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In learning anything, it’s always best to start with the fundamentals. But why do the fundamentals have to be so difficult? While the other subjects are hard, biochemistry is a different monster altogether. So, let’s dive into the boss monster that is biochemistry together and
In learning anything, it’s always best to start with the fundamentals. But why do the fundamentals have to be so difficult? While the other subjects are hard, biochemistry is a different monster altogether. So, let’s dive into the boss
Many students understand that the higher the score, the better your chance of acceptance, leaving them to wonder: how hard is the MCAT and how can I ace it?
A common analogy for medical school is that it is like drinking from a fire hose: a flood of information is constantly washing over you, and you have to try your best to learn and remember as much as
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All About the USMLE
The USMLE® Step 3 exam is the final examination in the series of licensing exams required to practice medicine without supervision in the United States.
Prepare for the Step 2 CK with all the right resources and planning. With the recent changes to Step exams, it is going to be
The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a rite of passage for any student hoping to practice medicine in the United States. As the first
Med School Life
A common analogy for medical school is that it is like drinking from a fire hose: a flood of information is constantly washing over you,
One of the most difficult parts of starting medical school is getting familiar with a whole new vocabulary. At some point, the words clerkships, clinicals,
Being a medical student feels like a full-time job. When you’re at school, you’re studying. When you’re at home, you’re still studying. Yet, even that
Residency and Beyond
Especially since COVID-19, more and more services in many areas of life have been going digital. Medicine is one of them, with med students studying
Successful residency graduates often have their choice of jobs when they finish, but how do you navigate the challenge of deciding which one is right
What does it mean to be a doctor? During a physician’s training, when the hours are long, the pay is low, and the days seem
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Bianca is a medical intern at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health in the Philippines. She is a BS Psychology graduate, currently working on her double degrees in MD and MBA.
Dr. Brennan Kruszewski is a practicing internist and primary care physician in Beachwood, Ohio. In his spare time, he is an avid cyclist, lover of classical literature, and choral singer.
Marcy is a third-year medical student from Florida, planning to go into either Dermatology or Family Medicine.
Shenika is a third year medical student from Florida. She enjoys mentoring and sharing her experience as a first generation college student and medical student.
Rudiko graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia, before moving to the US for his residency.
S. Ramsay is a student at The University of the West Indies. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and is in her fourth year.
What is considered a “good” MCAT score? What is an “average” MCAT score? Or, what MCAT score do I need? It is important to note that the MCAT is not the only thing reviewed by medical school admissions, but it is an important part of the application. Given it is a high-stakes test, such questions run through almost every applicant’s mind.
It is no secret that medical school is challenging and time-consuming. And yet, here you are – you made it into medical school! Congratulations! You are taking the necessary steps to become a fully-fledged physician. You have completed the hurdles of applications and interviews, and now you are well on your way to success in medical school and beyond. Even though you’ve overcome the initial hurdle, there are still plenty of challenges to come!
Just the words “Summer” and “Break” together make me feel excited. But can medical students really take a break? And if yes, how can we make the most of it?
Moving from the preclinical to the clinical setting is one of the most difficult transitions in a young doctor’s career. Now that you’ve spent years learning basic science and memorizing countless drug names in a classroom, it’s time to take that knowledge and apply it to the everyday care of patients. This task is far easier said than done! To excel during your clinical years, you’ll need a different set of skills than those that bring success in the classroom. Here are a few tips that will help you stand out in the clinic.
Medical school has the reputation of being a long and lonely road. You’ll spend a lot of time by yourself studying, but is it really as isolating as it sounds? Actually, medical school is just like any school in the sense that it’s a place where you can meet new people and make memories with them.
The Internet is full of study tips, tricks, hacks, and resources. However, not all of them are created equal. One great resource at your disposal is Lecturio’s Question Bank. Let’s dive into why this Qbank is a cut above the rest.
Growing up in school, I was always an excellent student. Well, almost always. Amidst the straight As and other top marks on my grade school report cards, there was always the perennial stain on my near-perfect record: from Kindergarten through eighth grade, I never received better than “needs improvement” in handwriting.
Don’t know which blogs you should be reading? Don’t know how to navigate through med school? Here’s a list of blogs that range from what pre-med you should be taking to your life in residency. In no particular order, we’ve selected them according to their relevance to medical students, their range of topics, activity level, and what makes them special.
When I started medical school, there were many challenges I encountered. One of them was my first few days of anatomy lab. As I stood in front of a blue body bag atop a long silver table, I wrestled with my own unsettling feelings about meeting my first ever patient.
With the recent coronavirus pandemic, people are increasingly saying, “I don’t trust doctors anymore.” With conflicting viewpoints presented on all sides, charged conversations, the availability of high- and low-quality evidence at the click of a button, and the ability to rapidly spread information, both true and false, from one person to another, it might seem like trust in doctors is at an all-time low. But is it true that people trust their doctors less than they used to? What might be the reasons for this lack of trust, and how can we, as doctors, improve the trust our patients have in us?
Medical school can get overwhelming, so it’s no surprise that at some point, we become hesitant to study or we avoid it altogether. Imagine wanting to get started on work and saying, “I’ll get started in an hour” and one hour passes after another, and your work is still untouched. This is the terrifying phenomenon of procrastination.
Let’s face it, studying isn’t the most exciting task. Even if you do find studying fun, the amount of studying in med school will make pretty much anyone tired of it. In this article, we’re going to go through a few tips and tricks that may help you and give you a few ideas along the way. But first, let’s look into what makes medicine so hard to study.
Studying alone can sometimes be daunting, especially with the heavy workload that comes with med school. While there is no right or wrong answer in choosing what’s right for you, that’s where study groups can be helpful in changing things up.
Figuring out how to pay for medical school is daunting. The first time you look at the cost of school and see an alphabet soup of loan repayment options like PAYE, REPAYE, IBR, IDR, and PSLF, it’s enough to give anyone anxiety! Thankfully, there are plenty of options for aspiring doctors both to save during medical school and to pay back their loans as a physician.
As medical students, we study day and night, trying to learn how to save and improve the lives of our patients. Because of this, it can feel like we always have to be perfect. But today, we’re going to look into the big bad ‘F’ word that many students fear: Failure.
Medical school can be hard enough to get through, and it’s even harder to get through alone. Mentors have been recognized as a key to success in medical school. Despite this importance, not all schools have mentorship implemented in their programs.
So you’re thinking about becoming an emergency medicine physician? We sat down with Jill W., MD, MS, FCEP, FAAEM, DABT from Jacksonville, Florida to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about her experience and gain general insights on working in the ER.
What is residency like? For the average internal medicine resident on a ward rotation, it’s always a jam-packed day! In sharp contrast to medical school, you’ll be getting paid for the hours you’re working, but it probably means working quite a few more hours than you’re used to! Here’s what a typical day in the life of an internal medicine resident was like for me.
Studying for hours at a time in a hunched over position can take a toll. Instead of normalizing unhealthy habits, let’s talk about how to stay sane and in good health during intense study periods!
As patients, none of us want to be treated inconsiderately while we’re suffering. So, the least we can do as doctors is lighten the load as much as we can.
When it comes to practicing medicine, no skills are more fundamental than history taking and physical examination. In the hands of an experienced practitioner, a thorough exam is a virtual arsenal of tools to use to arrive at a diagnosis. Developing your physical exam ability seems daunting, but with practice and dedicated time, you will find yourself surprised at how quickly you can master this essential skill.
So you’re thinking about becoming a dermatologist? We sat down with Jeremy G., MD from Georgia to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about his experience and gain general insights on working in dermatology.
Have you ever felt that you were not fit for a job even though you had trained for the position for a long time, earning your own credentials, and putting in hard work, only to be swamped in self-doubt? If so, you may have been experiencing imposter syndrome.
Your scores and letters of recommendation speak for themselves. Now it’s time to present yourself in person at your medical school interviews!
So you’re thinking about becoming a psychiatrist? We sat down with Young J., MD, child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University of Florida, to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about his experience and gain general insights on working in psychiatry.
From taking the MCAT to preparing for the USMLE® and earning a place in your dream residency program, thousands of resources and tips and experiences are easy to find. But what happens after residency? Take the next step in your path to becoming a practicing physician.
Med school is hard enough, but having to complete clinical clerkships during a pandemic is even harder! Learn how Bianca, a medical student from the Philippines, still found creative ways to learn.
So you’re thinking about becoming an OBGYN? We sat down with Suzanne J., an MD from Cleveland, OH to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about her experience and gain general insights on working in obstetrics and gynecology.
A medical degree is something that many people consider to be hard to obtain because of the time and effort it takes to earn. But did you know that there are programs for other degrees you can take with it? You might be thinking you don’t have the time for two degrees, and you might be right. This path isn’t for everyone.
So you’re thinking about becoming an internist? We sat down with Lindsay J., MD from Washington State to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about her experience and gain general insights on working in internal medicine.
You passed the MCAT or the medical school entrance exam of your country. Congratulations! Just because you passed doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods just yet… After passing my country’s National Medical Admissions Test (NMAT), I was relieved. But at the same time, I felt like I couldn’t rest because there was still a lot I had to do. So let’s get into some of the things that still need to be done:
Obtaining hands-on, United States-based clinical experience (USCE) is a difficult and financially straining goal. Clinical electives and clerkships for international medical graduates (IMGs) are vital parts of their resumes when it comes to matching into residency. What should a student expect when s/he finally manages to obtain one? I was lucky enough to be admitted to a clinical elective at Mayo Clinic as my first experience in the US, back in 2019. Little did I know that I would be faced with difficulties I couldn’t imagine during my regular courses.
Nicolas Kioko, a fourth year medical student at Moi University School of Medicine working toward an MBBS degree, had to develop his own type of coursework when his classes were put on pause for almost a year because of COVID-19. Discover how he adapted to his scenario and what COVID has taught him about being a doctor.
With all the information floating around on the internet about how hard the USMLE® Step 1 is, a lot of people dismiss Step 2 CK as just another, much easier, step up the United States residency ladder. This assumption is entirely false and I’ve had the misfortune of experiencing the negative effects of making this assumption personally. This is my USMLE® Step 2 CK experience and how it shaped my path toward residency.
Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about our decisions before and after we’ve made them. We constantly ask ourselves “What if?” and “What comes next?”, making sure that we don’t regret the next step we take. Going to medical school is no exception. Some people eventually realize it’s not for them. So, we ask ourselves, “What’s the next step?”
The ability to maintain motivation while keeping up with assignments was an important lesson learned by Giorgi Maziashvili, a fourth-year medical school student at Tbilisi State Medical University. Learn more about how he worked to overcome both academic and mental well-being challenges.
Are you preparing to take Step 1 as an IMG? Learn about the test day experience from someone who has gone through it – and excelled.
If you’re thinking about becoming a medical student, then great! The world could use more doctors. You may have heard that medical students give their best years, and acquire mountains of debt, just to study hours on end about diseases affecting people they’ve never met. A lot of it is true, but that’s only part of the story. It’s time to dispel some hesitations and answer some of the most common questions about the medical school experience.
Getting a good score on the USMLE® is one of the most important steps on your way to gaining a competitive residency position after medical school. What is a good Step 1 score anyway?
The USMLE® has always been an important and pivotal exam during your medical school years. In 2021 and 2022, though, the Step exams will change to help students be able to succeed beyond just exam scores, as well as to adapt the exams to the times of COVID-19.
Discover how to study for medical school more efficiently and effectively by prioritizing long-term retention over short-term memorization.
The impact of COVID-19 on medical education cannot be understated. Learn how Paulina, a Polish medical school graduate, navigated her final year of medical school being disrupted by the pandemic.
Due to COVID-19, medical students around the world have had to get creative with their studies. For Eduardo, this includes improvising clinical scenarios. Learn how he has adapted to try to keep up with his studies from home.
Getting into medical school is a tricky process, but with the proper preparation you can have a strong application. Discover how to get into med school and what med schools look for.
Your future medical residency choice(s) will be determined by a combination of a strong application and strategic choices. Figure out the important strategies that can play an important role in your future placement.
Starting med school? Success in medical school is about more than just attending class. Learn about study strategies, finding a mentor, and more.
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