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What to Expect as a Pre-Med

what to expect as a pre-medHello my eager, freshman readers! Today, I’d like to talk about what to expect as a pre-med student (aka step one in becoming a doctor and living your version of the “good life”).

So, you’re super excited to start four years of pre-med awesomeness! Let’s set appropriate expectations for this time in your life.

There will be challenges

The nice thing about being a pre-med student is that you can major in pretty much anything. I have classmates that majored in engineering, art, music, business, Spanish, English and pretty much every other major you can think …

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Med School Requirements: Letters of Recommendation, Part I

Identifying Your Recommenders

As an MCAT instructor, I routinely field questions about the med school application process, especially concerning credentials and Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

Your med school application’s LORs carry the potential to pull admissions committees over to your side by showing them your many diverse attributes and personal qualities. To highlight these, you’ll want to submit excellent recommendations from professionals who can paint a flattering picture of you by way of vivid descriptions and sincere commendation.

Requirements for your Letters of Recommendation

Each medical school has its own set of standards and formats …

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Picking a Medical Specialty

Picking a Medical School SpecialtyWhat Kind of Doctor Are You Going To Be?

Hello my excited readers! Before you start medical school, when people ask you what you’re going to be when you grow up, you answer with the phrase, “a doctor.” Once you get into medical school, the question gets more specific and people ask what “kind” of doctor are you going to be and what medical specialty you’ll focus on. My standard response, since I’m a sassy-pants by nature is, “a good one, hopefully.” However, this is an important question, and at some point within the next three …

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Back-to-School Pre-Med Resolutions

New School Year Pre-Med Resolutions

Emily and her roommates on the first day of their second year of medical school.

Hello my scholarly pre-med readers! Let’s talk about our pre-med resolutions for this year! Summer is winding down and for many of you sophomores, juniors and seniors, that means it’s time to head back to school. Now, the novelty of college may have worn off and moving back into a dorm room or frat house may not be as exciting as it was your freshman year. You may be dreading classes such as Organic Chemistry or Cell Physiology (a notedly difficult …

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How Many People Get Into Medical School?

How Many People Get Into Medical School?Hello my med-school hopeful readers! Today I’d like to talk about a question you may be wondering: “how many people get into medical school?”

Getting accepted is the first key to unlocking the “good life” through a career in medicine, so let’s discuss the recent admissions stats in detail.

Medical School by the Numbers

According to the AAMC, in 2013, over 48,000 people applied to medical school in the U.S., which was a record number! Of those nearly fifty thousand applicants, just over 20,000 (20,055) of them matriculated into their first year of medical school. …

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Top Loan Forgiveness Programs for Students Facing Medical School Debt

Medical School DebtAs a pre-medical or medical student, you may not be worried about your future earnings as a doctor: after all, seven of the top-10 best paying jobs of 2014 are in health care. But that’s cold comfort when your post-medical school debt could pay for the average American home in full.

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimated that the median four-year cost to attend med school, including living expenses and books, for the class of 2013 was $278,455 at private schools and $207,868 at public ones. With nearly a fifth of students taking …

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Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered, Part 2

pre-med-study-abroad

Emily is enjoying some downtime while studying abroad.

Hello again my pre-med study abroad readers! In part 1 of this post, we talked about the specifics of who, where, when, and how long to study abroad. In part 2, I’d love to discuss how studying abroad makes you a better pre-med student, better medical school applicant, and a better physician.  These experiences can make it possible to live your version of the “good life” sooner rather than later. 

A Better Pre-Med Student:

Have you ever experienced studying burnout? The demanding schedule of a pre-medical …

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The 3 Phases of Applying to Medical School

Kaplan MCAT Prep - Medical School Admissions Timeline

Most students will prep between October and April of their junior year. Click image to download.

Intimidated by applying to medical school?

We get it; the medical school admissions process can be daunting. After all, the end result of becoming a doctor is something you’ve wanted for a long time—something that’s going to help you pursue your vision of the “good life.” So it’s only natural to want everything to be perfect when you submit your application.

Today, we will break down and simplify the application process to take the edge off.

 

3-phase process

Applying …

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MD or DO: Insight from an Osteopathic Medical Student

md vs do - what is the difference between a Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?

A Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine will both lead to the good life – but what are the differences between the two? If you had asked me at the beginning of college whether or not a DO could prescribe medication, I would have given the same answer as one-third of Americans – I don’t know. Of course, after several years of experience shadowing DOs and as a student of osteopathy, I now know both degrees receive the same level of training, specialize in the same fields, and overall, have the same medical …

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Solid Preparation to Reduce Test Day Stress!

reduce test day stressI’m sure you’ve all heard the famous quote from Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” As it turns out, this quote is incredibly applicable to your MCAT studying! One of the best ways to reduce test day stress and ensure success on Test Day is to plan for both the best and worst case scenarios.

What things can you do to prepare for success? I’m glad you asked!

Planning for the worst:

1. Drive the route to your test center at the same time of day that you’ll be taking your

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