Military Medical School and Being a Medical Officer

Dr. Saguil now works at the ‘Military Medical School,’ located in Bethesda, MD, right outside of Washington, D.C. USUHS has been around since 1972 and has graduated 5000 physicians. It is an allopathic (MD) granting degree. USUHS is part of the AMCAS application which is used to apply to the majority (except for Texas) allopathic medical schools.
USUHS doesn’t charge for applying! But that doesn’t mean you should apply, just because it’s free. You should truly have an interest/desire to be part of something bigger/something other than yourself.
1/3 of students have some prior association with the military, ROTC, Academy or prior active service.

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I was asked to speak at the 2013 OldPreMeds and OldMeds National Conference, their 13th Annual. The theme of the conference was military medicine and I was able to meet some great people, including the founder of SDN, Army Lt Col (Dr.) Lee Burnett.
The subject of my talk was about my journey to being a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force, including accepting the HPSP Scholarship.
I was able to record the audio, and have put it together with my slides. I hope you enjoy!

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Who is ZDoggMD? Yes, He Is a Real Doctor

Dr. Zubin Damania, a.k.a. ZDoggMD, is a hospitalist, healthcare visionary and internet personality. He was grateful enough to sit down and talk to me for a little while about his path to medicine, some of his struggles with his career and the exciting stuff he is doing with the Downtown Project in Las Vegas, NV
Dr. Damania grew up in a dual physician household, and went into medicine just to “spite” his parents. He followed this path into medicine because he liked science, was good at taking tests and had an aptitude for taking tests – which he now says are not good reasons for going into medicine. 
Dr. Damania talks about how he mostly saw the negative side of medicine as he grew up with parents as physicians, which he thinks helped in proving to the admissions committees that he truly knew medicine was what he wanted to do. 
One of the most disturbing things Dr. Damania said near the beginning of the interview – that he actually liked the process of being premed, getting into medical school and going through it. Maybe we should call a psych consult for him?! He actually finished his undergrad at UC Berkeley in 3 years and found medicine a “nice change of pace.” If only we could all see it that way!

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The USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK

In our interview today I talk to Dr. Mike McInnis, Chief Educator at Doctors in Training, a small company that focuses mainly on USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) and COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) board prep for the medical student. We talk in-depth about the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 board exams.
One of the most important things about the USMLE Step 1 is that it one of the main determining factors in your residency application. Similar to a great MCAT score giving you an opportunity to go to the best medical schools, an excellent USMLE Step 1 score will give you many more opportunities when you are applying to residency. Think of the most competitive residency programs like the most competitive medical school. Typically the students that score the highest on the Step 1 will have the best opportunities to get into the best, most competitive residencies.

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