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Weekly Weigh-in: Balancing Undergraduate Opportunities

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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 opportunities do you wish you would have taken advantage of during your time as an undergraduate student? What are some undergraduate opportunities you would have tried or focused given more free time?  Evan ...

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5 Things High School Students Should Know About Medical School

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|It’s never too early to start preparing to become a doctor. Nevertheless, preparing does not mean worrying. Here are 5 things high school students should know about medical school to calm their anxiety while being better equipped. 1. Be prepared to study differently in college In high school, you are assigned homework and tested frequently. In college, homework is not ...

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Winging It: Medical School Application Overview

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The first time I applied to medical school, I did it in the dark. I was not familiar with the components of the primary application (AMCAS), I did not understand the critical timing of primary and secondary submissions for rolling admissions, and I more or less wrote my entire application on the fly. I had to scramble to line up ...

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Tips from a Medical School Admissions Officer

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A student admissions officer from a prominent NE medical school helps elucidate the admissions process at his school. Process Overview At this particular school, members of the medical school admissions committee screen applications and assign a score, which conveys the level of desire to extend the candidate an interview. A second committee member then sees the score and reads over the ...

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How a Premed Can Impact Medicine

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By Evan Laveman When you’re a premed student you don’t know enough to contribute medically, yet there are plenty of things you can do to make a contribution to medicine. For instance, I hear many doctors say that they see undergraduate medical mission trips as an activity that benefits the traveler more than it actually benefits the region. With so many ...

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A Future Doctor’s Greatest Struggle

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As a freshman in college, I thought about all the requirements it would take to go to medical school and, honestly, I was completely overwhelmed. I couldn’t fathom how I could achieve a high GPA and MCAT while balancing a bunch of extracurricular activities. Nevertheless, as I reflect on what my greatest struggles are and have been, I’m realizing that ...

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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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How I Studied in College Part 2

How I Studied in College Part 2

Before you read How I Studied in College Part 2, please read How I Studied in College Part 1. Go to office hours with questions prepared This is where the questions that I wrote during lecture would come in handy. Because I was an active learner in lecture, I had a lot of questions that I wanted to ask during office ...

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How I Studied in College Part 1

How I Studied In College Part 1

GPA is probably the most difficult component of your medical school application to change. Although you can take the MCAT more than once and take time off to engage in more extracurricular activities, raising GPA can sometimes be downright impossible. That is why it is important to start strong and not let your GPA fall in the first place. And ...

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