Self-care

How to Change a Culture That's Killing Young Doctors

How to Change a Culture That's Killing Young Doctors

By: Ryan Kelly

Imagine you've just started your new dream job as an anesthesiologist resident. After four years in medical school and a mountain of debt, you're finally getting paid. Now that you're in the thick of the real work of caring for patients, you're nervous about making a mistake, but more than anything, you're feeling excited about finally doing the work you've prepared your entire life for.

And you're finally happy, right?

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

One Surprising Habit to Improve Your Self-Discipline

By: Ryan Kelly

People tend to view their strengths and weaknesses as unchangeable - certain superpowers or fatal flaws that are hardwired into their genes and personality.

Think about it - how many times have you heard someone say, “I’m not a math person” or “Me and technology just don’t get along!” These statements aren’t facts; they’re just stubborn refusals to change or do what’s uncomfortable.

The Most Underrated Quality of Successful Pre-meds

The Most Underrated Quality of Successful Pre-meds

By: Ryan Kelly

One of my favorite questions to ask pre-meds during interview prep is: 

“What would you look for in a medical school candidate if you were in my shoes?”

What would you say? Leadership? Compassion? A candidate who is genuine and well-rounded? A lifelong learner with intellectual curiosity?

These are the most common answers I receive, and they’re all valid.  

But there’s a quality that’s often overlooked, which underlies all of these other characteristics: resilience.

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

10 Expert Tips for Dealing with Interview Anxiety

By: Ryan Kelly

Death, taxes, and pre-interview anxiety. There are few certainties in life, but you can count on feeling butterflies in your stomach before and during your medical school interview. I suppose valium or other hard drugs might rid you of your anxiety, but then again, you have to respond coherently to the interviewer’s questions.

Even if you’re one of the rare pre-meds who isn’t fazed by interview anxiety (well la dee da!), you can go from a good interview to a great interview by using our tips below.  

The Zen Valedictorian, Decreasing Your Stress without Decreasing Your Ambition

The Zen Valedictorian, Decreasing Your Stress without Decreasing Your Ambition

By: Ryan Kelly

When people hear the word ‘valedictorian,’ they might think of a hustling overachiever who participates in every possible organization or activity. Others might picture the opposite--the highly gifted coaster who gets by on nothing but his or her natural ability.

But the truth is, if you want to be a successful pre-med, you should find the happy medium between these two extremes.

Highly Recommended: When Winning Friends Goes Wrong

Highly Recommended: When Winning Friends Goes Wrong

By: Ryan Kelly

In the last edition of Highly Recommended, you learned about Dale Carnegie’s famous best-seller, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), which encourages certain attitudes and behaviors for achieving social aptitude. 

But does Carnegie’s advice hold up in the modern era? And if it does, are his steps to winning friends and influencing people even plausible?