January 12, 2015

Pre-Med New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

It’s tradition to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year with the idea that it’s a time for reinvention and growth. Let’s grow together this year, but before we get started, you should probably get refreshed on the med school New Year’s resolutions we made last year and the back-to-school pre-med resolutions at the beginning of the school year. Alright. Done? Let’s move into the new year with our 2015 pre-med New Year’s resolutions!

#1. Set manageable goals

This seems an apt goal to start with since most people set giant, lofty goals at the beginning of the …

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March 12, 2015

The Most Intensive MCAT Prep Program

 

It’s a good time to start thinking about your summer plans, especially if they involve MCAT prep—and, if you’re a prospective med school applicant, they should.

One way to get serious about your MCAT prep is to enroll in Kaplan’s MCAT Summer Intensive Program—the most intensive, rigorous, immersive, and comprehensive MCAT program out there, to help you get the score you want on Test Day. In 2015, you can attend these intensive prep sessions in four locations:

Atlanta, GA: May 16th – June 27th at Emory University

Boulder, CO: May 16th – June 27th at the University

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December 14, 2014

Application Essentials II: The Medical School Personal Statement

Let’s start today with a seemingly simple question that you are going to have to consider before applying to med school: Who are you?

It may seem simple on the surface, but this can be one of the most challenging questions that premed students encounter on the medical school application or the MCAT. Yet, it’s the basic question posed in at least one major part of your application: the medical school personal statement.

There are a couple important themes to keep in mind while you’re coming up with the subject matter for your medical school personal statement—or, what many

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October 24, 2014

MD or DO: Insight from an Osteopathic Medical Student

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 careers and salaries available.  …

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October 24, 2014

Questions From a Future Physician: Is Effective Healthcare Limited by Cost?

 

Hola estudiantes! Frequently in the U.S., I am faced with the question “what good is the best doctor, if the patients can’t afford to pay for their healthcare or their prescriptions?” In Costa Rica, within a few hours and using my broken Spanish, I was faced with the same question.

As a member of CU-UNITE, a track at my medical school, which focuses on working with medically under-served populations, I think it’s crucial to have the skills to communicate with a diverse group of patients. This past summer I spent a month in Costa Rica learning medical …

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October 24, 2014

Dating in Medical School

Hello my springtime readers! It’s that time of year again when the sun comes out, the birds are singing and love is in the air. Which brings me to the question- how does one find love in medical school, or at the very least, start dating in medical school? When you’re spending most of your free-time studying, stressing, or practicing your skills in clinic, finding an amazing significant other is not necessarily easy to accomplish.

So, what avenues can you pursue? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of different dating scenarios? Disclaimer: the majority of my class began

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October 24, 2014

Learning to Communicate in Medical School

Hello my springtime readers! I hope that it’s getting sunny and warm where you are and that you’re getting some balance in your life by getting some time outside. Today I’d like to talk a bit about the use of communication in medicine and medical school. We’ve all seen the medical shows where the patient says, “Doc, I don’t understand all that medical mumbo jumbo. Just give it to me straight.” Then the doctor throws aside all the terminology and tells the patient that there is a small chance of surviving without the surgery or something equally dramatic. 

We’re most

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October 24, 2014

Being Sick in Medical School

Hello my hopefully healthy readers! We’ve all heard the phrase doctors make the worst patients, but is that also true of medical students? In my experience so far, students sick in medical school make for terrible patients because most of us border on hypochondria. There’s actually a name for this phenomenon- Medical Student’s Disease- and a Wikipedia entry to match. Medical Student’s disease is basically a propensity to believe that you have the symptoms of whatever disease you’re studying. For example, since we started dermatology, I don’t know how many of my classmates have independently diagnosed themselves with skin cancer.
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October 24, 2014

Med School Summer: The Last Summer of Your Life

Hello my cabin fever readers! If you’re like me, this is the part of the year that gets you daydreaming about what summer holds in store. As a first year med student, this daydream takes on a particularly urgent feeling as we’re frequently reminded that this is the “last summer of our lives”. What does that mean other than medical school administrations love hyperbole?

Well, the med school summer between first year and second year lasts the conventional 2.5 months much like your summer vacation in grade school. This is apparently the “last time” that we will ever have 2.5

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