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Thursday
Jun032010

What do majors have to do with anything?

Nothing, absolutely nothing.

There is no requirement for you to be a biology or chemistry major to get into medical school. You have your standard biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physic, etc. requirement, but nowhere does it say that you are required to be in a science major. One of my biggest pet peeves is people saying that you can’t get into medical school unless you’re in a hard science major, I like many other premeds am a hard science major (biochemistry and molecular biology, yes one major), but I unlike some of my colleagues do not believe that you have to be a science major to get into medical school.

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Tuesday
Jun012010

An Argument for Slacking

So you’re probably gasping, “What! Jon! You’re a pre-med! There is no time for slacking!” I, however, strongly disagree with that statement. In fact, I think slacking is a vital component for getting into medical school. Still confused? Read on my friends…

We all know the typical pre-med stereotype: living in the library during midterms and finals, constantly do problem sets, or always in lab, class, or recitation. This sure prepares a student to be the best prepared applicant for med school, right? WRONG! Think about it, if one keeps up this lifestyle for the entirety of his or her education, this leaves very little time for other activities (relaxation, extracurriculars, FUN).

Why are these “other” activities important?

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Friday
May282010

Daily Time Management and Efficiency

Hey everyone, my name is Brian and I’m one of the new writers discussing the neurosis here at PMH. I’m a 4th year biophysiology major slowly gridding my teeth all the way up to 7 years. Why the lucky number? I’ve dived into a couple of majors including computer science and nursing and right before I was about to take full semesters in the colleges, I switched. If anyone has any questions with those requirements as well I’ll be more than happy to help. I like long walks on the beach, movies, music, learning, and medical TV shows (did you guys see the Grey’s Anatomy season finale?). My favorites are cyan, jellyfish, Trauma: Life in the ER, Green Day, and Ten Things I Hate About You. I’ve worked in a hospital for three years now, I’ve been in school for 43 straight weeks, and I’m trying to charter my school for Tri-Beta. That’s pretty much me in a nutshell. I’m honored to be a part of the team and I hope I can give you helpful information to get you into your medical schools. Let’s get to learning.

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Wednesday
May262010

Interviewing Pro-Tips

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I’ve never been interviewed by a medical school admissions committee, but I have had the pleasure or misfortune however you look at it, of participating in plenty of interviews for various other reasons. So not everything in this post may apply directly to medical school interviews, for that I apologize, but I strongly believe that most if not all of these tips will help you become a better interviewee and help you stand out as a strong candidate. Without any further delay let’s get straight into the post.

The medical school interview is one of the crucial elements of the application process, your grades have been vetted, your MCAT score has been checked, your extracurricular have been examined, personal statements and secondary applications have been read. The interview can make or break your application; a strong interview can raise your chances of getting accepted, while a week interview can really hurt you. So here are a few tips for you to improve your interviewing skills.

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Monday
May242010

Utilizing Your Summer Break

It’s that time of the year; most people are wrapping up with finals and getting ready to begin their summer relaxation. Some of us are in the unlucky boat of having to study for those MCATs while others are preparing to apply to medical school. For the rest of us the summer is a great time to improve our resumes, and develop ourselves into more skilled and qualified applicants. The summer can be a great time to improve upon your weaknesses. In this post we will talk about various ways to utilize your summer and improve yourself into a better applicant and person.

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Thursday
May202010

Interesting Read: How to ace the personal statement

Ahh the personal statement, that daunting part of the application process where med schools ask you to write a completely open-ended essay about...yourself. No prompt, no criteria, no outline, just WRITE. I'm going to share a secret with everyone, I HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED MINE YET! Tip #1 in this post: Don't be like me and put it off, start it early and work on it over time! I'm started to get a little freaked out, knowing I have to start writing eventually (i.e. REALLY SOON), and on top of the time-crunch, I absolutely hate writing about myself. Nevertheless, it's something that needs to get done, and I know I'll get it to sometime soon.

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Tuesday
May182010

MD and DO: A Comparison

One of the most common questions we get here is, “What is the difference between an MD and a DO?” Usually it is a bit of a task to answer this question without offending either side. From our perspective there really isn’t any major difference in practice rights, but the approach that each takes in treating patients and conditions may be quite different. Those who go to an allopathic medical school receive a MD or a Doctorate of Medicine, while those who attend an osteopathic medical school receive a DO or a Doctorate of Osteopathic medicine. In this post we will try to compare both pathways.

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