Transitions of a first year medical student

by Kristine Casal

The moment you get accepted to medical school, you never really think about how everything is going to be different. You figure everything’s going to stay the way they are, with the exception of the inevitable long and laborious hours of studying day and night. You don’t think about how much time you won’t have …

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The difficult road to becoming a doctor

On May 15, 2011, 147 students embarked on their careers as doctors as they graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

One student, Jenny Rowland, who will pursue a career in Radiology and continue her training at Penn, shared her personal thoughts and emotions as she prepared to graduate.

by Jenny Rowland, MD

I’m not a typical PennMed student.

I’m 31 years old, and I …

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The science of getting into medical school

An excerpt from Med School Admissions Secrets.

by Jason Spears

There are currently 134 allopathic medical schools in the United States and you need to select approximately 20 schools.

You are not going to randomly pick, instead there is a system to getting into medical school.

The first step is ranking schools in the following manner:

  • Top-tier/Dream Schools
  • Competitive Schools
  • Safety Schools

Obviously, the top-tier med schools have high admissions standards based on MCAT and GPA. No …

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How skipping medical school lecture is preparing doctors for the future

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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A moral imperative to address the costs of training our doctors

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…

Medical student social media tips as an AAMC motivational story

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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A medical student goes back to the anatomy lab before residency

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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Real life example of medical school debt

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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