PREMED Resources


Although having a strong academic record is not everything, it can be a sign of diligence and show that you are ready to face the rigorous curriculum in medical school. Most of these resources are free, so use them to your advantage!​

  • MCAT

    • A 7.5 hour exam that consists of four sections: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

    • UCSD courses

      • Highly recommended:

        • ​General Chemistry series (CHEM 6A,B,C)

        • Organic Chemistry series (CHEM 40A,B)

        • Physics (PHYS 1,2,3)

        • Biochemistry

        • Biology course

      • Optional but helpful:

        • Sociology (SOCI 70)

        • Psychology course​​

    • Free resources

      • ​Reddit (r/mcat)

        • Premade Anki decks​

          • Popular decks: Miledown, Jacksparrow, Ortho528, Rebopbebop​

      • Khan Academy 

        • CARS passages (Jack Westin simulates the real MCAT interface)

        • P/S:80pg or 300pg doc

        • Youtube videos

      • BluePrint

        • ½ diagnostic + 1FL

      • MCAT 101

        • ​Subscribe to their email newsletter to get free passage practices that they’ll go over in a live tutoring session. They also have a 4 month prep course at $15

      • MCAT Self Prep​​

      • Non-free resources​

        • ​Prep books (Kaplan/TPR/Examkrackers)

          • Comes with additional online practice questions + FLs

        • UWorld

          • Pricey (~$300), but recommended by a lot of mcat takers

        • AAMC question packs + FLs

          • Pricey but AAMC FLs are a MUST



  • AMSA-based resources

    • Hospice

      • We are partnered with Silverado Memory Care to allow our volunteers to experience caring for elderly dementia patients through their last stages of life. Normally, our volunteers visit their patients; however, we do not want to jeopardize our patients’ health any more than they already are. For the time being, we will be writing them letters to help support them through this time. 

    • ​Preuss School Tutoring

      • Preuss School is a UCSD charter school that serves the underserved students of San Diego! If you are interested, email Hannah at

    • ​Feeding SD

      • Feeding San Diego connects the underserved community by providing over 26 million meals every year. As a volunteer, you will be sorting food in their warehouse to contribute to their weekly donation drives. 

    • Habitat for humanity

    • ​You see you program

      • Volunteer to mentor San Diego high school students about career exploration, college readiness and tips, and other guidance. 









AMSA/UCSD- based resources​

  • PUMA with UCSD


    • Admissions Committee backed information on the entire application process, advice from current medical students, MCAT tutoring, and dedicated personal statement review.

  • PAMS

    • Current medical students from UCSD SOM meet once a month to give advice and application help to UCSD undergraduates





Dr. Rachel Rizal


Dr. Rishi Mediratta

(Click on their images to contact Cracking Med School Admissions!)

Read Dr. Rachel Rizal on U.S. News: Medical School Admissions Doctor
Dr. Rachel Rizal is a regular contributor. Her goal is to convey interdisciplinary ways you can improve patient care.


Read all of Dr. Rizal's articles here. If you would like to reach out to Dr. Rizal, her email address is