Elizabeth LaScala and her team specialize in medical, dental and veterinarian school admissions, as well as physician assistant, physical therapy and nursing degree paths.
The Medical School Admissions Process
Step 1: Elizabeth works with potential applicants to review an individual’s credentials and experience to evaluate if their current profile is strong enough to be successful. Elizabeth provides written objective and subjective reviews, paired with a specific set of recommendations.
Step 2: Assuming the applicant’s profile is strong enough to be successful, Doing College offers the following services as needed:
- Provide specific recommendations and support for submission of strong, cohesive applications to each school or program selected
- Assist with personal statement with brainstorming sessions, working outlines, and editing support services
- Assist with supplemental essays (secondaries) as well as short and long activity descriptions, resumes and any other required or optional written responses
- Assist with development of full mock application, as applicable
- Beyond the actual application, provide editorial support for all written materials related to recommendations, internships and employment (such as email communications, cover letters, resumes and statements)
- Help with deferred admissions and waitlists
The medical school application process is long and difficult. But, with Elizabeth I was able to get ahead on the primary and secondary applications for medical school. Elizabeth was integral to my application process. She helped me craft a personal statement that turned my experiences into cohesive stories that showcased my strengths and my desire to become a physician. She also helped me address some "red flags" in my application in a way that I could show my academic and personal growth. Additionally, she helped guide me on how to respond to secondary prompts and how to make them the most effective with limited word counts. Elizabeth’s help minimized my stress during this process and need to endlessly search the internet for best medical school application tips. I highly recommend her services for anyone applying to graduate school!
Touro University of California
Elizabeth made the application process a million times smoother and more manageable for me. I have unique life experiences and she helped me to show them off as strengths. She offered incredible emotional support and I felt valued and supported the entire time.
Elizabeth was always available and helped me to hone my experiences into strong personal statements. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Elizabeth and recommend her 100%!
UCLA Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Program
I chose to work with Doing College and Beyond specifically because Elizabeth takes very few clients each cycle to ensure she has ample time to devote to each individual applicant. But the main reason I decided to work with Elizabeth is because of her candor in speaking to the positive and negative aspects of my application. Elizabeth’s comments helped me to shape a meaningful personal statement and concise, poignant answers to secondary prompts which made my application stand out in the large, highly competitive applicant pool.
Finally, Elizabeth provided emotional support and perspective through the ups and downs of the application process, providing timely answers to questions which just can’t be found roaming through internet blogs. For those applicants looking for an honest opinion on their medical school application and the help needed to turn a good application into one that truly projects your best self, I highly recommend looking no further than Elizabeth LaScala and Doing College and Beyond.
Byrnn Sargent UC Irvine School of Medicine Class of 2023
Elizabeth was an incredible mentor in helping to guide me through the entire medical school application process. She not only took the time to really familiarize herself with my application, but she also put in the effort to get to know me on a more personal basis.
Through our conversations, I came to realize my many strengths, which ultimately allowed me to succeed. I am very thankful for her help and the relationship we have built.
Michelle Liu Shu
David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine
"I came to Elizabeth overwhelmed by the graduate school application process. I was deciding between an MPH, MSW, or both and felt I couldn’t manage the various applications on my own. Elizabeth encouraged me to think about why I wanted each degree and provided me with resources to help me make my decision. Once I decided on the MPH, she was instrumental in each component of the application, particularly my Statement of Purpose. She has a keen understanding of what schools are looking for, especially in public health, and has developed a process that facilitates strong essay writing. She challenged me to reflect on my experiences and be critical of my own writing. She worked diligently to provide advice and feedback despite a short timeline, her other students, and the holidays.
Good grades, test scores, and letters of recommendation will only get you so far if you don’t know how to showcase your experiences and construct a coherent application package; that’s what Elizabeth helped me achieve. In the end, I was thrilled to be accepted to 6 out of 7 schools. My only advice is to reach out to Elizabeth as soon as possible!"
MPH in Health and Social Behavior
Harvard, Class of 2020
"Elizabeth and I worked closely to develop a well-researched and balanced list of schools. She informed me that when it came to choosing a medical school, it wasn’t about the name but instead whether it was the right fit for me.
In college I majored in chemical engineering and I knew I wanted to take a gap year after graduation. During that gap year, I thought I should take an engineering job, but Elizabeth encouraged me to see that this would be a misstep. Instead she guided me to work in a health care setting before applying to dental schools—volunteering as well as shadowing in a dental office. Ultimately, I was hired to work full-time in a dental office and I believe this made all the difference in the strength of my applications. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in attending a graduate or professional degree school."
Columbia College of Dental Medicine