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How To Write About Extracurriculars

As a new application cycle starts this spring, applicants around the nation are beginning to fill out the Work/Activities sections. This article provides some insight into how to best talk about volunteering experiences in both the local and global community. In my most recent article I discussed the importance of extracurricular activities in the medical school application. However, the value ...

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How to Write a Cold Email As a Premed

How to Write a Cold Email As a Premed

*Before you contact any physician to shadow him or her, make sure you know your school’s shadowing policy. Some schools require you to be part of a formal shadowing or volunteering program. You are interested in shadowing a doctor but you do not know where to start. You do not know how to write a cold email as a premed. ...

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Weekly Weigh-In: Transition to Medical School

This week members of the ProspectiveDoctor team answer the question: “What was the hardest part about your transition into medical school?” The Social Scene The hardest part of the transition into first year for me was social. As strange as it sounds, med school feels a lot like high school again where you see the same people in class almost ...

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Physician Shadowing and the One-Minute Mentor

I love shadowing in the Emergency Department (ED). I get to see patients from every corner of my curriculum – dermatology, oncology, cardiology, nephrology – you name it, it’s there. There is a palpable buzz and attitude that is exciting and raw, and you get to watch how the residents flow through their list of patients, treating and triaging as ...

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Non-Traditional Student Personal Statement Example

Pills in Hand

Because many medical school applicants today are non-traditional students, we wanted to provide a successful non-traditional student personal statement example. Twenty-five years ago, I was delivered by C-section at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Despite my breech presentation I was expected to be in perfect health. Yet much to everyone’s shock, I arrived with my left knee hyper-extended by more than ...

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Emily’s Med School Summer: Part 1

Syringe

After finishing the final set of exams from my first year of medical school, I am both relieved and shocked to have finished. I spent much of my first year learning how to be a medical student, without focusing much on how to be a doctor. I learned how to organize my notes, study every day, and balance school, health, ...

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Emily’s Path Part 4: Doctor Parents

2 Doctors

My parents are doctors – both oncologists to be precise. They met, fell in love, and married all while working together in Seattle’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Their careers diverged, but their profession remained the same and provided the medicine-saturated environment in which I grew up.

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Motivation for Medicine: This Moment

Motivation

Since starting medical school a short three months ago, I have been told repeatedly what an exciting time it is for medicine. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is underway – access to care will expand, demand for doctors will grow, and health care delivery systems will be forced to transform.

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