Erkeda DeRouen talks to Jake Khoussine who is currently a fifth year student of a combined MD-PhD program. As the founder of Madrasa Advising, he advises students on how to prepare for an MD-PhD program so they can become successful physician-scientists.
Why Jake Wants to Be a Physician Scientist
To prepare for his medical school application, Jake worked as an emergency room technician and researcher. He was passionate about patient care and laboratory work but didn’t know how to combine both. During one summer, Jake was given a research opportunity where he discovered the existence of MD-PhD programs. Physician scientist training provided the career flexibility he was looking for.
Tips for a Successful MD-PhD Program Application
Both clinical and research experience are important for your application; but if you had to prioritize one, choose the latter. Seek out diverse research opportunities and brilliant mentors early. Focus on the quality of your experiences that will show depth of understanding. Publication is not required, but attending conferences and seminars is a must.
Jake also advises MD-PhD applicants to develop their story telling skills to showcase their stories. Personal narratives are what will separate you from the pack.
How to Study for Med School
Whether you’re studying for the MCAT or for your next medical school module, the best way to prepare is by using well designed question banks. Constantly review problems that you get wrong in order to learn the concepts. Opt for self-paced study if lectures are not your thing. Stick to a study schedule and style that works for you. Don’t forget to do deep dives on topics that excite you to keep learning fun.