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cranquis replied to your post: Hi, if you don’t mind me asking, what are study strategies/plan do you find effective for you? Sorry for taking your time and thank you for creating such a lovely and inspiring blog! :D HIGH YIELD IS THE BEST. When someone uses the term ‘high yield’, you know they go to med school
sweetlittlefairytale245 asked: Hi, if you don't mind me asking, what are study strategies/plan do you find effective for you? Sorry for taking your time and thank you for creating such a lovely and inspiring blog! :D
mymusinglife asked: Hi! I originally planned on applying to medical school this cycle, but my May MCAT score is not as high as it could be to be competitive. I plan on retaking it in Aug. However,other than the score, I have a solid application (high gpa, 100+ clinical exp. hours, a summer and a whole semester worth of research, extracurricular activities and leadership positions). Do you think that I should go ahead...
spontiferous asked: Hello! In the fall I'm going to be a bio major at my university. When I was applying to schools last fall, I applied for an accelerated 6-year B.A./M.D. program that my university offers. I applied, got an interview, but did not get accepted (700 people apply, 300 interview, 100 get accepted). My counselor told me that people from my school have applied, didn't get accepted, but then...
philosandphysio asked: Hello, my AMCAS primary application has been available for the medical schools to see for a little over a week now - how long does it take to get secondaries? Thanks!
shawnalalalala asked: hello. just finished my first year in undergrad. didn't take school as seriously as i should have and dug myself into quite a hole GPA-wise. i know med schools look at your cumulative GPA and the general trend of your grades more than grades from individual years, but my freshman year GPA is below a 3.0 and i'm wondering if it's even possible for me to bring my GPA up enough in time...
jessemaximus asked: What are your thought and/or experiences on a humanities or other than science major for an undergrad seeking admission to medical school?
A reader’s guide to health care ruling :... →
Whether you’re opposed or for it, it’s always good to have some knowledge! Good read.
newfangledsaga asked: Me, haha =D No, but my blog is more about my personal experiences, but it may offer a few tips for Canadian pre-meds =P
gokulan asked: what courses/subjects did you take in first year med ?
lokigodofbadassery asked: Hiya, do you know of any canadian pre-med blogs i can follow? i follow a lot of amazing blogs, especially yours, but the american med school system is a bit different than ours...
Thank you to everyone who answered today!
I cannot tell you how fun, thoughtful, heartfelt, and amazing all these response were today! Thank you for sharing. :)
Summer Edition Admission #3: Why Do You Want To Be...
Now I promised you all that the question “Why Do You Want To Be A Doctor?” would be answered in 3 parts, and here it is! Ultimately, anyone who wants to be a doctor has to answer this question. So now it’s your turn to answer this age-old question! The only rule is BE HONEST. Even if honesty is a little silly or ‘strange’. :) Answer here or tag with #wanttobemd ...
Good note from our future teammates, PAs!
saraheliz-beth replied to your post: Summer Edition Admission #3: Why Do You Want To Be A Doctor Part 2 of 3 Just an FYI, it’s PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT and not physician’S assistant. I’m not hating, just letting you know. If you end up getting a PA to work with you when you have your own practice, they might secretly scoff at you for adding the ‘s. #PrePA Appreciate the catch! My mistake, not...
Summer Edition Admission #3: Why Do You Want To Be...
To follow up on ramennekko’s fine question, ‘Why do you want to be a doctor?’ How many times have any of us, pre-med or medical, been asked this question? Everyone has very personal, very specific reasons why they do it. And here are mine: The top 8 good, bad, and not-so-intellectual reasons md-admissions wanted to be a doctor I mentioned in my House MD Finale post that many of...
Admission Re-Post: Why do you want to be a doctor?
By popular demand (aka Cranquis asked so nicely and I had to oblige) here is the previous post in re-blog-friendly format! hi, why do you want to be a doctor? other than prestige and money ramennekko ________________________________________________________ Hi there, ramennekko! I’m going to answer your question in 3, THREE parts! Because you bring up what I believe to be three...
ramennekko asked: hi, why do you want to be a doctor? other than prestige and money
whimsicalfirefly asked: Hello! So I was wondering how you're paying for medical school right now? And whether or not you have any debt from undergrad. Unless this is an uncomfortable subject. Feel free to not answer! haha.
tanvicious asked: Thank you! I should have mentioned that I've graduated already with a master's, but I was mostly asking to see whether the "last ditch" for more biology classes (I was an anthro major) would help me stand out as a serious candidate. (just to clarify, but thank you for the response!)
tanvicious asked: hi! thanks for answering questions. I will be taking extra bio classes (biochem, cell, micro) in the fall semester, but I'm applying to medical school now, so I'm wondering how much admissions officers will take it into account that I'm hoping to bring up my gpa (which is lowish, as are my mcat scores.. everything else is awesome though!). Do you think this will help any or...
neon-wallflower replied to your post: Do you feel statistics is relevant to your studying in medical school? I ask as I plow through my own statistics homework and reviews. Haha. is taking regular statistics okay or is it better to take biostatistics? Hi there, neon-wallflower! I took regular statistics but I think any exposure to stats in undergrad is a plus! Epidemiology and biostatistics...
coffeebeanbags asked: Do you feel statistics is relevant to your studying in medical school? I ask as I plow through my own statistics homework and reviews. Haha.
l0vessupreme asked: Hi, I'm new to your blog and I was just wondering, what year are you in med school? thanks!
I got pulled out of training to investigate the hantavirus outbreak in the...– Dr. J, about the first outbreak he investigated
weighteddown asked: So, I'm applying this cycle (waiting on secondaries and collecting letters of rec.... wheee). My question is: how would you recommend a senior keep focused and motivated while going through the application cycle? I am a bio major so I have a lot of really difficult upper division bios (which I want to learn properly to help in the future, even if a little!) left this upcoming year and I have...
Summer Edition Admission #2: Gastro-resort
Me: So have you been to any outbreaks?
T: A week ago, I went to a gastro-resort breakout!
T: Gastroenteritis plus Fiji hotel. Gastro-resort.
Me: Dude, so...
T: Yeah, I went to Fiji on the government's bill!
Me: Greatest. Outbreak. Trip. Ever.
-T, hit the outbreak jackpot; Me, praying for an outbreak in the Virgin Islands
WELCOME and THANK YOU to all the new followers!
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m seriously honored by you all. The inbox in wide open (especially this week), so I cannot wait to get more thoughtful, amazing questions from all of you! Love, md-admissions
Honored by the compliment AND the gif!
cranquis replied to your post: Hi! I’m thinking about doing music and pre-med in… block
wayfaringmd replied to your post: Hi! I’m thinking about doing music and pre-med in college, and I was wondering, what is the one thing that pre-med students don’t know but should know about pre-med? Like, something you learned the hard way or something that many of your classmates didn’t know, but was important. THIS. A thousand times, THIS. This is why you’re the coolest.
gollywholly asked: Hi! I'm thinking about doing music and pre-med in college, and I was wondering, what is the one thing that pre-med students don't know but should know about pre-med? Like, something you learned the hard way or something that many of your classmates didn't know, but was important.
heartskips-abeat asked: Hey, so I need some advice. I am starting college, and I am pre-med. I am wondering what I should major in though; I am deciding between biochemistry and molecular & cellular biology. At my school, the requirements for biochemistry are a lot tougher. More math, physics and chemistry (p-chem seems daunting). MCB has a lot easier courses for the most part. Should I take the easy way out? I fear...
Summer Edition Week 2: Ask Questions!
My inbox is open all this week; so if you have questions, I’d love to read them! :)
Medical Father's Day
Whether you have a dad, a step-dad, or just a father figure, today’s a day we think about them. So here’s my contribution, late in the day, for this day: Because of my dad, I refused to be doctor until I was into my 3rd year of college. I never saw him, growing up. The only time he seemed really interested in me was in academic matters, and that was for a few hours during the...
December was a busy month for food-borne disease…– Journal article reviewing communicable diseases
Summer Edition Admission #1: Clearance
Pulling up at the CDC in a convertible and flashing my contractor badge. Md-admissions’ summer edition is on!
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on my dopamine neurons.– Jonah Lehrer, How We Decide (p. 41)
Outbreaks are so fun, you never know when one will happen.– Dr. B; who knows how to have fun.
We were modeling the incidence rate of polio infections in Narnia– Dr. T, explaining his whiteboard drawing. I worry for Mr. Tumnus and Aslan.
Blood, Guts, and Gore
wayfaringmd: Hi, dear wayfaringmd! I really love your blog and attitude! I have a question about the really hardcore blood and gore stuff, how do you cope? Isn’t the feeling of seeing all that surreal, weird? How do yo cope? How do you come back to reality? Is there really switch that you can turn on or off (emotionally, I guess). I know you just get used to it all, but how was it at first?...
MD-Admissions, Summer Edition
Admission- noun 1. the act of allowing to enter; entrance granted by permission 2. right or permission to enter 3. the price paid for entrance 4. an act or condition of being received or accepted in a position, profession, occupation, or office; appointment 5. confession of a charge, an error, or a crime; acknowledgment 6. an acknowledgment of the truth of something. 7. a point or statement...
Hi everyone! I know there haven’t been many admissions lately (mostly pictures and Q&A) because I’m out for my LAST summer vacation. That being said, I am working on something to keep md-admissions alive and well through these hot summer months. Stay tuned, and thanks for you patience! Love, md-admissions
debbestintown asked: hi md admissions! i saw your post about organic chemistry and i was wondering about the advice i read in one particular book: is it wiser to just take organic chem course at a summer school or community college?