Biographic Info/Disadvantaged Statement
Learn how seemingly unimportant details can help you get in and how to handle disadvantaged status.
*The Biographic Information/Disadvantaged Status video is included in MDadmit Academy’s Complete AMCAS Course.
On first blush, you may think the Biographic Information/Disadvantaged Status section of the AMCAS will be easy. Like most things in medical school admissions, the seemingly simple is actually complex. But, fortunately, these seemingly mundane questions can be answered in a way that can help your application, as long as you know how.
Do you know:
- Why AMCAS asks so many personal questions?
- Why state of legal residence is so important?
- How to deal with the race/ethnicity questions?
- Why you should answer the family income question?
- That the definition of “disadvantaged” is much broader than low socioeconomic status?
- Dr. Miller has helped pre-meds with misdemeanor convictions get in? It is possible!
This video is a must watch for anyone applying to MD schools, regardless of whether you are not an under-represented minority nor suffer from poverty. And if you have any inkling that you qualify for disadvantaged status or have a misdemeanor/felony conviction, watch this video asap.
The Biographic Information/Disadvantaged Status video will cover:
- Keeping contact info correct and up-to-date
- The importance of citizenship/permanent residence
- Why state of legal residence matters
- How to handle the race/ethnicity questions
- The neat thing about the languages section
- Why medical schools ask so many personal questions
- How to deal with the family income question
- Military service/discharge
- Whether you should fill out the disadvantaged status section and how to do so
- Disadvantaged status example essays
- Felony/Misdemeanor convictions with example essay
Raised in Washington, D.C. and educated in Boston, Dr. Miller's experience with pre-meds began as a pre-med at Harvard College. For her achievement in academics and as captain of the basketball team, she received the prestigious Female Student-Athlete of the Year award. Dr. Miller graduated with honors in history and science. After a foray into health policy at the Institute of Medicine and a grand backpacking adventure in Europe, Dr. Miller returned to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School. Here she began medical school admissions consulting as a pre-medical tutor and then co-chair of the Eliot House Pre-Medical Committee. After receiving her MD, Dr. Miller ventured to California to train at Stanford in emergency medicine and founded MDadmit Medical Admissions. She then moved to the east coast where she has lived and worked as an emergency physician in Virginia, Washington, DC, New York City, and Sydney, Australia. Dr. Miller has over 15 years of experience helping pre-meds and medical students achieve their dreams.
Dr. Miller has also served as faculty at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Virginia Commonwealth University, sat on admissions committees, lead an emergency department's Emergency Ultrasound Program, served as a medical director for Racing the Planet, and worked as an advisor and chief medical offer for medtech companies. Dr. Miller continues to run MDadmit and work in emergency medicine both in the United States and abroad. In her free time, she loves to travel, curl up with a good book, and hike to the top of things to get a better view.
- Graduated with honors from Harvard University
- MD earned from Harvard Medical School
- Residency training at Stanford University
- Harvard Pre-Med Tutor
- George Washington University Clinical Assistant Professor
- Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Professor
- Admissions committee member
- Attending Emergency Physician
- Author of best-selling books including:
- The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD’s Week-by-Week Admissions Handbook
- How to be Pre-Med: A Harvard MD's Medical School Preparation Guide for Students and Parents
- How to Get into Medical School with a Low GPA
- Nailing the Medical School Interview: A Harvard MD's Comprehensive Preparation Strategy
- Professional editor and writer with extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals, the popular press, and online
- Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Australasian College for Emergency Medicine