August 28, 2015

Why Subscribe to The Pulse as a Pre-Med?

The field of medicine is constantly evolving. We now have medication that can cure Hepatitis C—a development that would have been unheard of 20 years ago. Just last week, surgeons performed the first successful bilateral hand transplant.

Being a lifelong learner who keeps apprised of these kinds of medical breakthroughs is an essential component of becoming a great physician.

Stay in the know as a pre-med

So, how do you practice staying on top of the latest medical information with everything else you need to know about applying to medical school and life as a medical student? The simplest answer more
August 27, 2015

Medical Career Hopefuls Mired in Student Debt

How do you avoid getting buried in student debt before starting your medical career? Can a new training program teach physicians empathy? Why are Cuban doctors fleeing Venezuela? Let’s get the answers to these questions and more in our roundup of medical news. Please leave your comments below.

Managing student debt

If you’re planning to go to medical school, chances are you’ve been thinking about how to pay for it. And if you haven’t… What are you waiting for? Consider this: The typical medical school student who borrowed to cover the cost of tuition owed about $162,000 in 2012, the more
August 20, 2015

Medical Schools Look Beyond Pre-Med to Social Sciences

How can you impress medical schools without a pre-med college major? Are female doctors less of a malpractice liability? What role should religion play in treating patients?—let’s check out the answers to these questions and more in our roundup of medical news. Please leave your comments below.

Applying without pre-med credentials

Medical school is no longer strictly for pre-med students who’ve already studied biology and chemistry. Even if you majored in a “softer,” social science, like sociology or psychology, you still have a good shot at getting into medical school. As you may already know, the MCAT now includes an more
August 14, 2015

4 Reasons Why Teamwork Rules in Medicine

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 more
August 4, 2015

Explore Your Medical Career Options

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… more
July 21, 2015

Test Retake Tips to Improve Your MCAT Score

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 … more
July 10, 2015

Taking a Break Won’t Ruin Your Medical School Application

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 … more
July 9, 2015

Medical News: Healthcare Professionals On-Demand, Doctors Flee Greece

Canadian medical schools gain some independence, Greece’s doctors flee in droves, and pre-med students learn three important lessons—let’s dig into the latest headlines in the world of medical news and aspiring healthcare professionals. Please leave your comments below.

Canadian medical schools declare independence

Under an agreement that took years to negotiate and finalize, Canada will have the authority to accredit its own medical schools, thus limiting American influence on the process of reviewing healthcare professional qualifications. Among the biggest points of contention for Canadian schools over this issue has been U.S. standards for diversity in admissions, which have been shaped … more
July 7, 2015

What Is the Medical School Early Decision Program?

You’ve gotten your MCAT score, you’ve completed your AMCAS application, and you’re ready to hit submit—but you have one lingering question: What is the Early Decision Program and is it right for you?

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 … more

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