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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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7 Deadly Sins of a Third Year Medical Student

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Third year of medical school is difficult. You are constantly changing teams, meeting new people and being evaluated. Each rotation, from surgery to pediatrics, requires a different skillset, that you will have to learn on the fly. Nevertheless, there are some core skills that are required to do well in every rotation. Actually, many times the best way to do ...

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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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Weekly Weigh-in: Taking a Gap Year

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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 factors contributed to your decision to apply straight in or take a gap year? Edward Chang, DGSOM MS3 I decided during my sophomore year that I was going to take a ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: The University Secondary Essay

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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: How did you approach “the university secondary essay” on your secondary applications? Evan Laveman, DGSOM MS3 Secondary prompts may ask you why you specifically want to go to their university. This can ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: The Adversity Secondary Essay

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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: How did you approach “the adversity secondary essay” on your secondary applications? Edward Chang, DGSOM MS3 For the adversity question, I tried to talk about events in my life that I felt ...

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Weekly Weigh-in: Extracurriculars in Medical School

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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 extracurriculars did you join in medical school and why?  Edward Chang, DGSOM MS2 Since I knew my time would be limited in medical school, I told myself that I would only engage in ...

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Reflections on the First Year of Medical School

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It’s almost been a full (calendar) year since medical school began. I’m officially a second-year medical student — and this year’s been a momentous one. As I look back on it, here’s some of my reflections on the first year of medical school. Fire hose: Med school really is like a firehose you’re supposed to drink from. It’s high pressure, it’s ...

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