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Dating in Medical School

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Dating in medical school is not easy. During the first two years, you are constantly studying and making sure you are passing (and hopefully acing!) all your exams. Then there’s USMLE Step 1… Then during the third year, you are in the hospital or clinic every day and THEN you come home and study. Medical school is not only time-consuming; ...

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The Medical School Dream

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“My dream is to get into medical school and become a doctor.” This line is repeated in some form or another many times during application season. Most applicants do not know how truly dreamlike the experience is, particularly during third and fourth year clinical rotations. The first two years of medical school are consumed by learning. Though there is little ...

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Private vs Public School As a Pre-Med

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Is it better to go to a private school or public school as a pre-med?  It’s honestly a complicated question because “private vs public” is not the only factor that plays into the answer. A school’s ranking, affiliation with its medical school (if it has one), location, and resources all play a role in its ability to send their students ...

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A Humbling Lesson Learned From Medical School

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I am the dumbest person in the room. As a matter of fact, in the last 12 months, I am the dumbest person in most rooms I enter. And I love it. Chances are that if you have recently been admitted to medical school, or are considering applying to medical school, you have been blessed with intellectual prowess. Your grades ...

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Medical School Application Metrics

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Right now you are maybe starting to draft or redraft your personal statement, asking for letters of recommendation (or at least thinking about whom to ask), and coming up with your activities list. You have a lot to do, which makes it easy to defer making your school list. We recommend that you take some time to objectively look at ...

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How To Stay Sane As a Medical Student

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Medical school is tough. Every year has its own challenges. During the first year, you’re adapting to a completely new environment, trying to figure out how to study, make friends, and beginning to figure out what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. Second year? You have USMLE Step 1 looming over your head. Third year is ...

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“Don’t Become a Doctor”

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It’s the most encouraging words you can hear as a premed. There you are, filled with passion and excitement, your whole life is in front of you, and the doctor you’re shadowing turns to you with dreary eyes and reaffirms your life-long dream by muttering “don’t become a Doctor.” You’re flushed with inspiration as you think back to…wait what did ...

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Challenges of Minorities Entering Medicine

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“What do you do when you’re the smartest person in your group?” Dr. Forrester Lee, the Director of Multicultural Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine smiled as he posed the thoughtful question. We were a handful of African and Latino American students sitting around a warmly-lit conference room table. The room was silent. I sat inconspicuously among them, a ...

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Why Grades Matter in the Medical School Application

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I’ve touched on this in a past article, but I feel that it’s a subject that deserves more consideration. To start, the road to medicine is often associated with some emotional passion for becoming a doctor. This is an important feeling to understand, cultivate and seek to explain in your medical school application, however, you must carefully consider what role your ...

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