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Should We Even Have a DO Degree?

I just did a web search for “why go to a DO school”  The top two results that I received:  - Reapply or go to DO school? - Why are Osteopathic medical schools treated like the plague   I’m sure you could do “MD vs DO” too and get similar results.   In the interview that I had with ATSU KCOM, I asked what they thought about this general philosopy of “my grades aren’t good enough for an MD school, I should just go to a DO school instead.” Their response” 
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.'"

Interview with a Director of Student Financial Planning

Financial planning for medical school, and looking at your options for student loans should be like shopping for the lastest and greatest smartphone. We can easily recite prices and numbers for phones, but when it comes to comparing different options to help pay for our studies, we're all clueless.

Ten Tips for Successfully Starting your Intern Year

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.
Interview with the National Health Service Corps

Interview with the National Health Service Corps

Medical school is expensive. There are no two ways about it. Fortunately there are scholarships available. We already covered the Air Force HPSP scholarship in session 18. For this session, we are talking with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) from the US. Department of Health & Human Services.   Authorized in 1974, the NHSC was created to address the shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural America.

Interview with a Medical School Interview and Admissions Expert

Dr. Wagoner has been in medical school admissions for about 30 years. She is an expert in the medical school interview process. She shares her knowledge with us.

Air Force HPSP Scholarship Interview

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.

Come Listen to Me on the Lost in PreMed Podcast

Today, Will from the Lost in PreMed Podcast (lostinpremed.org) released an episode of his podcast that featured an interview with ME!   Will asked a ton of great questions about what it's like to be a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force, what I thought about the HPSP (health professions scholarship program) and we talked about this website a little.

Important Details About (Almost) Every Medical Specialty

At the time of this writing, there are 26 medical and surgical specialities to choose from when applying for residency in the Match. These include: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Child Neurology, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Genetics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pathology, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Anesthesiology, and Preventative Medicine.   Many of these fields contain subspecialties which can be pursued during fellowship training after residency. This means that there truly is something for everyone!
Step Up Your MCAT Prep with The Princeton Review

Step Up Your MCAT Prep with The Princeton Review

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.

All About FlexMed: Interview with Mount Sinai

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.