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Benefits of Undergraduate Medical Research

Benefits of Undergraduate Medical Research

As a freshman in college, I had no idea what research entailed. My idea of research was spending hours slaving away as a grunt worker in a lab. The idea of research seemed mundane, repetitive and unfruitful. Now as a medical school student, I am incredibly thankful that I was snapped out of my incorrect preconceptions. Research is now something ...

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Emily’s Med School Summer: Part 1

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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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Importance of a Summer Research Program

Importance of a Summer Research Program

If you are a premed, you do not want to waste any summers doing nothing. There are many things that you can do in the summer, but very few activities that are more rewarding or beneficial to your medical career than a formal summer research program. If you are not convinced, here are five reasons that demonstrate the importance of ...

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Path to Medical School Part 5: The MCAT

Path to Medical School Part 5: The MCAT

Read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. I refused to study for the MCAT during the school year. The thought of having to study for the MCAT after studying for my regular classes made me cringe; I knew both my grades and MCAT score would unnecessarily suffer. During the middle of my junior year, I, with a couple ...

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Is It Worth Going on Medical Mission Trips?

Is It Worth Going on Medical Mission Trips?

Medical mission trips sound impressive. Spending a couple weeks in a third world country and providing health care seems much more meaningful than volunteering at a “boring” clinic in the US. It is also enticing to think that going on medical missions will be life-changing. But are these trips truly valuable? Are a couple weeks in a community really going to ...

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