Here's a great way to make yourself unhappy: spend a lot of time comparing yourself to other pre-meds. I'm not talking about the real versions of these pre-meds, as in who they actually are. I'm talking about the glorified versions that these students present on social media and online.
One of the biggest problems of applying to medical school is dealing with our fear of getting rejected. To many applicants, fear can be crippling. You're trying to study when all of a sudden, your brain turns to thoughts of your own inadequacy, that you will never get in. You can't do anything else, and you lose precious minutes and hours paralyzed by fear. Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to conquer that fear?
We all know that it's tough to be a doctor in the United States these days, but a facet of practicing medicine that we take for granted is that doctors and patients work together to help make them better. But what happens when trust erodes in an increasingly de-personalized medical system faced with serving too many patients?
A fascinating piece by John Oliver and company at This Week Tonight shows just how much money big pharmaceutical companies are spending on marketing to doctors. In fact, while pharmaceutical companies are spending $4 billion dollars a year to market to all 300 million Americans, they're spending $24 billion just to market to the roughly 1 million doctors in the United States.