Picking a Medical Specialty

Wednesday, September 10, 2014What 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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How Long Does it Take to Become a Doctor?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

So now that you’ve chosen to pursue your idea of the “good life” as a physician, it’s useful to know when you can reap the benefits. While you’re thinking about getting into the best medical school possible and taking stock of your medical school requirements, you’ve probably already begun asking yourself, how long does it take to become a doctor?

One of the greatest concerns for students considering a career in medicine is how much additional education is needed—along with the associated time, effort, and medical school debt.

The timeline can seem daunting. Four years …

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Back-to-School Pre-Med Resolutions

Monday, September 8, 2014

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?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

As 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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Triaging as a Tool for MCAT Success!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hello my hard-working MCAT Test Takers! Today I want to discuss an important tool for MCAT success: prioritization. In fact, one of the most important lessons in your entire healthcare career will be learning how to prioritize effectively, whether you’re working with patients, studying, or taking a test. It not only helps you reduce your anxiety since you have a plan for every occasion, but it also helps you maximize your effectiveness. It is a concept officially known as Triaging (or as I think of it, MCAT Pokemon: gotta catch all the points!)…

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Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered, Part 2

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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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Am I Ready to Take the MCAT?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hello my MCAT-loving readers! Today I want to answer a common question posed by students – “When will I feel ready to take the MCAT?”

The short answer is that you may never feel ready to take the MCAT. It’s an intimidating test and feeling 100% certain that you’re ready to go destroy it, may not happen for you. That doesn’t mean that you’re not actually ready to take the MCAT.

What you should really be asking is – “How do I know that I’m ready to take the MCAT?”…

You’re ready to take

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What is Changing on the MCAT 2015?

Monday, August 25, 2014

New topics and areas of study will be covered on the MCAT 2015

If medical school is in your near future, you probably know that, as of April 2015, there’s a new MCAT in town, appropriately termed MCAT 2015 to differentiate it from the current exam.

While much of the popular conversation has centered around the new content areas of biochemistry, psychology, and sociology, we think it’s important to understand not just how the MCAT is changing in 2015, but why the MCAT is changing, and why now.…

Why is the MCAT changing?

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Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered-Part 1

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Emily’s most recent study abroad experience was learning medical Spanish in Costa Rica.

Hello my travel-hungry readers! Today I’d like to start a two-part series on the importance of studying abroad as a pre-med. One of the big questions with regards to the changes made on the 2015 MCAT is, how will students be able to fit in the new required coursework? Many students are worried that they’ll have to sacrifice important learning opportunities such as studying abroad or extracurriculars in their journey to become a physician.

This article will tackle the pre-med study abroad questions …

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