Becoming a doctor is a long and arduous process. Between taking pre-med courses, taking the MCAT, applying to medical schools, matriculating, then taking test after test after test until you take the big one (USMLE Step 1) before which you did questions all day long for weeks from a good USMLE question bank ...

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Like any kid who always wanted to be a doctor, I went to medical school to learn how to help people. Just wearing the white coat during orientation week had people looking at me differently, expecting me to know something more than I did just a week before. One of my classmates was even asked for ...

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"Psychiatry consult, returning a page,” she said, cradling the phone between her left ear and left shoulder. Digging around in her pockets, she eventually pulled out a half-sheet of paper that wasn’t already covered in barely legible writing and boxes marked with Xs. Her right hand clicked the pen and prepared to write.

“Hi, this is Cardiology,” the male voice on the phone said. Doctors tend to lose their names when they ...

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by Chris Chen Recently in lecture, our professor wryly mentioned that in his many years of teaching, he had never seen so many laptops out as well as so many people taking advantage of the option to watch videos instead of attending class. That was fine with him, he commented, as long as people were learning—although he was skeptical that students on laptops would learn as much, ...

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by Andrew M. Ibrahim and John A. Brockman Despite the landmark progress of recent healthcare reform, it missed the mark on long term cost control by failing to address medical education. Radical changes are needed in the way we finance tuition and how we teach our students. While last month a new graduating class of medical students celebrated their Read more...

When applying to medical school, the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) asks aspiring physicians if they would like to be considered "disadvantaged" applicants or not. Many premedical students find themselves troubled by this question and wonder, what does it mean to be disadvantaged? How does being a disadvantaged applicant affect my medical school application? According to the information American Association of ...

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I'd like to thank the Association of American Medical Colleges for profiling me as one of their motivational stories.  It's an honor. Here are some of the questions and topics I address:

  • Please describe your typical work day and what it’s like to balance your career as a physician and a blogger.
  • What advice do you have for medical school applicants when ...

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Recently, I received a call from the son of some old friends. This 30-year-old man has been an elementary schoolteacher for the past few years and recently decided that he would like to go to medical school and eventually become a surgeon. He wanted to know what I thought of the idea. Suppressing the urge to tell him not to even consider ...

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by Christopher Bayne I still remember the first time I entered the anatomy lab. Heck, I remember the first time I entered the hallway leading to the anatomy lab. I wouldn't say an anatomy lab "smells." That is, an anatomy lab doesn't smell "bad": the odor can't be defined as good or bad. Really, it's neither. But the scent is distinctive. If you've been ...

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by Pierce Hibma Want to really understand the reality of US medical education debt? Then allow me to pull back the curtains to expose the financial monster that awaits me after I earn my MD. I am a third medical student at a private medical school in the Midwest. Fortunately, I was able to graduate from college without any financial debt ...

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