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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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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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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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Identity Outside of Medicine

I can’t do anything besides medicine. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there. I don’t care how long it takes. I’ve heard these statements, or something similar to them, many times before. I admire the spirit behind it. But at the same time, I worry about anyone who says or even thinks it. Let me clarify. First of all, ...

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Diversity in Medical Secondary Applications

Descend no further because this is the bottom line: if you are a premed applying to medical school, you will be required to take part in the timeless discussion of diversity and healthcare. It’s advantageous to acknowledge this as you find yourself diligently completing countless secondary application prompts discussing diversity and inclusion. Of the 27 secondary applications I submitted, 19 ...

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