August 14, 2015
Gone are the days of a single physician flying solo to help a patient. Now, more than ever, you’ll see everybody in the hospital working together to improve healthcare delivery and results.
Hospital marketers call this an “integrated model of care,” but let’s cut through the marketing jargon. We know what it really is. It’s called teamwork.
Even the most competent physician needs to be able to work within a team structure. That’s because working side by side with nurses, medical assistants, front office staff, other physicians, and physical therapists is essential to the future of medicine.
This change is …...read more
August 11, 2015
It might seem silly to be thinking about the new year when it’s only August, but as a pre-med student you need to plan ahead and start thinking about when to take the MCAT. Time flies, and before you know it—the AMCAS 2016 application cycle will begin.
So, get a jump on 2016. Here’s a few good reasons to consider starting your MCAT prep this fall and continuing over winter break to boost your score in time for a January test date.
Why should you take the MCAT in January?
Spring of 2016 will be busy. To get your application …...read more
August 7, 2015
We often hear about patient satisfaction in the news, and we all know it’s an integral measure of providing good healthcare. However, attention is also increasingly being paid to rating job satisfaction among doctors and the risk of feeling burnt out.
As future medical professionals, it’s important to start thinking about what your life will actually look like as a practicing physician. Here’s some key considerations for ensuring that the medical career you’ve chosen is right for you and that you’ll be satisfied with your job after graduating from medical school.
Weighing physician salary
Perhaps the most talked about component …...read more
August 4, 2015
As a medical school hopeful, you may already have a clear vision of exactly what kind of physician you want to become. Perhaps your mind is set on working for a family practice in a small rural clinic, or maybe you envision a high-profile career in an operating room.
Whether or not you know exactly where your life as a physician is headed, there are plenty of medical career options out there—some of which you might not even know about. So, keep reading to learn more about the unique and varied opportunities available to medical professionals.
Jobs for doctors abroad…...read more
July 21, 2015
So, you didn’t quite get the MCAT score you wanted. Don’t worry, you still have a shot at medical school. Retaking the test can show significant improvement—but only if you redouble your efforts.
Retaking the test to hit your target
There are plenty of reasons why you may have underperformed on the MCAT. Perhaps you found yourself with less time to study than you initially anticipated, or perhaps you were struck by Test Day anxiety.
Whatever the reason, if you’re planning to retake the MCAT, you need to be prepared. Maintaining those old studying habits from the first time …...read more
July 17, 2015
The official starting date to submit your AMCAS applications for the 2016 medical school application cycle has passed us by. That means your applications are ideally on their way to being reviewed and evaluated to determine whether you’ll be sent a secondary application.
As the proactive applicant that you are, you’re already thinking ahead to your strategy for completing your secondaries. What exactly will the admissions committee be looking for this time around?
To help you prepare for the next step, we’re going to talk about some essentials to include in your updated secondary medical school application.…...read more
August 3, 2015
The Internet comes in handy when applying to medical school—but it also makes it easy to lose precious hours tracking down the new MCAT scoring scale or finding out about the acceptance rate of your target program.
To help you cut through the noise and stay up to date on all the latest MCAT and medical school news, we’re taking a closer look this week at the value of social media. Check out our suggestions below for finding online resources that will keep you in the know.
Medical school admissions in 140 characters
Signing up for a Twitter account is …...read more
July 10, 2015
The sun is shining and your first year as a pre-med student is over. In looking forward to your career in medicine, you may be wondering, “What can I do to beef up my medical school application this summer?” Well, taking a break might just be the answer.
You heard correctly. Rest up, relax, and spend time with friends and family doing things you enjoy. We promise it won’t ruin your shot at medical school.
Taking a summer break as a pre-med
It perhaps seems counterintuitive, but spending the summer relaxing may actually be better than driving yourself crazy …...read more
July 7, 2015
Let’s break it down, shall we?
What is the Early Decision Program?
As the name suggests, this program allows for those students who already have their heart set on one particular medical school to potentially gain acceptance earlier in the admissions cycle.
There are certain sets of criteria included as part of the program. Students who apply early must meet the application deadline, which in most …...read more
July 1, 2015
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, …...read more