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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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July 1, 2015

Your Medical Career: Past, Present, and Future

It’s the first day of July, which traditionally means that new interns, residents, and fellows at teaching hospitals will be getting ready for their first day on the job.

Interns especially always tend to feel a bit overwhelmed around this time. Going from medical school, a safe and nurturing learning environment, to working as an official MD and being solely responsible for your patients is a big transition. It can be a terrifying first step into your medical career, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to gain perspective on the path you’ve chosen.

Medical career reflections

In two short years, …

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June 25, 2015

How to Research Your Medical School Options: Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we explored the resources you have available when trying to decide which medical schools you should apply to. We know, however, that the medical school admissions process can feel daunting—even with the right resources.

So today we’re going to help you narrow your search even further by focusing on how to research specific interests.

Primary care emphasis

If working with patients in an outpatient setting really floats your boat, then maybe primary care is right for you. Primary care physicians serve as the gatekeepers to specialty care and help patients in substantial ways every …

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June 23, 2015

How to Research Your Medical School Options: Part 1

So, you want to apply to medical school, but there are more than 100 to choose from—not to mention the fact you’re competing with thousands of other qualified applicants, each of them likewise trying to find the perfect program. How do you know which ones are worth your time?

Figuring out how to research medical school options and deciding which programs are a good fit can feel overwhelming, especially for a first-time applicant. Let’s talk today about what resources are available to guide you.

Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) website

The MSAR website is one of the most definitive places …

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June 15, 2015

Three Physician Specialties You Should Know About

Many students are aware that there are different residencies available for physicians to train in after medical school—popular ones include surgery, radiology, dermatology, and anesthesiology. However, many aren’t aware of the vast number of physician specialties out there, or that training via fellowships is available after residency for those who want to specialize in a narrower field.

Here’s a quick glimpse at the lesser known side of physician specialties and what you’ll need to do to join them.

Flight Surgeon

The phrase “flight surgeon” may conjure up the idea of a mid-air operation, perhaps a trauma bay in the belly …

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June 9, 2015

Prep for Medical School: Get a Summer Job

Hello, summertime readers! So, you’re a freshman or sophomore and you’ve just finished your finals. You’re not doing research and—unlike many upperclassmen who are studying for the MCAT or filling out their AMCAS application—your summer schedule is looking pretty empty.

What can you do this summer that will help you in the long run as a prospective medical school applicant?

Add summer job experience to your application

In addition to earning a little extra spending money, there are other perks to working for a few months during your summer break from college. For pre-med students, a summer job can …

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