BS/MD Interviews – The Final Rung

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Once a BS/MD applicant is accepted to the undergraduate and the preselection phase (in some cases through being invited to the medical school essay – (RPI/Albany Med) they have now entered what we call the finals of BS/MD admissions – the interview process.   Interviews are now virtual and it’s a totally a new game. Interviews are designed to assess communication skills, specifically verbal and non-verbal skills that cannot be measured by standardized exams, resumes, transcripts or letter of recommendations.

Being invited to an interview means that you are a great applicant (on paper), but you now have to convince the admissions committee that they should choose you! Competencies like oral communication, social nd non-verbal skills, body language and teamwork cannot be measured by standardized tests, transcripts and 2-page resumes.

Since each student is unique there is no boilerplate way to prepare for the interview.  You can review questions on the web, read books and even talk with friends, but unfortunately in this final round these all will be unhelpful. From our knowledge network, we know what schools are primarily seeking in future doctors.  Why do we say future doctors?  Because that’s what this interview is all about.

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“Students unconsciously telegraph their expressions and feelings in an interview. Within non-verbal communication, our body movements show our true thoughts and feelings. Admissions officers/interviewers can read you more skillfully than you believe you can read them. One incorrect word, one incorrect phrase, one misinterpreted expression, and it’s over – you are rejected.” – Dr. Lowe

I have discovered that even top students do not realize that etiquette, manners and body language matter in the finals. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it, the etiquette and manners involved, and your personal delivery. Sometimes what you say and how you say it may be misinterpreted. We help our clients with the proper etiquette, manners and body language to surmount the final rung of the BS/MD process.  Dr. Lowe and his team provide BS/MD Admissions Interview Preparation Sessions to help you stand out and become a finalist!

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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network. He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs.  Many of Dr. Lowe’s BS/MD Admissions clients are international students who want to attend medical school from high school and then enter U.S. medical residency sub-specialties.

Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team only work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is competitive, who desire help from an admissions expert and who see the value and investment in paying for expert advice through a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – “Doctor” when they are seniors in high school.

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WE ARE THE BEST!: We embrace Empirical Analytics by using data science, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, our specialized knowledge and insight, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes, and to help our clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions success.

Dr. Paul Lowe Named Official Admissions Expert

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Dr. Paul Lowe has been named the official admissions expert of Party with Moms, a digital media company celebrating and serving thousands of discerning mothers through relevant content. Each week, a different mom tells her story: entrepreneurs, bankers, authors, artists, marketers, doctors, lawyers, decorators and even some celebrities — ALL are MOMS, first and foremost.  PWM offers a parenting column, an early childhood column, a mindful parenting column and a college and private school admissions blog. 

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private/boarding schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   

Dr. Lowe and his team embraces Empirical Analytics by using data science, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, their specialized knowledge and insight, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes to help their clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions success. 

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No other admissions consulting firm, with their team make up, has the historical, experiential and cultural perspectives that allow their clients to consistently win at the admissions game.


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Betting on College Admissions Outcomes

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Do you bet on your child’s educational future?

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The number of students opting to participate in the run for admissions to Ivy League and elite colleges/universities every year hovers around 50,000 to 100,000. With Ivy League schools, more than 90% of applicants, on average, will be rejected.

Yet, year after year, parents bet that they or their children can navigate this process on their own; this, despite affirmations and documentation that students need help with this competitive process.

It’s better not to bet.

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Knowing that the admissions environment changes every year, rather than relying on old data, outdated books, information and tips from chatting with others (“adda”, as it is known in some circles among my clients), you should choose an experienced admissions expert to help.

Don’t’ bet to lose!

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WE DON’T BET: We embrace Empirical Analytics by using data science, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, our specialized knowledge and insight, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes, and to help our clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions success. 


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.

College Admissions: Are You Checking Your Social Media Profile?

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It should be common knowledge by now that using social media to display bad behavior or less-than-insightful opinions is easily discoverable. Yet incidents such as these still occur.  

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Your social media profile is an important part of your college admissions journey.  According to a Kaplan Test survey that polled nearly 300 college admissions officers, 36% of them looked at applicants’ social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to learn more about the applicant. 

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When my team and I visit schools and have discussions with admissions they do admit that they review applicants’ social media platforms.  In fact, what students post on social media can greatly affect not only acceptance odds but they can get acceptances revoked if unsuitable and offensive materials are found. When Harvard discovered offensive material being posted to a group chat by incoming freshman, they rescinded acceptance letters to 10 accepted applicants!  And in 2019, Harvard rescinded its admission offer to a student who had made racist remarks in private chats and Google Docs two years earlier.

Even if you believe your social media posts are private, think twice about posting questionable entries, even if you’re just trying to fit in or be funny.  College admissions officers will not laugh and you definitely won’t “fit in”.  Because Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities receive so many qualified applications, they’re typically looking at social media to see if it tips the scales in anyone’s favor.  So be careful!

We provide a Social Media Review and Analysis (SMRA) as a part of our comprehensive service for our clients and assist them to develop positive social media profiles so that they can standout during the admissions selection process.


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.

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Dr. Lowe and his team of diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!

Adda is Great in College Admissions (Maybe)

Many of the families we serve participate in Adda.  It’s great for them. Intellectual conversation, exchanging important educational tidbits based on worldly knowledge and information deemed to be exclusive and privileged is used to propel their families forward.  Unfortunately, by definition and practice, Adda equates to collective group thought and perhaps insularity.  Based on diversity and inclusion research, when you are insular in your discussions and decision-making processes, sameness of thought limits your success.

Relying on Adda in the quest to be admitted into highly-selective colleges and BS/MD programs is the antithesis of standing out and is counter to our college admissions Wow Factor concept.  Sounding like everyone else results in rejection decisions.

With Adda, as it applies to college and BS/MD admissions, one might believe that all that is necessary is to call different educational consultants to ask multiple questions, and then share answers.  However, to seasoned professional educational consultants like me, it is obvious that this “strategy” does not work. 

Year after year, tens of thousands of students (other than our clients) are rejected from Ivy League and highly-selective colleges and BS/MD programs.  Perhaps this is what needs to be discussed in Adda.


Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.

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Dr. Lowe and his team of diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!

What Parents Need to Know to Succeed at College Admissions?

Parents call us to understand how my firm has a continual level of admissions success.  Why are our clients so happy the day decisions are released?  Let me explain.

We embrace Empirical Analytics by using data, technology, client-case studies, campus-expert panels, our specialized knowledge, and over 23 years of experience to answer questions, navigate challenges, predict outcomes, and to help our clients make informed decisions that provide results-based admissions success. 

Simply put, we are the best in the admissions advisory business!  No other admissions consulting firm, with our team make up, has the historical, experiential and cultural perspectives that allow our clients to consistently win at the college admissions game.  We share our perspectives and empirical analytics with our clients which gives them an admissions edge.

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After all, isn’t admissions to Ivy League, highly selective college/universities and BS/MD programs a competition? 

College Admissions is a Competitive Sport.

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Dr. Lowe and his team of diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!
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Dr. Mukesh K. Jain appointed Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University

As Brown alumni, Dr. Paul Lowe (Class of 1982) and Dr. Nadine Cartwright-Lowe (Class of 1982 and PLME, Class of 1985), are always pleased to share the positive changes in their alma mater: Brown University and Brown PLME.

Dr. Mukesh K. Jain will lead biomedical research and education at Brown University, and serve as Warren Alpert Medical School dean beginning in March. He is a physician-scientist, cardiovascular specialist and healthcare leader who is currently at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Dr. Jain earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Buffalo and his M.D. from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and fellowships in research and cardiovascular disease at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


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Dr. Lowe visiting his alma mater in front of the Van Wickle Gates.
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Dr. Lowe with Bruno at Brown University Maddock Alumni Center.

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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs. 

TCNJ/New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) 7-Year Combined BS/MD Program

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I have visited TCNJ several times over the years. I must state that it is an amazing campus! My discussion with students and admissions officers reveal that it is an excellent learning institution!

TCNJ/NJMS is a 7-year direct BS/MD program where students are accepted to both the medical school and TCNJ and to earn both the baccalaureate/BS degree from TCNJ and the MD degree from NJMS in seven years.

It’s a 3+4 program where students spend three years at TCNJ in an approved major (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Philosophy, Physics, Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Science (mechanical or electrical emphasis), Math, Spanish or History) and four at NJMS. Upon successful completion of the first year of medical school, the student is granted the BS or BA degree in the chosen undergraduate major from TCNJ. The M.D. degree is then earned at the end of four years at NJMS.

On average 400 students apply each year, and about 40 students are accepted in TCNJ/NJMS.  Last year, 2 of our clients were accepted to TCNJ/NJMS.


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BS/MD Program Knowledge: Our clients attend BS/MD programs across the United States. We know their academic and extracurricular experiences and WOW factors. This is important because in addition to our personalized strategies to help you, we apply this knowledge to your BS/MD applications, individual college supplemental applications, essays and interviews.  We understand the curriculum, culture, and unique opportunities available at each of the universities and therefore, Dr. Lowe and his team can provide their clients with the competitive advantage needed for admissions success!

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Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team only work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is competitive, who desire help from an admissions expert and who see the value and investment in paying for expert advice through a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – Doctor when they are seniors in high school

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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs. 

College Admissions: What’s Your WOW FACTOR?

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Over the past 10 years, I have been talking in my webinars/seminars and writing in my blogs about the WOW factor and its importance in successful college admissions acceptance!

As college admissions becomes increasingly more competitive, admissions officers and committees look beyond high GPAs, high standardized test scores, ESEs (expensive summer experiences), tailored resumes and achievements and seemingly amazing, but generic essays. Dr. Lowe and his team continue to use the Wow Factor Admissions Concept with their clients.

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What’s your personal “Wow Factor” that will make you stand out and get accepted to the college of your choice? It’s a factor that your admissions officer will look for as well as discuss with the other admissions committee members as to the reason you should be accepted.

What is a personal “Wow Factor”? Your charisma, confidence, motivation, initial impression, appearance, communication skills, attitude, self-esteem, authenticity, presence, etiquette, manners, harmony, rhythm and vibe all contribute to your wow factor.  Your wow factor is what makes you different! It’s your distinguishing trademark, your personal brand that must be placed in a positive light to a committee of six to ten diverse people to get accepted. It’s the kind of aura that is genuine, authentic and resonates. To truly identify your WOW factor, you need an outside perspective, a third party, that understands how admissions committees will review your character.

It takes Dr. Lowe and his team hours to weeks discover and months to cultivate a client’s WOW factor. After that, we develop strategies to convey that brand to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and BS/MD programs.

Our admissions strategies help applicants spotlight their unique characteristic(s) that make admissions officers say Wow! We want this student!” 

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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.

Popular BS/MD Programs

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As we review BS/MD programs, where our clients have applied and have been accepted (and enjoyed the academic and campus experience), we have developed a list of “Popular BS/MD programs”

Here is our list of popular BS/MD programs based on our survey:

  1. Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)
  2. Boston University – Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program
  3. Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program
  4. Baylor2 Medical Track Program
  5. Case Western – Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine
  6. Penn State’s Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program
  7. University of Rochester – Rochester Early Medical Scholars
  8. RPI/Albany Medical College – Physician-Scientist Program
  9. Virginia Commonwealth University – Guaranteed Admission Program
  10. University of the Pittsburgh – School of Medicine Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP)
  11. Rutgers University – 7-Year BA/MD Joint Degree Program
  12. New Jersey Institute of Technology – New Jersey Medical School
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Dr. Lowe congratulates parents who support their children’s dreams


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“Valuable and trusted advice is needed to avoid mistakes” – Dr. Lowe

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs.

Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team only work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is competitive, who desire help from an admissions expert and who see the value and investment in paying for expert advice through a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – Doctor when they are seniors in high school.