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Shadowing a Family Medicine Physician

October 25th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Shadowing a Family Medicine Physician

Amazingly in just 8 months my postbac will be over and the time to submit applications to medical school will be here. With less than a year to go, making myself the “total premed package” will be top prority. Of course I will need to have rocking grades since this was the major deficit in […]

Why Enjoyment is Vital and How to Enjoy Studying

September 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Why Enjoyment is Vital and How to Enjoy Studying

The following is part of a series of guest posts. Studying can be a real pain.  That’s why I used to avoid it at all possible moments until the night before the big test. Then, I would cram to pound every last morsel of information into my gray matter.  But since deciding to go to […]

Tips for Getting into Medical School

September 4th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Tips for Getting into Medical School

This week as a feature of my postbac program we had an information session with the assistant dean of admissions. This was very informative since it was essentially a question and answer session and left out all of the basic information that we already knew as reapplicants. Keep in mind that some of the information […]

Postbac Orientation

August 20th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Postbac Orientation

Even the milk in the fridge points to the expiration date on my lackadaisical freedom; my first day of the postbac is August 22. I’ve been wrestling the past few weeks with lack of confidence. This postbac has seemed daunting and even reading my physiology book has been an insurmountable task that I have left […]

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 4

August 17th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 4

My last day of shadowing a neonatologist was a little sad! I had become a little attached to our patients; some of them had been discharged during the short time I had been there and new patients had arrived. I think many people who have a passion for medicine can agree that often unfortunately the […]

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 3

August 15th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 3

Today felt like a very short day because it was. I woke up late and ran around the house frantically with the usual problems: couldn’t find my keys, couldn’t find a hair elastic, put mascara on but somehow it kept smudging off all over my face. Ten doses of makeup remover later, I rushed out […]

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 2

August 14th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 2

Today was an emotionally charged day in the NICU. Yesterday I briefly discussed how neonatal medicine (like pediatric medicine) is interesting because the physiology of the patients change rapidly. I did not touch on how quickly the stability of the patients can change as well. Today I wondered if the death of a patient in […]

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 1

August 12th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Shadowing in the NICU: Day 1

Many months ago I had applied to shadow a neonatologist in the NICU at VCU and finally got to shadow today. They offer two tracks for shadowing: 1) one day of shadowing 2) four days of shadowing rounds in the NICU followed by a 10-15 min presentation I opted for the second track, of course, […]

How to find a doctor to shadow

August 7th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

How to find a doctor to shadow

      Because I had worked as a medical scribe for about 1100 hours by the time I applied to medical school, I decided that I probably did not need to shadow a physician outside of my work in the Emergency Room. However, since I was rejected from medical school, I decided to call the […]

What is a Premed Postbac Program?

June 17th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

What is a Premed Postbac Program?

  If you recently decided to apply to medical school and have not taken any of the prerequisite courses required for admission or if you already took the prerequisites and did poorly or if you already applied to medical school, but have been rejected and have a low GPA and/or low MCAT score, then a […]