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Are you a Central Valley or California resident who’s dedicated to the underserved and looking for a local osteopathic school for your list?
Well, we’ve got some good news for you. There’s a new osteopathic medical school, and it’s the first program of its kind in the Central Valley.
Cross this line, and you’re dead.
During the American Civil War, Henry Wirz, a particularly vicious Confederate general, was convicted and hanged for torturing Yankee prisoners of war. During the trial, it came out that he had drawn a line in the dirt, beyond which any prisoner who crossed would be shot. Some believe this particular act to be the origin of the term “deadline.”
By: Ryan Kelly
If you wanted to apply to 151 medical schools, what would you need to accomplish that?
In theory, it seems downright impossible to pull off 151 applications in one cycle, at least not without going completely bonkers. We’ve already told you that we think 68 is too many.
By: Ryan Kelly
“You can make more friends in two months by being interested in them, than in two years by making them interested in you.”
In his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie calls for an attitude adjustment, a shift in your perspective as a communicator. And we think you should heed his advice during your medical school interview, especially towards the end when you get to ask the interviewer questions.
By: Ryan Kelly
Oh good, we’re glad to see you’re making your travel checklist for your medical school interview.
Just kidding! These items are taken from Zombie Apocalypse Gear: 25 Essentials for Survival. Is the interview trail that bad? Of course not. But when preparing for the trip, pre-meds might feel anxious, pressed for time, paranoid - worried that forgetting one small thing could mean the end of the world.
Download your Essential Medical School Interview Travel Checklist.
“I figure I might as well apply this year to see how it goes. Besides, I can always re-apply.”
This “winging it” attitude usually arises from a sense of pressure to become a doctor as fast as possible. It’s such a long journey - four years of medical school, followed by another four of residency - that you don’t have time to waste if you want to get a real paycheck before you turn 35. Maybe your parents or peers have belittled the idea of a gap year, causing you to rush the application despite what your gut says.
What’s the problem, then, with going all in with your medical school chips? There are a few.
Sky blue. Robin’s egg blue. Turquoise. Cerulean. Navy. Denim. Teal. Periwinkle. Aquamarine. Some of these Crayola crayons are fancier sounding than others and some hardly seem blue at all (looking at you Periwinkle), but in the end, they’re all blue.
As the admissions committee drafts a medical school class, it also uses an array of colors. Admissions committees believe in the value of diversity, not just the usual skin colors but also a diversity of perspectives, majors, and backgrounds. The class needs only so many “typical pre-meds” (or blue crayons),
Moral of the story: if you’re blue like everyone else, you’ll have a harder time getting selected.
Every kid learns you can’t fold a piece of paper more than seven times. A childhood adage, just like “don’t cross your eyes or they’ll get stuck that way,” and “all girls have cooties.” Everyone knows these ideas. And yet, they’re not true.
If you’re a high schooler with ambitions to be a doctor, prepare to have your mind blown! Seriously, we’re about to flip the script on all that you’ve been told.
The Savvy Pre-Med has officially turned four years old. We’ve been writing since mid-2013, when our only reader was my mother, still our biggest fan to this day. Since then, however, we’ve reached 30,000 pre-meds per month and counting, and we owe it all to you. Thank you for sticking with us and continuing to read what we write!
To celebrate, we’re creating a new “Start Here” page to capture the most relevant, helpful articles for wherever you are in the admissions process.
By: Rob Humbracht
Pretend you're a four-year-old trying to draw a rainbow. You know you need the following six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
*(if you correctly noted that you need Indigo too, you're not doing a very good job of being a four-year-old.)
Okay, so you dutifully turn to your crayon box and see the following ...