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My Premed Gap Year

June 16th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

My Premed Gap Year

  Being rejected from every medical school to which I had applied was not very surprising. Considering my low GPA, I was expecting it. You can read my stats and why I was rejected: here. You can see to which schools I applied, when, and when they replied: here. I didn’t shed any tears over […]

How Premeds Can be Empathetic

April 3rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

How Premeds Can be Empathetic

Many times I have heard my premed classmates boast how difficult their science classes and make fun of other students who complain about non-science coursework. Every time I hear this, I am disheartened to learn that these physician-hopefuls lack empathy on the pathway to a career that demands it. Although the effects of empathy are […]

Rejection

March 26th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Applying to Medical School, Pre-Med Tips

Rejection

The most dreaded part of the application process is receiving notification that you have been rejected from medical school. Some schools make you wait months and others tell you within 8 days. Here is what happened with each of the schools to which I applied: Med School Email? Email Subject Postal mail Time to Reject […]

Medical Scribe: Part 4

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

Medical Scribe: Part 4

Working as an emergency department medical scribe during my premed journey (which continues today) was one of the best decisions I have made. Although I had long been enchanted with medical sciences and enjoyed working with people, I only had a taste of what medicine entailed during my summer internship at NIH. Before moving and […]

The Importance of Being Supportive

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

The Importance of Being Supportive

Somehow I’ve been sucked into the reality show drama that is The Bachelor. As I was watching Week 7 of Season 17, Sean had a tête-à-tête with the host before his rose ceremony. Naturally, he had a difficult time eliminating one of the final girls. About Catherine, he said: Do our lives really align? She […]

Tracking for Health: A Report by PewInternet

January 28th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Tracking for Health: A Report by PewInternet

I already told you about my exercise goals. I have been focusing on living well by eating moderately (and healthy) as well as exercising. For me, I am most successful when I meticulously keep track of my goals by using the iPhone app LoseIt. This keeps me accountable and I am quite rigorous in my […]

Health for All through Primary Care: Week 1

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

Health for All through Primary Care: Week 1

This semester I wanted to challenge myself and delve into something directly related to my career goal: to become a primary care physician. Thus, I have enrolled in a free course at www.coursera.org called Health for All through Primary Care. Our professor has strongly encouraged us to begin ruminating on the ideas we see in […]

A Case for a Better Electronic Health Record

January 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

A Case for a Better Electronic Health Record

After spending 11 months working as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department, I decided to put my knowledge of medical terminology and medical records to good use by volunteering for Legal Aid. You can read more about my volunteer work here. These days, I scour medical records and write down anything that our client […]

Research Opportunities for Pre-Meds in Canada

January 21st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

Research Opportunities for Pre-Meds in Canada

Doing research as a pre-medical student is not a requirement, but certainly will make you a more appealing candidate. If you are applying to MD-PhD programs this is even more important. Here are research opportunities for premed undergraduate students in Canada. There are many provinces not listed. Comment and let me know if you would […]

How to Set Goals and Keep Them

January 1st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Pre-Med Tips

How to Set Goals and Keep Them

“To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.” — Swami Vivekananda Throughout the years I have always resolved to start anew […]