July 1, 2015

Your Medical Career: Past, Present, and Future

It’s the first day of July, which traditionally means that new interns, residents, and fellows at teaching hospitals will be getting ready for their first day on the job.

Interns especially always tend to feel a bit overwhelmed around this time. Going from medical school, a safe and nurturing learning environment, to working as an official MD and being solely responsible for your patients is a big transition. It can be a terrifying first step into your medical career, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to gain perspective on the path you’ve chosen.

Medical career reflections

In two short years, …

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June 29, 2015

What Is a Good MCAT Score?

Now that scores for the April and May 2015 MCAT administrations are being released, there are a lot of questions swimming through the minds of pre-meds who are applying to medical school this year—specifically the question of: What is a good MCAT score?

The new “30”

In years past, it was easy to answer this question, since we could point to the average matriculant numbers for each med school, but since no med school has yet to admit a class with scores from the new MCAT, the average is not yet known, and the question almost impossible to answer.

We …

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June 26, 2015

Where Does Your Medical School Application Go?

It’s the time of year when the AMCAS cycle opens and thousands of aspiring doctors submit their applications in hopes of being one of the lucky few to matriculate into medical school. You may be wondering, “Where does that medical school application actually go after it’s submitted?”

Today, we’re going to talk a bit about the overall review process used by the admissions committee and shed some light on the mystery of your medical school application, post-submission.

The primary review process

Once you turn in your medical school application, it goes through a preliminary review process. Some schools …

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June 25, 2015

How to Research Your Medical School Options: Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we explored the resources you have available when trying to decide which medical schools you should apply to. We know, however, that the medical school admissions process can feel daunting—even with the right resources.

So today we’re going to help you narrow your search even further by focusing on how to research specific interests.

Primary care emphasis

If working with patients in an outpatient setting really floats your boat, then maybe primary care is right for you. Primary care physicians serve as the gatekeepers to specialty care and help patients in substantial ways every …

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June 23, 2015

How to Research Your Medical School Options: Part 1

So, you want to apply to medical school, but there are more than 100 to choose from—not to mention the fact you’re competing with thousands of other qualified applicants, each of them likewise trying to find the perfect program. How do you know which ones are worth your time?

Figuring out how to research medical school options and deciding which programs are a good fit can feel overwhelming, especially for a first-time applicant. Let’s talk today about what resources are available to guide you.

Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) website

The MSAR website is one of the most definitive places …

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June 29, 2015

What Is the Real Cost of Medical School?

Hello, future doctors! With the AMCAS application ahead of you, you’ve no doubt had nothing but medical school admissions on the brain… but have you given enough thought to what happens once you actually get into the medical school of your dreams?

You’ll invest a lot of money attending medical school for four years, from tuition and fees to textbooks—not to mention what you’ll have already spent on primary and secondary applications. The cost of medical school adds up quickly. So, just how much can you expect to pay?

Calculating the true cost of medical school

According to the AAMC, …

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June 29, 2015

Medical News: Nevada Gets its First Medical School

Forced retirement for doctors, lowering MCAT Test Day stress, and building a medical school in the desert—let’s dig into the latest headlines in the world of medical news and aspiring healthcare professionals. Please leave your comments below.

Forced retirement?

Should doctors past a certain age be forced to retire by law? That’s the controversial topic being debated by the American Medical Association, which recently put out a report saying that physicians themselves should help decide when one of their own needs to hand over their stethoscope. All doctors must meet requirements mandated at the state level, and some hospitals require …

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