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Preparing for Medical School as a High Schooler

High school is the perfect time for students to think about what career path they want to pursue. Your career decision may affect what college you go to, what major you choose, and what extracurricular activities you pursue as a high school student. However, don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do for the rest of your ...

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Best Gap Year Options Before Medical School

Many medical school applicants do not go straight from college into medical school. If you apply to medical school during your senior year of college, you will need to take at least one year off (known as the “gap year”) prior to starting medical school. If you apply one year after graduating, you will have to take two years off. ...

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3 Things To Emphasize for the Non-Traditional Med School Applicant

We sat down with Dr. Tina Han, a current resident in General Psychiatry at the LAC+USC Medical Center, to learn more about her experience as a non-traditional medical school applicant. Like many of us, she faced a lot of hurdles in her journey to medicine. Dr. Han explained that there are many ways to highlight your experience and qualifications as ...

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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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Finding an Undergraduate Research Lab as a Pre-Med Student

One of the mainstays of pre-med extracurricular involvement is research. Research is an excellent way to show that you can take command and responsibility for a project, see it through to something productive, and have opportunities to present your research and get awards for your hard work – all things that medical schools love to see in their applicants! ||Read: ...

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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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How To Crush the USMLE Using E-Learning Resources

The USMLE is a reality for every other person aspiring to practice medicine in the US. It aims to assess the knowledge of medical students and graduates thoroughly. “How to crush the USMLE” has always been a burning question in the field of medicine. It requires hard work, learning and revisions. The need to learn and revise brings us to ...

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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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