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August 28, 2012

Tough Interview Questions

I was trying to help an applicant prepare for interviews and she was having trouble with some of the more "difficult" medical school interview questions. These go beyond the typical ones like, Why do you want to be a doctor? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? and the usual standby, Tell me about your research/clinical experience/extracurricular/life/friends/etc...

These other questions were designed to stump you in your tracks. I know that there are no right or wrong answers but it's a matter of reasoning out your answer and being able to handle the quirkiness of the questions. Even practicing with her, I wasn't so sure how I would answer some of th...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

August 26, 2012

Is Detachment a Good Coping Mechanism?

I began my fourth and final year of medical school. Tim began his fifth and final year of residency. As my mind wandered to the match in March, Tim considered fellowships in oncology. We were friends from college. We were the same age. But to me, Tim was a shadowy forecast of my o...

Posted By: Rosalyn Plotzker  

August 26, 2012

Fourth Year Bucket List

There are approximately 200 days left until Match Day 2013 and only another 70 days after that until I become Dr. Streed, but who's counting? The end of my medical school career draws ever closer, and while I can appreciate all I have done I cannot help but think of all t...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

August 25, 2012

Arrogant Physicians

A life in medicine is a peculiar one, and we who pursue its course are also peculiar.

It seems to me that physicians, more than most other professionals, carry egos the size of watermelons on their shoulders. In a sense, this is the type selected for by the caree...

Posted By: Casey Sharpe  

August 25, 2012

Do What You Love

As if medical school wasn't enough, my public health graduate courses will begin after Labor Day. Some people may be surprised that I am pursuing the master public health degree concurrently, within the same four years, as my medical doctorate. However, rather than feel stressed o...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

August 22, 2012

Wikipedia for the Win

Medical students, like doctors and the rest of humanity, have a complicated relationship with Wikipedia. We all know we probably shouldn't be using it. To make matters worse, I know a guy who once claimed he actively went around falsifying Wikipedia pages just to prove a point. ...

Posted By: Matt Wiepking  

August 21, 2012

How Important Are Rankings?

I was just at dinner with some medical school friends who were lamenting the honors system for their rotations. My friend said that he was .01% away from getting honors but that there was nothing he could do so he couldn't get it even though he got great evaluations. My other frie...

Posted By: Brian Wu  

August 20, 2012

10 Things I've Learned in Third Year

1. There is no way of telling what time you'll get home in the evening. It could be 4PM, it could be 4AM. Don't make too many plans.

2. If it's a nice day, you won't be leaving early.

3. The most important things you can carry in your white coat? Protein bars and p...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

August 19, 2012

Finding the Right Specialty

Orientation has come to a close and by now I've heard the same questions a million times. Where are you from? Where did you go to undergrad? In which field of medicine do you want to specialize? Yes, in which field of medicine do you want to specialize? This may seem like a premat...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

August 18, 2012

It Gets Personal

I am in the process of applying for residency. I have my application completed, my curriculum vitae updated, my letters of recommendation collected. Now all that remains is my personal statement. No big deal, right?

WRONG!

The personal statement is one of ...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

 
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