The White Coat Checklist Story
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
– Francis of Assisi
About White Coat Checklist
White Coat Checklist was founded by Executive Director Aaron Lemmon in 2013 as an extension of his work supporting competitive medical school candidates at Boston College, his undergraduate alma mater. Aaron previously worked for four years recruiting and training pre-med EMTs to perform clinician-equivalent patient interviews at the Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Emergency Department on behalf of Barbara Herbert, MD, Chair of Addiction Medicine. This unique medical-educational partnership between a major Boston tertiary care center and a leading Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education was recognized at two national conferences, and the student volunteers of the SEMC-BC SBIRT Collaborative have been uniquely competitive for medical school consideration based on these clinical support engagement experiences. SBIRT Collaborative media created to support this undertaking (and provide a portfolio supporting medical school candidacies) include a student-produced video documentary as well as other high-quality resources such as training role-plays:
Aaron has worked within the medical school application process from a variety of perspectives: a public health program volunteer recruiter and work supervisor with recommender status, a mentor and friend for handpicked top-tier candidates to ensure their success, and a highly successful healthcare consultant experienced in developing population health management best practices within Steward Health Care, one of the first 32 Medicare Pioneer ACOs. Aaron’s formal work responsibilities at Steward Health Care have also been recognized at multiple national conferences. In May 2015, Aaron graduated from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business with an MBA/MSIS in Health Sector Strategy, cum laude. Post-graduation he will be completing a IT Technical Training rotational development program at Aetna, the #3 commercial health insurer in the U.S. and a Fortune Magazine Top 50 company.
White Coat Checklist offers a radically different value proposition compared to other medical school application support web sites, with a multitude of valuable, transparent application support offerings:
WCC Free Resources
White Coat Checklist’s public web pages will always be free to general site visitors. In addition to our ever growing library of online resources, WCC posts regular content updates to The Coat Check, the WCC blog with relevant observations of the medical school application process.
WCC Basic Membership Resources (click here for in-depth details or to sign up)
White Coat Checklist’s Basic Membership is free and does not expire. Basic Members are able to use the White Coat Checklist AppTrackR dashboard to monitor their medical school applications in real-time, with optional email reminders to help ensure reasonable progress through the application timeline. Basic members also receive access to the White Coat Checklist Contact Form which can be used to contact WCC directly, which includes a free one-time half-hour candidacy review consultation.
WCC Full Membership Resources (click here for in-depth details or to sign up)
White Coat Checklist’s Full Membership lasts for 12 months, after which time members are automatically downgraded back to basic membership status at no charge. Full members have access to the ‘AppTrackR’ medical school dashboard, Contact Form (including free one-time half-hour candidacy review request privileges), and exclusive access to WCC’s premium web resources which include personal statement writing prompts and actual first-draft secondaries essays used by successful medical school applicants with WCC commentary regarding specific areas for improvement. These resources have proved invaluable for SBIRT Collaborative students in receiving admission to Harvard Medical School and highly selective in-state medical school programs, among others. WCC’s full membership is available for $49.99 per year.
WCC Optional Resources (1:1 Advising & Remote Editing)
White Coat Checklist’s Basic and Full Members are also eligible to work with WCC individually upon request via phone or videoconference (Skype, Google Hangout). 1:1 Advising and Remote Editing Services beyond the complimentary half-hour initial consult can be requested through the White Coat Checklist Contact Form. Our very affordable 1:1 Advising rates (with both merit and need-based scholarships available) are detailed on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Remote editing services are also available upon request with a flat $0.10 per word rate for all content, both in terms of reading draft essays and composing succinct comment responses.