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Winning the War Against Anxiety

Hey everyone-it’s been a spell. I’m glad to be writing again. Guys-I have anxiety. No, I don’t fit the diagnostic criteria for GAD or Panic Disorder. That said, my default ...
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Single Greatest Piece of Advice for First Year Med Students…

On my first day of medical school, I entered the classroom full of confidence... I had this internal plan of vigorously taking notes during all of my lectures and studying ...
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Premed Study Strategies: What I Wish I Had Done Differently

I remember arriving at college. My parents moved me into my not so spacious new dorm room, said their goodbyes (a tearful one from my mom), and were pretty quickly ...
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Gap-Year Part 2: Why Taking A Gap-Year Will Make You A Better Doctor…

This is it, Gap-year, the sequel. This is the Empire Strikes Back of our series on the awesome value of Gap Years. I'm gonna be honest though, I'm more of ...
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Develop Resiliency: A How-to Guide

What is resiliency? Medical schools say they desire this in candidates and in response applicants strive to demonstrate this quality in their written application, as well as interviews. Easy enough, ...
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Gap-Year: You Can’t Afford Not To…

In my  attempt to become the living personification of Instagram, I’m going to share a cliché: I don’t believe in regret. Don’t get me wrong, there are decisions that I ...
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How To Do Well In Medical School – 3 Reasons Why You Need A Daily Task List

Medical school is chaotic. You are balancing school itself, the extracurriculars helping to propel you towards a residency, maintaining the relationships that comprise your support network, and not to mention ...
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This Father of Two Traded in Sales for Scrubs – Anatomy of a Nontraditional Medical Student

As a pharmaceutical salesman, Michael McGlue had worked in the health care industry for several years and held a Master of Health Administration. But something was missing in his health ...
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Eye-Opening Conclusion That’ll Make You Rethink Doing Research As a Pre-Med

Yes or No? If you know me in the real world in any context, you know I love research. I was the kid who was excited when he got a ...
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Why Most Medical Students and Doctors are Hypocrites (And How We Can Change)

Social Histories If you were to sit in on any routine doctor’s visit, you are bound to hear a few common questions. “Do you smoke? How much alcohol do you ...
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Is Medical School Right For Me?

Guest post by Jay from Med School Insiders.  Med School Insiders seeks to inform and empower aspiring doctors through videos and articles, ultimately help you realize your career aspirations in ...
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Medical School Rejection? You’re in good company

As the end of the medical school application cycle comes around, a number of applicants are comfortably settling into the idea of choosing one school among the handful of acceptances ...
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Medical School Side Hustles: Are You Up for the Challenge?

By Bryan Miles Medical school is expensive, especially private institutions. Obviously, your first priority is school and building your resume, and then I would recommend focusing on family members, friends, ...
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More than Medicine

Medicine is NOT the most important thing. There, I said it. You see, I struggled a bit with finding the right way to begin this entry, and I came to ...
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Could Short-term Memory be More Important than Long-term Memory for Premed and Med Student Success?

The beauty of success is that only one person can define it for you: you. If your idea of success is being the best damn Mom in the world, then ...
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Finding Your Focal Point(s)

The modern world is ripe with opportunity, however, pursuing every bit of it can leave you stretched too thin. This is the classic conundrum faced by medical students. You spend ...
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5 things you must do before starting a new semester

In college, each semester offers the opportunity for a fresh start; a chance to learn from past semester mistakes; a chance to reach new goals. Being aware of this opportunity ...
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7 Lifehacks To Make  Pre-Med and Medical Schoool Life Easier

Hello nerds and nerdettes, I’m here today to give you 9 lifehacks that will make your years and a pre-med infinitely easier. To be perfectly honest, these aren’t the sorts ...
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Extracurricular Badassary: A Beginner’s Guide

If you, like me want/wanted to get into medical school, you’ll be no stranger to the reality that being an excellent student is not enough anymore. Medical school is getting ...
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My USMLE Step 1 Study Strategy

I've been busy traveling for residency interviews, but I figured I should take some time to talk about my own strategy for studying for USMLE Step 1. While others have already ...
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Anki – Guide to Efficient Studying

When you start medical school, they tell you to work hard. You say to yourself, “Duh!” Then they tell you to do so efficiently and effectively. You say, “Tell me ...
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Productivity 101:  Why you need to be using the pomodoro technique

During my first year of medical school, I stumbled upon the most valuable study tool I have come across in my however-many years of education: the pomodoro timer. I had ...
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​Resolution – Setting Goals in Medical School

Well, it’s nine days since we dropped the bell, rang the gong, and stayed up way past my bedtime to ring in the New Year. I hope you had a ...
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My Pre-Med Story – Ellen

"'My pre-med story' is a new series that lets you get a glimpse into the lives of fellow pre-meds... If you would like to share your own story, email it ...
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Research, Mentorship, and a Broken Liquid Nitrogen Container

Research. Most premeds do it—some to check a box, others to learn, or challenge themselves, explore academia, or even add knowledge to the world. While just doing research to fulfill ...
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Should You Consider Primary Care?

As the growing burden of medical education increases, many ask the question, can I still be a primary care doc? This essay outlines a few possible solutions for pursuing a ...
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4 Secrets for a Successful Career after Medical School

Dear students: ​ Please go to medical school, finish medical school and become a doctor. This is a personal request from a 47-year-old future patient of yours. By the time ...
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7 Key Factors for Choosing the RIGHT Location for Your Medical Practice

Becoming a physician is a long, arduous journey. After many years of hard work, you finally reach the point of completion and begin your career as a physician. As you ...
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Debunking the ‘Doctor Type’

Sometimes, your greatest obstacles can be in your own head. Take resident physician Kyle Evers, MD. Throughout high school, he had a strong interest in the sciences and a natural ...
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Top Medical Innovations – December

The series "Top Medical Innovations", will select a company, an invention, or breakthrough research that we feel can change the landscape of medicine for the better. Hope you enjoy... Motivate ...
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​9 Gift Ideas for Medical Students

Happy Christmas-hannuka-kwanza-ramadan everyone! And if you’re just glad to be able to air your grievances and achieve some feats of strength, happy Festivus! (go watch Seinfeld my dear millennial classmates if this ...
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9 MCAT Study Tips – How I went from the 50th to the 90th percentile

Just like any other premed, I dreaded the MCAT. Dreaded is not strong enough of a word to describe my angst though. Dread is something you face when doing an ...
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We Will Keep on Fighting

During my second year of medical school, a doctor asked a group of us to write down a few qualities that we thought a good physician should have. Rolling my ...
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What Next? Finding Power in Powerlessness

​Wednesday, November 9th was a strange day. As I passed a tree on my way to class that morning, I paused. It was a tree I’d seen every day for ...
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Because I Never Had To: 12 Study Tips for Struggling Medical Students

If you’re anything like me, then school has always come easily to you. Sure, there might have been hiccups in your prestigious academic career, but ultimately, you had little doubt ...
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Prophylaxis for Burnout: Learning to Enjoy the Present

As I stepped out from my friend’s house, I allowed myself to be enveloped by a once familiar sea of people in maize. It’s been a while. “Alex, did you ...
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Surviving a Brain Hemorrhage: An Excerpt from “I’m Never Ill”

I awoke from a coma on Good Friday 2009. I’d love to say that I arose on Easter Sunday, but I’d be lying. I knew exactly why I was there ...
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What is understood does not have to be explained…

“You are living the American dream, why would you put yourself through years of distress for a career that is filled with anxiety and politics?” I know she was only ...
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Millions of Little Miracles

I am not, by my nature, a particularly gracious person. Now this is likely the result of a lot of factors-not wanting to receive attention, difficulty in expressing emotions-but I ...
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Medical School Survival Tools

“How’s medical school?” This simple question is often one of the first asked in conversations with family and friends. Some days I can honestly answer, “It’s going well. Thanks for ...
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Better to Burnout than Fade Away?

Physician burnout is a hot topic lately.  The trade magazines, e-mails, and even popular media have been featuring stories on physician burnout. In case you haven’t been paying attention, here are ...
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Always Be Kind

Medicine is a unique, unparalleled window into a patient’s life. It is easy to lose sight of this amidst the day-to-day stressors at every level, whether you are a medical ...
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How: Living a Life that Matters

As I punch away at these keys digesting, all that I’ve learned at the Global Missions Health Conference last weekend, I’m consumed with an echoing truth. Truth that has the ...
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Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart

As a pre-med student, I know that we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be the perfect medical school candidate. Volunteer work, shadowing hours, patient contact hours, ...
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The Mistake Every Pre-Med Makes

Pre-med students are characterized by a number of things. Most notoriously, they prominently carry type A labels. Perhaps the intricately color coordinated notes give you away. Maybe it is your ...
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Why Not Watching Enough College Basketball is my Greatest Regret

I made it through the rigors of pre-med. I made it through (almost all of) med school, with a few scars to show for it. And now that I’m a ...
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The Pharmacologist (with apologies to Edgar Allan Poe)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of receptor lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, ev’ning study energy sapping, ...
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Just the Beginning

I am a 3rd year pre-med student and I think I am finally getting a handle on how to deal with college. From my experience as a pre-med student, albeit ...
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American Healthcare: A Problem of Lilliputian Proportions

If 2016 demonstrates anything, it demonstrates that the politicking in America has entered a post-policy era. It's Who's Line is it Anyway, where the rules are made up and the ...
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A Noble Purpo$e

As a 2nd year medical student, I often feel that I am expected to give too much of myself, delaying gratification beyond what is healthy.  Between volunteering my time in ...
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For Every Action…

Common knowledge states that for every action, there is a reaction. However, this overlooks a very important intermediate. Something that is so powerful, but unfortunately often neglected: your mind. My ...
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How Medical School Humbled Me

My story is not unlike many others. My journey to medical school took many twists and turns. My first cycle, I applied to 10 schools and received 10 rejection letters ...
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Uncertainty

Does not pick favorites Does not discriminate He chooses us all And coats us with fear Fear of the unknown Fear of the unfamiliar... New city New school New friends ...
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First, Do No Harm

Few can say they are as determined or resilient as medical students. The gumption and grit we've demonstrated up until this point has carried us further than most. And yet ...
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The 80/20 Rule – Not Just a Business Time Management Strategy…

The Pareto Principle originated in 1896, when the esteemed Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto demonstrated how 80% of his peas were derived from 20% of his peapods.  This since has been ...
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The 80/20 Rule – from Peas to USMLEs

The Pareto Principle originated in 1896, when the esteemed Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto demonstrated how 80% of his peas were derived from 20% of his peapods.  This since has been ...
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