Pre-Med Activities

How to Piss Off Your Medical School Admissions Reader: the 5 Most Troublesome Taboos

How to Piss Off Your Medical School Admissions Reader: the 5 Most Troublesome Taboos

By: Kelly Feldman

“I decided to pursue medicine because of the enlightenment attained on my five-month backpacking yoga meditation in the Himalayas. While the idea of patient care is nice, the enlightenment of medicine is far more intriguing!”

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

What Separates the Typical from Stand-out Pre-Meds

By: Rob Humbracht

One of our core philosophies is based on a question that most pre-meds aren’t asking before they apply to medical school.

“Why should medical schools accept you? What makes you stand out?”

If you’re scratching your head right now, you’ll want to take some time to answer this question for yourself.

A Simple Pre-Med Resume Guide & Example

A Simple Pre-Med Resume Guide & Example

By: Ryan Kelly

The medical school application process can be cryptic, and the resume is no different.

What do admissions committees want to see? How should my resume look? Is X, Y, or Z important to include?

This confusion often causes students to include anything and everything in their resumes, in an attempt to cover all bases and hope the schools realize how great they are.

3 Outstanding Premed Capstone Projects to Inspire You

3 Outstanding Premed Capstone Projects to Inspire You

By: Ryan Kelly

The three capstone project examples we’re about to share come from students who managed to find that sweet spot of overlap between their available resources, the needs of their community, and an innovative solution. At the same time, each project contributed to the student’s pre-med identity and created a dominant impression for admissions committees.     

Can Your Political Ideology Affect Your Practice?

Can Your Political Ideology Affect Your Practice?

By: Ryan Kelly

Following the 2016 election, our country has reached unprecedented levels of political polarization. Even the most moderate seem to be caught up in the us-versus-them mentality. People have written each other out of their lives entirely, all in the name of ideology.

If people are ending long-term friendships based on politics, what does that say about their relationships with their physicians? Would patients want to know for whom their doctors voted? Should physicians divulge this information?

Volunteering, Research, Community Service: Great Ways to Get Rejected from Medical School

Volunteering, Research, Community Service: Great Ways to Get Rejected from Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

Do any of the following sound like you?

You’re volunteering every week in the hospital to get enough hours to put on your medical school application. You’re pushing through your research internship even though you don’t like it much - because you know medical schools want students with research experience. You’re volunteering your time at a homeless shelter or attending blood drives to get your hours above the threshold most medical schools seek in their applicants (roughly 200 hours if you’re curious).

I have bad news. This will probably get you rejected.

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

By: Ryan Kelly

Being a pre-med is like playing a massive, multiplayer role-playing game (RPG). Similar to characters in RPGs, pre-meds must gain experience, collaborate with others, conquer obstacles, and step into unfamiliar territory.

Okay sure--there’s a big difference between navigating your Night Elf Druid through a dungeon and let’s say, volunteering in the ER. But the idea is the same. You’re trying to “level up”-- whether in the game or real life.

What If We Stopped Trying to Fix Patients?

What If We Stopped Trying to Fix Patients?

By: Ryan Kelly

For pre-meds, this question might sound sacrilegious. Downright blasphemous. Why would we want to stop fixing people?  

It’s a counterintuitive idea, but that’s only because we’ve been conditioned as a society to search for an immediate solution or fix to people’s problems.

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

By: Ryan Kelly

Quit your research?! What pre-med in their right mind would question their coveted research position, let alone actually quit? The word ‘quit’ is not typically part of a pre-med’s vocabulary, and the last thing you want is to be viewed as weak or non-committal.

But, believe it or not, quitting is sometimes the best option. You have many important things to be spending your time doing, so use the following signs to determine whether you should indeed pull the plug ...

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

By: Arvin Wali

‘Parameters.’ ‘Controlled environment.’ ‘Following protocol.’

Let’s be honest - these words don’t exactly instill feelings of growth and independence. Early in your research career, it’s normal to become a tad disenchanted by the lab.

In the beginning, you might only receive rote, mechanical duties, or find yourself repeating the same experiment over and over again. As you face ‘confounding variables’ and ‘skewed distribution’ on your path to minimal results, you might be tempted to hang up your white coat for good.