For session 15, The Premed Years welcomes David Koenecke, the Assistant Vice President of Admissions at A.T. Still University's Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM).
David shares some of the history of KCOM with us. If you don't know, KCOM was THE FIRST osteopathic medical school in the world. It was formerly known as American School of Osteopathy.
In Session 14 of The Premed Years, Roheet from TheBiopsy.com was kind enough to sit down with us and share his journey through the pre med process. Listen to find out how a newspaper changed his career path.
Roheet graduated from UCSD with a biomedical engineering degree and is currently in his gap year. He is in the middle of interview season, hoping to land one of the 20,000 or so seats to next years starting allopathic medical school class.
He is in a gap year because he had to reapply, not getting in to medical school his first time applying. Something not unusual these days, and something I had to do as well. He had a great MCAT score, a 33. He also had a good GPA at 3.6. So what was the biggest reason he didn't get in the first time? Better question, what was the reason he didn't even get an interview?
Take every opportunity to explore!All medical schools require students to pass the following required 3rd year clinical rotations: Internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, and surgery. Many also require neurology, family medicine, emergency medicine and radiology. Therefore, if you are interested in ophthalmology, ENT, or orthopedics, you may be asking, when am I going to find out if I really want to pursue this specialty? Some schools provide elective time during the 3rd year, while many do not. As such, there is the summer between the 1st and 2nd years of medical school as well as some time early in 4th year.
In Session 11 I talk to Kate. She recently turned 56-years-old, and is a 3rd year medical student at West Virginia School of Medicine. AMAZING! You can read a profile that she wrote for us already here.
Kate shares with us her story of switching from a biology major, focusing on premed, to nursing and how at age 50, she got the itch to go back to school to become a physician. One of the decisions that helped her make the decision to switch to nursing was the cut-throat culture of the premed (I'm hoping to change that here!).