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Practical Advice For Premeds

Practical Advice For Premeds

Reflecting back toward my undergraduate years, I wish I knew certain things about being premed when I was an underclassman. Knowing these things would have made my premed life and my medical school application a lot easier. In this article, I share practical advice for premeds that many people tend to overlook. 1. Start your extracurricular activities as soon as ...

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Why Medicine?

Why Medicine?

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” Simon Sinek, in his inspiring TED talk in May 2010, explained to an audience of business leaders why the “why” is the most important component of “why, how, what”. Sinek’s basic message, which is also explained in his book Start With Why, is that we are inspired and ...

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Difference between MD and DO

Difference between MD and DO

The main difference between MD and DO physicians lies in their fundamental philosophy. DOs emphasize preventative and holistic medicine based on these tenets: 1. The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit. 2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance. 3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. 4. Rational ...

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Why Should I Volunteer?

Why Should I Volunteer?

“Why should I volunteer? I heard all you do is clean rooms, shuttle papers, greet patients and/or hand out food. You can’t really gain any significant clinical experience. I will most likely do it but only because it is an unofficial requirement for medical school. Hopefully I can work in a hospital or clinic, maybe as a medical assistant or ...

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Reasons To Not Be A Doctor

Reasons To Not Be A Doctor

In my last post, I shared reasons to be a doctor. The following are reasons to be not be a doctor. The result of Medscape’s 2012 survey show that 54% of physicians would choose to enter medicine again as their committed career path. This percentage is shockingly low considering how many practicing physicians there are in our country. So why ...

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Reasons To Be A Doctor

Reasons To Be A Doctor

When you apply to medical school, you have to coherently and effectively answer the question “why do you want to become a doctor?” in your personal statement. Then, in every interview thereafter, you need to answer the question once again, but this time in front of a panel of interviewers. It is difficult to know which answers admissions committees deem ...

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Should I Be A Doctor?

Should I Be A Doctor?

In our society, being a doctor still offers great prestige. One of the main reasons doctors are respected is because they possess a knowledge and skill that the average person does not. Not to mention, this combination of skill and knowledge is often the key to life or death. Nevertheless, both becoming a doctor and being a doctor are not ...

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High School to Medical School

High School to Medical School

Roughly a quarter of U.S. medical schools offer combined undergraduate/MD programs for high school students. Admitted high school students go from high school to medical school without having to apply to medical school at all. Medical schools partner with one or more undergraduate institutions located in the same geographic region to make this possible. Often times, the undergraduate college and ...

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Personality and Medical Specialty-What is the Connection?

Personality and Medical Specialty-What is the Connection?

In the early 1900’s, Carl Jung theorized that there are four primary psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. His wife and daughter, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, expanded this theory to create a personality question that would eventually turn into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) in 1962. This test produces a ...

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