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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June 4, 2015

In the News: New MCAT 2015 Feedback

Students who took the new MCAT talk and tweet, an NYC medical school vies for non-traditional applicants, and a deadly heat wave strikes India—let’s dig into the latest headlines in the world of medical news and aspiring healthcare professionals. Please leave your comments below.

Students who took the new MCAT sound off

Pay close attention all you aspiring doctors: Your future colleagues are offering a heads ups on the new MCAT. According to a recent survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep of over 400 students who took the new MCAT in April, 31% said they experienced fatigue before the 8+ …

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June 2, 2015

Life After Medical School: A Career in Medicine

What happens after medical school? Once you receive your MD or DO, you throw your caps into the air, walk into the nearest hospital, and begin your well-deserved career in medicine, right?

Well, not so fast…it turns out finishing medical school is just one milestone (albeit a very important one) of your journey to becoming a physician.

Your career in medicine starts with “the match”

While those two words might not mean much to you now, they’ll always be in the back of your mind as a medical student, especially as you get closer to graduation. After …

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May 12, 2015

How Studying for the MCAT Prepares You for Medical School

When studying for the MCAT, there comes a time when you might feel the urge to rage about how unfair the exa, is. Taking the MCAT can’t possibly prepare me to be a better doctor! you might think. Then you take the test and you think, Whew! I’m glad I never have to do that again—especially, perhaps, now that the test has increased by a couple of hours.

Well, there’s good and bad news. The good news is, you’re right: once you’re done with the MCAT, you never have to take it again.

The bad news is that the …

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May 5, 2015

Five Tips for Shadowing a Doctor

One of the best ways to demonstrate your commitment to medicine in a tangible way on your application to medical school is by shadowing a doctor as a part of your clinical experience.

When reviewing your application, the admissions committee will want to see that you’ve done your research and are sure that a career in medicine—which is not for the faint of heart—is really for you. They’ll want to make sure that you know what you’re signing up for and that you’ve logged enough clinical hours to confidently make the decision to become a doctor.

 

How do you …

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