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The Importance of Shadowing A Doctor

Many people see shadowing a physician as a checklist item that they need to do just because they need to apply to medical school. However there are many reasons why medical school admissions committees want you to have this kind of clinical exposure. For more information on what to expect and gain while shadowing a doctor, please visit here. 1. Help ...

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Let Your Personality Shine on Your Medical School Application: Why Applicants Are Turning to CASPer

The traditional ways to evaluate the competitiveness of a medical school applicant prior to the interview were GPA, standardized tests, and essays.  Although these methods are tried and true, they are all flawed in their own ways and do not help admissions committees learn more about an applicant’s personality and emotional intelligence. For that reason, an increasing number of medical ...

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Looking Back: An OMSIV Reflects on Her Experience as a Former Non-Traditional Applicant

I had a tough time getting into medical school. I was applying while concurrently finishing a PhD at Boston University, which meant that I was working on my application in stolen moments between experiments and writing papers. When I asked my graduate medical education office what assistance they could offer, they arranged a meeting with a professor that frequently works ...

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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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