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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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A Humbling Lesson Learned From Medical School

I am the dumbest person in the room. As a matter of fact, in the last 12 months, I am the dumbest person in most rooms I enter. And I love it. Chances are that if you have recently been admitted to medical school, or are considering applying to medical school, you have been blessed with intellectual prowess. Your grades ...

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How To Stay Sane As a Medical Student

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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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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Perspective on Gap Years from a Third Year Medical Student

Whether you are planning to apply straight to medical school or to take a gap year, Emily offers a perspective on how time off has helped her through third year clinical rotations. The third year of medical school is profoundly different than the first and second years. There is an invisible wall separating the preclinical from the clinical years with a ...

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Medical School Gap Year Fear

Premeds fear that taking a gap year before medical school will distract from their career goal to become doctors. I offer that this is the best possible outcome of your gap year. I am frequently asked about taking gap years. I took four. (Two of those were the result of having to reapply, but my intention was to take time off ...

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The Healing Capacity of Empathic Curiosity in Medicine

By Larry Laveman and Evan Laveman Medicine is a plurality of science and humanitarian principles measured by scientific research. Unfortunately, there is very little scientific research on the effects of our humanity on medical outcomes. Since the idea of empathy in medicine is vague and open to interpretation, the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy was established to create an objective ...

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Winging It: Medical School Application Overview

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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