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Archive for March 2017

Time Management for a NASCAR Driving Medical Student

Session 227 What does driving 200mph in a circle and medicine have in common? This week, I invited Patrick Staropoli, a fourth-year medical student who matched into Ophthalmology but who also happens to race cars on the NASCAR series and elsewhere in Florida during his spare time. How does he actually get to manage all of…

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A Private-Practice Nephrologist Who Also is in Academics

Session 16 This week’s guest is Dr. Joel Topf, a private practice and academic Nephrologist who loves teaching and the small details. Back in Episode 06 of the Specialty Stories Podcast, we first covered Nephrology where I talked with Dr. Jean Robey, a private-practice Nephrologist. As you get to listen to both episodes, you will hear…

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Looking at MCAT Biochemistry Discrete Questions

Looking at MCAT Biochemistry Questions

Session 35 This week, we break down some Next Step MCAT biochemistry discrete questions to help you understand what you need to know for your test day. Click Here to Download Handout [01:40] Question #17: Which of the following is not considered an organic acid? Answer choices: (a) Folic acid (b) Carbonic acid (c) Ascorbic acid…

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How Should I Prepare For My First Shadowing Experience?

Session 67 This week’s question is all about shadowing, basically some do’s and don’ts to make sure you get the most out of your shadowing experience. We take questions directly from the OldPreMeds.org forums. If you haven’t yet, go register for an account. It’s free and easy. Feel free to ask questions. OldPreMeds Question of the…

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Interventional Radiology: A Community Doc Shares His Story

Interventional Radiology: A Community Doc Shares His Story

Session 15 This week, I speak with Dr. Fayyaz Barodawala, a community-based interventional radiologist from Atlanta, Georgia. We talk about his career decisions, his work hours and lifestyle as an IR physician, what he does on a daily basis, the struggles and triumphs of his practice, and other interesting topics like exclusive hospital contracts and artificial…

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How Many MCAT Practice Tests Should I Take?

Session 34 This week, Bryan and I are shedding light on one specific question that has been coming up over and over again, and that is, how many practice tests should a student aim for before taking the real MCAT? Practice tests are the key to doing well on the MCAT.  Next Step Test Prep sells 10…

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Should I Take Online Courses to Prepare for the MCAT?

Session 66 This week, a student asked about retaking old prerequisite classes that they previously did well in, hoping to better prepare for the MCAT. The classes that the poster has been considering to take, however, are online. What are the options? If you have any questions, register for an account at OldPreMeds.org and join the…

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Why You Should Still Consider a Career in Medicine

Session 226 The journey to medical school is long, tough, defeating, and can be isolating. There are plenty of news stories of physicians out there about job dissatisfaction, suicide rates, and suicides of medical students. Inevitably, there comes a lot of doubt when you’re on this journey and you’re probably still thinking if this is what…

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Can I See Your Stats to See How Competitive I Am?

Session 65 Our poster today is a working mom who fell into a very common premed trap of trying to compare her stats to those of others students. The problem is, it doesn’t work that way! If you have any questions that you would like answered here on The OldPreMeds Podcast, go to the OldPremeds.org, sign…

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Breaking Down an Organic Chemistry MCAT Passage

Session 33 This week, Bryan and Ryan break down a passage from Next Step covering Organic Chemistry, Follow along and learn how Bryan teaches you to do this. Organic chemistry is now Bryan’s favorite after they changed the MCAT last year because it used to be a slog having to memorize a million different reaction mechanisms…

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