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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.

Admissions Straight Talk Linda Abraham

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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.

    Why Is This Successful Leader Investing In an Oxford Said Executive MBA?

    Why Is This Successful Leader Investing In an Oxford Said Executive MBA?

    The intersection of business and human rights led to the Oxford Said EMBA [Show Summary]

    Anthony Triolo is a champion of social justice with an impressive work history serving countries all over the globe. He’s currently earning his Executive MBA at Oxford Said and shares what led him to the program and how he intends to incorporate his learning in the next steps of his career journey. 

    Interview with Anthony Triolo, Oxford Said Executive MBA candidate [Show Notes]

    Thanks for joining me for this, the 454th episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Before I dive into today's interview, I want to invite you to download Ace The EMBA, Expert Advice For The Rising Executive. This free guide will compliment today's podcast and give you suggestions on how to choose the right EMBA program for you, how to differentiate yourself from your competition - in a positive way - and how to present yourself effectively as a business leader who will bring credit to any program that accepts you. Download Ace The EMBA.

    I'd like to welcome to Admissions Straight Talk, Anthony Triolo. Anthony has an absolutely fascinating background. After graduating from Yale with a bachelor's in history and political science in 2000, he went on to work on the Truth And Reconciliation Commission for Sierra Leone, where he worked from 2003-2009 in differing roles, all relating to justice.

    He then worked as a Senior Associate for the UN’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon at the Hague. After serving in additional roles related to international law and justice, he became the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina in 2020. While all the above is extremely impressive and interesting, he has been invited to Admissions Straight Talk because he recently began his Executive MBA at the Oxford Said Business School as an Executive MBA Director Awardee, which earned him a sizable financial award. 

    Let's get right to it. In preparing for the call, I saw the phrase “transitional justice”, several times in your bios and in your work. So I have to ask you, what is transitional justice? [2:35]

    Transitional justice is a way to help societies who are grappling with the legacy of massive human rights abuses confront their past so they can move forward and have a more prosperous future. We usually talk about transitional justice in the post-conflict setting. I've worked on transitional justice initiatives on a global scale and usually what that means is prosecuting individuals who were responsible for war crimes that were committed during the conflict. It's about truth telling, telling the story of what happened during the conflict and making recommendations for the way forward. It's about reparative justice for the victims, and it's about institutional reform. How do we repair what was broken and make it better so that the occurrence of violence doesn't happen again? In reality, transitional justice is not only limited to post-conflict societies. It includes all societies across the board, including the U.S.

    Given your career progress to date, why did you decide to even consider an Executive MBA? [3:51]

    I'm 20 years into my professional career, and I'm sort of reading the tea leaves.

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    How to Get Into an MD/PhD Program

    How to Get Into an MD/PhD Program

    Applying to MD/PhD programs? Here's what you need to know [Show Summary]

    Dr. Herman “Flash” Gordon, an Accepted consultant and former chair of the University of Arizona Tucson College of Medicine's admissions committee, provides a deep dive into the application process for MD/PhD programs, highlighting crucial preparation tips. 

    Interview with Dr. Herman “Flash” Gordon [Show Notes]

    Welcome to the 453rd episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for tuning in. Do you want to get accepted to medical school this cycle? We have a webinar that's just perfect for you. You're invited to the webinar titled Start Medical School in 2023: How to Get Accepted This Year. Watch the webinar here.

    Our guest today is Dr. Herman AKA "Flash" Gordon, Accepted consultant and former chair of the University of Arizona Tucson College of Medicine's admissions committee. Dr. Gordon also served on PhD admissions committees while at the University of Arizona. Since joining Accepted, he's guided clients to acceptance at MD, PhD, and MD/PhD programs, sometimes to several acceptances at those programs. Dr. Gordon has been on Admissions Straight Talk several times in the past, and it's my distinct pleasure to have him on again today. 

    We're going to focus this show on MD/PhD admissions. How and when did you get involved in med school admissions and then specifically the MD/PhD world? [1:58]

    I started on the University of Arizona admissions committee about a decade ago. It was one of these things that's like, "Oh, it's your turn to take on a big service job." I knew nothing about what I was getting into, although I was teaching med students. It was interesting. I very quickly learned that it was actually a great committee and that for everyone who was on it, they felt like it was the best service they had ever done. It's a major responsibility, you're determining people's futures, you're shaping the class that you're going to teach, it's just a great opportunity. And you're doing positive things; it's not like a disciplinary committee or something like that.

    How long were you the chair of the committee and roughly how many applications did you evaluate in that period? [3:06]

    I was on the committee for four years, and I was chair for the last two years. At the committee level, about 600 applications make it through the interview and then go on to the full committee. So that's 600 a year of which, as chair, you have to look at all of those. But when you're on a subcommittee, or at least we ran with subcommittees, then you get about a fifth of those, so 120 or so. It's a lot of work. For a typical admissions committee member, it's about 200 hours which is a lot. As chair, it's probably closer to 600.

    Although I had done PhD admissions in neuroscience, I was new to how the MD/PhD admissions worked. Different schools do it differently. At the University of Arizona, there was a separate MD/PhD committee and both that committee and the regular MD committee had to accept the applicant. So it was this sort of parallel process. At some schools, the MD/PhD committee has more autonomy, you have an allotted number of slots and get to fill them however you want...

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    Get Accepted to UT Austin McCombs

    Get Accepted to UT Austin McCombs

    An overview of the UT McCombs MBA program and what you need to know to get accepted [Show Summary]

    Rodrigo Malta, UT Austin’s Director of Admissions highlights key factors that make the UT McCombs full time MBA program attractive to many. He discusses what students can expect from a virtual admissions process and gives tips he’s gleaned from his 10+ years in his role. 

    Interview with Rodrigo Malta, Managing Director, MBA Recruitment and Admissions at UT McCombs [Show Notes]

    Welcome to the 452nd episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for listening. Are you debating whether to apply during Round 3 of this year or Round 1 of next year? It's a great question, and there are pros and cons to each position. Join me on January 20th at 10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 PM Eastern for our next MBA Admissions webinar when I'm going to dive deep into who should apply Round 3 and who would be better off waiting until next year. You can reserve your free seat for this webinar, our first MBA webinar of 2022 at accepted.com/round3. 

    It gives me great pleasure to have, for the first time on Admissions Straight Talk, Rodrigo Malta, Managing Director, MBA Recruitment and Admissions at UT Austin McCombs. Rodrigo earned his bachelor's at Missouri State and his MBA from UT Austin McCombs in 2007. He started working in MBA admissions at McCombs in 2008 and became the Managing Director in 2010. In addition to his duties at UT Austin, Rodrigo is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, of Salesforce’s Recruitment and the Admissions Advisory Council and he's also UT's representative on the Graduate Management Admission Council. Rodrigo, welcome to Admissions Straight Talk. It's a pleasure to have you on the show.

    Can you give us a basic overview of the full-time MBA program at UT, focusing on its more distinctive elements? [2:29]

    Thank you, Linda, for giving me the opportunity to share a little bit about Texas McCombs. I'm going to speak and share information primarily about our two-year MBA program at our Austin, Texas, campus. 

    For the full-time MBA program in particular, I think there are three distinctive elements that I would like the listeners to know about as they're considering different business schools to pursue their studies.

    First, it’s a highly flexible and deep curriculum that we have for our full-time MBA students. So coming in, we bring in a class of about 260 students from a variety of walks of life and educational and professional backgrounds. It is really important for us to ensure they have kind of that core business foundation, the core classes. You do all your core classes, the majority of that first semester, together in cohorts. We divide those 260 students into four cohorts, and everybody gets that solid academic business foundation to then explore 100+ electives that we have across 20 concentrations in classes that you can take at the business school and outside the business school. This highly flexible and deep curriculum where over 70% of the program itself is self-selected coursework is one of the highlights of our program.

    The second highlight that I want to share with the listeners are the people. We have amazing individuals pursuing their dreams here at Texas McCom...

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    An Interview with UW School of Medicine’s Admissions Dean: Dr. LeeAnna Muzquiz

    An Interview with UW School of Medicine’s Admissions Dean: Dr. LeeAnna Muzquiz

    All about the distinctive program at UWSOM and how to get accepted [Show Summary]

    Dr. LeeAnna Muzquiz, Associate Dean for Admissions at UWSOM gives an in-depth look at the top ranking program, highlighting adaptations that have been made as a result of the pandemic and outlining each step of the University of Washington’s admissions process. 

    Interview with University of Washington School of Medicine’s Dean of Admissions, Dr. LeeAnna Muzquiz [Show Notes]

    Welcome to the 451st 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 get 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. LeeAnna Muzquiz, UWSOM's Associate Dean for Admissions. Dr. Muzquiz graduated from UWSOM in 2000 and received a Native American Center of Excellence certificate for successful completion of the Indian Health Pathway at UW. She did her residency at the Seattle Indian Health Board Clinic through the Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program in Seattle and was chief president from 2002 to 2003. She has tribal citizenship with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the CSKT, in Montana. She worked as a family physician with a CSKT since 2003, and in 2011 became the medical director for CSKT Tribal Health. She's also taught medical students and physician assistant students for UWSOM for the past 12 years. She assumed the role of Associate Dean in 2018 after serving as Assistant Dean for approximately one year. 

    Can you give an overview of UW’s curriculum focusing on the more distinctive elements? [2:32]

    It's a fairly complex starter. We had a curriculum revision in 2015 where we really embraced the idea of clinical experiences early and often, incorporating that into a block style of curriculum taught over three different phases. We have our first phase, which is our foundation phase, which is mostly the basic sciences incorporated into a clinical experience way of presenting material. students get the opportunity to really learn basic science through some traditional lecture format and small group work, but are also assigned to do early clinical experiences with a primary care practicum and link to some mentorship early, as well as learning their clinical skills right at the outset of the start of medical school. Then they're able to take the basic science knowledge and the pathophysiology and apply that to patient care and see it in action, in real life. It really helps set that foundational knowledge. That lasts for roughly 18 to 24 months, because we're starting our year earlier actually coming up for the class entering in 2022. That lasts for the first part of medical school, and then the second phase is our clerkship phase, which is where folks do the traditional clerkships required. It's essentially the third year of clerkships, where it's the foundational family medicine, OB-GYN, surgery, internal medicine, psychiatry, etc. The final phase is the explore and focus phase. That's where we do our elective rotations. So there's a little bit more flexibility.

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    Encore: How to Get into Kaiser Permanente Medical School – Warning It’s Tough!

    Encore: How to Get into Kaiser Permanente Medical School – Warning It’s Tough!

    I am swamped now with clients facing early January deadlines so I decided to end 2021 with one of our most popular shows of the year, my interview with Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Dr. Lindia Wllies-Jacobo.The Kaiser Permanente School has not yet graduated its first class, but with its tuition-free approach, dedication to social equity, and emphasis on small-group learning, it has an acceptance rate of roughly 1% and is third on Accepted’s medical school selectivity index. It is very hard to get into.

    However, in this excellent and very popular interview, Dr. Willies-Jacobo lays out clearly what Kaiser Permanente is looking for.

    As we put away or throw out our calendars from 2021 and turn to 2022, I also want to share a few thoughts. When New Years Day comes and goes, some of us ignore the milestone, but many look back - and look forward. Whether your 2021 was a good one or bad one, I hope that AST’s listeners will muster their courage and determination, their positivity and ability, to plan to create a better year, a better future for themselves and the world. To paraphrase Stanford GSB’s motto “Improve lives. Improve organizations. Improve the world.” Again, thank you for listening to the podcast. I wish you much success in this brand new, exciting year ahead.

    Now the interview with Dr. Lindia Willies-Jacobo of Kaiser Permanente Tyson School of Medicine.

    For the complete show notes, check out the original blog post.

    Related links:

    * Kaiser Permanente’s Tyson School of Medicine’s website* The Medical School Selectivity Index* Matching Your Values to the Medical School Mission Statement* Accepted’s Medical Admissions Consulting

    Related shows:

    * Are You Rushing to Attend Rush Medical College?* How to Get Accepted to Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin* How To Get Accepted to University of Illinois College of Medicine* All About BU School of Medicine, a Social Justice-Minded Med School* What Med School Applicants Must Kno...

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    Encore: Are You Interested in NYU Stern? [Episode 449]

    Encore: Are You Interested in NYU Stern? [Episode 449]

    It’s a busy time of year now. We here at Accepted are busy helping applicants with the end-of-the-year application crunch and enjoying the company of family.

    Perhaps adding to your happiness, you are planning a move to a new location after an acceptance. Or perhaps you’re not yet at that happy stage; you’re knee-deep in essay writing because your applications are due in January. Or maybe you are wisely planning ahead for a 2022 application with the intention to matriculate in 2023 – you’re preparing for your aptitude test and working to raise your GPA or get relevant experience.

    Wherever you are in the application process, now is a great time for an encore show. Since it was one of the most popular MBA admissions interviews of 2021, I decided to replay the excellent interview provided by Lisa Rios, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern School of Business.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you for listening week in and week out, or whenever you find a show you like.

    I also want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year, filled with the realization of your educational and professional dreams, and of course acceptances.

    For the complete show notes, check out the original blog post.

    Related links:

    * NYU Stern’s website* NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines [2021-2022] & Class Profile* Top STEM MBA Programs: A Comprehensive List and Overview of STEM-OPT Eligible B-Schools* Why MBA? a free guide* Accepted’s MBA Admissions Consulting Services

    Related shows:

    * An Interview with Dartmouth Tuck’s Former Admissions Director, Luke Pena* NYU Stern: An Insider’s Perspective on Getting Accepted* How to Get a CMU Tepper MBA* All About Becoming a Georgetown McDonough MBA* Wake Up to Your Amazing Career Possibilities* NYU Stern’s New Online Masters in Quantitative Management

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ShelbieJean ,

Very informative— A must listen

I first tuned in on the episode All About Duke’s Top-Ranked PA Program. There was various information presented that reached a good depth of understanding. Since that episode I have cycled back through other episodes and tune in on my daily commute to work. Thank you for sharing this knowledge!

megan@podcastingyou ,

Such a Great Resource!

Linda does such a good job covering a variety of topics. Her guests offer awesome advice as well. I would recommend this show to anyone looking to learn more about admissions!

CC_Babi ,

I wish this existed when I was younger!

Linda provides so much valuable information on the college admissions process. I just wish this resource existed when I was younger! So glad to refer this show to anyone who has a family member going to college soon because this show answers so many questions. -Valerie Zaric

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