you. Use the calculator and you'll see three different scenarios that you can try out. 







    It gives me great pleasure to have, on Admissions Straight Talk, Pat Harris and Amy Mitson co-executive directors of the MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Amy joined the Tuck admissions office in 2000. An attorney by education, Pat joined the Tuck MBA admissions office in 2004. Both have assumed increasing responsibilities over the years and became co-executive directors in September, 2020 -- in the midst of the pandemic. I believe I met both of them way back when Tuck hosted a conference for admissions consultants in 2005 and probably had them on our typing-only chats way back when. 







    Now it's my pleasure to have you both on for the first time. Amy and Pat, Welcome to Admissions Straight Talk.







    Can you give an overview of the full-time program focusing on its more distinctive elements? [2:36]







    Amy: The Tuck program starts with an expanded orientation for students to establish a firm foundation so they can jump into a very rigorous academic experience during their time at Tuck. It was several years ago when we redesigned the orientation program to now be called Tuck Launch and there are several components of that: integrated programming in Tuck Launch, experiential learning, as well as very specific opportunities for reflection.







    We believe this sets a stronger foundation as people jump into the core curriculum. The core curriculum at Tuck begins and weaves its way through the first year at Tuck with expanded fall term opportunities and new data analytics courses. We made some changes to the winter term to try to optimize student academics as well as recruiting, and we've gotten some very positive feedback on that. When students head into the spring term of the first-year, a distinct element of the Tuck experience is the first-year project. Many MBA programs will have a capstone project in their first year. The uniqueness of Tuck is that students have total choice of the team that they want to work with and the project that they want to work on. It could be something consulting, non-profit focused, entrepreneurial where you'd present to investo...

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