Archive for March 2012

Caribbean Medical Schools: What You Need to Know

Welcome to the Caribbean! One of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.

Welcome to medical school! One of the most rigorous experiences in your life.
 
Two separate statements. When standing on their own, they are both true. When put together though, does the Caribbean make medical school a vacation?
 
There are currently 60 Caribbean medical schools that you can attend, as of 2011. One might think that this vastly increases your chance of being a doctor since there are only 137 M.D. and 26 D.O. medical schools in the U.S. You must understand that these schools are not all up to the standards of U.S. schools, although there are a few well known schools that have been graduating medical students for some time now, who are now successful physicians practicing all over the country.

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Prescription Writing 101 (with Example Prescriptions)

Prescription writing is something that I used to worry so much about in my 3rd year of medical school. I probably killed a whole tree tearing up prescriptions that were wrong. Why did I worry so much about it? Prescription writing was not covered very well at my medical school. And with the amount of material that needs to be covered in those 4 years, I’m sure writing prescriptions is not that well covered at any medical school. Maybe that’s one of the reasons there are so many medication errors in medicine. Look at some of these commonly quoted statistics: 

  • Medication errors occur in approximately 1 in every 5 doses given in hospitals.
  • One error occurs per patient per day.
  • 1.3 million people are injured and approximately 7000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. from medication-related errors
  • Drug-related morbidity and mortality is estimated to cost $177 billion in the U.S.
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MedicalSchoolHQ App Review – Epocrates iPhone App

Medical School HQ App Reviews: MedicalSchoolHQ.net exists to help both future medical students and current medical students.  To help the later, we decided that medical mobile app reviews would be very helpful.  Knowing exactly what you are getting, before pushing “BUY,” might help you save a few dollars.  Having reviews by physicians give you honest,…

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Ten Medical School Interview Tips: Go in Prepared

Congratulations! You have been invited to interview for medical school. That email popped into your inbox and you responded faster than lightning. The date is saved in your calendar and you already have your plane tickets! Now, you ask, how do I prepare for this critical part of the application process? First, you should know that medical schools have various interview styles. Some interview in groups, others individually.  Some know your grades and scores, while others just know your name.  Regardless of the types of interviews that you have, the tips listed below will help you succeed during your medical school interview.

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MCAT Scores – What Do I Need?

We’ve covered the basics of the MCAT already.  Follow the link to learn all about the MCAT.
 
Student – “What do I need to score on the MCAT to get into medical school?
 
Test Prep Company – “For $2000, you can sign up for this package and you’ll do just fine.”
 
If I told you that you could get an MCAT score between 5-14 and still be accepted to medical school, would you believe me?  More than likely you would laugh in my face and call me crazy.  Read more and find out why I am not.

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Getting into Medical School: The Premed Timeline

Freshman/Sophomore years

  1. Ensure all pre-med requirements will be met in your schedule. Remember, each medical school will have slightly different requirements. If there are certain med schools you are thinking about attending, please review their requirements. Here are the basic pre-med requirements that most medical schools require:
    • Physics (1 year)
    • General Chemistry (1 year)
    • Organic Chemistry (1 year)
    • Biology (1 year)
    • English (D.O. schools require. Most M.D. schools recommend)
    • Psychology (1 semester) – In Preparation of the 2015 MCAT
    • Sociology (1 semester) – In Preparation of the 2015 MCAT
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How Many Medical Schools Should I Apply To?

The decision is finally made.  You are going to medical school!  You have studied hard, dedicating your time to strengthening your CV, building your skills, and rocking the MCAT.  Now you have reached the moment when you have to figure out where you are going to submit your medical school applications.

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