Medical School

The big day, your interview (part 1: interview attire)

Monday, October 16, 2017

  If you’re wondering what to wear to your professional interview, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Showing up in your finest is a must! But what defines YOUR finest? This is largely subjective, my friends. The most important thing about dressing for this interview day, is that YOU feel good, and you feel like YOURSELF. Within reason of course. 🙂 Let me start by saying that I am not on an admissions committee currently, but I have been part of student admissions committees in the past, and I have participated as a resident interviewer. I have seen my fair share…

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The dreaded MCAT

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cue the dark music here. Does anyone actually enjoy studying for the MCAT? Let me start by saying that this blog post is not meant to discuss the actual test content or scoring, especially because I took the test TEN years ago. Yes my friends, the test was still on paper when I took it for the first time. I am indeed showing my age. I am here to tell you about MY experience with the MCAT, and it was not pretty. Viewer discretion advised… I took the MCAT for the first time during my junior year of college. I…

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What is a post-baccalaureate program?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

For those of you that don’t know, I did a post-baccalaureate (post-bacc) program between my senior year of college, and medical school.  A post-bacc premedical program is a post-degree program that typically consists of one to two years of science classes, and sometimes MCAT preparation, with a goal of preparing a student to matriculate into medical school. There are many of these programs throughout the country, however they all vary greatly. Each student looking into these programs should be aware of the financial cost, requirements, and terms of admission or any future admission into medical school. There are a variety…

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I have to take how many boards exams?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

If there is one thing that’s guaranteed with getting into medical school, it’s that you are signing up for many years of test taking. It’s no surprise that with becoming a physician comes board-certifying exams… quite a few of them. Picture this, you just did well on the MCAT, you made it to medical school! Now you can finally start your professional career in medicine. Oh but wait, we just need you to also pass (and do well) on just a few more exams… I’m going to discuss the MD path here, since that’s what I’m most familiar with. STEP…

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Healthy living in medical school

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Medical school may set you up for a successful living in the future, but let’s be honest; it doesn’t set you up for healthy living in the “now”. For all you medical students out there, I know you know where I’m coming from. From class to class, hours upon hours of studying, quick and easy dinners, short workouts (if any), and sleepless nights cramming for that next test; medical school can prove to support a very unhealthy lifestyle. So what can you do about it? A lot! But it takes a conscious decision to make time for YOU, on a…

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