Do you have to go to a top medical school in order to accomplish your dreams?  Premedical students ask these questions often.  It’s really a subset of the larger question which is “How do I choose which medical schools to apply to?” But back to the rankings.  In the Internet age, information is ubiquitous, and there’s always a new med school rank list being published by some authority. These rankings, in ...

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Your medical school personal statement is one of the most important components of your application. This short essay can be the deciding factor as to whether or not you will spend the remainder of your life practicing medicine. To be honest, most personal statements will be similar enough that they’ll fit right in with the rest. There will be a handful that stand out above the majority, and if you can ...

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In August of 2002, as a spry young adult, I stepped foot onto the University of Missouri’s campus.  Eight years later, I was a double alumnus of my wonderful alma mater, and today, my heart still bleeds black and gold.  Although I was happy to begin a new phase in life, Mizzou was not my first choice for college. After graduating high school, I had spent a summer at Xavier University in ...

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“It’s good to see you brother!” I had never met this man, but I knew exactly what he was talking about. With a large smile on his face and a look of pride, he extended his arm to give me a handshake. “There aren’t too many of us doing what you do. I’m glad we got some representation in here.” I am a black man in the medical field. When I ...

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shutterstock_216030211 Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.  Black America’s favorite physician is under fire.  Multiple allegations have surfaced and re-surfaced accusing Bill Cosby of various insidious perpetrations.  This blog is not intended to persecute or defend Mr. Cosby, but rather to highlight something to minority physicians that can be easily overlooked. Ask any black male physician under age 40 to name five black doctors who inspired ...

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