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In my wildest dreams I never would have imagined that I would accomplish so much by contacting you… I will remain grateful for the rest of my life, Dr. Finkel. I just wanted to let you know that I am five for five!! Every last interview that I attended I was offered a spot in next year’s class- including my number one school! And, remember, I had interviewed and was wait listed four times in previous application cycles! My success is in no small part due to the session that I did with you…
–HD, medical school applicant

I wanted to let you know that I got into Harvard and I’m really excited… Thank you so much for your help with interview preparation!
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

The… residency director…said that he was intrigued by my application, and was calling me because my personal statement was “one of the best he has ever read!” THANK YOU, MICHELLE FOR YOUR INPUT ON MY PERSONAL STATEMENT!
– IS, residency applicant

Michelle, I hired your services… for the review of my personal statement, which was great, made my application stronger…I ended up getting 12 interviews for internal medicine in some very prestigious…programs, even [though] I applied so late…[and] I got a prematch offer in a very good University program, which I accepted. Thanks for your help and reassurance.
– TA, residency applicant

Some of your proposed questions came up in the interviews exactly as you had phrased them–needless to say I nailed them!!! Your written feedback after our phone call was a wonderful reference for me as I was traveling to interviews. Michelle, thank you so much for your help. [In a subsequent message after obtaining a residency position] I matched to one of my top choices…. I believe anyone who uses your services will feel more confident and perform better during their residency interview. Thanks again.
– JD, residency applicant

I have matched at my # 1 choice… once again THANK YOU for all of your help!!!
– PG, residency applicant

Speedy response time as usual!
– CR, residency applicant

Dr. F has great credentials and I would spend the money twice over to obtain my first choice residency. Dr. F is extremely meticulous and I attribute obtaining my first choice residency to working with Dr. F. She was excellent at preparing me for interviews, maximizing my experience to help my application and perfecting my personal statement.
– BG, residency applicant

Michelle, Really good stuff! I’ve published ten books and have used editors every time – and this is the best piece of editing I’ve seen.
– Name withheld, post baccalaureate applicant

I am indebted to you, Michelle, for your help in preparing for my medical school interviews. You are certainly talented at what you do. I am as appreciative as I am amazed at how well you knew my background information and were able to discuss its details and synthesize them into responses. You have done much more than help me prepare; you have helped me gain confidence through my accomplishments and attributes. I feel as though you are at once a counselor, mentor and role model, and your help has far surpassed that of the medical career services at my Ivy League School.
– WK, medical school applicant

Thank you for the editing. Your input was invaluable and I am impressed with the results. This was the first time I used an editing service, so I was unsure of what to expect. The e-mail responses were quick and detailed; I really felt inspired to write in a focused and clear manner. The resulting essay was better than I could have expected; I would definitely recommend this service to my friends… [In a subsequent message after obtaining a residency position] I really think that my solid essay helped me get my foot in the door. Thank you again for all of your help.
– AL, residency applicant

Just wanted to let you know that I matched in EM at [program name withheld]!! Unbelievable!! I can’t thank you enough for all of your assistance and helping me to write a personal statement that would stand out amongst the rest. All I needed was a chance to get in the door…
– Name withheld, residency applicant

Michelle, I would like to thank you for the great work you did for me on the essay. I have matched at Columbia University. Really appreciate it.
– Name withheld, residency applicant

I just found out I got into UCLA…Your help has been invaluable.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Michelle, thank you for all of your help. After receiving 14 residency interview invitations, I…found the perfect program for me. [Program name withheld] offered me a pre-match position…Thanks again…
– MC, residency applicant

I found the Insider Medical Admissions web page just two days before my first residency interview… Insider Medical Admissions arranged for a mock interview right away and provided written feedback only two hours later… It didn’t really matter whether a particular interview question had been part of the mock interview or not (almost all of them were, by the way). What mattered was that I had been provided with a framework of what I wanted the programs to know about me as well as an understanding of what makes the interviewer tick… [In a subsequent message after obtaining a residency position] I matched at my first choice program…so thanks so much again. You did a great job.
– IO, residency applicant

Wonderful turn-around time! Wow!… Thanks so much
– CS, residency applicant

Thanks again for all your help with residency interview preparation. Today was our match day and I got my first choice.
– EC, residency applicant

My interviewer said to me ‘I really wish you can come to our school’ as I shook her hand at my NYMC medical interview, all thanks to your personalized mock interview. Over the phone, you were able to transform my seeming weakness into my inner strength. Afterwards, your customized notes guided me every step of the way, from mental preparation to the thank you card. You helped me focus on what’s critical and restore my confidence, which is really the Holy Grail of the interview process.
– WK, medical school applicant

Michelle, thank you so much again. I thought the [mock interview] session was very helpful; it helped me figure out how to highlight my strong points and also helped me form clear and well thought out answers. Highly recommend it. Well worth the money…[In a subsequent message after obtaining a residency position] I’m very excited. Thanks for all your help.
– DP, residency applicant

I’ve reviewed your suggestions and incorporated them into the essay. I believe the present state of the essay is a significant improvement from the original. I must [attribute] this directly to your guidance.
– MF, medical school applicant

Every time I write you, I just have to thank you for all your help in my application process. You really have made a difference.
– SY, medical school applicant

I accepted the prematch offer…thank you once again for preparing me so well that I could get an offer after the first interview.
– DP, residency applicant

Thanks Michelle! I think the Personal Statement sounds great! I also wanted to thank you for being able to get back to me so quickly….Great work!
– JY, residency applicant

Thankfully I got the position I wanted that we prepared for last week. I can’t thank you enough for everything- what we worked on was very helpful.
– JG, residency applicant

I’ve been admitted into Penn State, Medical College of Wisconsin and USC…. You were of tremendous assistance during my interview prep…perhaps even the sole reason I got accepted… I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for all the help you have offered.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Your comments and the mock interview with you helped me so much. They asked almost whatever we worked on. Thanks for your help. [Regarding the editing services] Michelle, I don’t know how thank you for your great job…Thanks a lot for your quick response and your very helpful comments…You have done an amazing job!
– SR, residency applicant

Thank you so much, Michelle….Beyond phenomenal job, tremendous heart, dedication, clarity and professionalism…You’re incredibly kind, gracious and professional. It’s truly a pleasure to work with you.
– MS, medical school applicant

Hey Dr. F , thanks for all the help….there is no question that [my personal statement] is a power house…It’s awesome…Any other person would be a waste of money because frankly, you are untouchable.
– KE, dental school applicant

I’m sure you hear this from every client but you have been a tremendous help both with your initial suggestions and the editing of the personal statement…I didn’t expect to be this proud of it.
– CD, medical school applicant

I matched at Mayo Scottsdale!! Thanks for all of your help.
– Name withheld, fellowship applicant

Thank you for the input; it truly was valuable and incredibly extensive.
– CB, medical school applicant

I am IMG applying for residency training program. I had Michelle’s editing service for both my personal statement and ERAS application. Her suggestions and comments helped – not only to improve my ERAS immensely – but also make it easily understandable for US trainees. Her help with my personal statement was invaluable and she improved it, emphasizing my strengths and achievements. I would recommend her service to anyone without any doubt.
– RU, residency applicant

A professor of mine was reviewing my application and particularly liked my Personal Statement — so THANK YOU so much for your help with it.
– PS, residency applicant

I really appreciate the practice and guidance I received during my mock interviews. I felt that your input and perspective were valuable in the building of my confidence in medical school interviews. As a result, I was able to present my best self to the medical school committee.
– TC, medical school applicant

Hi Michelle! I actually wanted my mom to take a look at my essay and just see if it represented me well…I showed her how much you had helped me and she was very shocked to see how you helped transform my initial draft into a cogent and concise personal statement….I truly appreciate all of your help and support!
– MS, medical school applicant

Your…suggestions have been invaluable and I cannot thank you enough.
– DN, medical school applicant

Michelle, thanks again for all of your help. I felt very lost several weeks ago, but feel more confident about the work I’m submitting.
– SP, medical school applicant

It was absolutely [a] pleasure working with you… I congratulate you for your honest and ethical practice.
– PD, residency applicant

Thanks a lot for your help and diligence during this process. I really appreciate all of your recommendation[s].
– NM, residency applicant

Thank you so much for being so rapid in your response and detailed in explanation. Very helpful.
– MS, medical school applicant

I couldn’t have done this without your guidance. You knew exactly how I wanted to tell the story and you were editing the parts I was unsure about myself. Thank you for taking the time to guide me through the process.
– AD, medical school applicant

Michelle, I had my first two interviews… I felt confident and comfortable at both and am excited for my third…
– BJ, medical school applicant

Once again, I am so glad I am working with you.
– PZ, residency applicant

Thank you so much for your help. I regretted that I [didn’t] contact you earlier. You were well prepared. You highlighted my strong points and suggested how I could better express them in my interview. I really appreciated the session.
– RX, residency applicant

I searched many websites but I connected with Michelle instantly because of her inside knowledge about medical profession and all of the positive feedback that she received from candidates who had used her services. Needless to say, she did a marvelous job editing my residency essays… She has the ability to turn my long-drawn-on sentences into magical phrases and to make my ready-to-make-people-yawn words come alive. She has the up-to-date knowledge about the style and the command of modern English usage….She always emailed back her comments and suggestions earlier than the time she had promised, yet the quality of her editing was far superior than I expected. I wished I had used her service for my medical school application in the past. I highly recommend her service to anyone who is seeking an additional edge to their applications for their medical career.
– JL, residency applicant

The improvements we made to my personal statement and ERAS Common Application Form were excellent.
– RG, residency applicant

Thanks, Michelle, for all of your help!
– JW, dental school applicant

You offered me direction for my essays and really knew what to focus on without changing my ideas…Thanks so much for your help!
– EB, medical school applicant

I can never thank you enough for your time and revisions…I was very happy to see how you made [the essay] sound better…so much better. Thank you so much again for your great help…It truly made my day
– YC, medical school applicant

Thank you for making these wonderful corrections.
The only thing that I regret is not having your services since the beginning of my application.
–SM, residency applicant

…Thank you for your advice…, which avoided a disaster. I…will definitely introduce you to my friends.
–YC, fellowship applicant

I really appreciated your timely response and all the insider info you’ve given me. You will be highly recommended to any that requires such help.
–SL, residency applicant

Thanks so much for talking with me last night… It was really useful.
–AW, residency applicant

The interview was great…I could answer very easily because we had practiced together so much… Michelle, I really appreciate your help… It was the most important advice in my life.
– JK, fellowship applicant

Within twenty-four hours of my medical school interview I received an offer of acceptance to my first choice school! …Thank you again for all of your guidance and wisdom. It was invaluable.
– KG, medical school applicant

I matched into my #1 choice and couldn’t be happier. Thanks for all your help. I had to beg and borrow to pay for your services, but they were well worth it, especially the mock interview. I definitely would have went into interviews differently…if not for your help and advice.
–MJ, residency applicant

I just wanted to let you know that I got into Mount Sinai – my first choice! The interview went so well and I can’t thank you enough for preparing me.
–Name withheld, medical school applicant

I wish to inform you of my medical school application progress. My first acceptance was at the University of Maryland – the Dean called less than ten days after the interview. He told me that I was one of his favorite applicants… Recently, I have been accepted to the University of Rochester. Home base! I wish to thank you for all of your help through the application process. …Your interview sessions were incredibly helpful and have undoubtedly contributed to my success.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Thank you for everything! From the personal statement to interviews I know I would not have felt as confident and performed as well as I did if it weren’t for you!
–L, residency applicant

I’ve been over the moon and immensely pleased with the work you’ve done for me.
– AS, residency applicant

I wanted to take this time to thank you very much for all of your help regarding the preparation for my interview…[After getting accepted to medical school] I appreciate all of the advice and support that you have provided for me; it really helped me get through this very difficult application process.
– GA, medical school applicant

Michelle, as usual, thanks for the quick turn around time!
– CR, residency applicant

The modifications you suggested prevented me from committing big mistakes and made my application many times better…It was great working with you.
– PD, residency applicant

I would like to thank you so much for preparing me during our first mock interview session. My BS/MD interviews went extremely well last weekend, and I was asked almost every question you had asked me!
 RT, BS/MD applicant

Thanks again for continually expediting this process for me! Thank you for your…thorough revision/comments which were extremely helpful.
– AK, residency applicant

You are the BEST… I really loved your comments…Dr. Finkel, Thanks for your quick response and thorough comments…I am absolutely satisfied I purchased this service.
– PZ, residency applicant

Michelle, it was helpful to get an understanding of how interviews are [conducted] and prepare myself in advance… [In a subsequent message after obtaining a residency position] I would recommend your service to a friend…Thank you.– SG, residency applicant

Michelle, I just had an informal meeting [with] a Program Director…He found the personal statement to be absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your invaluable help and recommendations.
– VF, residency applicant

Thanks so much for the first round of edits, they were incredibly helpful and insightful. [After getting into medical school] I am certain that I would not have achieved this level of success without your help …developing my interviewing skills.
– LM, Medical School Applicant

[After getting off the wait list and being admitted to medical school] Thank you very much for the assistance with writing letters [of intent] and interviewing. Learning how to “play the game” did not come naturally for me but proved crucial in standing out from the swarm of strong applicants. There is no doubt that you helped give me that final push I needed to succeed. I look forward to working with you when it comes time to apply for residencies.
– JC, medical school applicant

Thanks Michelle for your insight. I never knew how a candidate is judged and what are the critical points of a CV, personal statement and letter of recommendation…You have a great knowledge of the inner working of a residency program. A must for all [residency] candidates. You Rock Michelle.
– IB, residency applicant

It has been a pleasure working with you. You have helped SO much.– HL, residency applicant

Thank you for the expert…editing…I am telling my niece who is starting medical school right NOW ABOUT YOU! … Again, you are TERRIFIC!
– MD, fellowship applicant

Thanks again for your wonderful help. The [interview] practice session has definitely made me feel more grounded in my answers… Also, your written feedback is invaluable(!) I appreciate that you also took the time to know me as an applicant–as that individualized attention I think is what really makes your service unique and extremely helpful!! [After getting accepted into medical school]…My interaction with you really boosted my confidence, and I’m very happy with the way everything turned out. Thanks!
– LC, medical school applicant

Michelle! Thank you very much for your help. You are really boosted my confidence. I am glad I had a chance to talk to you and get a valuable lesson.
– OB, residency applicant

Thank you for all of your help and advice. It has really helped my application.
– AJ, residency applicant

Thank you very much. The [mock interview] session and the [feedback] document are very helpful.
– IS, residency applicant

I think I had a pretty good idea of what to expect [for interviews] and felt well prepared. Thanks so much for everything you’ve done to help me! …You were great!
– LZ, medical school applicant

I was accepted EDP (Early Decision Program) into the Michigan State University MD Class…I am thrilled. Thank you for the help.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

I thought your suggestions were very helpful – thank you!…You really hit the nail on the head in terms of what I was trying to portray to my readers.
– DT, medical school applicant

Thanks for your help, most prepared I had ever been for an interview.
– SV, residency applicant

I got my first choice residency and I couldn’t have done it without your help. My grades and board scores were not even at the average of my residency choice… You gave me the confidence I needed.
– CR, residency applicant

I matched at my number #1 – Med/Derm…. So excited to do what I wanted to do from the start. Thank you for all your help in this process!
– Name withheld, residency applicant

I will begin my otolaryngology residency at [program name withheld]… I am confident that our interview sessions played an important role in this success… I truly believe in your services.
– Name withheld, residency applicant.

I just wanted to share with you that I decided to [accept] Stanford for medical school! I also would like to express my deepest gratitude to you for your generous assistance, support, and confidence throughout my med school app process. Thank you for responding patiently and positively to all of my questions.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Hi Dr F. Let it be known that I got an acceptance letter into the Cleveland Clinic Fellowship. Thank you for all your help.
-Name withheld, fellowship applicant

I was formally admitted to [institution name withheld] Postbacc Premed Program…Though it was my mission to execute, the design was of your making, and you far exceeded my expectations. Words cannot properly capture the level of respect and gratitude I have for you and your work…Thank you for all that you are, and all that you do.
– CM, post baccalaureate applicant.

Thanks for your help. Matched at [program name withheld]!!!!! Top tier Derm Program!
– Name withheld, residency applicant

I have been accepted at Tufts University School of Medicine! I am so excited about this opportunity professionally and personally…Thank you for your generous assistance to help make this possible.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

I matched in Urology at…my first choice…Thank you for all of your help during the interview and application process.
– Name withheld, residency applicant

I promised I’d keep you updated, and I want to let you know how much you’ve helped…. I am very happy to have gotten a spot… at U. Michigan…. So, thank you!! …Three of the…people I interviewed with came straight out and commented how good they thought the personal statement was. I have never before been praised in regards to my personal statement, so I am sure that your services made a big impact.
– Name withheld, fellowship applicant

I would like to thank you for providing expertise in helping me create a strong personal statementERAS application and prepare me for interviews. Excelling in all components helped me match at the top choice pathology residency program. I was particularly impressed with the critique your provided on personal statement and prompt response to queries – you were always pushing the envelope to create high quality personal statement.
 Name withheld, residency applicant

Thank you for helping me get to this point of acceptance to one of the top ten medical schools in the United States. Your support and editing made my application all the stronger and all the more unique, and I hope you know the impact you have made on my life. Thank you for your numerous emails and continuous support, but mostly thank you for helping me showcase my talents.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Time and again, your comment, edit, and insight proved to be very useful and exactly what I need in my essay and application. You have really helped to polish my PS and application, and give me the upper edge in this process. You really were able to help me organize my PS so that it is clear and effective to the admissions committee. Thank you again for your help.
– BV, medical school applicant

The program director said, “…Your personal statement was very inspiring. It gave us a glimpse of the person that you are and we would love to know more about you.”…Being an international medical graduate, it was very important for me to distinguish myself… Your guidance did exactly that.
– SS, residency applicant

I got into…MGH-BWH for Neuro. Thanks for all your help.
– Name withheld, residency applicant

I just wanted to personally thank you for the help you gave our daughter… She has received between 18-20 interview offers. [In a subsequent message after the applicant obtained a residency position]…We firmly believe that the help you give to young medical students gives them an edge on being considered and selected.
– MS, parent of residency applicant

Michelle, what I enjoyed most about working with you was your attention to every detail in my essay. You helped me personalize my writing and gave me feedback on what admission committees would want to know about me. And although we were really pressed with time, you managed to come through for me, making sure all my thoughts came across neatly. Although I am applying to post-baccalaureate pre-medical programs as of now, I cannot wait to seek your help and guidance during the medical school application process!…Again, thank you so much Michelle, I can’t say that I could have done…exceptionally well without you!
-SV, post baccalaureate applicant

[Regarding the strategy session] The thing I really appreciated was that you were well prepared. You highlighted my strong points and suggested how I could better express them in my application. You also pointed out my weaknesses and ways to overcome them. [Regarding the editing services] You gave excellent suggestions for my personal statement. You greatly improved the vocabulary and any grammar mistakes while at the same time maintained the content as I wanted it to be. [Regarding the mock interview] Interestingly you covered everything during the interview, or I should say more than I was asked in the actual interviews. [In a subsequent message after obtaining a residency position] The program for which I matched was my top most choice…I would definitely recommend Insider… I greatly benefited from it.
– NH, residency applicant

Writing a personal statement for fellowship presented a greater challenge than those before it…The fellowship personal statement required really narrowing my focus, with less personal history to choose from. Dr. Finkel helped me to convert my essay from “generic rant” into a strong personal journey with a more concrete end-point. Her response time was very rapid when I needed it to be, and she was always in contact…This service is not just to correct grammar and sentence structure. Dr. Finkel works with her clients in a comprehensive fashion to help them be the best possible candidate. I would recommend her to anyone asking for help on their personal statement.
– MP, fellowship applicant

Michelle, I wanted to let you know that I recently heard from VCU. I was offered a spot in the class and the doctor that interviewed seemed very impressed. Thank you very much for your help.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Michelle, I will be attending Washington University in St. Louis.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Luckily, [I] had come across Insider Medical Admissions website and got a chance to talk to Michelle. And I am so happy and grateful that I did. We…talked for a full hour… I had a ton of questions–she was very thorough in her explanations, and…helped me think of things in a new light that I had not thought about before. At the end of the conversation, I had all of the information that I…needed and I felt vastly more prepared for the residency process. I HIGHLY recommend Michelle’s services. She is an excellent mentor who really does care about you. I was blessed by her help. Thank you!!!
– SI, residency applicant

Michelle, thank you so much for your quick response. You are as always very helpful!
– GM, medical school applicant

I feel like giving you a big hug… a big weight is slowly lifting off my shoulders… I really appreciate what you have done for me.
– AS, residency applicant

Michelle, I appreciate all of the work you have done for me. THANK YOU…Definitely I [would] love to work with you again.
– CN, residency applicant

Thank you so much for all of the help. I really feel much more polished and confident to do well in my interview after practicing with you! I was nervous for my first interview, but you made me feel very comfortable…and I feel ready to go into my interview and do well! …Thanks again!
– MF, medical school applicant

I am pleased with our [strategy] session yesterday and appreciate all your advice. It has provided me some direction and options to consider.
– JB, medical school applicant

Thanks again for all your help with my personal statement. I’m very happy with it, and your revisions have been vital in getting it there. Your comments were in depth, you explained why you made the changes you suggested from an admissions perspective, and you were extremely fast and courteous! I will definitely recommend you to any friends who are interested in getting help with their personal statements.
– AN, medical school applicant

Dear Michelle, I am grateful for the opportunity to have mock-interviewed with you on two occasions. It helped me to better understand what to expect at my interviews and to prepare responses for a number of typical questions. Your strategies allowed me to maximize the impact of each brief encounter. Thank you so much for your help!
– RJ, residency applicant

Your assistance with my personal statement and AMCAS was extremely helpful. I received positive reviews all around regarding my essay, which transformed into something I was extremely proud of!
– TD, medical school applicant

[After obtaining a residency position] Thanks for the strategy session with me, it really helped me with preparing my application and personal statement.
– IM, residency applicant

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to interview at a good number of schools and I am extremely appreciative of all of your help and guidance.
– JK, medical school applicant

Thanks a lot. My application looks so much better than before.
-MO, residency applicant

Michelle, Thank you so much for your valuable advice. I agreed with everything and followed all of your changes. I love [the essay’s] clarity now…Your help on the Personal Statement was invaluable and I’m very happy with the outcome….
– JB, medical school applicant

Without Michelle’s guidance, I would have mulled over the details too long and never submitted the ERAS application on time. She took the anxiety out of applying with her great advice, solidly revised personal statement/CV and quick return of drafts. I can’t thank her enough!!…[After obtaining a residency position] Thank you so much for all of your help. I will recommend you to anyone that I come across in the future.
– CS, residency applicant

Thank you for the feedback and for helping me so much with the interview questions. You really helped me feel confident…
– CF, residency applicant

I submitted my ERAS CV with more confidence… Keep up the good work.
– HA, residency applicant

You definitely helped… in what I should tell the interviewers to sell myself.
MK, fellowship applicant

You read every document I sent to you. This indicated to me that you are very thorough with your clients. You accentuated my positive points and showed me how to turn my weaknesses into strengths. You showed me how to build my confidence. I highly recommend you… I intend to use your services again when I am applying for my residency.
– TD, medical school applicant

You brilliantly helped me with my Personal Statement. [After obtaining a residency position]…I ended up pre-matching…. Thanks so much for your help I couldn’t be happier.
– SK, residency applicant

I just wanted to let you know that I have been admitted to two schools already – Michigan and University of Chicago!!!! They were my first two interviews and they both contacted me on October 15th, the first day that they are allowed to make offers. I am so excited, so thank you so much for the wonderful preparations! I think practicing my interview with you also helped me with confidence. I have had several interviewers comment on how relaxed I seem during the interview!
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

I matched at my top choice!!… Thank you for your terrific work. I thought about our conversations often during the interview season, they helped a lot. I interviewed for several awesome programs, but I am very excited that I got my top pick!
– JR, residency applicant

I got into UPENN!!!!!!! Thanks sooo much!
– Name withheld, post baccalaureate applicant

The match results just came out and I matched at my 1st choice, Emory!!…I still can’t believe my eyes!! Thank you so much for all of the support and encouragement during the interview season!!
– Name withheld, fellowship applicant

Michelle, I just wanted you to know that I got accepted to UNC today!!!…Thank you so much for everything, all of your help through this process was instrumental in preparing me for the interviews etc….Ah, I’m so excited.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I truly appreciate your feedback and revisions with this statement!
– MB, Residency Applicant

My daughter was so tired after her third year in medical school that she didn’t want to think about writing for her Residency Application. I decided a gift of professional assistance would be a good idea. I needed to find someone I felt I could trust and that had the students’ best interests at heart. I believe I found that in Michelle; she is personable, timely and dedicated. We ended up getting the triple package and it was well worth it…Schools just do not give enough advice to these dedicated science students whose futures may depend on how well they can write.
– JS, parent of residency applicant

Thanks for all your wonderful comments and amazing return times… the essay is a lot better now, and I could not have done it without you!
– AN, medical school applicant

I am super happy I did the mock interview with you. Your suggestions and comments were spot on and I felt like I had a significant advantage…
– MK, residency applicant

I have decided to go to Bryn Mawr’s postbacc program… I want to thank you again, your insights were very helpful and I felt well prepared for the interview.
– Name withheld, post baccalaureate applicant

Michelle, thank you so much for your help… The one-on-one time with you on the phone was the best part of the experience. It was obvious that you put a lot of time and energy into coming up with a game plan for me… You have been a lifesaver for me.
– WH, residency applicant

I matched to pediatrics at [program name withheld]…Thanks to your help, I felt very prepared for the interview process , and I got what I wanted in the end. Thanks so much!
– Name withheld, residency applicant

Thanks for everything, this service is amazing.
– MC, medical school applicant

Dear Michelle, I have great news! I got into Tufts yesterday! …I wanted to share the good news and also thank you for all your help and encouragement. I am so grateful.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Michelle, I just sat down again with my personal statement and I am very pleased. I’m also very pleased with the way my CV turned out as well….your advice and service has much surpassed my expectations….it was a much less painful process because of you…I will recommend anyone having issues in this area too you.
– MP, residency applicant

Everything went well with the Match. I matched at BU which I am very happy about! Thank you again for your help.
– Name withheld, residency applicant

…Your suggestions were very helpful…You really hit the nail on the head in terms of what I was trying to portray to my readers…I feel more confident in my application now that I have a much stronger personal statement. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!….
– DT, medical school applicant

Once again I cannot thank you enough for the very quick and thorough response…Thank you for all of the help.
– JF, medical school applicant

I have some great news – I have been offered a prematch position at one of the…programs I was going to rank highly…Thank you again for all of your help!
– Name withheld, residency applicant

Your commitment and speed have been amazing… You were definitely a huge part of my feeling confident when I submitted my application…I could ask you questions knowing everything would be confidential… I just want to thank you for everything. [In a subsequent message after obtaining a residency position] I would absolutely recommend this [service].
– JB, residency applicant

You’ve been very fast throughout this process…Thank you.
– MC, fellowship applicant

[After getting into medical school] Thanks a lot for your help Michelle, your mock interview really helped put me at ease for that first interview & the essay editing really came in handy.
– BF, medical school applicant

I can’t believe how prompt you are in reading and editing my essays! I truly appreciate your comments and suggestions. [After interviewing]…I cannot thank you enough for your help. Interviewing has always been a difficult experience for me, and I feel that you have not only helped me for my…interview but have really made me become less nervous and more confident and enthusiastic about interviews. The time you have spent with me has really helped me to learn a method that I will continue to use to prepare and approach my interviews in the future… [After being admitted to medical school] I am…certain that without all of your essay help and interview prep, I would not have been accepted. Thank you very much for all of your support!
– MS, medical school applicant

Michelle, thank you for doing a fantastic job with all of the corrections. You made such great improvements with my personal statement and application.
– PG, residency applicant

Roses – not always red/ but I know one to be true/ writing a Personal Statement is difficult/ and I am thankful to have you/ Happy Valentine’s Day Michelle
– SS, medical school applicant

I honestly felt so much more confident and prepared for my interviews after your help! You are very encouraging and you truly helped me represent who I really am in the interviews! I think it was so amazing that you had thoroughly reviewed my application prior to our interview sessions and truly could give me interview and application advice specific for me and my application! I look forward to your guidance throughout my path in becoming a physician.
– RR, medical school applicant

 

Michelle I cannot thank you enough for your help! Your comments, suggestions, and changes were excellent and I could not have done it without you. Each draft showed incredible improvement and it was exciting to watch the progress of the essay. Thanks!
– RS, residency applicant

Michelle, Wow, thank you! You are really good at what you do…I am grateful that you sculpted such a powerful face for my application this year.
– UG, residency applicant

Michelle, I do believe the essays have come a long way – they are concise, coherent, and direct. I have come to really appreciate the streamlining you did, which, before, I was scared to do myself.
– PS, medical school applicant

Hi Michelle! Thank you very much for your very professional support…the end result [of the personal statement] is definitely very appealing. Everything there in it is about me in a very presentable and professional format. It would not have been possible without your help. The way you cut the crap is awesome.
– AL, residency applicant

Thank you for all of your help – you have definitely strengthened my application and have helped me feel more confident going into the interviews.
– BJ, residency applicant

Thank you again for your help Michelle! What a world of difference… and thank you for the quick turn around time regarding these edits.
– DT, medical school applicant

Wow, I must say great work… I’m glad I chose your service.
– SA, residency applicant

What an improvement!… You are a pro!
– WL, residency applicant

The interviewer questions to me were entirely as you said…Thank you very much for your support.
– HL, fellowship applicant

Excellent job, thanks for your services… Much better than I could have done on my own!
– JF, medical school applicant

I can’t tell you the confidence I have in working with you…
– SY, medical school applicant

You’re amazing…Thanks for making my Personal Statement from one of the worst in the world to one of the nicest ones…
– DP, residency applicant

I feel like [the personal statement is] already a million times better than what I started with.
– JG, residency applicant

Michelle, thank you so much for the interview session today. I learned A LOT about how to prepare my questions and you alleviated a lot of the concerns I had about the interview.
– CK, medical school applicant

My interviews are going much better after having talked to you.
– RF, residency applicant

Thanks for all of your help. The recommendations have been great!
– AP, residency applicant

You amaze me how you cut it down to the bare bones without making it lose meaning…Thanks a million, Michelle. I really appreciate your speed.
– MJ, medical school applicant

It was hard for me to pay for your services, but I’m really glad I did. I feel so much better about the application process.
– MK, residency applicant

Thanks for all of your thorough feedback, it was extremely helpful!
– HL, residency applicant

My personal statement is awesome. I can’t believe how good it is.
– MC, residency applicant

Thank you so much for getting things through so quickly.
– CJ, residency applicant

Michelle, Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me about my application. You really helped me out a lot.
-JJ, medical school applicant

Thanks sooo much for the mock interview. The questions that were asked were exactly as you said.
-MC, residency applicant

I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for you. Your…editing is amazing and a true gift. Before…deciding to work with you, I really was lost and overwhelmed with the application process, the personal statement, the C.V. and the ERAS application, but you made everything so much simpler and better…I truly am very grateful to you.
– UJ, residency applicant

Just emailing to let you know I have been accepted to Washington University in St. Louis…I wanted to thank you for all the help you gave me this summer, as I’m sure I would not have received so many great interview invites without it.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help in the admissions process… All in all, I left with a good feeling and didn’t feel unprepared for any questions.
–PS, medical school applicant

I was offered a prematch position right after my step 3 results and I have accepted it. Wow!! really happy right now… Thanks for all your advice.
–PG, residency applicant

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed and valued our conversation… I left that meeting feeling empowered and reignited, with a much clearer vision of where I am headed. I cannot thank you enough for doing such thorough “pre-call” research and tailoring your advice to my precise situation. You are truly amazing.
–MR, medical school applicant

Michelle, I want to let you know that all of my LOR writers have mentioned how much they like the way my CV was organized. They have also loved my personal statement. Thank you so much.
–SP, residency applicant

I can’t thank you enough. The mock interviews really helped me a lot. The program director asked me many of the same questions that we had discussed. It really boosted my confidence. Some of the program directors couldn’t believe that I was a foreign graduate!
– SS, residency applicant

Michelle’s guidance with my ERAS/resume not only made my application better,but gave me a great deal of confidence when I sat across [from] the interviewer. During the process, Michelle was honest, and clearly spent a great deal of time with my application. I am amazed that she gives such personal attention to each application. She is obviously vested in helping people achieve the best they possibly can-the hallmark of a true teacher.
– JB, residency applicant

I just got accepted at UCSD! …I just wanted to thank you very much for helping me through the process of applications and then preparing for interviews.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Thanks to your advice, I was able to conduct myself with confidence and eloquence during all of my interviews. Even when I was confronted with questions that we had not covered, I was able to pull from the material we had discussed and formulate coherent responses. [After getting accepted into medical school]…you have helped me come intimately close to realizing my lifelong dream of becoming a physician, and as a result, fundamentally shaped my future for all days to come.
– SR, medical school applicant

I got my first pick for both prelim and radiology!…Thanks again for all of your help!
– Name withheld, residency applicant

This was my fourth time to apply to med school, and despite being wait listed in the past, this time I was accepted in the first round! Thank you!!!
– HD, medical school applicant

A program director today told me that my personal statement was the best essay he read this year…
– SP, residency applicant.

Hey Dr. Finkel, I matched… for orthopaedics. My first choice!! Thank you so much for your help.
– Name withheld, residency applicant

The medical school application was a full-blown success. I’ve gotten into five schools: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Case Western Reserve, Dartmouth, Loma Linda University, and St. Louis University.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Just wanted to let you know that I got into Drexel! Thank you so much for all your help.
– Name withheld, medical school applicant

Thank you. I feel as if my eyes are opened, I really needed this.
–SZ, residency applicant

I got accepted to my first medical school (University of Tennessee College of Medicine)! Thanks for all your help!!
–Name withheld, medical school applicant

Thank you for all the help and guidance… it was worth every penny and I must say, you were inspirational.
– AK, fellowship applicant

 

 

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About Dr. Michelle Finkel

Dr. Michelle Finkel

Dr. Finkel is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. On completing her residency at Harvard, she was asked to stay on as faculty at Harvard Medical School and spent five years teaching at the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital. She was appointed to the Assistant Residency Director position for the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency where she reviewed countless applications, personal statements and resumes. Read more

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