May 14, 2015
Hello my investigative readers! One of the biggest activities that you can add to improve your medical school application and increase your chances of medical school acceptance is pre-med research experience. Now, when I say research, most people think bench research, you know, the nitty gritty, lab coats and petri dishes kind of research. If that’s not your jam, there are actually a couple of different kinds of research, which can benefit your medical school application. Today let’s explore the different types of research experience.
Clinical research is just like it sounds! Normally you’re working on …...read more
May 12, 2015
Hello my med school hopefuls! So, you’ve rocked the MCAT and you’re ready to take on the next challenge on your road to applying to medical school. Next up you’ve got to work on completing your primary and secondary applications. The focus for each application is slightly different and today I want to discuss how to make each application as strong as possible.
Primary Medical School Applications: ...read more
May 12, 2015
When studying for the MCAT, there comes a time when you might feel the urge to rage about how unfair the exa, is. Taking the MCAT can’t possibly prepare me to be a better doctor! you might think. Then you take the test and you think, Whew! I’m glad I never have to do that again—especially, perhaps, now that the test has increased by a couple of hours.
Well, there’s good and bad news. The good news is, you’re right: once you’re done with the MCAT, you never have to take it again.
The bad news is that the …...read more
April 27, 2015
It’s officially Spring! The changing of the seasons heralds what can be the craziest time of year for any student who is simultaneously applying to medical school while taking the MCAT in April, May, or June. Our pre-med guide will help you navigate this time, while maintaining a healthy level of sanity.
Other times of the year, studying for the MCAT has the potential to be stressful, but in May that stress can reach an impressively high level. In the next month and a half most students will have hurdles such as finals, graduation, moving, asking professors for letters of …...read more
April 15, 2015
Hello my springtime readers! The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, all of which means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your summer MCAT prep plans! The summer is a great time to prep for and take the MCAT, because most students either do not take classes or have a lighter course-load. Fewer responsibilities will allow you to fully dedicate your time to prepping for the MCAT and getting your highest score possible! Let’s talk about the steps to get your summer set up for MCAT test day success:
Step 1- Register …...read more
April 15, 2015
Hello my diverse readers! When I applied to medical school, I had this idea in my mind that there was some sort of perfect pre-med applicant prototype that schools had in mind. All I had to do to be accepted was become or fit into that perfect pre-med mold. Then I went to my medical school orientation and realized precisely how wrong I was. What I didn’t realize is what diversity in medicine looks like these days. So today let’s talk about diversity!
Diversity of Experience
Of course there are members of my class who did come right out …...read more
April 13, 2015
Hello my med-school-ready readers! Okay, so you’re pumped and excited to get into medical school. Let’s talk about some of the neat opportunities you’ll get at each step along your journey to becoming a doctor.A day in the life of. . .
A First and Second Year Medical Student:
You’ve achieved your dream of getting into medical school! These first two years in the classroom involve learning an incredible amount of neat medical and basic-science information. You’ll get to dissect bodies in anatomy, spend time in microbiology labs, do research, and have great opportunities for …...read more
March 30, 2015
Hello my interested readers! As you may well know, March is Women’s History Month, so let’s celebrate by talking about some amazing women in medicine!
The State of Women in Medicine
As a female medical student, I’m acutely aware that I’m fortunate to be training at a time when, according to the AAMC, women made up 45.9% of applicants and 47.8% of matriculants to U.S. medical schools in 2014. Given that women make up slightly over half the population, those numbers are not too shabby.
Most importantly, there was an increase in first-time women applicants which indicates …...read more
March 25, 2015
As an aspiring medical student, there are many reasons that you’re inspired to become a doctor. Maybe you love helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. Maybe you’re passionate about science or research. Whatever the reason, one aspect of choosing a career in medicine, that can’t be overlooked, is knowing how you’ll be financially compensated. But what can you expect when it comes to physician salaries?
Medical school is not cheap....read more
March 20, 2015
It’s an exciting day in the life of a fourth year medical student! It’s the 2015 residency match and thousands of medical students are opening the envelopes that tell them where they’ll be headed for the next few years of their life. I wrote about the match process last year and how it works. This year I’d like to focus more on the opportunities that come with matching.
Opportunity 1- Moving to a new city
Yes, it can be very stressful not knowing where you’ll be living in a few months. One of the hardest intellectual hurdles is imagining …...read more