About

Hi I’m D.

I’m a medical student going to school in Boston.

Why do I blog at all?

Prior to applying to medical school, I just came out of a real life spiral (a couple of sudden deaths), it took a lot out of me. As I put my life back together, I kept my mind occupied by blogging my experience about medical school applications. Much to my surprise, and because I was a blogging noob that didn’t know how to mark “private”, people actually were reading my blog. People then started to contact me through Twitter, and I became friends with several good people who were also applying to medical school. From there, to pass time, I started editing and proof-reading friends personal statements for medical school. After I was accepted for medical school, and just waiting for matriculation, somehow helping people with their application expanded to doing the same for strangers I had met online who’d stumbled on my blog. After drudging through a +100 medical school personal statements I sort of figured out it’d be a lot easier just to write specific entries personal statements, and then at some point it sort of covered the whole AMCAS application. So, please feel free to dig through the archives of my blog if you want specific interests.

Interestingly, I was offered to sell my blog. I didn’t even know people did that. Anyways, I said no; it’s just some my blog, and it’s a therapeutic experience. I’m now a medical student, and for better or worse, I hope to blog all the way through my medical career.

This blog shouldn’t replace your primary sources of information (AAMC and trusted mentors), it’s just some person’s blog. Sadly, I don’t have the same abundance of time I had before, but occasionally I squeeze in an entry between responsibilities. Thus please take the blog for what it is, just some person’s blog. I’m not here to win a Pulitzer, and I don’t even have time to read or edit my own blog anymore, and I’m just inviting you to read my thoughts.

So, if you’re struggling to figure out how to navigate the premed road as a non traditional premed than this may be the blog for you to keep tabs on.  If you are a traditional premed, you may be able to learn a thing or two.  I will share my experiences regarding premed courses, the medical school application process (general application tips, essay writing and interviews).  I got accepted into medical school without advisors, doing things my own way the entire way.  With that being said, each matriculated student will have their own specific route into medical school, hopefully I can help give you confidence to continue along your own path — I’m a flawed person, and I’m making my way through, so in essence I’m writing this to encourage others to not give up as well.  With that being said, the entries may be anachronistic, because I’ll cover topics as people inquire about them or if I feel it’s important at the time. If you want to hear more about a topic just follow and send me a message at my twitter https://twitter.com/doctorORbust

My background

Despite being admitted into medical school, I started off at a community college, constantly switching majors in an effort to find myself.  I’ve flirted with the idea of being a Fine Art major all the way to Mechanical Engineering, before transferring to my undergraduate institution and finishing with a degree in Sports Medicine and a minor in Human Physiology.  During college I worked nearly full time to pay for tuition, while not qualifying for financial aid until my senior year (Catch-22), I’ve done everything from driving forklifts to coffee barista for a Japanese coffee shop.  I was a late entry into the premed foray, so I had to rush to finish my premed prerequisites in my senior year.  After successfully taking the premed courses at my university I became a tutor for many of the premed courses such as Genetics, Human Physiology, General and Organic Chemistry.  While in school and tutoring, I had the amazing opportunity to conduct electrophysiology research with mammalian muscle fibers, investigating ion channels, ultimately I had the honor of presenting my findings at a national conference.  Post graduation I became a member of the Institutional Review Board (human research studies) and the Animal Care and Use and Committee (animal research), where I work in the Office of Research to ensure new research projects are complying with ethical standards.  I applied to medical school in the summer of 2013 after self-studying for the MCAT, and fortunately applying was a smashing success.

I’m currently a medical student with an interest in cardiology, but who really knows what direction I’ll go. I’ve completed a couple of funded research projects under the cardiology department, so far my work has been with atrial fibrillation patients, and really enjoy the patients. I’ll keep you all updated, if you so choose to read.

Email: doctororbust@gmail.com

Twitter @doctororbust

Financial disclosures:

None. Please do not solicit offers.

 

 

 

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23 thoughts on “About

    fatima said:
    November 2, 2013 at 2:43 am

    As I take classes that cover sciences…I can’t help but be changed by them and the paradigm changes that ensue…. I come to understand more about the universe around me. Would you agree that the classes mold you…and when materials are hard how do you cope? I’d love to read an entry of yours about this.
    ~neuroleger

      masterofsleep said:
      November 2, 2013 at 3:57 am

      Thanks for commenting. And yes, the premed curriculum should be a life altering experience. Without getting too prolific, studying the sciences equates to studying the known universe. It’s easy for premeds too get rapped up in “what do I need to do to get in?”, that they often lose touch with the point of the prereqs. Many people see it as a weeding out phase of things, but that’s naive in my opinion. Instead, the prereqs are supposed to give students the basic foundation upon which to practice medicine later. I will make sure to make an entry about acing those tough courses.

        Emma said:
        November 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        I have to admit, I was one of those “What the hell does Physics have to do with medicine” type of pre-meds at first. Once I took (and eventually aced) in physics class and on the mcat, I realized that I had gained an understanding of the world that I would not have been granted had I only studied psychology, social science, etc. I felt so grateful for these extremely difficult classes that were pre-med requisities, because I truly got more intelligent because of them. If I were to not get into medical school and I had the choice to go back in college not take physics, biochem, orgo, etc, I would still take them. My pre-med classes are what made my bachelors degree valuable.

    Charlize said:
    November 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I’m currently attending community college as a freshman. I started a few years ago but had to keep withdrawing due to my mother being disabled. I plan on transferring to a four yr college next year. Right now I’m a General Studies major. I was wondering if all the W’s and one F on my transcript is going to get me automatically rejected. Also what was your major?

      masterofsleep said:
      November 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks for writing to me, and revealing your story, I hope I can get your answers addressed. I’m very sorry to hear about the situation with your mother, I’m sure it’s a tough situation. I’ll start with accessing the situation, then I’ll offer my advice. First you need to consider your overall GPA (science and everything else not science), when you calculate your GPA while applying to medical school these are handled separately. The science GPA is a lot more important and indicative of you being able to handle medical school, while the non science GPA measures your ability to jump through hoops. With that said, a W or a F in a General Chemistry is a lot worse than receiving that grade in Underwater Basket Weaving.

      Most schools, even the prestigious programs are moving towards a more holistic application process. Therefore, your scores/grades is just one facet of your application. Now, you do want good grades, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve met a lot of people who didn’t get in with grade grades. So, if those courses weren’t science courses I’d just chalk it up as a learning experience, and make sure you address it as such on your personal statement and application material later. If they were science courses your only recourse would be to retake those courses and do well, as a bonus take upper level versions of the course to show you beat your monster.

      Medical school is difficult, but so is premed life because as you learned life doesn’t stop for your ambitions. I’ve often heard the phrase “if your biggest problem as a premed was a bad grade then you haven’t lived a life yet”, so with that said you have some adversity that you are actively overcoming. Again, I’m sorry to hear about your mom, but this situation will add diversity to your application and perhaps serve as a larger motivator to get into medical school for you personally. Personally, I had a number of family tragedies that really put a strain on my school life, I’ve even received that W and F because of having to withdraw from courses because of emergencies. However, I still have three medicals school offers, and likely more on the way. So, don’t self select out. If you have a solid overall GPA, especially science GPA, get a good MCAT score, write a good personal statement, have good experience, and get good letters of recommendation then I wouldn’t worry too much. So, let’s say if after this is all over and you still aren’t confident about your grades you could always do a respectable post-bacc program, those applicants usually have a really good shot after successful completion of their program. It doesn’t help to have W and a F, but it sure doesn’t kill your chances. Now, if you’re piling up bad grades, then it may be time to re-evaluate your situations.

      Hope that helps
      twitter handle @masterofsleep

    Sarah Gold Pritzker said:
    December 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hey D, Accepted.com runs a popular interview series featuring med school applicant and student bloggers (http://blog.accepted.com/tag/med-student-blogger/). We’d love to feature you and your blog! Would you mind emailing me at sarahp@accepted.com and then I can send you 6-7 questions?

    Thanks so much,
    Sarah

    meg amanda (@meg_amanduh) said:
    February 7, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Hi there! My name is Meg and I’m a sophomore in college working towards med school! I just wanted to ‘et you that your story really inspired me. I’m currently attensing a community college for financial reasons, and I’ve heard a lot about how that doesn’t look good on apps. I was really encouraged when I read your story! Thanks!

      masterofsleep said:
      February 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks for reading and good luck! Ask for an article anytime.

    Austin Newsam said:
    April 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Through this blog and the story of your undergraduate career, you seem to have been SO prepared for the application season and premed journey in general.

    Through you 4 years of undergrad, how did you become so educated about the process? I appreciate so much the useful information on your blog! Nuggets and tips for premeds everywhere!

      masterofsleep said:
      April 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      First, thanks or reading.

      Second, despite how organized my blog makes me appear, I was lost just like most undergraduates in my career — even flip-flopping between majors (from Mechanical Engineering *killed my GPA, teaching, etc.). In fact, the only thing I was certain of was that I probably couldn’t cut it as a premed, so I inferred from traditional premeds who often lamented to me. As such, I shifted my interests towards the more autonomous idea of applying to PhD programs. I was accepted into a lab, then accepted as a research scholar (as a co-principle investigator). This research program had a stipend, travel funds etc., but more importantly it had weekly workshops on applying to graduate school (and it was free for us). The process of applying to PhD programs is a little more intimate, and a disparate process than the AMCAS in my opinion; but they are similar enough that I was able to glean that experience. And of course, I had a great mentor — every premed should find a research mentor if possible.

      And lastly, I work with a lot of great people, as I work at (and graduated from) a polytechnic university office of research and office of undergraduate research. So, I’m exposed to a lot of great ideas, methodologies, from physicians and professors via disparate fields.

      I was in the process of applying to graduate school (and was accepted), when I decided to switch and apply to medical school right away. I never spoke with a premed advisor, just decided to do my own research and go for it. And here we are =)

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

    determinedpremed said:
    July 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Such an inspiration that no matter how long it takes you to get there (in your case med school), just do it. I think you’ve inspired me on taking more leadership tasks especially because I am lacking those!

      doctororbust responded:
      July 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks for leaving such a nice comment! I’m glad you’re gaining something from reading my blog. If anything, I hope people can learn that they shouldn’t discount themselves.

      Also on leadership, yes it is very important; after all in theory physicians will be leading teams for each patient. Besides that, there’s a lot of other times physicians are expected to take charge to see change happen, so it’s a good training ground in college (or post bacc).

      Hope you keep reading, and best of luck!

        determinedpremed said:
        July 5, 2014 at 5:47 am

        I agree. Glad to have found your blog!

    Simplexvita said:
    July 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! Your blog is extremely helpful and it’s nice to read about other premed majors
    http://simplexvita.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/liebster-award/

      doctororbust responded:
      July 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you! And I appreciate the comment, you reading, and your nomination. I hope I can keep your interest. 🙂

    doctorbilal said:
    September 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    What an amazing blog you have going on. Found it around 10-20min ago and been reading non-stop. I love how you just so happened to stumble upon medschool. You tried different jobs and school till u found your self in med. Respect for that.

      doctororbust responded:
      September 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      I’m happy you find my blog worth reading.

      Trying different jobs taught me one thing for sure: I’d rather be in medicine.

      It’s a good lesson to learn now, as I doubt I’ll ever want to back track because of wondering “what if”.

      Have a good one!

    thoughtsofmymadlife said:
    October 19, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!
    Have a look at the details on my blog post https://thoughtsofmymadlife.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/one-lovely-blog-award/
    ~K

    findingmyselfinwonderland said:
    October 22, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Hi 🙂 I have nominated you for the ‘Addictive Blogger Award’ as I think yours is ace as I am planning to do Medicine too – if you would like to to the award thingy, find the instructions here:

    http://findingmyselfinwonderland.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/the-addictive-blog-award/

      doctororbust responded:
      October 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      thanks for reading and nominating! I’m in the midst of a few tests so I’ll try to follow up on this when I can. =)

        findingmyselfinwonderland said:
        October 23, 2014 at 12:22 am

        Haha no problem – Good Luck with the tests! 🙂

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