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The Student Network: what questions to ask your student interviewers for medical school

One of my favorite experiences after I started medical school was when I ran into an upperclassman that had hosted me during my interview. In our short conversation, she shared some words of encouragement as well as some helpful PowerPoint slides for my first test. I still treasure this interaction because it impressed upon me the camaraderie present in the ...

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Standing Out From Other Medical School Applicants

Medical school is the bridge to something more meaningful than just a career—it is the gateway to a lifetime of service, of knowledge, of power, and most importantly, of humanism. The urge to join a profession so intricately intertwined with the pillars of science—research translated to bedside care—often seems distant and unobtainable. ‘What makes me different from all those other ...

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How to Prepare for a Successful Medical School Interview

“Just be yourself”: three simple words that we have all heard at least once from friends and family before an all-important interview. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of truth to this familiar idiom. Canned or disingenuous responses are like nails on a chalkboard to medical school interviewers and can seriously hurt an otherwise stellar applicant. But this shred of interview ...

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Current events in medicine: Charlie Gard and How to Approach Ethical Questions in Medical School Interviews

If you are a pre-medical student, one of your biggest fears may be an interview question that relates to ethics. Questions relating to ethics come up in interviews all the time, but it’s not necessarily something to be scared about if you can prepare for it. What an interviewer wants to see is that the student understands a few basics about ...

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Shadowing Abroad With the Atlantis Project

Maybe you saw an ad on social media, passed a poster in the hall at your university or heard of another student participating this summer. Shadowing abroad with The Atlantis Project. What is it? Why would pre-med students be interested? How would you benefit? The Atlantis Project Fellowship is an opportunity for students who are passionate about medicine and international exchange ...

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10 Ways of Staying Motivated During Your Medical Education

Medicine has evolved drastically and has produced immense progress in terms of patient care and medical equipment. These advancements are nothing without the contribution of well-trained and sound doctors who have mastered multiple domains of the human body. This has been achieved through a standardized teaching mechanism, which trains and produces exceptional medical practitioners A doctor’s journey is one of ...

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How to Jump Start Your Medical Career This Summer – HMX Fundamentals

By Michael Parker Michael Parker, MD, is Associate Dean for Online Learning, Faculty Director of HMX Fundamentals, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Summer vacation may be just a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you should put your goals for becoming a doctor on hold. Even the most ambitious students can experience the “Summer Slide”, ...

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5 Alternatives to Medical School

Going to medical school and becoming a doctor is a glorified and great career path. Nevertheless, it is not the career for everyone. Perhaps you are at a point where your passions and goals changed or you simply had a change of heart about going to medical school. At this point, you have to decide on an alternative and we ...

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Five Digital Tools To Improve Your Academic Writing

Writing is not as easy as it seems. Anyone who has struggled with assignments at school or university will nod in agreement. Even those who have an inherent gift for written expression often find themselves stuck with a bad case of writer’s block. The task becomes all the more complex when it involves serious research. Mastering the art of academic ...

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How Medical School Admissions Committees Evaluate Your Applications

Let’s face it: There’s a ton of bad advice and wrong information online about what it takes to get into medical school: “Get involved in as many extracurricular activities as you can because medical schools want to admit well-rounded applicants.” “Try to become the president or assume another leadership position in every organization you join because medical schools want to ...

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