Posts tagged Medical
Posts tagged Medical
The 9 Pieces of the Pre-Med Puzzle
(a quick rundown as explained to me by my Pre-Health Advisor)
- GPA: Varies with the Medical school you are applying to. Includes overall GPA and BCPM (Science) GPA. Consult the AAMC Medical School Admissions Requirements for more information.
- Standardized Test Score: This includes the MCAT, or the DAT for pre-dents. Consult the AAMC MSAR for more information.
- Shadowing: At least one generalist and one specialist, for at least 40 hours each; shadowing 3 or more physicians is even better. You would ideally want one of these to be able to write a letter of recommendation about your patient contact skills.
- Leadership: Sustained involvement in organizations allows you to develop your ability to lead others. Does not need to be medically related to be meaningful.
- Personal Statement: Allows you to explain why you have chosen to pursue a medical career directly to the admissions committee. Avoid telling, but rather show through your experiences how you arrived at the decision to become a doctor. Start writing it early and have as many people read it as possible.
- Community Service: Being a physician means leading a life of service. Early and sustained involvement in volunteering will allow you to show commitment to service. Can include hospital volunteering and medical mission trips, but again does not need to be medically related.
- Research: A taste of research is recommended, such as a summer internship or semester as a research assistant, though not as important as shadowing.
- Interview Skills: Proper preparation for the admissions interview is essential. Many schools tend to use stock questions (“Why medicine?”), be prepared to answer these as well as other questions such as on ethics or healthcare, and questions about your application.
- Letters of Evaluation: At least 6 letters, 3 from science faculty, 2 from non-science faculty, and 1 “wild card” (from a research PI, physician shadowed, or employer).
Hope this helps!
Something to think about.
Time to get your ducks (chromosomes) in a line.
A nice read on the mass transit.
Margaret Daalman came to hospital complaining of stomach ache - and one glance at her X-ray shows why.
Surgeons in Rotterdam in the Netherlands were flabbergasted when X-rays showed 78 different items of cutlery in the 52-year-old woman’s stomach.
They rushed her to surgery in a desperate attempt to remove the dozens of forks and spoons trapped inside her body one by one.
‘She seems to have been suffering from some sort of obsession and every time she sat down for a meal she would ignore the food and eat the cutlery,’
At what point does it become more of a burden to test for harmful bacteria or viruses on our food? It seems like we will eventually move to autoclaving our food to mush and living in clean bubbles. Something (or someone) needs to come along and explain that, just because its harmful doesn’t mean its bad. I don’t understand where the worlds population deviated from the idea of longevity to pursue short-term gain (looking at you America). Bite the bullet, make some decisions that will help us in the long run. As for antibiotic resistant bacteria that everyone is freaking out about, we need to demand more research and regulation of antibiotic use. Stop freaking out though, besides hospital born illness’ what is the chance of someone getting it? Anyone?
Anyways that’s just me rambling…
I’m flying out to Colorado today, and I’m really excited. I’m going to see my brother but I want to take this chance to check out CU Denver’s medical campus. It’s really my first choice but sometimes it feels like I’m dreaming too much. Will I have the grades, scores, experience to even be considered for an interview? Who knows, and only time will tell. The fact is I.might as well try. The least that will happen is I’ll have a story to tell. Other than that I’m trying to set up a tour of fat tire brewery. Now that would be awesome. Either way family and fun are in store for me.
This summer isn’t much different than the last two summers. I’m back at providence, even though i technically never left, doing similar work. Technically I’m in the IT department with the CMIO signing my checks, however I am lucky enough that everyone i work with knows what my final goal is. Some days I shadow a doctor half of the day and then work on an asset management/Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) program. I like it because I’m a geek when it comes to computers but i also get a dose of medicine everyday.
Some days I’m in the hospital, some in a clinic, and some in a business office. Its a nice change of pace while staying relevant. On any day i will work with IT techs, Pharm D’s, MD’s, OD’s, Nurses, and other ancillary. Providence is a great company to work for. I’ve been completely satisfied every year with the people and the projects I am involved with.
All in all I’m very happy and I’m sure the experience will help with the med school application process. If you’re in the Oregon area or just want to know more PM me and I can explain further.
Recently I read an article on antibiotic-resistant bacteria (MRSA and others). I got to thinking about how scientists are preventing this from becoming a bigger problem. Then i stumbled upon this article here.
A pretty interesting article which explains that scientists are using nano-fibers to cover antibiotics. these fibers help prevent resistant bacteria from doing just that, resisting the antibiotics.
Nano fibers have become essential to medicine do to their high surface area to weight ratio. more and more research is being done to understand, as well as utilize these special properties.
Check out this gorgeous image - a colorized scanning electron micrograph - of a blood clot. Red blood cells are shown in red; leukocytes are green; platelet aggregates are gray; and the thread-like brown stuff is fibrin, the protein that holds blood clots together. The image comes from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where new findings show how fibrin behaves in blood clots.