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4 Ways Greek Life Can Help Your Medical School Application

By Evan Laveman Over the past few years I’ve noticed a tendency for medical school applicants to downplay their fraternity or sorority involvement when submitting their applications. It seems the stigma of Greek life has driven some people away from embracing that aspect of their college identity. In my opinion, if you sell an admissions committee short on yourself because ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Letters of Recommendation Package

Welcome to PDr’s Weekly Weigh-in! Each week, we ask medical students and physicians to weigh in on some of our most frequently asked pre-med questions. This week’s question: “What was the composition of your letter of recommendation file when applying to medical school?” Evan Shih, MS2 Lower division Molecular Biology professor (with input from a TA) Upper division Physiology professor (with ...

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How to Write a Cold Email As a Premed

How to Write a Cold Email As a Premed

*Before you contact any physician to shadow him or her, make sure you know your school’s shadowing policy. Some schools require you to be part of a formal shadowing or volunteering program. You are interested in shadowing a doctor but you do not know where to start. You do not know how to write a cold email as a premed. ...

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Premeds – Life Can Actually Be Beautiful Right Now

Premeds - Life Can Actually Be Beautiful Right Now

Life as a premed back in college was not so bad. I would start off my day with coffee, go to class in the morning, attend either a seminar or a premed workshop after, fight sleep in my afternoon classes, run to my research laboratory to run some more gels, and finally go home at night to study and prepare ...

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End Premed Culture

End Premed Culture

What is the first thing you think about when you think of the word “premed”? Chances are that your initial thoughts are not good. Unfortunately, premeds have gained the reputation of being competitive, know-it-all, neurotic, selfishly ambitious, annoying, etc. When I was a premed, I even judged other premeds for being overly premed (I am officially using premed as an ...

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Physician Shadowing and the One-Minute Mentor

I love shadowing in the Emergency Department (ED). I get to see patients from every corner of my curriculum – dermatology, oncology, cardiology, nephrology – you name it, it’s there. There is a palpable buzz and attitude that is exciting and raw, and you get to watch how the residents flow through their list of patients, treating and triaging as ...

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Common Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Research Experience

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So, after some hard work you have finally landed that research position. Congratulations! You are excited and enthusiastic about what’s to come. Maybe you’ll take over your own research project, present at a conference, get published in a prestigious journal, or all of the above. This research experience will become an exciting time of discovery and creativity where you will ...

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