Life as a Flight Surgeon: What's It Like?

Some craziness is happening around here. This week Allison interviews me about my job as a flight surgeon. I get a lot of questions about what a flight surgeon is, and what we do on a daily basis.
I can tell you one thing. A flight surgeon DOES NOT operate on a plane!
We are basically family practice doctors for pilots and other essential personnel involved with flight. We are also occupational health doctors and preventive medicine doctors all wrapped into one.

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How to Fix a Medical School Application After Starting Premed Poorly

Dr. Polites is back with us again to talk about how to go about fixing a poor start to a premed career. If you remember, Dr. Polites joined us back in session 23.
Dr. Polites and I try to create scenarios that students may be in, whether it is a poor GPA or low MCAT score, so he/she can listen to the advice Dr. Polites has to offer.
If you have a good GPA and low MCAT, should you retake the MCAT? Should you try to retake the test with the hopes of raising the score? We talk about that!
What about getting a C in a course – should you retake the course? For the AMCAS application you have to average you grades. For the AACOMAS application you us the LAST grade, even if you do worse.

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Do Your Homework With SDN Interview Feedback.

Although I’m wary of spending too much time on SDN forums (for my own mental health), the Interview Feedback section of the website is a true hidden gem for applicants. Past interviewees post about their experience, including the day’s schedule, specific questions asked, and what interviewees wish they knew beforehand. This type of information from past interviewees is an invaluable resource- schools like to use the same questions over and over to compare students. Over six different interviews, more than half of the questions I was asked were directly from this website and thus very few questions actually caught me by surprise.

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The world of Twitter is very confusing to most. I even thought it was the weirdest thing when it came out. I signed up for a personal account very early on and never used it, because I never knew it’s power.
Fast forward to last year when I created an account for Medical School HQ and actually began learning how to use it. It’s crazy how you can truly reach out and touch (tweet) anybody in the world (as long as they are on Twitter!).
One of the earlier people I saw on Twitter, sharing advice and retweeting fun pictures and stories of other premeds was @PremedPrincess_. She’s a premed twitter star with over 9,000 followers (as of this publishing).
I reached out to her to find out who she is – or I guess at the time, I didn’t even know if she was even a she. You never know in todays internet world. 65 year old Billy Bob from the middle of nowhere could have been having a blast being a Premed Princess :)!

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Allison and I talk about what it was like transitioning into medical school the first year. Some of the obstacles, frustrations and what worked for us, what didn’t and how we survived!
We talk about how we chose what to do with our first summer during medical school (typically your only free summer during medical school).
Take a listen for a lot of fun conversation!

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Top 7 Things You Should Know as a Med Student

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Session 32

We had a great response to Session 31 – 8 Pieces of Information Every Premed Should Know that we thought we would add follow up with medical school tips for this week.
These are the 7 things that we thought you should know entering medical school and as you go through med school to increase your chances of whatever residency you want, maximize your time and enjoy yourself.

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