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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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5 Alternatives to Medical School

Going to medical school and becoming a doctor is a glorified and great career path. Nevertheless, it is not the career for everyone. Perhaps you are at a point where your passions and goals changed or you simply had a change of heart about going to medical school. At this point, you have to decide on an alternative and we ...

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How Medical School Admissions Committees Evaluate Your Applications

Let’s face it: There’s a ton of bad advice and wrong information online about what it takes to get into medical school: “Get involved in as many extracurricular activities as you can because medical schools want to admit well-rounded applicants.” “Try to become the president or assume another leadership position in every organization you join because medical schools want to ...

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Osteopathic vs Caribbean Medical Schools

Traditional allopathic medical schools can be extremely difficult to get into. Less than half of applicants are accepted every year. The average GPA and MCAT for 2016 allopathic matriculants was 3.7 and 508.7. These numbers are not easy to obtain. Many of the applicants who are rejected could become good doctors if they were given the chance. Many students see ...

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Dating in Medical School

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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Calvin College and University of Michigan Medical School Partnership

Future doctors: You’ve probably winced at the price tag of a four-year undergraduate program—and cringed entirely at the additional cost of medical school. On top of the expenses, you may have some uncertainty about the time in between programs—how will you land a spot in a medical school program in the first place? Two schools in Michigan—Calvin College and the ...

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Pros and Cons of Caribbean Medical Schools

It is difficult to gain admissions to a U.S. medical school. In 2012, only 19,517 out of 45,266 applicants were accepted to a single medical school. That means 57% of applicants were not accepted to any medical schools, even though may have applied to more than 20. As a result, less competitive applicants are turning to Caribbean medical schools to ...

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The Medical School Dream

“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

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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Challenges of Minorities Entering Medicine

“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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