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Archive for November 2012

The MCAT Basics (Including Free MCAT Resources!)

In this session I talk about MCAT basics. I talk a little bit about the long history and beginnings of the MCAT. I then talk about the new format of the 2013 and 2014 MCAT in preparation for the big changes in the 2015 MCAT.

We then talk about MCAT prep. I talk about how free MCAT practice tests are the best place to start, even if you haven’t picked up an MCAT book yet. I give some good resources for free MCAT questions emailed directly to your inbox and we talk about more traditional MCAT prep courses, books and others.

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Welcome to The Premed Years!

In this session of The Premed Years I give a brief introduction to the origins of and why it was started. I talk about why I think podcasting is the next step in bringing great premed information to the masses.

I also take you down my path to becoming a physician and the obstacles that I (like many others) had to overcome.

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How To Effectively Shadow a Physician as a Premed Student

Shadowing can be a deciding factor in getting into medical school. Shadowing is the act of following a physician as he/she does his/her typical work activities in a clinic or hospital setting. You might ask why this experience can be so important. First, it may be the defining experience which tells you whether or not you want to be a physician.

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Reader Profile: AP

If you’re interested in contributing to this series, then drop me an email. The series can be a very valuable source for readers and I need a steady stream of new ones to keep it going. 

Next in the series is MedicalSchoolHQ reader AP. She answered my questions (in red below) as follows: 

Please tell us a bit about yourself (include where you are in your path to becoming a physician).

I have a PhD and a couple years of clinical experiences. Through working with cancer patients daily, I reaffirmed my interest in medicine and decided to take the plunge and started this journey about a year and half ago.  I will be starting med school next Fall. I have 2 MD acceptances and 1 DO acceptance so far.

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