A little disappointment actually, because the curriculum is the same, so it’s not any easier than any med schools out there. But I do feel a little disappointment, and I even interviewed a kid the other day that iterated to that. He said, "Well my dad, who is a physician, said, 'Your grades aren't good enough, try a D.O. school.'"
Congratulations you Matched!...Now What?The third thursday in March, known as Match Day, has come and gone. Thousands of 4th year medical students around the United States have opened their envelopes and learned where they will be spending the next three to seven years of their lives. Hopefully you are one of the many students who smiled, shouted with excitement, or shed tears of relief and joy. The long journey of the residency application process has ended, and graduation is fast approaching. Soon, you will receive your diploma and take the Hippocratic Oath; with those words you will become a physician. And as the era of your time as a medical student ends, a new era will begin - your residency.
Want to go to medical school for free? Travel the world? And fulfill your passion of being a physician? Ok, enough of the sales pitch. Session 18 of The Premed Years is an interview with TSgt Satinksy. She is the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program recruiter for the New England area.
This is a topic that I covered a little bit with the Lost in PreMed Podcast, and something I probably could have covered myself.
The Premed Years had the opportunity to talk to Chris Manuel from The Princeton Review. He talks about the key things to know about the MCAT - how to prepare for the MCAT, do's and don'ts and more. Take a listen to hear from somebody who scored in the 99.9% (he thinks he missed 6 questions overall).
Even if you are going to take Kaplan or any other MCAT Prep course, listen to this podcast. We do go over some of the ways The Princeton Review can help you, and some of the advantages it may have over other test prep companies, but Chris also explains a lot about what and how he teaches MCAT Prep to his students and other teachers.
Chris also gives some great tips for all pre med students, including what to major in to get the best GPA, the type of volunteering to do, and even jobs to get in the hospital. To top it off, he also talks about what to write about in your personal statement.
What an opportunity we had for this session of The Premed Years! Dr. Muller, Dean for Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (MSSM) took some time to go in-depth with us about FlexMed.
FlexMed is the newest iteration on what MSSM has had since 1987, HuMed. HuMed has allowed college sophomores and juniors to apply to MSSM and if accepted, skip the majority of the "normal" premed requirements. This includes not taking the MCAT! This has allowed the students to follow their passions in other areas, whether it be language, writing or something else.
Dr. Muller shares with us how FlexMed is taking everything they have learned from HuMed, and improving upon it moving forward. HuMed historically has been a 1/4 of the incoming class. FlexMed looks to have that increase to 1/2 of the class in the coming years.
In 2010 Dr. Muller and others published an article (link below) in the journal of Academic Medicine showing that, for the most part, HuMed students do just as well as "normal" premed students.
For interested students, listen to find out who the ideal applicant is for the FlexMed program.