Happy Friday the 13th!
My first medical school interview actually fell on Friday the 13th last year. The administration gave us credit for just showing up that day, jokingly asserting that having the bravado to show up that day alone was merit for acceptance. Anyways, here are the blog updates coming up.
Interviews on Featured on Blog
– Accepted medical student interview – Stanford University incoming M1
The last interview was received better then I could have expected. Last time, I asked for questions on Twitter and we sure received them — thanks! I should also note that the Johns Hopkins student last time was so excited by your questions that she’s considering opening a blog, I’m trying to coax her as much as possible. So, since that went well, and premeds said it was helpful, I’m going to do another interview with a friend who just matriculated into Stanford School of Medicine. Again, if you have any questions you’d like to direct to them (or me) feel free to either Tweet me, email me, or leave a comment. I do clean up the questions, and merge similar ones together, so don’t worry about if you’re asking a redundant question or if your question “makes sense” — just ask it, if I need to follow up with you I will. This interviewee will be a nontraditional, with research experience, and was both accepted into programs and wait-listed — so she’ll be able to really answer a large diversity of questions.
– Accepted medical student(s) — team behind Premed Tracker
Where was this application when I was applying — seriously? What happens to premeds after you put them through hellacious application process so that they may be accepted? Well, some of us enact our revenge by helping other premeds, this group did just that. I’m also writing a review on this application, so expect some type of combination of review/interview. After this review, I hope you’ll understand why I add I’m adding it to the list of premed must have items:
Premed (from freshman to ultra senior)
– Premed Tracker!
Primary Application / Secondary / Interviews
– MSAR (of your application year, they free version and the paid version can not be compared)
– Medical School Admission Guide by Suzanne Miller MD (has primary, secondary, personal statement examples, and much more + cheap!)
– Interview with ProMEDeus academic support and services for matriculating and current medical students.
Getting into medical school is awesome, but it by no means translates to “easy street” once accepted. After being accepted, the first thing on your mind will be, “So, how exactly will I pay for this again?”. If you check the MSAR, you’ll see that not all students receive financial aid, and most schools don’t guarantee you’ll receive financial aid (though, it’s tacitly assumed by the community). However, as we slowly drift back into the Dicksonian “money means virtue” and “debtors prison” age, some students will find that after supposedly beating financial adversity to get into medical they’re just in the same po’folk boat they were in to begin with — but this time, people just tell us “Not to worry about it, you’re going to be a doctor”. This is quite easy to say, when it’s not you thinking of the prospects of another 4+ years of ramen noodle nights. In the academic front, not everyone flies through medical school with flying colors. In fact, it’s pretty normal for students to have some type of tumble along the way, it’s medical school it’s supposed to be hard. This is where services like ProMEDeus come in, they offer advising and services to medical students (incoming as well) who are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Accepting Secondary Entry Samples 6/17/14
Officially, I have closed my personal statement critique window. I actually do enjoy doing it, however, I don’t want my review speed to be the reason why you delay your application — this is why I closed the submit date for these on May 20th. I only have a few people working on their final draft, and a few emergency submits. However, there’s no premed left behind here, if you have special circumstances and really need a critique let me know. Though, it takes about 4 business days for me to return it to you. I think I’ve figured out several ways to keep this process sustainable, so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to read personal statements next year as well.
If you’re on track with me, then you’re probably ready for your secondary feedback. I actually had little to no intentions of doing this as well, but people have brought it up — so why not? I will probably post something this weekend or Monday morning regarding the format of submissions and perhaps tips around that time as well. There’s going to be a lot of essays for me to go through, so I won’t be as nit-picky about your writing as I was during the personal statements, but you’ll receive feedback. I’m not sure when this window will close, I’ll post that after I have an idea of how my work load will be. It will be first come first serve, once I feel taking on more secondary reviews will decrease the quality of my reviews I will close the review window — though there will be warning.
Expansion of New Section
One of a medstudents/doctors job is to stay abreast in the latest issues concerning our field. So, I’ll be doing some work primarily in July, to expand a section on more topics such as: politics/policy and medicine, world and national medicine issues. And even occasionally an opinion piece or two. Though, when something is over my head, I’ll probably try to pull in a resident expert in the matter. It’s really easy to focus on just the BCPM part of getting into medical school, but actually as a physician you’re expected to be a patient advocate, advocates should stay informed so that they can inform others.
Well, thanks for keeping up with my blog!
Hope you all survived finals. You’re either on vacation now, or slaving away on a research project during your “vacation”, studying for the impending MCAT, or weeping over finals grades etc. Either way happy holidays! I had to attend my best friend’s bachelor party as the ‘best-man’, so as you may of figured out there were no updates this past weekend. I actually release updates anytime during the weekend, but the weekend seems to be the best time to catch up on my writing after the work week is over. Here’s this week’s schedule:
Premed Blog Updates: Personal Statement How to be released…
I’ve been drafting this for several weeks, but it’s gotten pretty bloated and I’m thinking about releasing it in manageable/logical chunks to get the release out faster, this will also allow me to focus more on the detail better. So, it’ll come out in sections, expect the series to be over sometime in January.
I will be featured on Accepted.com as an accepted MD candidate…
I will be a featured Q&A MD candidate on http://www.accepted.com/, a website hosts a gambit of pre-professional advising services, e.g. personal statements, for such graduate programs as: medicine, law school, MBA, and doctoral programs. This also part of the reason why I have to break up the PS entry into parts. I’ll be sure to post the link.
I need to withdraw my acceptances for several programs this week…
This is one of the most difficult things to do, that is to tell schools you will not be attending their programs. While you can hold multiple acceptances as I currently have, if you’re certain you won’t attend the program you should withdraw, this will create more seats for others to be accepted. So, good luck for people on the waiting list at schools I’m pulling out from.
Lots to finish this week…
Besides my work (IRB & ACUC, and undergraduate research office outreach work), PS blog entry to write, Q&A session, and of course wedding this weekend. As you may have figured out, life doesn’t stop for you when you’re busy =)