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
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.
None. Please do not solicit offers.