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Six Essential Lessons for Getting Into Medical School - Part 2

Six Essential Lessons for Getting Into Medical School - Part 2

By: Rob Humbracht

Last week, we dove into the first three lessons that successful students can teach us about how to get into medical school.  Let’s continue with our final three lessons:

4.  Discover why doctors are increasingly cynical about a career in medicine.

"Why on earth would you want to be a doctor?  It's not the same profession as when I got into it."  This was a quote from a doctor that one of my students was shadowing, and by the time you apply to med school, you will probably have a similar interaction.  

Pre-Med News Roundup October 5, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup October 5, 2015

Medical Schools Teach Students To Talk With Patients About Care Costs  “What's the difference between cost, charge and payment?” Medical schools are helping students understand the costs of medicine through newly integrated coursework. The reason for the change is most likely high-value care or values based purchasing, which came in with the Affordable Care Act.

Pragmatic Advice For Would-Be Health Entrepreneurs From The Medicine X Conference This article takes a look at technology, entrepreneurship, and medicine.  It’s an interesting take from a tech guy who understands the world of medicine.  The author also gives a couple of great book suggestions, as well.

Top Medical Schools React to Harvard’s Curriculum Change

Gap Year Part 2: How and When to Travel While Applying to Medical School

Gap Year Part 2: How and When to Travel While Applying to Medical School

At a presentation at Boston University last week, I was asked a good question after I gave my advice about what to do during a Gap Year:

What are the best times to travel during your year when applying to med school?

On the one hand, your first responsibility is to your applications, so you don't want to be out of the country and miss an important secondary application or interview.  On the other hand, this is your last year to do some serious travel, and plane tickets to another continent aren't exactly cheap.

So what are some guidelines for how to travel to another country during your application year?

Pre-Med News Roundup July 13, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup July 13, 2015

California Northstate University Wins Accreditation to Launch Medical School, Will Open in Fall California is getting a new medical school in fall 2015.  Before you get too excited though, it is the first accredited for-profit medical school to open in the nation.  The school will not focus on research, rather on getting doctors ready to treat patients.  Even though applications for this fall just opened, the school expects their first class to be full within a few weeks.

MIT Turns Hacking Medicine Program Into an Institute to Study Digital Health  With wearable technology becoming more ubiquitous, MIT has created an institute that will study the intersectionality between technology and health.

Examining Race-Based Admissions Bans On Medical Schools NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam discusses how legal bans on race-based admissions have affected the diversity in medical schools.

 

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

One year from today, your life will be over.  When you start medical school, you will be consumed by academic and extracurricular responsibilities, and your free time will effectively end.  And of course, while it's hard to think about that day when we haven't yet gotten in, it's important to plan for it nonetheless.

So what should you do with this year?  Not to be too obvious, but this is YOUR year.  Medical schools won't tell you, "you should definitely do these things."  You are the one who has to decide what's right for you.  

Having said that, we think there are four principles that if you follow them, your gap year will be amazing and help you get into medical school.

Pre-Med News Roundup December 22, 2014

Pre-Med News Roundup December 22, 2014

How the High Cost of Medical Care Is Affecting Americans The New York Times analyzes the data it has been collecting from readers about the costs of medical care.  This piece takes a look at how real people are affected, even those with insurance.

How Two Hospitals are Taking Food as Medicine to Heart Hospitals in Michigan and New York are bringing healthy food to their communities in innovative ways.  We like this story because it shows community medicine in action.

Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off A new study from the JAMA Internal Medicine found that patients fared better when cardiologists were in short supply in teaching hospitals.  The results may show that aggressive procedures do not actually benefit all patients.