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minimd: These are fabulous! Inspiring, fun way to kick off the academic year!
Summer Edition Admission #5: Moments of Doubt
Love your blog! My question is that have you ever had moments of doubt, you know like “what am I doing, I can’t be a doctor!” and how do you overcome that? I’m a senior in HS and all my life I’ve said that I wanted to become a pediatrician, so much that I don’t know what else I CAN do. I’m afraid not only because of the mountain of student loans I’ll...
mistress-ofsurgery-deactivated2 asked: Hello! I just have to say that I adore everything you post -- from the write ups to the little quirky conversations and the pictures. I'm starting med school in a few weeks (maybe a month), and depending on which uni I accept, commute is going to be a real problem. One uni that I am more likely to accept is 2 hours away -- and I'll probably leave home real early and get back super late....
sm00thcriminal asked: Hello! I've just been accepted into medical school (yay!) and I am very excited. But I'm also starting to look at the residency match process which I don't know much about. I was wondering if you knew of a book that outlines the match process and/or a book that talks about what to expect during the four years of medical school! Thanks so much, and I love your blogs!! :)
: Doctor Disclosure: The Next Step After a... →
chroniccurve: Seeing a doctor for the first time can be extremely stressful, especially for health veterans that know what to expect and what makes a good doctor good, but have already been through traumatic experiences with health care workers. It’s stressful enough to find Dr. Right in the first place and…
Advice to Med Students, Second Year edition
This is so good. I’ll be looking at this…for the entire year wayfaringmd: 1. Don’t get complacent. If your study method wasn’t working the best last year, change it! Second year is harder, duh. 2. In that same vein, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 3. Enjoy the occasional bits of humor hidden in Robbins and Cotran Pathology. ( I did Path first year, but it’s my understanding...
Summer Edition Admission #7: Pre-Pre-med
High School Student (HSS): Mom, you don't understand how important the SAT is to getting into medical school!
Mom: You need to relax...excuse me miss!
: she looks at me:
Mom: how did you do on your SAT?
Me: I don't honestly remember--
Mom: What were the SAT scores of your friends in medical school?
Me: Ma'am, I've never asked classmates.
: as I pay the bill and leave, I hear in the background:
HSS: HOLY CRAP MOM SHE WAS A MED STUDENT
-HSS, got catfish curry; Mom, roti canar; Me, almost feel like a super hero in disguise
MAX BRODEL (1870-1941): HIS ARTISTIC INFLUENCE ON... →
The use of art in medical education The earliest historical account of when art and medicine were used as a tool for learning was on ancient cavern walls where animals were crudely drawn with arrows and spears directed at the heart to teach other hunters how to survive (68). For the Chinese, anatomical drawings on tablets, and columns were the only means of learning about human structure since...
amsterhamster asked: Hi! First off, I just wanted to say I absolutely love your blog! I was wondering if you had any experience with the Scribe program? I just got an offer to do an interview but I guess I have to take a test first on the terminology commonly used. Are there any websites you or your followers know or books that I could study for this? Thanks!
Personal Statement: Tips and Tricks
Good stuff right here minimd: As a continuation to this post: The personal statement is nothing to sneeze at. Given thousands upon thousands of medical school applications, the admissions committees soon grow tired of formulaic statements and shaky logic leading to the choice to become a doctor. As my preceptor put it, if you can seriously imagine doing anything else, don’t practice...
The final moments before submitting Step 1....
Summer Edition Admission: Out for 10 days
Hey all! I’ll be taking a vacation from work/vacation for ten days. Internet will be spotty, so I won’t be answering questions so quickly! Questions received yesterday have been answered and are queued. :) That being said, thank you for your patience. I’ve got some things queued up that I hope you enjoy! Love, md-admissions
goldroadtonowhere asked: Hi! I love your blog and was just wondering how tattoos would go over once in med school/on rotations? I have one on my shoulder which is only slightly visible when I wear scrubs (I actually measured before I got it) and another on my bicep (other arm) which is again only partially visible. Do you think those will cause any problems?
kbenson31 asked: you said in a recent post that mass has no in-state preference. university of massachusetts med school ONLY accepts in-state students.just wanted to point that out. and i love your tumblr :)
tahoemaaagano asked: Did you apply to more in-state schools then out of state? What is the likelihood of getting into an out of state school?
The selfless people in medicine are the people a... →
wifeofadocstar: by Ryan Stewart, DO It’s been two days now since I basked in the glory. I still find myself floating above the ground. I can still feel the weight of the heavy gown and the velvet tam. I can feel the tickle of the tassel on my ear. My eyes fill with tears at the thought of my classmates – those who toiled alongside me – experiencing the same emotions. The reminders of our...
whosdatyo asked: Do you have any thoughts on the new MCAT that's coming in 2015? I will be in the first wave of pre-meds to take it (if I make it that far).
Summer Edition Admission #6: Dating
As per a request for rebloggable format, I offer the pros and cons of dating fellow med students once again! :) hi md-admissions! could you elaborate on the pros and cons of dating another med student? thanks :) debbestintown debbestintown, you caught me! As someone who’s tried and decided it wasn’t for me, here’s my two cents on the matter for incoming 1st years, pre-meds, and even med...
debbestintown asked: hi md-admissions! could you elaborate on the pros and cons of dating another med student? thanks :)
Summer Edition Admission #5
Fascinating yet chilling facts on the organ black market. A serious problem with the growing number of transplant patients!
lambiemd-ish asked: Hi md-admissions! ^_^ Do med students ever date each other? Like in the little comics that you draw?
When my classmates took notes on pathology slides, I drew them out. My friends...– Dr. S, who doesn’t know that this sounds EXACTLY LIKE ME when I learn histology and pathology too.
hey-its-blake asked: Did you work during undergrad? If so, how did you balance, work, school and a social life?
itsglitz replied to your post: To the class of 2016: Observations from 2015 Seriously - get your scrubs from the local Salvation Army/St. Vincent De Paul/Goodwill. $3 for a set that you want to burn at the end of the year leaves you $27 for wine (aka 3/4 of a case of 3 buck chuck, for anyone keeping score). This is thinking like a med student
To the class of 2016: Observations from 2015
Inspired by wayfaringmd’s list, which is perfect. This is an homage :) Congrats and welcome, class of 2016! You’re about to embark on a life-changing journey. You’re going to love it and hate it, sometimes simultaneously. But your upperclassmen, your loved ones, and other folks are here for you. And as someone who very recently went through the same experience, may I offer these...
Advice to Medical Students, First Year Edition
To the incoming class of 2016, read this. Gosh, I kinda want to do one of these, too! wayfaringmd: A new academic year is beginning, which means there is a whole new crop of thousands of first years who are, at any given moment, this close to peeing themselves out of excitement or utter fear. So to calm your worries, I’ve compiled a little advice column. Here goes: 1. Don’t look at the...
Summer Edition Admission #3: Third Year
M: Dude, did you know there's a third year with the same name as you? You should--
J: Assert my dominance?
M: ...ask him to be your mentor and give you advice on Step 1.
-M, positive thinker; J, probably been watching too much Discovery Channel this summer
Dr. Scott's Case Studies of Comic Book Medicine →
howlingwitch: It can be challenging enough to diagnose a patient’s problem in the real world — just imagine how much more difficult it would be in a comic book world where magic, mutant abilities, aliens, advanced technology, and psychic powers all exist. Here are a handful of actual comic book medical cases — are your diagnostic skills up to the task? I love comic books and puzzles; can...
Canadian Medical Residency Guide →
medicalstate: Third year is an opportunity for us to be exposed and familiar with all of the various specialties of medicine. In the second half of the year, we must also begin choosing electives for fourth year, specialty experiences in our fields of interest. This guide, recommended to us by fourth year students, is a primer that goes through the programs available, where they are and what...
zandraau asked: I read in previous posts that you applied twice. What does the timeline for the whole admission and cycles look like? Did you apply your senior year and then again a year later? Also, what did you do in the time between. Hope it's not too personal:)
Awesome response right here
populationpensive replied to your post: I once had someone told me that Biology majors… Never heard of it. The Med School app process is some mystical thing that NO ONE has correct answers to. The best answer is to put all your best feet forward and be yourself. That’s what will get you in.
dirtyfuckingscientist asked: I am in my 3rd year undergrad, my major BioChem, i know it's not a strong major for medical school. But is it?