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October 1, 2017

Worrying About Interview Invitations

Getting interview invitations are exciting. However, not getting interview invitations is frightening...

Since submitting our ERAS, most of what we fourth years talk about is interview invitations, or tactfully pressuring our attendings who still haven't submitted their letters of recommendations so that we can get interview invitations.

Some people got interview invitations on the day they submitted their applications. Others haven't heard anything at all. The rest of us have gotten a couple invitations from a couple places slowly and gradually.  I applied to 48 internal medicine programs and currently have 2 interview invitations. P...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

October 1, 2017

How to Stay Inspired During Med School

When I started medical school, I remember sitting in the white coat ceremony while a member of the administration addressed the new first-year class. Towards end of their address, he prophesized the students seated before him would all change following the next 4 years. I...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

September 29, 2017

How Med Students Can Get Rich

Medical students can't get rich while in medical school.

But, I got you to click!

What you can do is make spending plans to take control of the money that you do have. I started my spending plan by identifying exactly where my money goes. That mea...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

September 29, 2017

PDA by Superiors

The "entrega de guadia," or the delivery of the medical guard, is a time when everything that has been in the hospital the past 24 hours is reported. It is ceremonial and lasts about an hour; someone from each specialty should present everything that happened. This is don...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

September 24, 2017

Are Away Rotations Actually Worth it?

As a fourth-year medical student, I signed up for a few away rotations where 1) I can see how I like a certain program/institution, 2) I can make a good impression and increase my chances of getting an interview, and 3) get letters of recommendations. Although it's very e...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

September 24, 2017

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Posted By: Neil C. Bhavsar  

September 24, 2017

Making Friends in Medical School

I like to think of myself as a friendly person. I feel energized by people, conversations, inside jokes, and any other tropes that are often associated with friendship. I'm not sure why, but it's also probably the same reason why I feel drained, and at times miserable, af...

Posted By: Neil C. Bhavsar  

September 23, 2017

Is Hiding That You're a Med Student to Hospital Staff Okay?

Do you openly introduce yourself as a med student? Over the past several weeks, I found that sometimes it's more beneficial to not disclose it upfront. During the first 2 years of med school, we were taught to always introduce ourselves as medical students, but I'm realiz...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

September 23, 2017

Surgery Shelf Exam Study Tips

Today marked the last day of my surgery rotation. Now that I've taken the shelf exam, there are a few things that I wish I had known about sooner. I came into the rotation without much direction on what I should be doing to prepare for the exam. The following are the reso...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

September 20, 2017

That Wicked Third-Year Learning Curve

I remember the deans saying it during orientation: "There is no steeper learning curve than the one endured during third year of medical school." I didn't believe it at the time. But one month ago, I was on my sub-internship, talking to my co-subintern, and it hit us like...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

 
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