Getting into medical school is tougher than ever. We've all heard stories of qualified applicants who didn't get in anywhere.

Having a strong GPA and MCAT score, conducting research, shadowing physicians for 100s of hours, doing tons of extracurriculars, and getting great recommendation letters is unfortunately not enough.

There is so much misinformation about what it takes to get into medical school. Whereas some of what you read and hear is accurate, much of it isn't. How do you decide? 

Even worse, you may be stressing yourself out by comparing yourself to other premeds out of worry that you're missing something critical to getting in.

Despite feeling like every other med school applicant has accomplished at least as much as you have, we can help you stand out to get admissions committees' attention.

In fact, during the past 10+ years, over 90% of our students have gotten into at least one U.S. med school—the first time they apply—through our highly individualized approach to admissions consulting.

We don't simply offer editing services. Instead, we help you tell an engaging story through all of your application materials about why you're uniquely fit to become a physician.

Some of the medical schools to which our students have been accepted

Even more meaningful than this "accepted to" list, however, is the excitement our students express when they finally break through the monstrous med school admissions process. Here are some examples of text and email messages we routinely receive from students:

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Student accepted to Michigan state university. And yes, we sometimes say BooooooM!!!! when we can't contain our excitement for our students.

Student accepted to Michigan state university. And yes, we sometimes say BooooooM!!!! when we can't contain our excitement for our students.

Student accepted early Decision to Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania)

Student accepted early Decision to Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania)

Student accepted to northwestern

Student accepted to northwestern

student who got into all 5 medical schools they interviewed at

student who got into all 5 medical schools they interviewed at

How We Can Help You Get Into Med School

Our comprehensive services are designed to:

  • Help you decide where to apply to maximize admissions odds based on your stats and preferred locations while balancing safety, target, and reach schools

  • Help you write and refine an outstanding AMCAS personal statement without sounding cliche to demonstrate your passion for medicine—even if you're struggling to find the right topic

  • Effectively and interestingly discuss extracurriculars in the Work/Activities section of your AMCAS application

  • Help you craft unique secondary essays within word limits, even when you're feeling essay fatigue

  • Turn your work around within 24 to 48 hours

  • Ensure that you stick to an admissions timeline to take advantage of the rolling admissions process and reduce stress

  • Prepare you to ace admissions interviews through mock interviews and additional role plays for difficult-to-answer questions

  • Support you whenever you're feeling super stressed or under intense pressure

  • Answer all of your med school-related questions to remove the mystery from the admissions process

What Differentiates Us From Other Med School Admissions Consultants

Once our students complete the application process, we like to have a debriefing conversation with them to understand how we can support students better and better each year. The three points our students consistently mention about why they appreciated our support—beyond our students' 90+% success rate—are:

Reputation For Quality

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When we say "unlimited" essay support, we mean it. We once edited a student's personal statement 14 times until it was strong enough to submit. Now, most of our students' personal statements don't take that long to edit (most students need 3-4 rounds), but we want to emphasize that we'll do whatever it takes to help you get in.

Fast Turnaround Times

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We commit to our advertised 24- to 48-hour turnaround times. Whether your primary advisor is ill or has to deal with an emergency, you send your essay before a major holiday, or anything else, someone is available to step in and support you.

Total Support

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During our initial strategy meeting, we will explicitly mention to you that in addition to asking us technical admissions-related questions and sending us material for editing and review, you should never hesitate to reach out even if you just want to vent. The med school admissions process is intellectually and emotionally tough, but we want you to not only get into your dream school, but also to feel optimistic, motivated, and supported throughout.

Sample Testimonials

The biggest compliment to our work comes from our students. Here's what a few of them have said about our services:

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Shirag has truly been a blessing to work with! At first, I was nervous to work with a medical school admissions consultant as I had never worked with a consultant during the college admissions process. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Shirag as his services turned out to be much more than I could have ever imagined! He was able to customize an affordable package for me which included an extensive review of my secondary essays to 20 medical schools as well as my work/extracurricular sections. As I was researching other admission consultants online, I found that Shirag’s services were significantly more cost-effective, reasonable, and thorough. I absolutely loved that he would always provide his comments on my essays within 24-48 hours which truly did help me to take advantage of the secondary application process! He provided continuous support throughout the process, including brainstorming, grammar review, and interview prep, while always staying true to my original ideas. He also has a wonderful eye for detail! More importantly, I felt completely stress-free as Shirag helped me feel confident and secure about my entire application. I highly recommend Shirag’s services to anyone applying for college or graduate school! Due to his extensive help, I will be attending my DREAM medical school at the University of Michigan!! Thank you so much, Shirag!!
— Keerthi G., Medical Student (University of Michigan)

I wholeheartedly cannot think of any reason why someone applying to medical school should not use Shemmassian Academic Consulting. Shirag is communicative, efficient, and caring, and clearly understands what it takes to get in given his numerous successful clients.

When it comes to editing essays, Shirag has an incredible ability to reword essays such that they not only fit within character/word limits, but they also sound more eloquent and appeal to admissions committees. He also sticks to his promise of giving back edits within a 24-hour period and usually does so much sooner than that. There were times when Shirag and I would simultaneously work on five essays at once. Most importantly, Shirag ensures he understands his clients holistically in order to best edit their work so that they maintain the client’s “voice”. He spends a lot of time talking to clients to understand their strengths, weaknesses, aspirations, and fears in order to determine how each client is unique and should convey his/her story. Without his probing, there are many experiences/qualities I would not have considered using for my secondary essays. He knows how to elicit the best out of his clients and turn the negativity/anxiety/stress of applying to medical schools into positive thinking/energy.

My only regret is not having found Shirag sooner. However, I am grateful to have found him when I did, because I know that my success with getting into multiple medical schools is largely the result of his support.
— Derrick W., Medical Student (Creighton)

Working with Shirag and Cate to solidify my medical school application was the best decision I could have made!

On day one, we set up a phone call + exchanged emails so that Shirag and Cate could get to know me personally, and understand my application inside and out. After deciding the direction I wanted to go with my personal statement, Shirag + Cate guided me through every step of the way, providing resources to help with initial writing stages, and edits after I had completed each section. Cate and Shirag were always extremely quick in returning each edit/draft back to me, and answering all of the questions and concerns that I had. With their help, I was able to write a personal statement that I was proud to submit to each medical school!

As we moved on to Work/Activities and 20+ secondaries, Shirag and Cate became even more valuable! Again, they helped me along every step of the way, from initial brainstorming, to the structure of each essay, to final edits and polishing. They were especially great at helping me to condense my writing, so that I could get my message across while adhering to word/character limits.

After all of that, Shirag and Cate continued to help me with interview preparation, including two full-length mock interviews via skype. Afterwords, they broke down my answers to each question and gave me tons of great feedback for my actual interview experiences.

In the end, I was accepted to a handful of schools, including two schools in California — one of which was my top choice!!!

Overall, my experience working with Shirag and Cate was 100/100. They were always professional and quick to respond, and the quality of their work was second to none! I would recommend Shirag and Cate to anyone applying to medical school who wants to strengthen their application and maximize their chance of an acceptance.
— Landon C., Medical Student (USC Keck)

Although we have many more testimonials to share, we don't want to overwhelm you with them. Nevertheless, please ask if you'd like to speak with our current and former students for references.

Our Comprehensive Service Plans

Below is a list of our medical school application plans. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, please contact us with your needs so we can create a custom service plan or payment plan that fits your goals and budget.

We work with a limited number of students per admissions cycle, so please sign up today to make sure you don't miss out!

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Plans Included Applications General Advising Time Unlimited Advisor Access Customized School List Personal Statement Edits Work & Activities Edits Secondary Applications
Unlimited edits on all essays
Update Letter Preparation Interview Coaching Essay Turnaround Time Acceptance Guarantee
If you meet our qualifiying criteria and are not accepted to medical school, we will support you again through the next cycle's primary application, at no additional cost.
Plan Investment
Primaries AMCAS / AACOMAS / TMDSAS Only Unlimited Included Included Unlimited Unlimited Not Included Not Included Not Included Within 48 Hours Not Included $3,999
Purchased separately, these items total $7,774
Secondaries Secondaries Only Unlimited Included Included Not Included Not Included 20 Schools Not Included Not Included Within 48 Hours Not Included $4,999
Purchased separately, these items total $11,960
Combination AMCAS / AACOMAS / TMDSAS / Secondaries Unlimited Included Included Unlimited Unlimited 20 Schools 3 1.5 Hours Within 48 Hours Not Included Schedule a complimentary consultation for details
Combination+ AMCAS / AACOMAS / TMDSAS / Secondaries Unlimited Included Included Unlimited Unlimited 25 Schools Unlimited 3 Hours Within 48 Hours Not Included Schedule a complimentary consultation for details
White Coat AMCAS / AACOMAS / TMDSAS / Secondaries Unlimited Included Included Unlimited Unlimited 25 Schools Unlimited 3 Hours Within 24 Hours Included Schedule a complimentary consultation for details

Ready to learn more about which comprehensive plan is right for you? Send us an email or:

A La Carte Services

If you're more interested in a one-time service—a comprehensive essay edit, round of interview coaching, an hour of admissions advising—rather than a comprehensive support plan, we're here for you too. Simply click here to learn about our a la carte services.

Our Guarantee

We are so confident in our ability to maximize your admissions odds that we want you to sign up for our services risk-free. Therefore, we offer the following satisfaction guarantee on all service plans listed above*:

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied by our support, we will promptly issue a refund for any services not yet performed. Just send us a message to take advantage of our 14-day money-back guarantee. There's only one condition: Please tell us the main reason you weren't happy with our services, so we have a chance to make them better.

*Satisfaction guarantee does not apply to a la carte services or custom plans.

Click here to read our Client Engagement Agreement.

Have Additional Questions?

We've compiled and answered our students' most frequently asked questions (FAQ) here. If your question is not covered in our FAQ, please contact us, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

What to Do Next: Schedule a Complimentary 30-Minute Consultation

If you feel anywhere near as confident in our support as we are in our ability to help you get emails from med school admissions committees that begin with "Congratulations!" and not "We regret to inform you...", we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Founder and Head Admissions Consultant, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian. It would be a pleasure to discuss how we can support your admissions journey and eventually include you among our 90+% of successful students!