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How to Become an EMT

Being an EMT will help a pre-med stand out among a competitive group of applicants. As an EMT, you will be making medical decisions that can determine a person’s fate; this priceless experience is well respected by admissions committees.

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Path to Medical School Part 2: Pre-Med Volunteering

Path to Medical School Part 2: Pre-Med Volunteering

Please read part 1 before reading part 2: For some reason, people seem to think that grades during freshman year of college do not matter. Maybe this attitude at my school stemmed from the fact that for college admissions, University of California schools only consider grades from sophomore and junior year of high school. When I started at UCLA fall ...

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Time Management as a Premed

Time Management as a Premed

Time management is everyone’s problem. In modern times, the difficulty has become “so much to do but so little time”. A lack of time management can lead to stress, anxiety and lack of sleep, which ultimately has a detrimental effect on health and performance. Even though everyone is “busy”, not everyone is equally busy. On a college campus, one could ...

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Three Worst Extracurriculars for Medical School

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It is no secret that extracurricular activities are a necessity for getting into medical school. Even with the highest GPA and MCAT score, medical schools will not consider an applicant without any experience in the medical industry. The rationale is simple and obvious: why should a medical school commit on a student, when the student has not proven he or ...

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Is It Worth Going on Medical Mission Trips?

Is It Worth Going on Medical Mission Trips?

Medical mission trips sound impressive. Spending a couple weeks in a third world country and providing health care seems much more meaningful than volunteering at a “boring” clinic in the US. It is also enticing to think that going on medical missions will be life-changing. But are these trips truly valuable? Are a couple weeks in a community really going to ...

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Why Should You Do Research?

Why Should You Do Research?

Here are five reasons why you should do research: 1. Research is the lifeline of medical advancement Essentially every single treatment, diagnostic tool and medication in Western medicine is a result of research. Without dedicated researchers, there is no way to develop better ways to prevent, diagnosis and treat disease. Medical schools want to know if you are serious about ...

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Is EMT Worth It?

Is EMT Worth It?

If you are serious about going to medical school, chances are that you have at least considered becoming an EMT. And who can blame you? It is a great way to build up your medical school resume; there is probably no other job you can get as an undergraduate that will give you greater interaction with patients than as an ...

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How to Become a Doctor

The road to becoming a medical doctor is a long and arduous one. There will surely be long and stressful nights during the process, but one could stay motivated knowing that the life of a doctor is as fulfilling as a career can be. Doctors have the incredible responsibility of relieving pain, treating diseases, and saving lives. The journey to ...

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