After 15+ years and thousands of applicants, we know what works and what doesn't, and we're able to help our students learn to articulate what makes them unique and help them get in above and beyond where their stats may predict.
We'll talk about your goals, your stats, and what you need to do to get in.
A great application starts with a great strategy, followed by breaking down what you need to do week by week.
We go beyond grades and test scores to help you choose a list of schools that match your goals and fit your preferences.
We help you tell your story as well as possible, from brainstorming through the final read.
Our mock admissions committee will give you honest feedback about your final product before you submit the real application.
Our mock interviews closely mimic interview day, whether that's a traditional interview, MMI, panel interview, or any other type.
You're not just a number; we send you encouragement, check in often to make sure you're on track, and celebrate when you finally get in.
Over the past ten years of working in Graduate Medical Education, Ali has reviewed thousands of applications from future physicians and interviewed several hundred more. She has personally counseled dozens through the application, interview, and selection processes and works closely with physicians who interview as part of UCSD's School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
Debra is a professed Luddite (she wrote her dissertation by hand), book lover, and sports fan. She earned her B.A. in English at Emory University where she stayed to work on a Ph.D. in comparative literature. Now an associate professor of English at San Diego Mesa College and Mira Costa College, Debra enjoys working with students to help them find their voices as critical thinkers and writers.
Ryan earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University, Ohio University, and San Diego State University. Before working full-time for Passport, he worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found.
On February 12th, it was announced that Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) will now be graded on a pass/fail basis, as opposed to a numerical score. According to the official announcement, the change will be phased in over the next 11-24 months.
Imagine sending one email and getting rejected from every single residency program. Ex-communicated with the click of a button.
Picture this: you walk into the operating room and your surgeon tells you it's her first operation. You wouldn't be thrilled about that, would you? At Passport, we believe in the value of experience in helping students achieve their goals. Our senior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 16 years. Our junior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 5 years.
Our guarantee is that if for any reason you don't match, we work with you to scramble and/or apply again for free. How much help we give for free depends on: 1) what services we determine you need in order to get in this next time, 2) which package you purchased from us originally, and 3) whether you followed our advice the first time you applied. Our goal with these conditions is NOT to prevent students from getting our guarantee (unlike many of the companies we hear about), but it's to make sure that the plan we put in place is going to work to help you scramble or get you in the following cycle.
It's never too early (well, okay, we know some parents get admissions consulting for their toddlers, so yeah, there is such a thing as TOO EARLY). But seriously, it can't hurt to meet us and ask that question. We would rather tell you to wait a year or two before working with us than to have you sign up too late and for us not to have enough time to make a difference with you.
About six months before they apply to residency.
Passport's personalized school selection process is more than just GPA and test scores. It's about understanding a fit between your preferences and personality and the schools and programs to which you're applying. Though we've collected gobs of data on the various programs we help our students apply to, we help you choose schools by understanding your hopes and aspirations and finding a range of programs that match.
Yes, and we don't charge extra. It doesn't make sense to us to pay for something up front if you're going to use it over several months or even years.
We deliberately limit the number of students we work with so that: a) we can deliver better service, and b) so we don't get too busy during the busiest times of the admissions calendar.
Admissions consulting is like coaching: you have to listen to the coach in order to improve and achieve your goals. So we at Passport are fundamentally looking for people who will follow our advice and give their all to achieving their goals. We believe that at its best, the admissions process is a journey of self-discovery. We love to help students who see it the same way. You don't have to be thrilled about writing essays to work with Passport, but you have to be willing to put in the work. At the end of the day, we're looking for students who trust us: to have your best interest at heart, to guide you to the best of our ability, to give you honest feedback that will help you improve. And in the end, we want what you want: for you to get in to the school(s) of your dreams.
At most admissions companies, you never meet your editor. You send them your work and a few days later you get to try to decipher their comments on your document. Rinse, repeat. At Passport, we believe in helping our students become better writers. That starts with live sessions with editors so that they can: a) teach the art of better writing b) preserve the student's voice, and c) understand the student's ideas in full, to edit both the meaning and the grammar. And sure, in a pinch, we also edit for grammar asynchronously. But by that point, you already know your editor well.
We meet as often as we need. For our students who are right up against an application deadline, we might meet two to three times per week. For our longer-term students, we might only meet once per month.